• Juried Youth Art Exhibition – Call Announced

      East and West Kootenay youth* ages 15-29 are invited to submit visual or media art work to be considered for a professional juried exhibition at Oxygen Art Centre opening in June 2018.  We invite young artists to select finished work or produce new work that addresses the theme Wayfinding: Identity and the Kootenays. The deadline is April 15, 2018. Wayfinding can be defined as the ways in which people (and animals) orient themselves in physical space and navigate from place to place. Questions to consider might include:How do you

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  •  4th Annual Youth Arts Festival Schedule Announced!

    The 4th Annual Youth Arts Festival will take place in Nelson and Trail February 13-20! Please join us for some of this exciting programming. Since 2015 the annual Youth Arts Festivals have garnered inspired responses from participants, provided professional experiences for young artists, and opportunities for everyone to engage in youth arts oriented culture! This year’s festival features an all ages Dance Cypher, taking place on Wednesday February 14th from 5-6:30pm, hosted by the Nelson District Youth Centre! Come bust some new or old moves in the all ages all styles cypher,

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  • Arts Education Programming – Spring 2018

    Arts Education Programming – Spring 2018

    Oxygen Art Centre’s Continuing Arts Education Programming for Spring 2018: TO REGISTER: – ONLINE REGISTRATION (click here!) OR by Phone: 250-352-6322 For more information about classes or help with registration please contact Oxygen Art Centre at: P: 250 352 6322  E: education@oxygenartcentre.org  Spring 2018 Schedule:   Painting Intensive: Painting On Another Level! with Natasha Smith   4 classes March 12 – 15 1 – 5pm Monday-Thursday   Course Description: This intensive course is designed for painters that want to take their paintings to another level, literally! Recycle unfinished/unsuccessful paintings by

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  • Oxygen Welcomes New Executive Director

    Oxygen Art Centre names Genevieve Robertson as the new Executive Director, effective January 15th.   Robertson, who moved from Vancouver to the Kootenays last year, was instrumental to Touchstones Nelson’s exhibit, River Relations: A Beholder’s Share of the Columbia River Dams, an interdisciplinary artistic research project that considers the presence and impact of hydroelectric power production on the Columbia River. Her drawing-based interdisciplinary artistic practice explores the complexities that emerge when relating to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation.   Robertson holds an MAA from Emily Carr

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  • Spring Break Art Camps 2018

    SPRING ART CAMPS   WEEK 1 (March 19 -22, 2018): ART CAMP with Anita Levesque Monday to Thursday March 19-22 9-12am Ages 6-8 Art Camp: Inspired (CLASS FULL register to be added to wait list) Cost $130 Learn about great artists of the past and present while trying your hand at creating something in their style or inspired by them – Keith Haring, Emily Carr, Frieda Kahlo, to name a few. Draw, paint, print, collage – we’ll cover it all in this hands-on, fun art workshop for ages 6-8.

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  • Artist: Stephanie Kellett

    The Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to be presenting an exhibition of new work by visual artist Stephanie Kellett. The exhibition will include a series of new paintings, a found object installation and an audio visual component. As research and inspiration for the creation of Re-Wilding: Fire Starter Kellett travelled with her partner, bear biologist and sound artist Robert E. Livingood to Chilko Lake and Fish Lake in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. Together they spent six weeks living in this biologically rich environment amongst coastal bears, wolves, wild

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  • AGM 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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