New works by the Kootenay LGBTQ2+ community.
Samonte Cruz was inspired to start organizing within the LGBTQ+ arts community after he moved to Nelson in 2015 to attend Kootenay Studio Arts. “When I moved to the Kootenays I was impressed to find such a supportive and thriving the arts scene but was surprised by the lack of opportunities for LGBTQ+ artists to promote their work, especially given the long history of Pride events in the region."
Local artist Maggie Shirley, who serves as curator and gallery assistant at Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar, BC, became a supporter of the project early on, and acts as a curator mentor to Cruz. “This has always been an obvious element that has been missing in the over 20 years of Kootenay Pride celebrations," she says.
Thursday, September 27th | GALLERY OPENING
Free admission & appetizers | cash bar | All welcome - some adult content | Artists in Attendance
Friday, October 12th | FRIDAY FUZE PRIDE PARTY
Part of the Elk Valley Pride Festival | Tickets $20 | Cash bar & complimentary appetizers | 19+ event | Live performance art & 2 floors of DJs
Exhibit on display until Sunday, October 14th, 2018. Open 7 days, 10 am - 5:30 pm.
Presented by: Fernie Museum | Fernie Pride Society | Province of BC | BC Arts Council | Columbia Basin Trust | Kootenay Columbia Cultural Alliance | Kootenay Gallery of Art, History & Science | Nelson & District Women's Centre | Samonte Cruz Studios