Michael Hepher (centre) at the opening of his exhibit “All in this Together” at the Fernie Museum on June 30 2022. Pictured with executive director of the museum Jim Takenaka, and museum board member Gordon Sombrowski. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Michael Hepher (centre) at the opening of his exhibit “All in this Together” at the Fernie Museum on June 30 2022. Pictured with executive director of the museum Jim Takenaka, and museum board member Gordon Sombrowski. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Museum summer exhibit opens

The ‘All in this Together’ exhibit will be open at the museum until September 4

The Fernie Museum’s summer exhibit, ‘All in this Together’ has officially opened in their upstairs gallery, with a well-attended opening exhibition on June 30.

The exhibit of Fernie artist Michael Hepher’s work will be on display at the museum from now through to September 4, and is the last of a travelling tour of the work which showcases the Columbia Basin in bright and bold colours.

The pieces are painted in a similar style to the downtown Fernie mural, ‘All kinds of Beauty’, which was painted in 2019 and Hepher said had been well-received by the community.

Hepher said that the exhibit as it existed in Fernie was a mix of pieces new and old, given parts of the exhibit had been sold off as it toured the region.

“It’s the very first pieces I’ve done, and the very last pieces, and a whole bunch in the middle,” he said in remarks at the opening, explaining he had been painting and adding to the exhibit for an entire year.

The theme of the exhibit was a subjective look at what binds the region together. “I would really hope everyone can find a little bit of themselves here,” said Hepher.

The Fernie Museum is open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11am to 5pm. Entry to the exhibit is by donation, and items from the exhibit are for sale.

READ MORE: The Columbia Basin in bright, bold colour: Fernie artist paints the region



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