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10 years later...  7.30pm on Friday, November 18

The second in a series of author readings during 2016-2017 that mark 10 years of arts programming at Nelson, B.C.’s Oxygen Art Centre will showcase Okanagan-based poet, editor, and teacher Sharon Thesen, and North Nelson memoirist and fiction writer Ross Klatte on Friday, November 18.

The duo’s reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free ($5 donation appreciated) and the event is open to the public. The Oxygen Art Centre is located at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance).

Thesen, who taught for more than a decade at UBC Okanagan, has had several collections of her poetry published, most recently Oyama Pink Shale from Anansi Press in 2011. Based in Lake Country, she has edited two editions of an anthology of long poems, and is a former editor of the literary magazine Capilano Review and Kelowna’s Lake: A Journal of Arts and Environment.

Klatte’s memoir Leaving the Farm was published by Fernie’s Oolichan Books in 2007. A short story of his that first appeared in the Nelson literary magazine New Orphic Review was shortlisted for the national $10,000 Journey Prize in 2011. Klatte, who lives on Nelson’s North Shore, also wrote the text for Selkirks Spectacular (2014), about the international Selkirk Loop drive.

Support for the reading series has come from the Canada Council for the Arts through the Writers’ Union of Canada, as well as from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. The readings are co-sponsored by Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

Oxygen, Nelson’s only artist-run centre, was founded in 2002 by artists formerly employed by the city’s Kootenay School of the Arts. The first reading in the current celebratory series drew a full house Oct. 7 to hear former Canadian poet laureate Fred Wah and Ootischenia poet Linda Crosfield.

The third reading, on March 17, 2017, will spotlight current Saskatchewan poet laureate Gerry Hill, a former writing student at Nelson’s David Thompson University Centre, and Nelson poet and artist Susan Andrews Grace.
“Each reading in the series bring to Nelson a writer who has been associated in some way with the B.C. Southern Interior, and pairs him or her with a local author,” said Oxygen executive director Miriam Needoba. 

The series aims to highlight how Oxygen serves local audiences and authors by offering the community opportunities to experience literary artists who might not otherwise perform in Nelson, and by fostering and featuring local literary talent. Oxygen over the years has provided skill development for area writers through presenting readings, author talks and writing workshops, Needoba said.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - December 7th at 7pm

Oxygen Art Centre's Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at 7pm.  Oxygen is located at 3 - 320 Vernon Street in Nelson (enter from back alley)

Please come out and attend the AGM!  We hope to see you there!

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Expanding the Play Range Between the Arts with Gabriel Keczan

2 classes: December 3 & 4, 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday

Course Description: In this weekend workshop we will play with the concept of inter-modality within the tradition of Expressive Arts Therapy. The weekend is designed to offer a safe space to experientially explore the crystallization and inter-play of various arts as they touch each individual’s personal journey. No previous experience necessary. The workshop requires low skill and invites high sensitivity and a willingness to explore creativity both individually and through guided group process. We will expand the play range. We will allow for the harvesting of material from one modality to carry forward for processing in another modality. We will explore the sacred spaces of embodiment / dance / movement therapy, mark-making with paint and collage/mixed media, poetry and creative writing, voice and image dialogue.

Course fee: $ 130 + Material fee:  $25 + SEE MATERIALS LIST

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Did you know that Oxygen Art Centre has a volunteer credit program that can be used towards reduced tuition costs?  Oxygen Art Centre is a not for profit, community arts organization and artist run centre.  Contact us to find out about what the options are to help with accessing our arts education programming. E:


Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledges support for its Arts Education Programming from the Province of British Columbia, Nelson and District Credit Union, British Columbia Arts Council and Business for the Arts sponsors; Hall Printing, Nelson Star, Juice FM and

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