Arts and Culture

Nelson Arts Funding Made Simple

Nelson Arts Funding Made Simple

The two separate streams of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) funding for the arts are not immediately easy to understand. 

It can be hard to distinguish between them because they have the same application deadline of March 5 and because an artist or arts group could easily be eligible to apply for some aspects of both. (It’s not duplication but it could look that way at first glance.) Also, between them, just for Nelson, five organizations and local governments administer them. 

Come one, come all to the seventh annual 'Night of Local Talent' hosted by L.V. Rogers

The Corazon Vocal Ensemble will be one of the headliners for Saturday's LVR Local Talent Night. — Submitted photo

L.V. Rogers is hosting is seventh annual "Night of Local Talent" Saturday at the Nelson United Church.

The annual event, set to begin at 7:30 p.m., is a fundraiser for the school’s long-standing ‘Celebrate Africa’ program in support of the village of Yamandu in Sierra Leone.

The evening  headliners for this year’s evening are the Corazon Vocal Ensemble and the L.V. Rogers Jazz Band.

Local film maker featured at upcoming festival

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The work of local film maker, Nik Green, will be one of the featured films at the upcoming documentary film festival in Grand Forks. Along with his feature, Rebuild filmed in Nova Scotia, Green's last year has been filled with shooting footage in the Boundary for three other films. 

Two of the films are promotional videos that will be used in local marketing efforts as the tourist season begins this year. Green used his time spent in the Boundary last summer to shoot two kinetic films highlighting the areas' assets to potential visitors.

Environmental surrealism exhibition at the Nelson Library

Environmental surrealism exhibition at the Nelson Library

If you feel the need to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming when you see the artwork of Darcy Fidgeon, you could be forgiven.

Fidgeon puts a surrealist twist on the familiar in his meticulous oil paintings, the result out-of-this-consciousness fantastic while firmly rooted in the artist’s concern for nature and the environment.

Fidgeon’s work is now on display at the Nelson Public Library.

Touchstones hosts Forest for the Trees exhibit

Touchstones hosts Forest for the Trees exhibit

Touchstones Nelson’s upcoming exhibition,Forest for the Treesbrings together four regional artists whose work explores our relationship with the natural landscape.

The exhibition will include sculpture, installation, painting and photography.

First Nations spiritual beliefs are explored in Barbara Maye’s investigation into the life stories of trees and Tanya Pixie Johnson’s mixed media works which examine the cultural history of the Slocan River.

Ash Grunwald headlines Royal Grill

Australian music award winner, Ash Grunwald is up at the Royal this week.

Upcoming shows at the Royal Grill and Lounge in Nelson:

Tuesday, February 7th

Magic Bus w/ Rob Funk and Friends - Doors 9pm - Local musicians take the stage during our magic bus.  Sometimes their DJ's, sometimes it's a band...whatever the music it's always local, always quality and always free! 


Wednesday, February 8th

Architect Thomas Loh's Vision for the Restoration and Development of Cottonwood Creek (Video)

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The City of Nelson is going to restore and develop Cottonwood Creek from Cottonwood Park to the CPR rail line, creating a network of small public spaces. This will take place mainly in two fragments of the creek on either side of the Baker Street Bridge.

In this video, Thomas Loh takes us to the banks of Cottonwood Creek and tells us about his ideas for the project.

The renewed creek landscape would include footpaths, native shrubs, grass, artefacts related to railroad history, flowers, benches, lighting, and information displays.

REVIEW: New version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo near perfect

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Avid readers are often disappointed when they go to see a screen version of their favourite books. I was introduced to the nearly viral, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson, and its following novels by my mother and quickly consumed the book in its entirety. So it was with trepidation that I watched the book morph onto the big screen.

Arts, culture and heritage grant writing workshops applications now being accepted

Arts, culture and heritage grant writing workshops  applications now being accepted

To assist those interested in applying for Arts, Culture and Heritage Program grants from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), Krista Patterson and Natasha Smith of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) will present workshops on how to apply and what to expect from the application process.

CBT’s Arts, Culture and Heritage grants are managed and administered by CKCA.

Individuals of all artistic disciplines as well as arts, culture and heritage organizations residing in the Columbia Basin are invited to attend the workshops.

Nelson Novelist Cyndi Sand-Eveland Launches The Tinfoil Sky (Video)

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"At the heart The Tinfoil Sky is 12-year-old Mel, for whom home is a constantly shifting concept as she and her mother cope with past and present demons. When custody is awarded to Mel’s bitter, angry grandmother, Mel hopes for sanctuary, but instead is left to find it herself. A growing friendship with a boy she meets in the library, and stories shared by a kindly shopkeeper offer Mel a glimmer of hope as she tries to understand her past and create the possibility of a future."-- Anne Degrace

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