2017 Exhibitions

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March 3 – April 15, 2017

East Gallery

Plant Memory
Artist: Tsuneko Kokubo

The inspiration for this exhibition of large size paintings is based on the artist’s own family history. Kokubo’s family spent time in the internment camps in the Slocan Valley.  The plants in her mother’s garden originated from BC Coastal communities and before that from Japan.  This realization led to an exploration of the connection between the origins of plants and the movement of immigrants as they came from Europe to eventually settle in the Kootenays. The paintings not only depict images of plants but also reference what historical or cultural story they may tell.



West Gallery

High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese

Project Director: Nicola Harwood
Artists: Fred Wah, Jin Zhang, Thomas Loh, Bessie Wapp, Hiromoto Ida, Patrice Leung, Tomoyo Ihaya

This interactive media installation explores the theme of Chinese immigration to British Columbia, both historical and contemporary and the tensions that exist between them. The exhibition is largely directed by the viewers who participate in an historical Chinese lottery game resulting in the projection of a fortune. The random nature of the fortune reflects the uncertainties faced by new immigrants and often echo the tradition of Chinese proverbs and fortune telling.


April 20 – May 27, 2017

Young Visions 2017

Artists: Students and Staff from School District 20

Young Visions is an important part of the Kootenay Gallery’s community outreach program.  In celebration of a year-long endeavour, the students and teachers from School District 20 are provided with the opportunity to exhibit their visual interpretations of life and community in the Kootenays.   In mounting this exhibition, the gallery staff introduces the participants to the professionalism that is involved in an artist’s career, and provides a site where the many talents of students and teachers alike can be presented to the community at large.

June 2 – June 10, 2017

West Kootenay Camera Club Photo Salon

Photographs by members of the West Kootenay Camera Club.

The annual Photo Salon, presented by the West Kootenay Camera Club, is part of the Kootenay Gallery’s ongoing community outreach program. In its 20th year, this exhibition provides an opportunity for both professional and amateur photographers to present their recent photographic work in a professional gallery setting. Participation in this four day exhibit is determined through an adjudication process carried out by adjudicators from the National Association of Photographic Arts.




June 16 – July 29 , 2017

150 Creative Acts to Celebrate Canada

Various Artists and Community Participants

To celebrate Canada’s birthday, the Kootenay Gallery is hosting a two-part program to promote community creativity and engagement. An exhibition will be presented at the Kootenay Gallery that will include the work of regional professional artists working in various mediums who have responded to the theme of 150 creative acts in Celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. The other component  is a community-based series of activities, involving as many Castlegar and area citizens and community groups as possible encouraging them to perform and create a variety of creative acts




August 4 – September 16, 2017

East Gallery

Remediating Curtis                            

Artist: Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster, a Metis professor at UBCO offers work critical of the historic and inaccurate presentation of First Nation culture by non-aboriginals such as American photographer Edward Curtis.  Foster works with multi media including 3-D photography.

West Gallery

Class Act                    

Artists: Students from the Digital New Media Program, Selkirk College

This exhibition is of work by students from the Digital Arts & New Media program at Selkirk College who create using a medium that complements Foster’s photography. The works will be selected by the curator from the program’s year-end show.

September 22 – November 4, 2017

East Gallery

Venus Spreads Her Wings

Artist: Catherine Stewart

This exhibition is a selection of images from three series of photo-based artworks. Using the zoological collections at the University of British Columbia as source material for her artistic practice, Stewart focused on the colour differences between the sexes of particular bird species and “the ceaseless, tragic, yet beautiful cycle of sex, birth, life and death that plays out for all species in response to both intrinsic and external forces and the underlying laws of nature”.  Also included are images printed on metallic photographic paper that juxtapose details of plumage with close-ups  of sensually appealing clothing . Over the centuries clothing design has liberally borrowed from the avian world both directly with the use of plumage as adornment, and indirectly by mimicking colour textures and patterns.

West Gallery


Artist: Katherine Pickering

Recently Pickering has extended her art practice from painting to include sculpture, the inspiration for which comes from her investigation into the rich intersection between the history of abstraction in painting and our experience of night’s darkness. The combination of thick layers of acrylic paint on canvases which are then manipulated to create various forms are meant to reference guideposts in the nighttime landscape.

November 10 – December 24, 2017

Christmas at the Gallery

This very popular exhibit and sale is a celebration of local and regional artists, craftspeople and collectors. While providing artists with an opportunity to bring their work to the marketplace, this event attracts viewers and buyers from throughout the region. Christmas at the Gallery serves as an artists’ showcase and audience building event.