Current Exhibitions


Fata Morgana: Ghost Glacier

Hildur M H Jónasson

March 1 – April 13

Opened March 1 at 7:00 pm

Hildur Jonasson sailed on the Tall Ship Antigua in the International Territory of Svalbard, near Norway, in 2017. Jonasson observed and embodied her experience in this place, previously unknown to her but in ways similar to her native Iceland. She has adeptly captured elements of that voyage and brings us along through a variety of forms and media – fabric, glass, and ink, among others.

Find out more here.

Join us for Jonasson’s artist talk on April 6 at 3:00 pm. Jonasson will talk about her residency aboard the tall ship and the processes she used to make the art that is shown in Fata Morgana. Attendees will be eligible for a door prize of two tickets to the play GLORY, courtesy of the Capitol Theatre in Nelson.

Relative to Trees

Helena Wadsley

March 1 – April 13

Opened March 1 at 7:00 pm

“I became curious about the trees that line the streets of my Vancouver neighbourhood. My interest was piqued when I discovered that these sturdy, middle-aged trees were actually Norwegian maples. Despite Canada’s identity being strongly linked with the maple tree, these trees, which are a very popular planted tree across Canada, are not actually from here, though now firmly rooted. Canada is a constructed nation, built on colonialism and migration. I had been pondering ways to convey my
feeling of not having ancestral roots in this country, nor feeling connected to the birth country of my parents. Trees became the pivotal subject for me to explore the contrast between being truly of a place and perpetually feeling like a transplant.”

Click here to find out more about this exhibition.


Spring Break Kids’ Art Camps

The camps are back and promise to be as fun as they always are.

This year the camp will be led by Leah Goldie, a student at the West Kootenay Teacher’s Education Program (WKTEP).

Classes include Stick & Bead Art, Mask Making Magic, Felting Fabric Art, Sculpt with Clay, Messy Madness and Art by Nature.

Registration is available now. Sign up soon – these camps are always popular.

You can download a registration form here.

The Hidden Hero Project


The Kootenay Gallery presents a new art project by Claire Dibble

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

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.

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

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.