Nine art openings set for Blue Night

Sandra Irvine
Sandra Irvine's watercolour paintings will be on display at Kutenai Clothing during Blue Night, on February 7.
— image credit: Sandra Irvine artwork

Blue Night is back on Friday, February 7 with free art openings featuring the work of 18 artists at nine venues in Nelson .

Touchstones Nelson (502 Vernon Street) 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 (320 Vernon Street, alley entrence) is hosting its 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” and was created with the help of a team of mountaineers, a 30-piece choir, a 40-piece orchestra, conductor, soloists, film crew, sound recording crew, sherpas, and drivers.

Inside John Ward Fine Coffee (503 Baker Street), catch a group show with Gurvan (photographer), Keira Zaslove  (painter) and Sophie De Pauw (felted art). And not far from there, you’ll find the new works of local painter and ceramicist Claire Wensveen at Tara Davis Studio Boutique (556 Baker Street).

Then, pop up to the Capitol Theatre (421 Victoria Street) and experience Silence Within,  the manipulated photographic work of Frantisek Strouhal.

Craft Connection (378 Baker Street) hosts works by renowned local painter Carol Reynolds. And, across the street at Kutenai Clothing (327 Baker Street) see the beautiful watercolours of Sandra Irvine.

Head further west on Baker Street past the Kootenay Co-op to find two more great venues.  Shanti Yoga Studio (237 Baker Street), 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.

And don’t forget Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (191 Baker Street, entrance on Fall Street) where there will be an 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 and button making with Rayne Tarasuik from the Clean Water Project.

All venues will be open from 7 to 9 p.m., except Shanti Yoga, which goes from  8 to 11 p.m. Take to the streets of Nelson by whatever art-inspired route you desire and be sure to check out all the highlights.

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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