Current Exhibitions

East Gallery

Mapping Language

Natasha Smith

August 3 – September 15

Opens August 3 at 7:00 pm


Natasha Smith has been an important part of the art and culture scene in the Kootenays for more than 20 years. In her first solo show at the Kootenay Gallery, she says,

Mapping Language is an exploration in to the development of my own visual language. In this body of work I muse on the question of how much of the development of visual language is instinctual and potentially universal in nature and what aspects are molded by the accumulation of experiences, memories and place. It is an investigation into ways to store this information and to document and reflect on discoveries by incorporating and referencing artworks created over my last 20 years of artmaking.”

The exhibition continues until September 15.

West Gallery


Sonia Haberstich

August 3 – September 15

Opens August 3 at 7:00 pm

Glow wants to make visible what might otherwise not be. Glow evokes abyssal marine life, infra-red vision, X-rays and radiation therapies. It suggests another kind of vision, a stretching out of the visible spectrum. It speaks of the limits of vision, of perception and of knowledge. And it hints at realities that are not accessible if we choose not to see them.

The Hidden Hero Project

The Kootenay Gallery presents a new art project by Claire Dibble


Nominations for the Hidden Hero Project.

Castlegar and area residents nominated a number of heroes via drop off points in town and at the Gallery, by phone and by completing a form on the website. Thank you to all the nominators.

Here’s a partial list of names we received in no particular order.

Meredith Messett, James McFadden, Gerry Rempel, Dave Sutton, Derm Jackman, Marie Croteau, Kay Gritchin, Leah Jackson, Harvey Batting, Zoe Mackay, Darlene Kilback, Cherri Carlson, Adriana Thelma Huerta, Bernice Kavik, Amanda Vanlerberg, Jenn Kooznetsoff, John Alton, Olga Jacinto, Sancy Buscariol, Elmer Verigin, Jax Senyk, Shile Senyk, Bob Sorenson, Walter Holuboff, Joanne, Baker, Leva Pearson, Lil Laarz, Bev Gillard, Olga Mehrer, Takaia Larsen, Kari Burk, John Shirley*, Darlene Kalawsky, Judy Wearmouth, Geoff Yule, Kay Jones, Moe Sauer, Lawrence Redfern

Please note: if you see your name on the list and we haven’t contacted you, congratulations and we will be contacting you soon. If you nominated someone and it is not listed here, let us know.

The full list of nominees will be published online, and 25 people will be selected from the full list to be photographed and interviewed. The resulting portraits will be shown in an exhibition at Kootenay Gallery in the summer of 2019.

For more details, visit or contact the Kootenay Gallery at 250 365 3337/

*John Shirley is no relation of our Curator, Maggie Shirley. Val Field was deservedly nominated but is not eligible due to her position at the Gallery.



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


To See or Not to See; Homecoming

by Ruth Bieber

featuring Mario Melisse

Saturday September 15 at 7:00 pm

Sunday September 16 at 2:00 pm

The show is one hour in duration followed by q and a. Please arrive promptly.

$20 for adults, $10 for students ages 16 and up only

Tickets are available in advance from the Kootenay Gallery or at the door. Cash or cheques made out to Ruth Bieber only.

Born in 1956, playwright Ruth Bieber second daughter of post World War II immigrant parents begins life in rural Alberta.  The farm life, her Father’s dream, holds devastating consequences for the six-week old infant, her Mother, and ultimately the family as a whole.  Bieber’s multimedia, solo house-show takes us into the story of one woman’s courageous and soul-searching journey of adventure, discovery, and ultimate forgiveness.  The memoir, although intensely personal, is universal in its dramatic and historic appeal.

Dinner for the Cultured Soul

An Elegant Evening of Chance and Entertainment

Saturday October 13

Doors open at 6:00 pm, Dinner starts at 7:00 pm

The Kootenay Gallery has an elegant evening planned for the gambler and risk-taker in you.

How much does it cost? As low as $5, as much as $65 – you won’t know until you are instructed to open your envelop at the end of the night. Prefer to know earlier in the evening? You can bid on one of nine dinner plus prize packages, starting at a bid of $30 and receive a gift as well as dinner.

Call the Gallery at 250 365 3337 with a credit card number or email us here to reserve your spot.

Are you feeling lucky? Take a chance at the Dinner for the Cultured Soul

What’s New in the Gift Shop?

Our Gift Shop receives new stock every week and finds new artisans throughout the year. Each month in our newsletter, we feature what’s new in the Gift Shop. You can read each month’s entry by clicking on the link below. Or better yet, come in to the Gift Shop and see for yourself.

We offer a large selection of jewelry, in a range of prices, pottery by many of the ceramic artists in our region, a large selection of paintings and prints, glass work, wood work, knitted and woven goods and more!

There is no charge to browse the Gift Shop and members receive 10% off of purchases. Most major methods of payment are accepted, including Apple Pay.

What’s New August ’18

What’s New July ’18

What’s New June ’18

What’s New May ’18

What’s new April ’18

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 Board Member Judy Madelung 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

Marian Craft

Want your work in the Gallery or Giftshop?

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.

Renting the Kootenay Gallery

Did you know that the Kootenay Gallery is available for rent?

You can rent the large gallery, the small gallery or both. You can rent the workshop room for meetings or classes.  The Gallery has been rented for meetings, seminars, business lunches, community events, a birthday party, a wedding shower and even a wedding.

For forms and information, click on the link below.

Rental Policy

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.

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

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