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  • Annual General Meeting 2017

    Annual General Meeting Join us for our AGM at Oxygen on Monday November 27th at 7PM to help Miriam Needoba turn the page to her next chapter. Let’s all come together to celebrate her amazing accomplishments as the Executive Director of the Centre these past 6 years. There will be food and drink, toasts and merriment to be had!             Monday, November 27th, 2017 at 7pm. Please join us in reflecting on another great year past and envisioning more to come! AGENDA : •    Opening

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  • Upstream Benefits – Rural Art Symposium SCHEDULE

    ‘Upstream Benefits – Rural Art Symposium’ is a 4-day-long symposium that explores and celebrates the role and impact that the arts have in rural communities and will bring into focus artist-run culture in the Kootenays.  Symposium programming includes multiple panel discussions, artist talks, literary readings, a night of performance art and music and an art exhibition.  All symposium programming is free to attend and everyone is welcome!  (Donations are appreciated.) Guest speakers include Julie Fowler, Executive Director of Island Mountain Arts in Wells, Carla Stephenson, Director of Tiny Lights Festival

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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – MEET THE ARTISTS

    Sunday, November 26 2pm – MEET THE ARTISTS event at Touchstones Nelson ‘Upstream Benefits: Artist-Run Culture in the Kootenays’ exhibition artists Courtney Andersen, Susan Andrews Grace, Amy Bohigian, Brent Bukowski, Boukje Elzinga, Ian Johnston, Maggie Shirley, Natasha Smith, Deborah Thompson and Rachel Yoder. Presented by Exhibition Curators Arin Fay and Miriam Needoba and co-produced by Touchstones and Oxygen Art Centre. All ten exhibiting artist will join Arin Fay in a ‘MEET THE ARTISTS’ talk as part of the symposium programming at Touchstones. Arin will use her approximately 20 years of

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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – ADVICE FOR ARTISTS

    Sunday, November 26 11am –  ADVICE FOR ARTISTS panel at Oxygen Art Centre Guest curators : Paul Crawford, Penticton Art Gallery, Maggie Shirley, Kootenay Gallery of Art and Arin Fay, Touchstones Nelson. Moderator – Ian Johnston This is an excellent opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists to gain useful insights into what curators look for in an exhibition submission, from the perspective of curators representing public galleries in Penticton, Castlegar and Nelson. Presenters will discuss the interests of the organizations they work for, as well as share some of their

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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – LOCATED AND DISLOCATED READINGS

    Saturday, November 25 7pm – LOCATED AND DISLOCATED: A READING BY NANCY HOLMES, JORDAN MOUNTEER AND FRED WAH at Oxygen Art Centre The writing of the three featured B.C. poets is often deeply rooted in a certain rural landscape. As they present their work, the authors will discuss how their creativity is influenced by the locales in which they live. Presented with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.   Presenters NANCY HOLMES has published five collections of poetry, most recently The

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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – ART IN RURAL CLIMES

    Saturday, November 25 4pm – ART IN RURAL CLIMES panel at Oxygen Art Centre Guest speakers: Paul Crawford and Sylvia Grace Borda Both panelists will give a presentation about some of their fascinating work.  Paul Crawford, curator at the Penticton Art Gallery, will speak about a very timely exhibition he curated with Syrian curator Humam Alsalim called, Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art. Artist Sylvia Grace Borda will deliver a presentation that she has created for this symposium called  “Regional Identity and Rural Culture – it’s so much more”.  Overall,

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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – WHO ARE WE? PRESENTING AND REPRESENTING RURAL COMMUNITIES

    Saturday, November 25 2pm – WHO ARE WE? PRESENTING AND REPRESENTING RURAL COMMUNITIES panel at Oxygen Art Centre.  Guest speakers: Fred Wah, Nancy Holmes and Tom Wayman   Given the concentration of Canadian media and cultural and educational institutions in the urban, rural communities (whether human or biological) appear in the national conversation mainly on the occasion of a disaster. That leaves rural artists, including literary artists, as the people to present an accurate depiction of their milieu. But any form of artistic representation involves a range of issues, including

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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – RURAL ART AND THE INSTITUTION

    Saturday, November 25 11am – RURAL ART AND THE INSTITUTION panel at Oxygen Art Centre Guest speakers: Julie Fowler, Vice Chair Arts BC, Sue Donaldson, Program Officer BC Arts Council, Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, President Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres and Krista Patterson, Executive Director Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. Please join us in welcoming these experienced representatives of vital arts organizations, who hold a wealth of knowledge about the current climate for art in British Columbia. Presenters: Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is a visual and media artist, independent curator, author, and independent researcher and

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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – BESSIE WAPP & KIYO ELKUF

    Friday, November 24 Friday, November 24 8pm – BESSIE WAPP & KIYO ELKUF – a night of music at Oxygen Art Centre Kootenay-raised musicians Bessie Wapp and Kiyo Elkuf are so “rural” they make the distinction between one growing up in Queens Bay versus the other growing up near Toad Rock a few kilometres down the highway!  Please join us for a night of music and reflections about becoming an artist in the Kootenays.   Bessie Wapp is a Kootenay-raised musician, theatre artist, educator, and Nelson Cultural Ambassador (2015) who was

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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – KISSING TRAIL PROJECT LAUNCH

    Friday, November 24 7pm  – KISSING TRAIL PROJECT LAUNCH with artist Sylvia Grace Borda at Oxygen Art Centre Join us for a presentation about creating a “Kissing Trail” in Nelson. A reception follows.  Presented with financial assistance from Hamber Foundation. The Kissing Trail by artist, Sylvia Grace Borda, is a series of signs designed to mark an unusual proposal or pathway system proposed for the City. The artist has started to create a series of signs inviting the public to kiss. These works will form the basis of a sculptural

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