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Touchstones Nelson is pleased to present the recently digitized Stevens Studio collection. On August 24, the museum will celebrate the online launch of photos taken by Art Stevens and Alice Stevenson, the former owners and operators of the Stevens Studio in Nelson. This notable collection was donated to the Shawn Lamb Archives in 2008 and contains a fascinating diversity of images. From large industrial projects and scenic landscapes of the Kootenays, to commercial portraits and photos of Nelson businesses, the collection covers a variety of aspects of Kootenay life between the 1940s and 1970s. Of particular note is a series of captivating images depicting the daily lives of Orthodox and Reformed Doukhobors. A selection of images from the collection may be viewed online at

Stevens Studio collection Come by Touchstones for the launch party on August 24 at 1 p.m. to view the digitized images and mark another successful milestone in Touchstones Nelson’s photo digitization efforts. Meet the collection’s donor and photographer, Art Stevens, and enjoy refreshments while watching the remarkable slideshow of Kootenay history.

Aug 24th - The Faraguna Brothers then Rafferty Funksmith

Aug 30th - Audio Architect Montreal Aug 31st - Humans with Sonicanimation Sep 6th - Blackberry Wood Sep 7th - Neon Steve Sep 12th - BOGL Sep 13th - Dub Pistols DJ Set by Barry Ashworth Sep 14th - Deekline Sep 16th - Chali 2Na with Full Live Band Sep 20th - Minnesota w/ Moontricks Sep 21st - Bliss N Eso Sep 24th - Elliott Brood Sep 28th - Current Swell Oct 8th - Ron Sexsmith w/ Jenn Grant Oct 12th - Sweet Soul Burlesque w/ Blondtron Oct 18th - Lee Harvey Osmond w/ Guests Oct 22nd - The Sadies Oct 25th - Lady Waks Best Breakthrough Producer



Aug 23rd - Shred Kelly w/ Tofu Stravinski




Bryn Stevenson was born into a family of working artists in the Slocan Valley during 1983. As a little tot his father, an eager back-country enthusiast, would bring him hiking all over the West Kootenays. After attending one year at KSA in 2002/03, he knew he wanted to keep practicing art but not as jeweler or potter. He later found inspiration from newer styles of painting and fell in love with the vibrant colors, workability and thick viscosity of oil paint. He works mostly with a knife and feels somewhat like an instrument letting the knife and paint create the natural patterns and thick, rough textures of mountains. Bryn also likes using brushes to create soft strokes and gentle blending of clouds and foliage. Stevenson is primarily self-taught, molding his own style with influences from different sources and art forms. He works from his own photography and direct experiences of local mountains as well from his imagination. He loves dramatic scenes that hold peace, power and divine sovereignty and hopes his art will capture these vibrations and radiate them to others. Bryn feels very thankful for all the beautiful mountains and trails in Canada along with all the wonderful people who have supported him.


Keira is originally from Deep Cove, BC. While growing up in North Vancouver her principal interests were competitive sports, dance and doodling. For over eight years after high school she studied and danced professionally while doodling in her spare time. From 1983 to 1985 she attended Capilano College, taking a wide range of art classes. For the next few years she practiced art on fabric, hand painted clothing, logo designs and wall hangings. In 1997 Keira moved to Nelson with her two daughters to raise them in a smaller community and to continue dancing and creating paintings. She attended Nelson Fine Arts Center taking as many courses as she could. For the last sixteen years she has continued her painting full-time. Over the last ten years her art has been exhibited locally every month in Nelson - ranging from shops, coffee houses to galleries. Keira strives to express the moment visually, shifting from the technical eye to the intuitive. She considers herself a contemporary painter. For the last sixteen years her topics have ranged from figurative to still life. She loves color, shapes, texture and line. Oils, acrylic, charcoal and conte are the mediums she uses to explore and create on canvas and wood supports.

Bryn’s work can be seen at Kutenai Clothing Co. during ArtWalk, on now until August 31.

