Current Exhibitions

The Hidden Hero Project


Exhibition June 20 – August 24



The Kootenay Gallery presents a new art project by Claire Dibble

The Hidden Hero Project is a community-driven art project undertaken by artist Claire Dibble as a commission from the Kootenay Gallery of Art. Castlegar and area residents nominated friends, family, neighbours and other deserving citizens for acts of kindness and generousity. The project received over 40 nomination. Twenty-six people were randomly selected to be photographed Dibble for this exhibition.

The resulting portraits will be shown in an exhibition at Kootenay Gallery which opened June 20 at 7:00 pm. Participants were introduced and received a certificate to mark the nomination. The Acting Mayor Dan Rye and Elder Debbie Bird were on hand to present the certificates. 

Come celebrate the people who live and give in our community.

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

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


Watershed Moments

From Source to Sea

June 20 – August 24



2000 km. 112 days. 14 dams. 1 kayak.

Over the winter artist Claire Dibble constructed a skin-on-frame kayak designed by Cape Falcon Kayak with the aide of her father Keith Dibble. On July 1, Dibble will launch her kayak at the source of the Columbia River near Canal Flats.  She intends to paddle the length of the river through the East and West Kootenays, across the international border until she arrives at the sea near Astoria, Oregon. 

Each week of the journey, Dibble will take images of her quest and send them to two galleries located along the river: the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, Oregon and the Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar. The Kootenay exhibition will include photos of her journey as well as documentation of her kayak construction and other ephemera.

As Dibble approaches Castlegar on her voyage, estimated to be August 6, local kayakers, canoers and paddle boarders are encouraged to join her and paddle into Millennium Park.

For more information and to follow her travels, click here

What’s New in the Gift Shop?

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.

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The Gallery Lounge

We are so lucky to have a group of visionary and committed people helping us govern and lead the work of the Gallery. Here is a feature on 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

2019 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 visitor experience with artists from away and from here.

The 2019  exhibition schedule  is available here.

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