Kootenay Critters

December 11, 2021 – January 29, 2022

A playful collection of paintings highlighting a few of the animals found in the Kootenays created by artist Carolyn Beck. It’s fun and cheerful; aimed to put a smile on your face.

The collection is paired with some whimsical sculptural pieces created by artist Rabia. 


Past Exhibitions

August 7 – September 20, 2020

Damian John, Wild Mind

“My work has always been nature-based and explores the connection between culture, nature, and people. The mood in my work shifts with what is current in my life and reflects everything from whimsy to grief. With this exhibition, I am trying to hold true to my artistic and cultural influences and tendencies, while at the same time stretch both.

A wild mind is full of creativity. It’s full of motion. It follows its urges. There are times of plenty, times of rest, times of play, and times of struggle. There is a feeling of deep connection. I am deeply influenced by my time on the land in my early years with my family, by my time spent in the community of Tache. It was and continues to be a pretty wild landscape where nature borders human settlement, where cultures clash and mix and mingle into something new and strange, where history informs and often dictates outcomes, but surges of the wild flow through some of us some of the time, bringing about wonderful new things.

My art is a reflection of these ideas, where culture meets nature, where colours collide and move around one another, where the new influences the old and vice versa.” – Damian John, Tl’azt’en artist


July 3 – August 2, 2020

What About B.O.B? Artists Bridging the Community Together

Featuring the celebrated orange bridge as a theme for the body of work, artists share their connection to the City of Nelson. It serves as a symbol of perseverance to keep this well-known artistic community of the Kootenays connected to one another and beyond during this unprecedented time. 

This Exhibition features local artists of Nelson but was open to those who once lived here, attended school or just visited and felt an impact from the city or carried its inspiration with them when they left.

This Exhibition has also been adapted to be virtual for those art lovers who can not travel to see it.

“We are less lonely when we connect. Art is connection.”– Nikki Giovanni

Exhibition Artists: Katrina Williamson, Abby Wilson, Michael Hepher, Lisa Limarzi, Carolyn Beck, Chrystyna ByKowa, Renée Harper, Clinton Johnson, Tia Reyden, Robert Richardson, Sandra Irvine, Kathryn Newsom, Lana Swanson, Heather Lippert, Marie Christine Bellerose, Scott Wilson, Kim Freeman and Mike Wysminity


July 19 – October 13, 2019

Running with the Salmon

A diverse collection of artwork from various artists in the Kootenays which explore not only the beauty of the spawning salmon but also the wildlife that relies upon them.

Exhibiting Artists: Rachel Abbey, Sharon Bamber, Carolyn Beck, Barb Butchart, Chrystyna Bykowa, Laurie Crawford, Andrea Gardner, Sandra Irvine, Damian John, Laura Leeder, Rabia, Michel Griffin Rain, Lee Rawn, Joanne Siderius, Nathan Smith, Barbara Wallace, Abby Wilson, Scott Wilson

May 10 – July 14, 2019

Womanscape featuring Diane Walters with Lindsay Dew