Arts Co-op opens new gallery on ski hill

An eclectic sampling of local artwork is now available to view and purchase at Lizard Creek Lodge. The Fernie Arts Co-op has opened a new gallery within the lodge, located at the ski hill.

Paintings, ceramics, glass, woodworking, jewelry, and photography created by members of the Fernie Arts Co-op will be on display just off the main lobby of the lodge.

The Fernie Arts Co-op originally got started with just ten members in the building that now houses Mugshots Cafe. The group of artists went on to relocate to the Tea House, before moving once more and expanding into their current main location on Second Avenue.

Today, with close to 40 local artists taking part, the Co-op will continue to showcase a variety of different pieces at its downtown store, as well as the new gallery.

“We have something for everyone at every price point,” said Carrie Uphill, president of the Co-op board.  “Our new branch store at Lizard Gallery shows our artwork to Fernie visitors who may not be aware of our downtown store.”

The Lizard Creek location offers casual seating to give out-of-towners and Fernie locals a place to enjoy and discuss the pieces on display.

The Co-op is made up of members who contribute their time to staffing the store, along with a governing board of directors, and several committees with volunteer members. Built on teamwork and the hard work of volunteers, the Arts Co-op is now celebrating its tenth year in business.


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