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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 rooted within family stories and inherited narratives.


Sharing the Collection Part I: Picturing Ourselves

Touring From the Indigenous Art Centre.


Broken Promises

Broken Promises examines this dark time in Canadian history through the stories of seven Japanese Canadians and explores life for Japanese Canadians in Canada before war, the administration of their lives during and after war ends, and how legacies of dispossession continue to this day.


The Grow Show

Shakespeare (may have) smoked it. Bill Clinton definitely smoked it, but didn’t inhale. The Kootenays grew it – a lot of it. Canada legalized it. And now, Nelson Museum is doing a show about it.


MĂ©tis Art and History

Mirroring the discussion of today’s global issues, this exhibition turns to art, collaboration and history to help charter a path forward to understanding and reconciliation. Partnering with the West Kootenay Métis Society, Métis Art and History – OTIPEMISIWAK: The People Who Own Themselves enlists the community, working with traditional art forms in artist-led workshops throughout the year, to create the work featured in the large-scale exhibition.


20 Objects

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History inhabiting the storied historical building on the corner of Ward and Vernon Street in Nelson BC this exhibition will share 15 notable objects from our Archives and Collections that will help tell the complex and interesting story of the people, place and perspectives that create and contribute to history.


Alone Time/ Queer Portraits

JJ Levine is a Montreal-based artist working in intimate portraiture. Levine is holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from Concordia University. Mostly known for the series Queer Portraits, Alone Time, and Switch. Levine has been honoured with several awards and received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du QuĂ©bec and the Canada Council for the Arts. Levine’s work has been exhibited at galleries and art festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. As well Alone Time and Switch have been featured in art magazines, journals, and newspapers internationally. Levine’s artistic practice balances a radical agenda with a strong formal aesthetic. Of his work, Levine writes: “I am interested in expressing fierceness, beauty, and resistance through the confrontational gaze of my subjects and the aesthetic of a queer subculture, a goal that underlies the series and my work as a whole.”


Kootenay Pride: We Love a Parade!

Queer Kootenays: We Love a Parade! explores the history of the LGBTQ2S+ movement in the Kootenays since the late 1960s. The exhibition is community curated, featuring stories, photographs, videos, costumes, and other information from the community, supported with archival photographs from the Shawn Lamb Archives. Together, the items tell a familiar tale; one where organizers and supporters have been met with fear and anger as often as they were welcomed with open arms. 


Time Warp

John McKinnon has been an important and prolific part of the Kootenay artistic landscape since the 1970’s. His sculptures are part of the City of Nelson’s public art collection and his work is also featured in a number of cities across Canada and Internationally. John is an sculptor first and foremost, but also an instructor, a print maker, a builder and a Kootenay legend!


All Things Considered

With large scale paintings, Cynthia Fuhrer proposes a mythical framework for the depiction of human beings in the wild, connected and responsible to a diverse community of plant and animal inhabitants. The tropes of historical painting post-Renaissance through the Romantic period, and into 19th century Modernism provide the framework for the artist to picture a tableaux that captures the symbiotic presence of these enlightened spirit beings. The figures are presented as a formally composed portrait; directing their gaze, confronting and acknowledging the viewer. Human presence is juxtaposed in a natural setting with mythical animals where children stand with fortitude alongside sacred creatures, sharing the burdens of a history that is left to them. The subjects are depicted as guardians of a shared landscape, invoking a positive coexistence and perhaps a glimpse into a sustainable future