Art & History Convergence

  • Utopia Unveiled: Intentional Communities in the Kootenays

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    The counterculture movement brought a wave of creativity to the Kootenays in areas such as theatre, ceramics, filmmaking, weaving, poetry, fine art, and music. Utopia Unveiled will explore how this community helped shaped Nelson.

  • Elevation


    This four-seasons backyard playground produced world-class athletes, built a tourism economy, and hosts adventurers from around the world.  This winter, the Nelson Museum, Archives & Gallery presents Elevation – an ambitious exhibition exploring the vast expanse of the mountains in the Kootenays. 

  • Greetings from Nelson: Historic Postcards from the Collection


    Before Instagram and Facebook, postcards were a popular way for travelers to send a quick note and image to friends or family. Postcards can be a window on the past, showing us people, places, and even cultural attitudes, as they were at that moment in time. This exhibition will feature many reproductions of postcards from…

  • Art Deco in Modern Times


    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.  Using a selection of photographs with accompanying text, Art Deco in Modern Times serves to orient the public to become more…

  • Turning Pages


    Turning Pages documents the history of the Nelson Library and its 100 years of service in the name of community and literacy. In the 100 years since the founding of the Nelson Public Library much has changed—and will continue to change in an increasingly digital era while, as a society, we need more than ever…

  • Tom Thomson Centennial Swim


    On July 8th 2017, Paul Walde swam the length of Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on the 100th Anniversary of Canadian Painter Tom Thomson’s death. The swim, a site-specific and temporally specific event, was used as an opportunity for exploring and understanding this landscape and history through performative experience. The duration of the piece was…

  • Generational Echoes


    Generational Echoes presents a survey of series created by Emma Nishimura and focuses on the narratives surrounding the Japanese Canadian internment. Based in Toronto, Emma’s work ranges from traditional etchings, archival pigment prints, drawings, and audio pieces to art installations. Using a diversity of media, her work addresses ideas of memory and loss that are…

  • unlimited edition


    unlimited edition looks how prints by Indigenous artists represented in the Kamloops Art Gallery’s permanent collection, supplemented by works on loan from the Carleton University Art Gallery and the Royal BC Museum, represent a drive to preserve, portray and popularize oral histories and address social inequities in the medium of printmaking. Featuring prints from Northwest…

  • River Relations


    Using art as a visual and narrative critical tool, River Relations is a multi-disciplinary group exhibition that investigates the ecological and social impact of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. The project contributes to conversations about the effects of dam construction by producing creative work that provides critical, nuanced and evocative entry points for public…

  • A Mountain Biking Retrospective


    The History of Mountain Biking is an exploration of the culture, characters, infrastructure and landscape of mountain bike culture in the Kootenays. This exhibit is truly a community-curated exhibition, and is the result of a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts sharing their stories about the legacy and impact of mountain biking in the Kootenay/Columbia Basin.…

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