Upcoming Events:

Columbia Basin Culture Tour

I’m so pleased to be a part of the 15th Annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour — the 7th Annual for me!

This year I will be in Silverton, at the Silverton Memorial Hall, 203 Lake Ave (Hwy 6), Silverton, BC (NOTE: This is a change of venue, previously listed as Slocan Lake Arts Centre). There will also be at least three other artist friends of mine there. Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30, 10am – 5pm

I’m excited to show you new paintings and new poetry.

Come find me!



Past Events:

Presentations coming up:

-Kelowna Downtown Branch Library, 1380 Ellis St, Kelowna BC (250) 762-2800, Saturday November 2, 2:30pm.

SYLVAN REFLECTIONS: Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings From the Forest

Artist Talk/Author Reading:

Come experience the beauty and wonder of nature in the West Kootenay forest through the eyes of artist/author/forest-walker Barbara Brown, as she shares her love of the forest where she lives in the Slocan Valley, and the inspiration and the healing that is to be found there.
A unique presentation combining readings from the author’s book, a display of her original oil paintings that inspired the book, and a short film describing the project.

-Creston Library, September 21, 3pm.

-Columbia Basin Culture Tour, August 10-11, 10am-5pm

-Grand Forks Library, Thursday July 25, 6:30pm

-Golden Library, Thursday May 23, 6pm.

-Kimberley Public Library, 112 Spokane St, Kimberley BC, (250) 427-3112, Thursday, Jan 31, 7pm.

-Trail & District Public Library, 1505 Bay Ave, Trail BC (250) 364-1731, Thursday Feb 21, 3pm.

-Salmo Valley Public Library, 106 4th St, Salmo BC (250) 357-2312, Wednesday Apr 3, 7pm.

Christmas Craft Faires 2018

Come and find me at the
Castlegar Christmas Craft Faire
this Sunday, December 2, 10-4
at Castlegar & District Recreation & Aquatic Centre,
2101 6th Ave, Castlegar BC.

the following weekend on Saturday, December 8, 10 – 4 at the
Nelson Waldorf School Winter Faire
at 3648 SilverKing Ski Hill Road
(three minutes south of Nelson off Highway 6
– the road to Whitewater Ski Hill, Ymir, and Salmo).

RANDOM ACTS OF CREATIVITY in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday

This is going to be a very fun day all along the Rail Trail here in the Slocan Valley.

Come on out and join in the fun!

Sunday June 25th 10am – 4pm

I will be at the Perry Siding Trailhead, in the Threads Guild building with my paintings and books.

And I’ll be singing in the Vallican Whole Community Choir there as well, from 11am to noon.


On Sunday, June 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Slocan Valley Rail Trail will be the place to experience “Random Acts of Creativity”. The Slocan Valley Community Arts Council and the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society  have formed a unique partnership on that day to celebrate Canada150. The day will involve recognizing our valley’s place in history, reaching from deep into our past up to the living history we create every day.
Two special live musical performances, displays of artists work, interactive creative art exploration, art installations and wilderness walks are just some of the wide range of activities which will be taking place around four ‘hubs’ along the 50 km long Rail Trail. Walk, dance, or ride your way along the route to take in the adventure of Slocan Valley living at its artistic finest. Of course, there’ll be plenty of Canada150 birthday cake along the way!

The northernmost hub of the event will be at the Owl Park, just outside of the Village of Slocan. From 10:30 to noon, the Slocan Valley Early Childhood Society and CBAL will be hosting a Storywalk and activities for children. Of course, there will be cake as well and don’t be surprised if you see some local art work on display.

Further south, the next hub will be at the Perrys Siding Trailhead and the Threads Guild Building where you’ll find the Vallican Whole Choir at 11 a.m. performing a selection of classic Canadiana songs such as Land of the Silver Birch and sing-along favourites. As well, an art installation will be erected and there will be displays of pottery, paintings and books by area artists to enjoy.
Continuing south, the Winlaw Station Trailhead will be a busy place. Located across from Winlaw School, the Slocan Valley Community Band will be playing their final performance of the season at 1 p.m. As well the Slocan Historical Society will also be there, dressed in period costume, with an information table sharing what they’ve discovered about our valley. A Sand Sculpture will be on display along with the work of several artists.

Just north of Winlaw, opposite Winlaw Nature Park, students from Winlaw School will have created a large Wildflower mural. Make sure to check it out! And just south of Winlaw, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,there will be an information display of the Stream Restoration Project being developed by the Slocan Valley Streamkeepers at the Crooked Horn Farm.

Along the trail, in the Slocan Park area, you will find a pottery display and Plein Air painting.

