Kootenay Studio Arts Students Prepare for Final Assignment
The community is invited to take a peek at our region’s up-and-coming artists this weekend when students in Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts present the annual Year End Show & Sale.
A late-spring tradition in the West Kootenay, students will have the results of many hours of splendid toil on display and available for sale at Selkirk College’s downtown Nelson campus located at the corner of Victoria and Josephine streets. Students in five different studios—blacksmithing, ceramics, jewelry, metal casting and textiles—will be featured in the show that opens Friday afternoon and runs through to Saturday afternoon.
Selkirk College student Charles Harris puts the finishing touches on one of the bronze masks that he will have on display this coming weekend at the annual Kootenay Studio Arts Year End Show & Sale that takes place in Nelson’s downtown on Friday and Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to it,” says Metal Casting Studio student Charles Harris. “This is a profession that I wanted to do since I was a kid and after spending nine months at KSA, I want to show it off a little.”
Opportunity for Students to Impress
Harris grew up in Rossland and after stepping away from post-secondary for three years, returned to Selkirk College this past September. With a passion for working with metal, the 24-year-old spent his first four months in the Blacksmithing Studio and the since the Christmas break has been developing his skills in the Metal Casting Studio.
Harris will have a number of items at the Year End Show & Sale this weekend including belt buckles, door knockers, decorative hinges, chess pieces, knives and intricate bronze masks. Some will be for sale and some will be for show.
“All these things that I had in my head and that I wanted to create required the skills that I’ve now acquired,” says Harris. “The program was better than I imagined. If you want something made out of metal… I can do it.”
The Year End Show & Sale opens on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. The students will be back at Kootenay Studio Arts on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free and everybody is invited to come take a look.