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Nelson, Art Galleries & Artists
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I think you can learn a lot about a community by seeing what it's local artists are doing. Somehow, local artists and artisans reflect and interpret the environment, culture and values of the place they live in through their art.
To that end, I am always on the lookout for craft cooperatives -- organizations of artists and artisans who band together to sell their products. Coming from the prairies, the notion of the cooperative is near and dear to me, as is the notion of mutual support and kinship through art.
One such cooperative is the Craft Connection in Nelson -- a cooperative of Kootenay artists.
The shop is located in downtown Nelson. Walking through the door is like opening a jewel box full of sparkly, richly coloured things.
The Craft Connection displays a wide range of media, everything from wood and metal to glass, baskety and bookbinding.
Staff in the shop are knowledgeable about the artists and the media they are working in.
So when you're considering that t-shirt or ashtray as a souvenier from your visit to Nelson or any other part of British Columbia, think about a piece of local art.