The next exhibition opening at the Kootenay Gallery of Art is one that celebrates contemporary craft and art created by 26 artists who teach and work at the Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College in Nelson.
The curriculum at the Kootenay School of the Arts includes four areas of study — metal, clay, fibre and jewelry and small object design — along with studies of drawing, design and professional practices.
This important exhibition reveals the diversity of ideas and materials found in the work of these art educators and the quality of art and craft produced and taught in the West Kootenay.
It will also explore the traditions behind each artist’s practice and how they transform the traditional into the contemporary. The artists share their relationship to materials, tools and techniques, as well as the collaborative relationship that develops between mentor and student.
The faculty and staff have dedicated this exhibition to a former colleague and friend Tom Lynn.
Tom was involved in the early developmental stages of the school and was instrumental in the establishment of the school’s metal program.
As one fellow artist said: “We know he will be greatly missed in our artistic community. He was someone we all respected and admired, and was generous in sharing his skills.”
This exhibition, entitled Connections Materialized, will open with a reception on Friday March 11, at 7 p.m., an opportunity for the public to meet the artists and learn about their diverse disciplines.
The exhibition will be shown at the Kootenay Gallery, located adjacent to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre on Heritage Way until April 23.
The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10-5 p.m.
/Submitted by the Kootenay Gallery