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Making his mark on the landscape: Jimmy Allen @ Touchstones

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
June 14th, 2011

Making his mark on the landscape: Jimmy Allen
Gallery A, Touchstones Nelson

  • Opening reception Friday, June 17, 7-9 pm

With works from the Touchstones Nelson permanent collection, as well as on loan from local collectors, this exhibition will showcase the photographs of James (“Jimmy”) Allen (1878-1969), and celebrate the mark he has made on the landscape of our local history through his contributions as a photographer and community member.

From 1919 until his death in 1969, Allen operated Allen’s Art Shoppe in Nelson, a photo-finishing business which also served as a venue for marketing his own work. Between the 1920s and 50s, he created hundreds of black and white photos,  and garnered acclaim for his hand-tinted prints, which can still be found in  homes throughout the area.

A lens into the past, Jimmy Allen’s photographs provide a portrait of Nelson over more than three decades, documenting changes in the urban landscape, as well as celebrating the lakes, rivers, mountains and country roads which he explored year round.

Everyone is welcome to the opening reception, which will be held from 7-9 on Friday June 17.

This will be a joint opening with Masters of BC Art: Selected Works from the Collection of Hans Wilking, occurring in the other half of gallery A. Both exhibitions run from opening night to Aug. 27.  

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