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Upcoming Exhibitions


March 7– May 31

Paul Walde –  – Tom Thomson Centennial Swim

Gallery A – 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: Paul Walde, Tom Thomson Centennial Swim, photo by Andrew Wright, 2017, image courtesy of the artist



February 22 – May 28

 2020 Member’s Exhibition

Opening Event: Friday, February 21st, (7-9pm)

Gallery B – Curated by Arin Fay

Touchstones Members’ exhibitions are excellent opportunities to get a visual measure of our membership and reciprocate the support that our members give us as an 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 the Nelson community and area. We look forward to hosting this floor to ceiling, salon-style exhibition in 2020.

All members in good standing are invited to participate in this exhibition!!!