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

Programming & Events at Touchstones


Spring Family Fair!

Sunday March 22, 12-3pm.
Traditional Plains Grass Dance by Nemia Darwel at 12:15!

By donation. Half of proceeds to go the Aboriginal Early Intervention Program at Kootenay Kids

All ages are invited to celebrate Spring Equinox at Touchstones Nelson! The gallery spaces, archives and museum will be open and filled with hands-on art activities. The event will open with a traditional Grass Dance by Nemia Darwel at 12:15 in gallery A. The West Kootenay Francophone Society will have gigantic puppets in the lobby! Animated Inuit legends will be playing in the mini theatre all afternoon. Make a print inspired by the Aboriginal prints in the exhibition unlimited edition! Make a travel-inspired drawn postcard inspired by Boujke Elzinga's exhibition La Puerta Negra. Enjoy a treat and take in some art and history!

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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