Keira’s work can be seen at Grounded during ArtWalk, on now until August 31.






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Tofu’s last show on home turf Kirsten Hildebrand {vurb} contributor


group of local musicians have quit their day jobs and packed their bags for the chance to make it bigger as a band.

To leave these jobs, in some cases well-paying and rewarding, shows the value members of Tofu Stravinsky place on playing music. “It feels good to take a chance on something that has a lot of potential,” says Tofu’s Tyler Toews. Tofu Stravinsky is Sarah Orton on lead vocals; Toews on guitar and vocals; Quillan Hanley playing bass; Jon Perry playing synth and EdwardT on drums. The band will be travelling across the country in their tour van aptly named Priscilla Stravanski playing 18 shows along the way. It’s their biggest tour to date. Once in Montreal, they plan to “do what they’ve done here,” “make friends and play shows,” says Toews, hoping to ultimately record “a proper album,” says Orton. For Orton, a Castlegar native, this move is a big one. “It’s definitely time to be venturing off,” she says. “It feels ready, being in a new town. I’ll put my travelling pants on.”


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Tofu Stravinsky The young woman feels more comfortable in her skin these days having grown in the year since graduating from music school and joining Tofu Stravinsky. While she’s excited, she’s nostalgic about the start Nelson’s given her in the business. The band’s played everywhere from Shambhala Performance Hall to Ellisons Market to the Royal and with the likes of Alex Cuba, Tequila Mockingbird and Hey Ocean. “If it weren’t for Nelson, we’d never have had these opportunities,” says Orton.

“There’s no way we’d have done this anywhere else, just starting out.” Tofu Stravinsky’s last show is at Spiritbar tonight as the band opens up for Kootenay Music Award winners Shred Kelley. “The music will be great as usual,” says Toews. “But it’s also going to be a bit emotional — a lot of hugs and good byes. It’s going to be a special show taking time to reflect and celebrate our years of living here.” Tofu should hit the stage about 11 p.m. The band is also playing the Falls Street stage at tonight’s MarketFest at 7:30 p.m.

Passions collide in Andrea Wright’s new novel When the town of Greenstone, Montana is thrown into chaos by a planned dam expansion, people from the United States and Canada form a cross-border alliance to save Sweet Grass Valley from flooding. Conflict erupts as passions collide. The complex relationship between people and nature provides a springboard for an intimate story of power by Kootenay author Andrea Wright. Wright reads from her novel Greenstone Rising on Thursday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson Public Library. Anyone who lived through or who understands the impact of hydroelectric dam development in the Columbia Basin will find resonance in Wright’s novel, which brings to life the human aspect of progress and power. Characters include wise woman Stella and her daughter Aberdeen, dynamic Canadian activist Elliot and his flamboyant partner Gitta, wildlife biologist Lawrence, and Harold


Clay Harding, paramilitary ex-con, who schemes his way to power. “Greenstone Rising manages to stir into a tantalizing narrative broth all the interests close to the author’s heart, not the least of which is her deep commitment to the environment,” said reviewer Art Joyce in the Valley Voice. “Many who have been activists will be able to relate personally to the central plot, but even those with little interest in activism will find the characters carry them along above the action.” Food is also a character in Wright’s novel, bringing people together. Recipes included in the back of the book are a nod to Wright’s other passion: she ran the Wild Rose Restaurant in Rosebery for 20 years, while raising her two daughters. A lifelong resident of the Columbia Basin, Andrea Wright grew up in rural Oregon and lived in Montana, before settling in the wilds of British Columbia.