The southernmost ‘hub’ of Random Acts of Creativity is at the Crescent Valley Trailhead. Kids will be making Forest Walk Bracelets and a Community Interactive Nature Art Project will be on-going.
It’ll be a busy day, with much to experience! A limited number of event maps will be at several locations throughout the Valley to help you on your way, or you can visit www.slocanvalleyrailtrail.ca or the Rail Trail Facebook page to find a copy of the map to help plan your adventure.

The Slocan Valley Rail Trail offers easy non-motorized access to 50km of scenery through one of the most beautiful river valleys in British Columbia.

The event has been made possible with support from the Columbia Basin Trust, Heritage Credit Union and the Slocan Valley Community Arts Council as well as the tireless work of a large group of volunteers.

The book is out!! Available through my Etsy Shop (see sidebar), and at local shops (see below)


Wanderings, Paintings and Ponderings

from the Forest



The book is available through my Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BarbaraBrownArtist

and they are available locally:

in Nelson at:

•Otter Books 398 Baker St, •Gaia Rising 356 Baker St, •Booksmyth 338 Baker St, •Touchstones 502 Vernon St, •Nelson Visitor Centre 91 Baker St.

in Castlegar at:

•Kootenay Gallery 120 Heritage Way, •Yes, Please! 277 Columbia Ave, •Dragonflies & Fairy Dust 1502 Columbia Ave.

in Trail at:

Crockett Books in Waneta Mall

in New Denver at:

Raven’s Nest, Main St

and at the NelsonCastlegarTrail and Slocan libraries

West Kootenay Book Launch Tour:

I will be giving a presentation at the Slocan Community Library

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 1pm.

I’d love to see you there!

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1pm at Kootenay Gallery, 120 Heritage Way (across the hwy from the airport) in Castlegar.
  • Thursday, November 17, 7pm at Hidden Garden Gallery, Kildare at 6th Ave in New Denver.
  • Saturday, November 26, 3pm at Booksmyth, 338 Baker St, as part of Blue Night Arts Festival in Nelson



Everyone is invited to a unique presentation combining visual art, love of nature, contemplative thought, and spiritual connection. This is a book launch unlike any other. “SYLVAN REFLECTIONS: Wanderings, Paintings and Ponderings from the Forest” is Barbara Brown’s first-ever, self-published book.

The artist/writer will be on hand throughout the event to read from her book and to discuss why she chose this way to share her deep love of nature. Her paintings will be on display, and she will present a beautiful short film that tells the story of how her book came to be.

Every day Barbara walks in her forest ~ and steps into a world of subtle beauty and transcendent splendour. For her, the trees and bushes simply glow with life and spirit. “I look at all this around me,” she says, “and I wonder: ‘Is this just for me?’ ” Gradually she realized she needed to share her vision. Remarkably, with her art she makes it possible for you and me to see the forest through her eyes. It will never look the same again.

Barbara is no stranger to Kootenay residents and travellers since for many years, as Raven Creations, she produced the widely-distributed annual West Kootenay, Nelson and Castlegar maps. Now she has taken the skills gained throughout these years to make a dream come true and to present her art to the world.

This beautifully designed book features 16 original oil paintings as well as numerous other illustrations and musings on the forest. It is also enriched with nature lore and inspirational quotes from some of the writer’s favourite muses. There are even three pages you can download and colour yourself. This is a book you will pick up again and again.

“Come, let’s go for a walk together, in the forest…” says Barbara. Yes, come. You’ll be glad you did.



Financial support for the creation of the book SYLVAN REFLECTIONS

 is gratefully acknowledged:

Columbia Basin Trust,

Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and

Slocan Valley Community Arts Council


Columbia Basin Culture Tour 2016

I’m excited to invite you to come this weekend to see me and my paintings and book project:  SYLVAN REFLECTIONS: Wanderings, Paintings and Ponderings from the Forest, as part of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour  www.cbculturetour.com.

I’ll be showing at Venue #49 of the Tour, Crescent Valley Hall (on Hwy 6 beside the Fire Hall) with about a dozen other Slocan Valley Arts Council artists ~ beautiful work ~ well worth the trip ~ this Saturday and Sunday, August 13 – 14 from 10am – 5pm.

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I’d love to see you, and . . . you’ll be glad you came to see all the talent that’s going to be in Crescent Valley Hall those two days!

With many thanks to the Slocan Valley Arts Council and Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance for their generous support.

For Tour info:  www.cbculturetour.com   250.505.5505   1.877.505.7355  “Explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites through this free, self-guided tour.  Meet the artists, shop for fine art and craft, view demonstrations, special exhibits, interpretive displays or chat with local historians during this two-day cultural celebration!”   

For various options of beautiful high quality giclee Prints of the paintingsas well as the Book and its companion Film, plus Art CardsPoetry Postcards, and Fridge Magnets . . .

There are some Miniature Original Oil Paintings there for you too!

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For an eclectic array of various beautiful and fun household and personal items with my paintings’ images on them . . .

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