Current Exhibitions

Christmas at the Gallery

November 13 to December 24

Opens November 16 from 5:00- 8:00 pm

To celebrate both our dedicated volunteers and the start of the holiday season, we will be offering a no-host wine bar at the opening.

Join us for our annual show and sale of a variety of arts and crafts from over 100 locals. Each year, the Gallery brings back your favourite vendors as well as new ones from around the Kootenays.  The array of gift items is astounding.

Please don’t forget the Gallery while you shop for seasonal gifts. You are supporting local artisans and the Gallery by purchasing your gifts here.

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, Leya 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 hiddenheroproject.ca or contact the Kootenay Gallery at 250 365 3337/ kootenaygallery@telus.net.

*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.


Needlefelt Owls

with Sarah Elizabeth

Saturday, November 17

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

$40 for members plus $15 material fee

$45 for non-members plus $15 material fee

These lovely creatures are the perfect at home decoration for winter and a symbol of deep wisdom. Learn basic needlefelt skills while creating your own unique owl. All materials provided. $15 material fee includes wool for two small owls or one medium owl, foam block and three Needlefelt needles to take home.

Additional supplies available for purchase.

To register, call the Gallery at 250 365 3337 or email us at kootenaygallery@telus.net.

Pour Your Art Out!

November 22

Doors open at 6:15

Instruction begins at 6:45

Join us for an evening of painting, sipping wine, munching chocolate and fun. Mirja will lead you in creating the beautiful landscape shown on the poster. No experience is necessary. We will supply the canvas, paint, and everything else you need to complete your very own masterpiece.

This event is popular and usually sells out so get in touch soon. Register by email here or call us at 250 365 3337.

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 November ’18

What’s New October ’18

What’s New September ’18

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.