• Readings: Gerry Hill & Susan Andrews Grace

    SASKATCHEWAN’S 2016 POET LAUREATE GERRY HILL AND NELSON, B.C.’S SUSAN ANDREWS GRACE READ MARCH 17 AT NELSON’S OXYGEN ART CENTRE The West Kootenay will take on a prairie flavor on St. Patrick’s Day when former Nelson, B.C. writing student Gerry Hill, who was Saskatchewan’s 2016 poet laureate, will read from his work together with Nelson author and fibre artist Susan Andrew Grace, a long-time resident of Saskatchewan, at Nelson’s Oxygen Art Centre on Friday, March 17.   The duo’s reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free ($5 donation appreciated)

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  • in flux – Youth Art Exhibition

    in flux exhibition dates: March 1 – 11, 2017. Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 1-5pm. Exhibition opening: Thursday, February 23rd  from 7-10 pm Oxygen Art Centre’s 3rd annual Youth Arts Festival presents in flux, a group show by Kootenay artists Hannah DeBoer-Smith, Maya Kacsmar-Mayoh, Olivia Mansveld, Teyana Neufeld and Tyler Wright.  The artists were invited to submit work and speak to the concepts behind the exhibition’s title, and how it pertains to their art practice and indeed their lives, as they move through the highly transitional time between high

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  • Spring Break Art Camps 2017

    SPRING BREAK ART CAMPS WEEK 1 (March 20-24, 2017): “SING” a Spring Camp with Erica Dee! March 20-24, 2017 Monday to Friday 9am – noon Ages 8-11 2pm-5pm Ages 12-16 Cost $150/week “SING” – An exploration through songs, music & expression with Erica Dee. This Spring Camp will give participants the opportunity to sing and play with songs that they are inspired by or want to create, while gaining more knowledge on how to sing and express musically using the voice, rhythm and musical instruments. On the last day of camp, we invite family

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  • Youth Arts Festival 2017

    Youth Arts Festival program and Talent Slam line up announced! Oxygen Art Centre’s 3rd annual Youth Arts Festival opens on Thursday, February 23rd from 7-10pm with in flux, an art exhibition by Kootenay artists Hannah DeBoer-Smith, Maya Kacsmar-Mayoh, Olivia Mansveld, Teyana Neufeld and Tyler Wright.  This exhibition will then be up at Oxygen until March 11th and gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 1-5pm.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome!   On Friday, February 24th at 7pm Hip Hop group Project Soul perform ‘Back to Basics’ at the

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  • Writing workshop for youth

    Oxygen Art Centre’s 3rd annual Youth Arts Festival is thrilled to be able to offer a free writing workshop for youth with Mitchell Scott. The workshop takes place on Saturday, February 25th from 3-5pm at Oxygen Art Centre. Mitchell Scott is Editor-In-Chief of the award winning Kootenay Mountain Culture and Coast Mountain Culture Magazines. His career as a writer and creative professional spans 20 years. Scott has developed a new workshop for the festival called “Idea Farming” and describes it as follows: Ideas flood our minds every day. Projects, stories,

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  • Sylvia Grace Borda: Kissing Project

    The Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to be hosting Sylvia Grace Borda as artist in residence in the City this Spring through June. Sylvia Grace Borda is exploring how image-making challenges and enhances our experience of place, time, culture and perception through the delivery of her ‘Kissing Project.’ The artist’s project uses the metaphor and action of a ‘kiss’ as a platform to enhance the existing image of Nelson. She is hoping to make Nelson the interior’s cultural capital of ‘amour’ through her images. Inspired by the Touchstones Museum’s photograph

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  • ADULT EDUCATION – SPRING/SUMMER 2017

    Oxygen Art Centre’s Continuing Arts Education Programming for Spring/Summer 2017: 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: info@oxygenartcentre.org   Spring/Summer 2017 Schedule: Painting intensive: This Body We Love with Deborah Thompson 4 Classes: March 13-16 9am – 3pm Monday to Thursday Course Description: This is a 4 day painting intensive that will have students exploring the human figure. Emphasis will be on expression through colour use

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  • TALENT SLAM audition video

    TALENT SLAM video posted online! Click here to see video on FaceBook – Please Share the video and Like the new Youth Arts Festival FaceBook page and stay tuned for the 3rd annual Youth Arts Festival coming February 2017! (Video is posted on festival’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kootenayyouthartsfestival) Check out this awesome video made by Youth Arts Festival filmmakers Aydin Long, Noah Gaffran and Graham Sherman, to promote the TALENT SLAM auditions! The video features artists; Bronwen Bird, Griffin Nowaczynski, Hannah DeBoer-Smith, Hugo St-Denis, Isabel McKenzie, Jess Treijs, Emma Weiland, Dierdra

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  • Founders talk

    RESILIENCY OF THE WEST KOOTENAY ARTS COMMUNITY IS FOCUS OF A PRESENTATION BY OXYGEN ART CENTRE’S FOUNDERS JAN. 21   Watch the video recording of the Founders talk online here: Part 1:https://youtu.be/_EN6mBeOqyc Part 2: https://youtu.be/fUwagkrpekM Part 3: https://youtu.be/fE53E2r7nF0   The resiliency of West Kootenay artists who, after being fired en masse from Nelson’s Kootenay School of the Arts in 2002 went on to start the city’s only artist-run centre, will be the subject of a talk by five of the founding members of the Oxygen Art Centre on Saturday, Jan

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  • Memory Palaces exhibition

    Memory Palaces exhibition dates: January 6 – 28, 2017. Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 1-5pm. Exhibition opening: Thursday, January 5th from 7-10 pm Founders talk: Saturday, January 21 at 4pm.   New exhibition celebrates over a decade of arts programming at Oxygen Art Centre! Throughout 2017 Oxygen Art Centre will stage many events that reflect the work of the centre over the past 14 years.  Oxygen Art Centre was founded as the Nelson Fine Arts Centre Society in May 2002.  On January 5th, 2005 the Society opened its doors

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