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Josh Gatten has won the online Nelson Star competition that had people select their favourite West Kootenay tattoo artist. Pegged against Colin Millar of Wolf’s Den in Castlegar and Aza Samchuck of Cymatica, Gatten got the most votes during the monthlong contest. Gatten has come far despite not moving far. He attended Kootenay School of the Arts right across the street from his current shop at #204, 602 Josephine Street. He got his start in the industry helping out the previous owners at this shop on odd projects. “One day they said, we know your art is good, why don’t you try tattooing?” he said. In 2009, Gatten took over the business then known as Sikfrig N’Innk. Now on the job for almost 10 years, he still loves it even though it’s all consuming. It offers a challenging diversity not found while pursuing one singular art form. “It just seems to have so many different variables not found in the other art forms,” he said. “I like the challenge. It’s what keeps me going.” Working with the always-moving human body, Gatten says he has to rely on the cooperation of the client. Tattooing is a three-dimensional art form so he has to move his own body across that ever-differing canvas. Every person’s skin is also unique and the ink takes differently. Gatten describes his studio space as “comfortable” and “cozy” which, along with being in tune with a person’s state of mind and body, is very important, he said. “They’re nervous. They know that this is something that’s going to hurt. It tests people’s boundaries. And in order for me to work effectively with them, I need to make them feel as comfortable as possible… It just makes it that much easier for them,” he said.

Originally from Victoria, the tattoo artist has varying abilities though prefers clean lines in the work he does. He also loves doing geometric work. On his own body, Gatten sports many tattoos, a Buzz Lightyear piece being one of his favourites for the meaning that’s stuck with him. “People always ask me, ‘are you going to regret that later?’” he relayed. “I say ‘no, I like watching cartoons.’ When I was a kid I always wanted to have a job where I watched cartoons and drew for a living and I’m like ‘wow, I nailed that on the head.’”

A Wolf’s Den is home to Colin Millar Castlegar tattoo artist Colin Millar is a corporate refugee who found a career that’s rewarding and satisfying. Having studied at Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary after graduating from Nelson’s L.V. Rogers and attending Selkirk College, Millar realized graphic design and commercial illustration didn’t suit his style. “After a number of years, I realized the long solitary hours, ridiculous deadlines and corporate way of thinking didn’t really work for me,” he said. About 18 years later, Millar is still content with his line of work. Millar tattoos out of the Wolf’s Den in Castlegar found at 2329 Columbia Avenue and said sitting down with a client, “taking the time to listen and talk” is an important step to making sure someone is 100 per cent comfortable with the work they’re about to have done. “There is nothing I enjoy more than the smile of a client as they look at their new ink in the mirror for the first time,” he said. To him, diversity is a critical component to his art taken from paper to skin. “I really enjoy the diversity of styles and content I get to work with as well as the equally diverse clientele I am privileged to work on,” he said.

In his spare time, the local boy happy to be back in the Kootenays is a musician who plays with Sack Grabbath, a Black Sabbath tribute band.


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Cymatica: visibly vibrant, a tattooist’s tale Kirsten Hildebrand {vurb} contributor

If Cymatics is the study of visible sound and vibration, there is an artist in Nelson that’s at the head of the class: Aza Samchuck, owner of Cymatica Tattoo. Behind the images that grace people’s skin, is equipment that rarely finds its way into the spotlight the way body art does. Samchuck builds custom tattoo machines that are one of a kind, and production line tattoo machines for use in the industry. “I started machine building in the very beginning back in the early nineties,” he said. “I went shop to shop selling tattoo machines and basically getting lessons from tattooists. As time went on, I ended up tattooing full-time.” Samchuck opened Cymatica at 511 a Lake Street four years ago. It is the first solo studio for an Edmonton, Alberta import. Now established in the community, he’s able to earn a living at the shop full of natural light and wood giving it “a Kootenay feel,” he said. He’s doing what he’s dreamt of since being a youth interested in art. “It clicked with me ever since I was young. I knew I was going to be an artist and I just needed to find a kind of art that was awesome and profitable,” he said. “Tattooing sort of rolled around and I realized I could do both. I could be artistic and make a decent living.” The type of work Samchuck likes to do changes every couple of years. Some styles that have captivated him are tribal art, biomechanics, “solid colour bombs,” and realistic tattoos.

