Thomas Loh Dance on the afternoon of the Grand Opening, Oct. 14, 2006. Touchstones Nelson Collection

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Amy Bohigian (right) with youth participants

Youth Workshops with Amy Bohigian

Film maker and educator Amy Bohigian is offering workshops for youth aged 13-18 inspired by her exhibition Wide Shot/Close Up. Using the exhibition's five video stations as starting points, participants will explore the exhibition's themes of identity, relationships, community and technology through reflective, participatory group activities.

Testimonials from project participants:
"Wide Shot/Close Up has helped me to claim my self and my uniqueness…and to realize that I'm not alone, that other people struggle with similar things and have the same kinds of feelings I do."

"It's fundamentally about community building because it softens your heart and inspires new connections."

Workshop dates:
Jan.28, 29. Feb. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.
Times vary. Call to inquire.

To register, or for more information, contact Jessica Demers:
email: or call: 250-352-9813 ext.275

Online Exhibit Launch!

Discovered: The Kootenay Outlet Collection

Touchstones Nelson is pleased to announce the launch of its newest online exhibit Discovered: The Kootenay Outlet Collection.

This exhibit features over 150 glass plate negatives of the Kootenay Lake Outlet area, Nelson and Ainsworth; the Prairies; and even Europe. The photos document Kootenay Outlet area homes, businesses, farming and logging industries, school and community events, landscapes, social groups and families. These photographic records capture an area developing into a residential and agricultural centre at the time of growth in the fruit industry in the West Kootenay region. As a collection they fill an important gap in documenting the history of the Nelson and Area. 

The identity of the photographer is still a mystery. However, there was an itinerant commercial photographer, David Wadds, who was active in the Kootenay Lake area during the period of 1900-1910. He was known to leave behind his glass plate negatives (a heavy burden to carry around), after selling the prints ordered by his clients.  The artful compositions and the diversity of the subjects and locations make it likely that they were the product of a professional photographer.

The creation of the site was funded in part by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, British Columbia History Digitization Program. The exhibit is available the day of the launch at

Please join us for the launch party on October 25th to view the digitized images and mark another successful milestone in Touchstones Nelson's photo digitization efforts.

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