Upcoming Exhibitions at Touchstones

Upstream Benefits: Artist-Run Culture in the Kootenays
November 18, 2017 to February 11, 2018
Opening: Friday, November 17 (7-9pm)
Group Artist Talk: November 26th (2-3pm) free admission
Gallery A
Curator(s): Arin Fay & Miriam Needoba


The ‘Upstream Benefits’ Exhibition involves ten artists: Courtney Andersen, Susan Andrews Grace, Amy Bohigian, Brent Bukowski, Boukje Elzinga, Ian Johnston, Maggie Shirley, Natasha Smith, Deborah Thompson and Rachel Yoder, a sampling of the impressive caliber of artists that call the Kootenays home. The artists involved in this exhibition example how artist run culture in the Kootenays has been supported and developed over the last decade.  The place in which we live is an important part of the creative process; artists are informed and fostered by place, where they live and where the work was conceived and created. Each artist will display an early instrumental piece – from their tenure here in the Kootenays, in tandem with a new work which will illustrate the evolution of their respective creation/styles/approach. This exhibition is about artist run culture, about the creative process and the importance of place.


Also showing in Gallery B at Touchstones from November 18 till February 11, 2018
Art Deco in Modern Times
November 18, 2017 to February 11, 2018
Artist Talk: November 23, (7-9pm)
Gallery B
Guest Curator(s): Peter Bartl & Jane Merks

At present there is little attention paid to our architectural heritage built after the end of World War 1. However there are many buildings, public and private, from the 1920’s into the 1950’s that deserve our appreciation.

To mention just a few:

The Capitol Theatre (1925), the Terrace Apartment (1929), the Medical Arts Building on Baker (1930), The Civic Centre (1935), the Chrysler Dealership on Hendrix (1936), the Scandinavian Church (1933) etc. In these early years the work of the contractor A.H. Green, who was involved in many of those buildings also deserves more credit. By the mid-1930 the firm of F.W. Williams and his wife Ilsa Williams, and later the work of D. Fairbanks all have iconic significance in the physical fabric of Nelson: the former Forestry building (now the Community First Health Co-op) on Lake Street (1952), the Gateway building on Front street (1936) and most importantly Mount St. Francis (1949). These two generations of architects have also created many fine residences throughout the city.


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