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

Programming & Events at Touchstones

Call for Art: Members' Show and Sale 2014

Deadline: received (via email) by Wednesday, Nov 19, 5pm

Back by popular demand, the Members' Show and Sale returns for its second year.There's no fee to participate, and you need only be a member of Touchstones Nelson as of the show's opening date: December 6, 2014. All exhibiting artists will receive a basic membership voucher, which you can use yourself or give to a friend!

Detailed submission guidelines are available on our Facebook page, and at the front desk. You can also email exhibitions(at) and we'll send you a copy!


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

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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