The 2019 exhibition schedule at Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History includes a high calibre of creative and cultural diversity that members, visitors and patrons have come to expect from the organization.
Art and history convergence exhibitions are a mainstay of the Touchstones Nelson programming focus. Stunning history exhibitions will begin and end the year; the first curated by archivist and collections manager, Jean-Philippe Stienne, focusing on 100 years of Kiltie history is on until May 19, and the last under the guest curatorial vision of Greg Nesteroff, with an exhibition that examines Kootenay news — black, white and read all over — from Nov. 2 to Feb. 17.
Douglas Bentham’s first full-fledged gallery installation, The Tablets, is on from now until May 26. It presents a collection of metal assemblages of richly textured bronze and brass panels constructed from an array of salvaged materials.
Touchstones’ dedication to representing indigenous artists continues this year with an awe-inspiring collection of aboriginal abstract works titled Beyond Recognition. The artists represented in the collection hail from coast to coast and span five decades. Curated by Michelle McGeough, the exhibit runs June 8 to Aug. 11.
Running concurrently in Gallery B will be a showcase of new works from indigenous artist Brenda Draney, entitled Medium of Exchange, from May 25 to Aug. 4.
Internationally renowned artist and academic Gu Xiong will engage the community with an installation and research residency supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, which will focus on regional and resonate history of Chinese immigration patterns here and across B.C. The Unknown Remains is on from Aug. 24 to Nov. 3.
Spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan lends his talent to the group exhibition WORD, which explores and expands our appreciation of text-based artwork, along with artists Graham Gilmore, K.C. Hall, Nicole Dextras, Joi Arcand, and Don Mabie. It’s on from Nov. 9 to Feb. 23.
More information for the upcoming exhibitions can be found online at touchstonesnelson.ca. Drop by 502 Vernon St. to pick up your free 2019 exhibition season magnet at the Touchstones Shop (limited number available.)