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Val Marie’s Prairie Wind and Silver Sage hosts exhibition reception

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A woman gazes at her small house, lost in a white landscape where snow and sky are the same.


A broken hill, bleakly beautiful in its treeless isolation, rises to block all other views. Aprons and sheets and chickens in sacks hang from a clothesline as a practical pioneer tries to persuade her hens to lay.
Over the ragged prairie, the weight of a storm gathering seems almost to bend the sky. A small family holds onto each other for protection against everything unfamiliar. From the closest rocks to the furthest horizon the land rolls on forever.
These are some of the artworks in this year’s art exhibitions at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Val Marie’s provincially-recognized ecomuseum, where two artists show their differing, but related visions of the lonely southwest landscape.
Diana Chabros of Val Marie sees the prairie uninhabited; Marlena Wyman of Edmonton sees a prairie that resists habitation.
On June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at PWSS in the Little Brick Schoolhouse in Val Marie, both artists will be in attendance at a reception to launch the exhibitions.
The PWSS board, who always gives lively parties with good company and conversation, invites everyone to meet the artists and join in celebrating their accomplishment.
In her exhibition Postcards to Buffalo Land: Scenic Salutations and Storms of Controversy, Chabros paints in oil on paper. An ongoing series, these postcard-sized images focus on interludes of inclement weather. By documenting the rich colour and textural variations of the extreme southwest terrain, Chabros captures the land in its current natural state. These paintings acknowledge the moment.
In Landing Hard: Honouring Prairie Women Settlers, Marlena Wyman offers a glimpse into the lives of early women settlers on the prairies, their loneliness and vulnerability, their toughness and resilience, their joys and sorrows. Her limited edition beeswax transfer prints on paper honour the personal and collective memory of these women.
Wyman and Chabros have teamed forces to organize a workshop on encaustic painting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 at the Prairie Community Centre. The registration fee is $80 and all supplies will be provided.
Encaustic painting is an ancient technique that involves applying molten beeswax and pigment to a surface and manipulating it. The workshop is an introduction to basic techniques, including demonstrations and hands-on participation. Preregistration is available by phoning 306-298-0000.

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