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Groups, Galleries and Venues

 Art Groups, Galleries & Venues


Images Art

The Creston Valley artists behind the annual Images Art Show & Sale, this group consists of:

Andy and Elaine Alfoldy

Laura Leeder

Jim and Howard Smith

Eileen Gidman

Sarah Miller

Ute Bachinski

Jenny Steenkamp

Guest Artist: Andrea Revoy

While the annual show has been postponed indefinitely, Images Art Group seeks out opportunities for showing their work, which consists of watercolours, oils, acrylics, photography, pottery and glasswork.

Cross Country Seeing

Artist Studio Tours

An annual self guided tour of some interesting artist studios in the Creston Valley.


Paintings, Pottery, Sculpture, Silk Fashions, Photography, Quilts, Stained Glass, Papier Mache, Knit and Crochet, Fibre, Felting, artists:

Jim and Howard Smith

Carol Schloss

Laura Leeder

Andy and Elaine Alfoldy

Ute Bachinski

Ann Miller

Warren and Emily Clark

Andrea Revoy

Karen Arrowsmith

Anne Fetterley

Creston Art Club

Jenny Steenkamp

Emmie Rolefson

Val van der Poel

Kurtis Ladner

Carol Huscroft

Pat Yarema

Carrie Inman

Kate Thompson

Cherie Dean

Brigette Langevin

Lorie Weyman

Karen Whitford

Elaine Dortman

Luanne Armstrong

Sharon Willicome

Karen Ducharme


Pascal Breton

work in a variety of mediums, showcasing their work at their co-op gallery, The Creston Arts and Crafts Studio, in downtown Creston.

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Spring Barnyard

Elaine Alfoldy watercolour

Coming Home

Andy Alfoldy watercolour


Alfoldy Gallery

The original Alfoldy Gallery opened in 1982, along Kootenay Lake. Since 2001 the gallery has been in Erickson, 5 minutes east of Creston in a little house at 3917 Highway 3.  Andy and Elaine are both watercolour artists.  They are delighted by the interesting visitors who have stopped into the gallery over the years, sharing their lives while the Alfoldys paint or just stop and listen.


The Gallery is open by appointment or by chance.

                               Phone 250 428 7473 [home]

                                                          or                                                                        250 428 0688 [ the gallery when they are there]

They are happy to have your visit so please be in touch.



Creston's newest, and definitely smallest, art gallery is located outside the Art Barn Studio at 805, 25th Avenue South.

The Gallery is open every day (weather permitting) from 10 am to 6 pm.



If variety is the spice of life, then Val van der Poel is living life to its fullest though her art. She works in watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, and mixed media. Her subject matter is varied as well, including flowers, landscapes, still-lifes, birds, animals, and even the occasional abstract. When working with acrylic, Val will try almost any surface from rocks to fabric. Size and style vary to meet almost any interest and any pocketbook.

Val's studio and gallery, Mellowood Studio, is found at the end of a lane which winds through a cedar forest. Two converted bedrooms make for an airy, bright and roomy studio in the west wing of a rambling country home. A separate entrance opens into the gallery and studio area. Spend some time looking at the art and watching the artist wrestle with her latest creation—there are often two or more projects underway at one time. And if you have an extra half hour to spare, you can always try your hand at a simple watercolor or acrylic!


Artisans of Crawford Bay

This eclectic group of artisans can be found in the charming Kootenay Lake community of Crawford Bay.  Park your car and take a walking tour of these diverse working studios:



The Tilted Brick is a non-profit gallery that offers exhibition and other presentation opportunities to professional contemporary artists at any stage of their career, and connects the local community with new artwork in a welcoming environment.  

"We value art as a conversation starter, as an opportunity to share in a new perspective, and as an invitation to a deepened understanding of our common humanity.  We value the context of the non-profit formal gallery space as a venue where artists can share their work in ways they would choose for themselves, without the constraint of market considerations or restrictive conditions.  We value the art-viewing audience as participants in the thoughtful exchange that makes contemporary art vital, relevant, and impactful in the broader community."

Please email for more information.


Artist and instructor Karen Arrowsmith opened this Boswell gallery in 2003.


Displaying oil paintings by Garth Low, along with  pottery, jewelry and other handcrafted items, the gallery/gift shop is located at 14355 Highway 3A in Gray Creek.

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