The art experience at Kootenay Gallery

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The Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar has another great lineup of exhibitions for the 2019 season with artists from afar as well as from the local area. Walk-through installations promote participation and switch the focus to that of experiencing the art.

Beginning March 1, the season will open with Fata Morgana by Nelson’s Hildur Jonasson. It captures the mystery and illusion of Jonasson’s residency in Svalbard at the Arctic Circle. The artwork explores arctic nature and our relationship to it. In the West Gallery, Helena Wadsley has created a grove of large maple tree drawings that visitors can wander through and view from four sides. Relative to Trees and Fata Morgana both run until April 13.

On April 18, Young Visions will open. In celebration of a yearlong endeavour, the students and teachers from School District 20 exhibit their visual interpretations of life. This is a great opportunity to view our youth’s work and encourage them to make art an ongoing part of their lives. The exhibition wraps up on May 25.

Following that, in the week of May 31 – June 6, the Camera Club will mount their annual photo show and competition. It is always a popular community show.

In June, we celebrate Castlegar’s citizens with The Hidden Hero Project. Photographer Claire Dibble took portraits of nominees for everyday heroes in Castlegar. The exhibition will include an opening community celebration, portraits of 25 heroes, a full list of all the nominees and an opportunity to add to the list. In the West Gallery, Dibble is documenting her huge solo paddling expedition that will cover all 2000 kilometers of the Columbia River between the source (near her home in Golden, BC) to the sea (beyond Astoria, Oregon).  

In the autumn, fibre artist Amanda McCavour will install Consumed by Clouds, a series of hanging neon coloured fibre clouds. Viewers will be able to move around the embroidered environment through paths and even lie underneath the installation if they wish. In addition to McCavour’s installation, Castlegar’s own George Koochin is creating a monumental visual poem. Intrigued? All will be revealed on September 6 here at the Kootenay Gallery of Art.

The year wraps up with Christmas at the Gallery. This very popular exhibition and sale is a celebration of local and regional artists, craftspeople and collections.

The Kootenay Gallery of Art is located at 120 Heritage Way in Castlegar, across from the airport and next to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. In addition to exhibitions, we have a gift shop featuring local artisans. The Gallery offers programming and events throughout the year. For more information or to subscribe to our e-newsletter, contact Val or Maggie at 250-365-3337, email kootenaygallery@telus.net or visit www.kootenaygallery.com There is no admission for the gift shop and gallery exhibitions are by donation. Members get in free.

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