Teyana Neufeld shared some of her original compositions with the Nelson community during the eighth Art Party at Thompson funeral home last week.

Nelsonites flock to funeral home Art Party

The eighth event of its kind attracted approximately 130 people in the lead-up to the Blue Night rush this weekend.

Thompson’s Funeral Home may strike you as an unlikely venue for a cross-genre celebration of local creativity, but approximately 130 artists, fans and their friends came out for a night of dance, classical and contemporary music, rap, visual art and literary readings last week during the lead-up to the Blue Night culture crawl.

“Art Party is an all-inclusive party for everybody in the community,” Zaynab told the Star after the event, noting their unorthodox venue couldn’t have worked out better.

“It was their first time opening that space as a venue for anything other than a funeral, and it was really unique and beautiful. I would definitely do it there again.”

The night included performances from harpist Teyana Neufeld, who shared an intensely personal, newly written song as well as some of her older compositions. Selkirk College band Willow Talk, featuring Blair Ferguson wearing teardrop face-stickers and a bright orange wig, also played a raucous set.

Local writer and Selkirk creative writing instructor Leesa Dean read the title story from her upcoming collection of short fiction Waiting for the Cyclone. Mohammed said the audience was rapt during her performance.

“You could feel her passion. I looked around and everyone was focused in and engaged.”

Meanwhile, at the back of the room, Gavin (The Glass Man) Holland was showing off his colourful work, some of which has been created using found materials. The night included dance performances, multiple concerts from performers such as rapper Dazza, face-painting, snacks and community fun.

“We’re here to celebrate each other,” said Mohammed.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Activist, author Libby Davies coming to Nelson

Davies will talk about the intersection of activism and politics in pursuit of social change

NDP bring Green New Deal to the Kootenays

MPs Wayne Stetski and Peter Julian held climate change talks in Nelson, Cranbrook and Revelstoke

Trudeau to meet with U.K. and Japanese prime ministers ahead of G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, this year’s G7 host, has little expectations of a unified front from the leaders

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Orangeville Northmen take Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre

Swept best-of-five series 3-0 over Victoria Shamrocks

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

UPDATE: Crown cross-examines B.C. father accused of killing daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

Most Read