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
Amy Bohigian: Wide Shot/Close Up
November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015 |
Curator: Jessica Demers
Opening Reception Friday, November 14, Member Preview begins at 6:30pm
Artist Talk on Thursday, November 20 at 7pm
Get to know your neighbours…
Image: Video stills from Wide Shot/Close Up, 2014, Amy Bohigian
Amy Bohigian’s interactive video installation Wide Shot/Close Up offers a unique view into the lives of people in our community. Bohigian interviewed over 20 Columbia Basin residents from diverse backgrounds, asking them to reflect on their identity and their relationships with themselves and others. Their candid responses reveal both individual experiences and universal characteristics of the human condition. Whether the participants are strangers to you or close friends, you will walk away with a new perspective. Amy Bohigian is an independent filmmaker based in Nelson and is Nelson’s Cultural Ambassador for 2014.
Bringing the War Home: 3D images from the Battlefields of WWI
September 20 to November 23 | Curator: Rod Taylor
Image: Partially buried field cannon, image taken from WWI stereoscopic glass slide.
Courtesy of Bill Sturgeon.
It’s springtime in Nelson. Like many other men in his community, a young accountant at the Bank of Montreal by the name of William Sturgeon has just enlisted. By August he’s in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the war is taking place. The year is 1916, and it’s been two years since the start of World War I.
Sturgeon would be one of the lucky ones - although severely wounded in the left hip, he would survive. When he eventually returned home, he brought with him a selection of stereoscopic images of French soldiers taken on the front lines. Stereoscopy was an early form of 3D photography, and images of this sort were very affordable and popular for a time.
Nearly 100 years later they remain powerful images, and for this exhibit a selection of them have been converted for use with 3d glasses, and will be projected in a darkened gallery. We are grateful to the family of William Sturgeon for the loan of the images and viewer, as well as local historian Steve Kobs for bringing them to our attention and helping in countless other respects. A warning: although black and white, many of these images contain graphic depictions of the dead that may be disturbing for some viewers.