• 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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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ARTS ORGANIZERS

    Friday, November 24 2pm – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ARTS ORGANIZERS  at Oxygen Art Centre with mentor Julie Fowler (Registration required and space is limited E: info@oxygenartcentre.org) For this professional development opportunity interested participants need to register by email and submit a question or a topic for discussion relating to producing arts programming and events.  Participants must have some prior experience in production and will be asked to submit a short biography outlining this experience. This workshop is free to attend and space is limited.   Julie Fowler is the Executive

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  • Upstream Benefits Symposium – THE ARTS AS RURAL REVITALIZER

    Thursday, November 23, 2017 7pm – THE ARTS AS RURAL REVITALIZER panel at Oxygen Art Centre Guest speakers: Julie Fowler, Executive Director of Island Mountain Arts, Carla Stephenson, ED Tiny Lights Festival and Laura White, Coordinator/Jewelry Instructor, Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College Moderator: Miriam Needoba, ED Oxygen Art Centre This panel discussion examines the role of the arts as an economic and social driver from a rural perspective.  Guest speakers Julie Fowler, Carla Stephenson and Laura White will share their extensive experience and knowledge about the pros and cons

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  • Upstream Benefits exhibition

    Upstream Benefits exhibition opens at Touchstones   Two exciting and interconnected events are happening in Nelson, BC during the Fall/Winter of 2017: an art exhibition ‘Upstream Benefits: Artist-Run Culture in the Kootenays’, a 10 artist group show curated by Arin Fay and Miriam Needoba and co-produced by Touchstones and Oxygen Art Centre and the ‘Upstream Benefits – Rural Art Symposium’. These events celebrate the past decade of art and culture in the Kootenays. The exhibition at Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History runs from November 18th – February 11th

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  • Beginner’s Brush – Discover Painting

    In November and December artist Deborah Thompson will be sharing her extensive painting knowledge in two weekend workshops for aspiring painters. Beginner’s Brush, on November 18 & 19, gives students the opportunity to start at the very beginning and delve into the basics of painting through demonstrations and hands on exercises. Beware! once hooked you will then be signing up for the second course Beginner’s Brush 2, on December 2 & 3, that investigates colour theory, paint mixing and application and further develops individual painting skills. “This is an opportunity

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  • Learn the Art of Shibori – Indigo Dying Techniques

    Learn the Art of Shibori – Indigo Dying Techniques at Oxygen Art Centre On October 28 & 29 fibre artist Seathra Bell will be demystifying the art of the Shibori indigo dying technique at Oxygen Art Centre.   Seathra Bell was born and raised in the Slocan Valley, has a diploma from KSA, BFA from Alberta College of Art & Design and a Masters in fashion and textiles from Goldsmiths, Scotland. Seathra creates one-of-a-kind garments that involve felting, knitting, dying and sewing and is currently involved in a research project

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