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

Programming & Events at Touchstones

Quick Draw is Back!

Quick Draw brings together a fantastic collection of original drawings by local artists. Every Quick Draw ticket guarantees you an original drawing. Only 100 drawings are available which means only 100 Quick Draw tickets will be sold.

Featured artists include Carol Reynolds, Deb Thompson, Murray Kimber, Kate Bridger, Boujke Elzinga, Brent Bukowski, Maya Heringa, Terry Huva, Chris Kolmel, Keira Zaslove, John Cooper, Kathleen Pemberton, and over eighty more contributors.

This special evening will be hosted by Lucas Meyers.

Ticket holders will also have exclusive access to a silent auction Mark Mizgala's photo-based art series, Monument, as seen in the Touchstones Nelson exhibition, Found: The Art of Re-use. Image: Mark Mizgala, Monument, November 1, 2012.


$40 general public / $35 for Touchstones Nelson members

Spectator Tickets (perfect for your better half) are $15.

Tickets are available in person only, get yours today!

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.

Thursday, September 4 at 5:30

By donation

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Touchstones Nelson is marking the occasion by hosting the launch of author Sylvia Crooks lastest book, Names on a Cenotaph: Kootenay Lake Men in World War I.  Join Crooks for an in-depth talk and Power Point photo presentation.  Copies of the book are available now at Touchstones Nelson.

Those attending the event will be invited to view the opening of the redesigned military exhibit located in the permanent museum on the second floor of the Touchstones facility.

KSA Then & Now

A special reception for KSA alumni, faculty and students in conjunction with the exhibition Zelkjo Kujundzic and the Early Years of KSA. Share your KSA memories, stories and photos. Celebrate the history and continued success of Nelson's iconic art education institution.

Thursday Nov. 6, 7-9pm

For more information and to send your images for a slideshow at the event, please contact Jessica Demers

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