For a self-guided tour of Columbia Valley artists in unique settings, look no further than the 5th annual Tour of the Arts, taking place this year on the first Sunday of August.  Tickets for the tour, which raises funds to support the programs of the Columbia Valley Arts Council, go on sale Saturday (June 23) and come in the form of a unique passport book.

The Tour of the Arts Passport gives holders admission to all five of the tour’s sites as well as the “Celebrate the Arts” evening reception at Copper Point Resort. The passports, which include tour maps, artists photos and bios, are available through the Columbia Valley Arts Council at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre, by calling 250-342-4423 or by emailing info@columbiavalleyarts.com. Free for children, they will cost students $10 while adults pay $25 in advance, or $30 on tour day.

The event will include an exciting draw prize, a silent auction and live music at each site to add to the festivities.

The 2012 tour is looking for volunteers to help create an overall amazing experience for everyone involved. Anyone interested is asked to contact CV Arts and will receive an exclusive, artist-designed T-shirt in exchange for their efforts. Check out the tour’s Facebook page, Tour of the Arts 2012, for updates and further information.