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Current Exhibitions


paul walde: tom thomson – centennial swim

March 7 – september 20* (gallery A)

Opening Event: Friday, march 6 (7-9 pm)

Curated by Arin Fay

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 determined by the length of the lake (3kms) and the artist’s ability to navigate it. The swim was accompanied by a series of interconnected events: a brass band with a mandolin soloist performing a new long form music composition by Walde, three synchronized swimming routines a various points along the route, and a flotilla of canoes carrying the band. The work primarily exists in two forms, that of the event itself and an audio/video work based on the footage of the event. Touchstones Nelson will be the first gallery to premiere the video and score as an installation.

photo credit is: Paul Walde, Tom Thomson Centennial Swim, photo by Andrew Wright, 2017, image courtesy of the artist.

*The show has been extended due to Gallery closures related to Covid-19.

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Touchstones Nelson 2020 Members Show and Sale

February 22 – september 6* (Gallery B)

Opening Event: Friday, February 21 (7-9pm), Closing: Thursday, May 28, 8pm

Curated by Arin Fay

The ‘Members Show and Sale’ exhibition events are excellent opportunities to get a visual measure of our membership and reciprocate the support that our members give us as an arts and culture organization. The last member exhibition took place in 2017 and was a beautiful and eclectic showing of the talent, dedication and passion that exists within our membership and the community at large. The 2020 Members Show and Sale runs the gamut from whimsical to traditional and includes 2D and 3D works of great variety: textile, ceramic, works on paper and canvas, assemblage, sculpture, collage, and so much more …. The Gallery B space is ablaze with the artistic adventure of 58 artists, from pre-teen to octogenarian, contributing works that pay homage to landscapes, both real and imagined.

*The show has been extended due to Gallery closures related to Covid-19.


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