The changing exhibitions of Touchstones Nelson offer a diversity of topics and themes that reflect the broad interests and capabilities of people living in the region. From contemporary art and pop culture, to fine craft and design, to local architectural and human history, Touchstones Nelson exhibitions connect to this area’s creative energy and rich heritage.
Exhibition News and Guidelines
Courtney Villads Andersen
May 17 to August 10
Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 7-9pm (Member’s Preview at 6:30)
Artist Talk on Thursday, June 5 at 7pm
This exhibition will feature work by well known long-time Nelson area resident and KSA instructor Courtney Andersen. Since coming to the area in 1993, much of his work has been shaped by a combination of reclaimed metal, his personal sensibility and a sharp pair of tin snips.
“Humour reveals itself everywhere in my art, sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly. It is an important characteristic, and these materials appeared very appropriate for this. The off-cuts would provide an unexpected and oft times humorous design attribute. I enjoy uplifting the work with titles that bring a smile to the beholder.”
From smaller pieces in cera cola (a cold, wax based medium) to large scale metal sculpture, this will be an opportunity to not only see the range of his work, but gain an appreciation for his sensitivity to material and intelligent humour.
Sons of Freedom Doukhobors: Photographs from the Stevens Studio Collection
Curator: Jessica Demers
May 24 to September 7, 2014
Group of Friends Choir Performance
Thursday June 12, 7pm
Image: Doukhobor woman stands in front of burnt house, Circa 1950’s, Touchstones Nelson Archives
The Sons of Freedom, a distinct group of reformed Doukhobors based mainly in Krestova BC, gained worldwide attention during the early 1950’s. They burned their own houses to demonstrate rejection of material wealth and private property, and marched naked as a form of spiritual cleansing and protest. When a public demonstration was planned, photographer Jane Sloan often showed up before the police. A trusted outsider, she was invited by the Sons of Freedom to document their cultural activities and protests, and her evocative photographs quickly spread throughout Canada and parts of Europe via newspapers and publications such as Life Magazine.
Selected from the larger Stevens Studio collection in the Touchstones Nelson Archives, the photographs in this exhibit document a compelling chapter in the history of the Sons of Freedom Doukhobors, as well as our community. Although much of the collection has been made available for viewing online (at http://www.flickr.com/photos/touchstonesnelson), this will be the first time the photographs have been exhibited publicly since they appeared in media outlets over six decades ago.