Thursday, 16 November 2017 06:58

Moving Mountains with a Paintbrush this November at the Galt Museum

Written by  Demi Knight
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As the winter sets in and the rolling hills that is the Rocky Mountains become snow covered scenery, the Galt museum is hosting an innovative art project for the community to come out and enjoy.


On Nov. 22 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m., residents of Lethbridge and visitors from near and far are given the opportunity to head down to the Galt Museum for a morning of creating paintings inspired by one of the many artworks in the museums’ collections featuring Canada’s beautiful mountainous landscapes.
With hobby artist and program coordinator for the Galt museum, Erynn Konowalchuk leading all those wanting to test their painting skills in this workshop, Konowalchuk says this program is part of the museums daytime workshops to provide more than just paintings to those in attendance.
“The purpose of the Daytime Galt Workshops is to provide a comfortable and supportive environment for individuals living in the community to experience art and learn about local history.”
The mountain landscapes program which is just one of many workshops offered throughout the days of November at the Galt museum, is brought to the community through partnerships with the Alberta Health Services: Therapeutic Recreation sector.
“Participants are provided with the opportunity to create a variety of innovative art projects, learn about local history and socialize with others,” added Konowalchuk of the upcoming event.
However, it’s not only the winter months that see’s programs such as the Mountain Landscape painting one come to the Galt museum to help residents get in touch with their creative sides, but throughout the start of the year also. From February to April, and once more in October to December, every Wednesday for 10 weeks workshops for adults and seniors are offered to give hands on history to all those interested.
Whether to express their creative talents, learn more about the stories of the surrounding landscapes or the history that the museum has to offer, Konowalchuk is available to lead most of them and bring her own passions to the projects.
“I'm not so much a painter, I would more say a hobby artist. We don't always have people come in to lead our programs, usually as the programs coordinator I am the one who takes on that role,” says Konowalchuk of her role leading multiple programs within the facility throughout the year.
However, it’s not just art that the museum brings forward to the public to celebrate during the upcoming holiday season but a number of workshops including an Indigenous History program. This program which runs from October 10th until December 12th every Tuesday morning works to explore fist-nations past with story-telling and hands on activities and acts as a resource for all those seeking to understand their own lineage or learn about others.
The museum and Archives also holds a number of special events throughout the upcoming months to celebrate Métis and Blackfoot history, Remembrance Day and Christmas, all of which can be found on their website at https://galtmuseum.com/?p=0&action=event&subaction=category&ID=17
With the Mountain Landscape program fast approaching and many other exciting events on the schedule, members of the Galt Museum are excited to invite the public to come down and experience the exhibits, workshops and everything that the facility has to offer. 

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