• 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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  • New Orphic Review final issue event

    Readings by five area authors will be part of a celebration Friday, Nov. 3 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Nelson, B.C.’s Oxygen Art Centre to mark the final issue after 20 years of the West Kootenay’s only regularly published literary magazine, New Orphic Review. The event, called “The Living End,” is free ($5 donation appreciated) and open to the public. The Oxygen Art Centre is located at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance). “I’ve always been susceptible to romantic notions,” said New Orphic Review’s co-founder and editor Ernest Hekkanen, “and one

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  • Executive Director leaves post

    Oxygen Art Centre’s Executive Director Miriam Needoba will be leaving her role at the end of the year after six years of service. Needoba, who is planning to return to school to pursue graduate studies, is confident that the Centre will continue along its dynamic path, as a model for rural artist run centres in British Columbia.   According to Needoba, Oxygen Art Centre is a remarkable interdisciplinary artist-driven organization that, in spite of its limited resources and remote location, has been able to provide the community with exceptional programming

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  • Search for New Executive Director

    It is with mixed emotions that we announce Miriam Needoba’s departure from her role as Executive Director at Oxygen Art Centre. She is leaving to pursue the next chapter in her remarkable career. Mark you calendar for our AGM on November 27th when we will celebrate Miriam’s steadfast commitment and dynamic presence at the Centre these past many years. This means that Oxygen Art Centre is looking for a new Executive Director. The posting closes on October 27th. Oxygen Art Centre – Executive Director Job Description    

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  • New education Coordinator at Oxygen

    Oxygen Art Centre welcomes Natasha Smith as Education Coordinator  Oxygen Art Centre is thrilled to announce that Natasha Smith will be taking over the coordination of the arts education program for Children, Youth and Adults.  While this work was previously managed by the multi-hat wearing Executive Director, moving forward the goal is for the organization to have a more sustainable and diversified staffing profile through which to grow.   Natasha Smith may be new to this position but she enjoys a 14-year history with the Centre including being a founding member,

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  • Summoning at Culture Days & Blue Night

    SUMMONING (NO WORDS) exhibition will participate in Culture Days and Blue Night this September 29 & 30 and this will mark the final weekend for the exhibition at Oxygen! Summoning (No Words), an interactive sound installation built from the female voice, is taking up residence at Oxygen Art Centre this month. The project is made up of original sung compositions contributed by a seven-member team of award winning Canadian female vocalists and composers. Local singers Allison Girvan and Bessie Wapp are among the singers that have contributed. An interactive experience,

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