Event: Blue Night (Feb 7th, 2014)

blue night logo short5On Friday February 7th blue night presents Free Art Openings featuring the work of 18 artists at 9 venues in Nelson . All venues run from 7pm-9pm, except at Shanti Yoga, which is open from 8pm-11pm. Take to the streets of Nelson by whatever art-inspired route you desire and be sure to check out all the highlights.


Touchstones has much to see in both galleries. In Gallery A, you find a new group show, “Found: The Art of Re-Use”, featuring De Souza, Mizgala, Bomford, Bomford, and Bukowski. In Gallery B, catch “Restless Fables”, an exhibition by Meghan Hildebrand.


The Oxygen Art Centre is hosting it’s last weekend of Paul Walde’s audio-visual installation, “Requiem for a Glacier”. This impressive and compelling must-see work “prematurely memorializes BC’s Jumbo Glacier area . . . under immediate threat from global warming and resort development” . . . involving “ a team of mountaineers, a 30 piece choir, a 40 piece orchestra, conductor, soloists, film crew, sound recording crew, sherpas, and drivers.” Oxygen is located half a block downhill from Baker St. just west of Stanley St. and has an alley entrance behind Hipperson’s Hardware,


At Ward & Baker St. enter John Ward Fine Coffee, to catch a group show with Gurvan (photographer), Keira Zaslove – (painter), and Sophie De Pauw (felted art). Less than a block east and across Baker find the new works of local painter and ceramicist Claire Wensveen at Tara Davis Studio Boutique.
Pop up a block on Ward St. from Baker to the Capitol Theatre (north-west corner of Victoria and Ward St.) and experience “Silence Within”, the manipulated photographic work of Frantisek Strouhal.


Just west of Stanley and Baker St., Craft Connection hosts works by renowned local painter, Carol Reynolds. Across the street and a little west enter Kutenai Clothing to see the beautiful watercolours of Sandra Irvine.
Head further west on Baker St. past the Kootenay Co-op to find two more great venues. Shanti Yoga Studio, located in the beautifully renovated old Christian Scientist Church, is home to the works of two local artists: painter Marilyn McCombe and metal sculptor James Robert Harris. Shanti runs later than the rest from 8pm-11pm, so we all have a chance to unwind after a great night of art.


But before you settle into Shanti for the night, be sure to make it around the corner onto Falls St. for the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute’s open house sponsored by the Nelson Global Awareness Network with a global finger foods reception and community art making experience. Find the interactive “Art for People” with Andy Holmes and Martine Bedard in the big studio, the art of Miro Gabriel in the foyer, and information tables from NGAN, Grans to Grans, plus pin & button making with Rayne Tarasuik from the Clean Water Project.
We look forward to seeing you at blue night on February 7th! Maps will be available at each venue. Find Blue Night Nelson on facebook or contact bluenight.nelson@gmail.com for more information.

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