“I meet new people and get turned onto new styles that they may be into. I go to tattoo conventions and when I go home, I’m sort of on a new trip, a new style that I am into. It just evolves as time goes on,” he said. Samchuck is just back from West Rock tattoo convention held in Victoria.

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We have until September 21 to enjoy all the glory that is summer, and yard work that goes along with it. Head honcho at the Nelson Brewing Company, Tim Pollock, suggested this article be based on lawn mower beers. I’d never even heard the term, but of course Urban Dictionary had: “Any beer low in alcohol content that is also highly quaffable. A style of beer you would want to drink after working hard in the yard on a hot summer day. Usually a crisp pale lager or ale with moderate to high carbonation. Must be well chilled.” We got a group of six people together at the brewery to sample some beers and give thoughts. The first thing we discussed was what NBC beers we tend to enjoy after working on a hot day. Harvest Moon, Wild Honey, Paddy Whack, After Dark and Full Nelson were the responses... let’s just say we may have a small disorder of some sort, though we were too busy arguing to look into what that may actually be. Since everyone else was wrong,

the obvious choice would be Harvest Moon and maybe Wild Honey. If they really wanted to make their arguments they would have written this story, they did not. Therefore I am right! Besides our favourite NBC beers, here are a few we could agree pair well with yard work. Tree – Cutthroat Pale Ale A Gold metal winner at the Canadian brewing awards in 2007 this isn’t a bad choice as far as lawn mower beers go. A fairly dry finish and a sharp flavour makes this an okay choice, though it may be a bit bitter and have a slightly strong hop character for some when it comes to being categorized as “highly quaffable.” Whistler – Grapefruit Ale This beer almost comes across like a Shandy (beer mixed with a nonalcoholic drink, typically lemonade) though in this case the lemonade would be swapped with a grapefruit juice. We all agreed that it’s a tasty ale, refreshing and well worth having around. It also is a great beginner beer for folks that don’t necessarily consider themselves beer drinkers. There’s a reason why this beer is having another great summer. It’s one of the hottest craft beers in the province.

Estrella (Spain) A very easy drinking Pilsner Lager style of beer, the lightest in colour by far of everything we tasted. If you go by the definition provided above of what a lawn mower beer is this one hits the nail on the head. 4.6% Vol/Alc with a light body and a rather neutral palate. This is a beer that may leave IPA, Stout and even most craft beer drinkers yearning for more, but it’s well-made and appropriate to style, and sometimes it’s just nice to have a nice light beer. Krusovice Imported Czech Beer The last beer we all tasted, and most agreed was one of the best, was Krusivice from The Czech Republic. A little more golden then other Czech beers one of us made the bold

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statement “I could have that running through my veins!” It really is a spectacular beer that was another that came highly recommended from the crew at the Government Liquor Store by Safeway in Nelson. So there you go — five or six different beers that all would score well if they came after a day of hard work in the heat, and let’s be honest beers always taste best when earned. Like they say appetite is the best seasoning. Next time you’re at the bottle shop grabbing a beer ask the gal/guy behind the till what’s new and interesting and grab it. Life’s too short for boring beer! This column, co-written by Nelson Brewing Company staff, appears monthly in this space.


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based artist is touring in support Of Magpie Waltz, her all-string, all-acoustic record.

TNT Young Company production of Mary’s Wedding — directed by Stephen Fowler, and staring Gus Fowler and Sarah Jane Hicks — continues Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the old Kootenay Christian Fellowship church (812 Stanley Street, across from Central School). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students at the door or in advance at Sanderella Boutique (464 Baker Street).

Nelson singer-songwriter and classical guitarist Angello Sammartino is playing a public house concert on Friday, August 24 at The Big Blue House in Fairview (503-4th Street) at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Faraguna Brothers play Spiritbar on Saturday, August 24 with Rafferty Funksmith. Doors open at 10 p.m. Ticket information at the Hume Hotel.

Nelson Youth Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing on Friday, August 23 at 2:30 p.m. in "Ye Olde Quarry" in lower Gyro Park, just off the top of downtown Nelson’s Vernon Street. Admission by donation. Bring your own chair.

