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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:01

Art show for two artists set to take place in Val Marie June 23

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Artwork by Val Marie artists will be celebrated at a reception at Val Marie’s provincially-recognized ecomuseum Prairie Wind & Silver Sage on Thursday, June 23 from 7:30-9 p.m. 


Both artists will be present and the public is welcome to meet and congratulate them and enjoy snacks and a cash bar and conversation.

In the Cloakroom Gallery at PWSS, Sherri Grant presents Amazing Sky, an exhibition of photographs printed on canvas and metal that suggest the magic of the prairie night sky and the glorious beauty it reveals. 

“I have spent many nights out under these prairie skies watching the mystery and the magic unfold, the darkness parting to reveal the heavens beyond, and sometimes capturing a moment that speaks to me, sometimes just a hint and it feels like there is more,” Grant says. “The coyotes may howl, or the geese honk, as the accompaniment to the dance of the skies. When the night sky explodes with colour and movement it is absolutely awe-inspiring.”

In the Museum Gallery, Madonna Hamel is showing My Mother’s Apron, a mixed-media installation of collages and apron artifacts that present stories of the women of Val Marie and the southwest as shown through this most familiar garment. The exhibition is a visual extravaganza of colour and stories, symbolizing a certain group or time in the rich history and traditions of the prairie. 

“It began as a simple exhibit of prairie women’s aprons meant to compliment the men’s cowboy hats already hanging in the ecomuseum,” says Hamel. “Thanks to all the women who have contributed to make this extended and expanding story come alive.”

Prairie Wind & Silver Sage works in partnership with the local community and Grasslands National Park of Canada to promote the conservation of native prairie landscapes, while inviting the exploration and appreciation of prairie culture and natural history. 

PWSS is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Aug. 31, and then weekends until Sept. 17.  Exhibitions continue throughout the summer. More information is online at

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