Selkirk College: On the Road at Shambhala

On the Road at Shambhala

Aug 06 2014
Thousands of music lovers will be taking in this year's annual Shambhala Music Festival south of Salmo. Thanks to an innovative portable foundry, Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College will be set up on site to provide festival-goers an opportunity to see what new creative worlds can be opened up starting this September at the Nelson-based art school.

Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College (KSA) will be part of the eclectic mix of sights and sounds arriving to the Salmo River Ranch this weekend for the Shambhala Music Festival.

In an effort to promote the programming at the Nelson-based art school, a portable foundry has been built that will allow faculty and recent graduates to provide demonstrations of bronze casting.

KSA faculty assistant Wright Simmonds (left) and Metal Casting Program instructor Denis Kleine (rigtht) with the portable foundry that will be set up at the Shambhala Music Festival this coming weekend.

Designed from scratch by KSA faculty assistant Wright Simmonds, the portable furnace will be fired up for all four days of the annual festival.

"I didn't work off any pre-existing plans to build it," says Simmonds. "It's an original design and I'm excited to see it in use at the festival."

KSA Bronze Casting Instructor Denis Kleine will be spearheading the demonstrations and will be joined by recent grads and alumni. Instructors and students from KSA's Blacksmithing Studio and Textiles Studio will also be at the festival providing demonstrations and answering questions.

KSA is currently taking applications for all programs that begin this September.

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