Get ready for the Vultures to play at the Cedar Creek Cafe in Winlaw on Saturday, August 24. This Rossland-based group is noted for their tight harmonies and great covers. It’ll be a great night of music starting around 6:30 p.m.


The Nelson Civic Theatre is showing The Smurfs 2 Friday, Saturday and Tuesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The late night movie is Elysium, about a daunting mission to bring equality to a polarized world in 2154, playing Friday, Saturday, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.


The Langham Gallery in Kaslo presents Whuulhu: To Fuse Together, a multimedia exhibit by Bracken H’anuse Corlett. The opening event will be held on August 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the main gallery in conjunction with the opening of Sign of Age by artist Carlton Temple in the Community Gallery. Oxygen Art Centre is presenting the work of photographer and video artist Adad Hannah. Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House) is a re-enactment of French painter Theodore Gericault’s painting from the 1800s, and was produced with high school students and community members during a residency. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at 320 Vernon Street (alley entrance). Details at The West Kootenay Camera Club’s 23rd annual Photo Show Winners Exhibition is on display at Kokanee Camera for the month of August. The Nelson Library is now showing Yvonne Vanens Munro’s weather-inspired acrylic landscapes paintings until the end of August.



The news Smurfs movie is showing at Nelson Civic Theatre this weekend.

Summer Museum Tours are available every Saturday at Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History. Visitors and locals alike are invited to explore Nelson’s diverse history with a knowledgeable guide in the Permanent Museum Exhibit. Drop in at 11 a.m. on any Saturday morning this summer for an interpretive tour of the rich history of the West Kootenays.

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When the town of Greenstone, Montana is thrown into chaos by a planned dam expansion, people from the United States and Canada form a cross-border alliance to save Sweet Grass Valley from flooding. Conflict erupts as passions collide. The complex relationship between people and nature provides a springboard for an intimate story of power by Kootenay author Andrea Wright. Wright reads from her novel Greenstone Rising on Thursday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson Public Library. Kootenay Book Weekend is September 20 to 22 at the Best Western hotel in Nelson. The following novels will be discussed: The Appointment by Herta Muller, Year of Wonder by Geraldine Brooks, The State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, and Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay. Read these four captivating books this summer and come join them for the conversation. For more info see

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Montreal’s Audio Architect will be at Spiritbar on Friday, August 30 with Emma Star. Doors open at 10 p.m.


The Cedar Creek Cafe in Winlaw hosts popular favourite Bocephus King on Friday, August 30 around 6:30 p.m. This enigmatic Vancouver native has skirted effortlessly between blues, alt country, traditional songwriting and modern aesthetics. His latest album Willie Dixon God Damn! shows a whole new path. Human are at Spiritbar with Sonicanimation on August 31. Ticket information at the Hume Hotel.


Shred Kelly plays Spiritbar on Friday, August 23 with Tofu Stravinsky. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Pianist Maria Rapp and violinist Anke Steinmetzm both from Switzerland, will be at the Ravencourt B&B in Passmore on Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. The theme for the evening is ‘Roundabout Vienna’ featuring the music of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven. Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to the musicians. Ravencourt B&B is a large straw-bale home located at at 4615 Upper Passmore Road. For info phone 250-226-7801. Sarah Jane Scouten rolls into the Cedar Creek Cafe in Winlaw on Friday, August 23 around 6:30 p.m. This Montreal-

Ghost Cousin plays a public house concert on Tuesday, September 3 at The Special (810 Silica Street) with Father Paul and Friends. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10. West Coast party bands Pickwick and Blackberry Wood are co-headlining a show at Spiritbar on Friday, September 6. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the Hume Hotel or search “Hume Hotel” on Grammy Award winner Chali 2na is returning to Spiritbar with his full band for another night of legendary hip hop, rock, funk and more on Monday, September 16. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the Hume Hotel or online by searching “Hume Hotel” on

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