The changing exhibitions of Touchstones Nelson offer a diversity of topics and themes that reflect the broad interests and capabilities of people living in the region. From contemporary art and pop culture, to fine craft and design, to local architectural and human history, Touchstones Nelson exhibitions connect to this area’s creative energy and rich heritage.

Current Exhibitions

Gallery A
Tanya Pixie JohnsonEdge of the Light
February 25 to May 28

Gallery B
Out of the Woods: A History of Forestry in the West Kootenays
November 26 2016 to February 19, 2017



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Gallery A

Edge of the Light

Tanya Pixie Johnson
February 25 to May 28
Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 7-9pm (Members Preview at 6:30)
Artist Talk event: Thursday, March 16th, 7-9pm (by donation)
Curator: Arin Fay

Tanya Pixie Johnson is an artist defined (if we must) by a plethora of passionate pursuits. With long-standing roots in Winlaw, Tanya Ps practice has a truly astounding reach due to her penchant for residencies in far-flung places and unrelenting engagement with people and place; both ephemeral and essential. From her birth in Nairobi, Kenya and childhood in South Africa, to her bohemian wandering in Europe, and her current place in the Kootenays, Tanya P. has delved deeply and with a focused abandon into the dichotomies of human experience.

Intervention II, Tanya Pixie Johnson


Intervention II

Mixed media, vintage photographs, found objects
Image courtesy the Artist.


Gallery B

Out of the Woods: A History of Forestry in the West Kootenays

November 26 2016 to February 19, 2017
Curator: Rod Taylor

Forestry has a long history in our region, and has played an important and continually changing role in the makeup of our communities. From the sawmills that fed the demand for building materials starting in the late 1800s to treeplanting and Kootenay Forest Products many decades later, our relationship with the forest has been varied and increasingly diverse. From the "Push Pull and Drag" railroad to beehive burners, this exhibit looks at the history of the forest industry in our region, and the many ways in which it has shaped our community.


Bernard Feeney drives the first load of lumber across the Salmo Bridge
Collection of Touchstones Nelson

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