The Gift Shop is open as per our regular schedule (Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm). The Gallery is closed for exhibitions until March. However, we are featuring a selection of paintings, photographs and other work by Gift Shop artists in both the East and West Galleries.  These works are available for purchase.

2018 Exhibition Schedule

It is a privilege for us at the Gallery to work with artists to bring exhibitions to the community each year. We hope the work we present is stimulating and inspiring. The schedule we are presenting this year offers art focused on the local in either themes that are relevant to the region or in showcasing local artists or both. While there is a definite local flavour, the themes and the work of local artists have a wider, universal appeal as well.

Please click here to see what is on offer in 2018.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Alaska Variations

Paul Walde

March 2 – April 14

Alaska Variations was conceived as an “album” of performative sound and music compositions responding to the Alaskan landscape and elements within it. The scores combine scientific experimentation and observation with experimental sound and music practices and are a combination of instructional texts, standard notation, and graphic notation. The performances of these scores were captured as a series of audio/video recordings which when shown in combination with each other form a larger portrait of the landscape around Anchorage, Alaska

Kootenay audiences may remember Walde for his opus Requiem for a Glacier, composed about and created on the Jumbo Glacier. Alaska Variations is a follow-up work. Walde is a Visual/Sound Artist and is Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, Visual Arts Department.


Jill Pelto

March 2 – April 14

“Scientific research and data fuel the content of my artwork. I create pieces to raise awareness about interesting and important environmental topics. The key topic in my portfolio is Climate Change data: melting glaciers, rising sea level, threatened species. I hope to cover both positive and negative issues which depict the reality of our current ecosystem.”

Jill Pelto is currently in post-graduate studies in Climate Science. She has accompanied both her father and her brother on research trips to study the Columbia Basin glaciers on both sides of the border. This is her first exhibition in Canada.

Get-away Lottery – Choose One of Two

Winner chooses from a New York Broadway Get-away or a Sports Fan Package!

Only 125 Tickets Being Sold

The Broadway Get-away is a three-night trip to New York, including tickets to a  Broadway Show, luxury hotel, a dinner package and flights.

The Ultimate Sports Fan Package allows you access to over 5000 regular season MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL or Non-Major PGA Golf Tournament. It includes a high-quality hotel, two lower level tickets to a sports event of your choice and flights.

Tickets are $100 and are on sale til March 12, 2018. The prizes will be drawn live on air on The Goat FM on March 16.

Tickets are available from The Heritage Credit Union (Castlegar Branch), the Kootenay Gallery of Art or from the Kootenay Gallery Board Members

Find out more information here, including a downloadable PDF.

Contact the Gallery at 250-365-3337 or kootenaygallery@telus.net .

Kids’ Art Camps 2018

With Michelle Reddick

March 20, 21, 22 and 27, 28, 29

Our spring camp is back, this year being taught by Michelle Reddick who is an artist and student at the West Kootenay Teacher Education Program. This is a great way for 8 – 12 year old artists to learn a variety of art techniques and have fun in a structured environment.

Contact the Gallery at 250 365 3337 or kootenaygallery@telus.net to register. We’ve already had registration requests so act quickly. Please indicate which day(s) your child is interested in attending. They are welcome to attend as many days as they like – from one to all. Maximum class size each day is 16.

Kids’ Camp Description and Registration Form

Monday Night Movies at the Old Theatre

Tickets for individual shows –  $9 available at the Gallery or at the Old Theatre

February 26 –  Loving Vincent

Mark your calendars for Loving Vincent on February 26 at 7:30 pm, the sixth in a monthly series of 8 movies. Individual movie tickets ($9) are available at the Gallery or at the door.


About the film

Be prepared for a real treat on Monday February 26th, 7pm at the Old Theatre , Castlegar, when the  Kootenay Gallery sponsors  LOVING VINCENT,.the world’s first fully painted feature film. This multi-award winning production by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman is an animated biopic of Van Gogh’s life and the mystery surrounding his death, shown in all the glorious colour and drama of Vincent’s paintings.

Awarded the top animation prize at the European Film Awards in Berlin, Loving Vincent went on to gain nominations from BAFTA and the Golden Globes. The week before his death, Vincent wrote in a letter “We cannot speak other than by our paintings.” so the producers ran with the idea of telling his story through his art . His tragic death is well known but the mystery is – why he came to be shot.

Tickets for the Monday Night at the movies series are $9 at the door

Thank you, as always to Lowell and family at the Old Theatre. Be sure to save some room for popcorn with real butter for sale at the concession.

Save the Date!

Soup for the Cultured Soul 2018

Mark the date in your calendars for this year’s Soup for the Cultured Soul

February 24

Tickets will be printed at the end of January. You can contact the Gallery before then if you want to make sure that you get a ticket. They are selling now.

Tickets for members: $45, Tickets for non-members: $55

The Gallery Lounge

We are continuing our conversation series called ‘The Gallery Lounge’ which features stories and interviews with our Board Directors, staff and volunteers. We are so lucky to have a group of visionary and committed people helping us govern and lead the work of the Gallery. This month we are showcasing our member at-large Marian Craft so you can get to know her better and understand the work she is involved with at the Gallery.  Read it here.

Past Interviews

Audrey Maxwell-Polovnikoff

Valentine Field

Denise Chernoff

Beth Hickey

Maggie Shirley

Linda Miller

Judy Wearmouth


We accept exhibition proposals by professional artists and curators who create critically engaging work. Read the Submission Procedures here.

If you are an artist or craftsperson who wants to sell your work in our Gift Shop, read about it on our Gift Shop page.

2018 Exhibition Schedule

The new exhibition schedule has been set and is available here.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.