Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is Val Marie’s provincially recognized ecomuseum, offering a variety of services, including:
ECOMUSEUM — Our museum highlights the unique character of Grasslands, Val Marie, and the surrounding area through a combination of artifacts, mapping, photography, sound, and stories, incorporating historical, environmental, and cultural appreciation of both the land and the community. Expect to be engaged!
PRAIRIE GROUND COFFEE BAR — Enjoy a cup of well-brewed espresso and home made treats for your coffee break; breakfast bagels to start your morning, or get together with a friend before or after a park tour. Internet access available.
BOOKSTORE — One of the best selections of titles of a regional nature you’ll find anywhere. Up to date and diverse. Books for all ages.
GIFT & CRAFT ITEMS — We carry locally made, quality crafts and other items that make perfect gifts — for yourself or others. There is something for every age.
GALLERIES — We have two art galleries hosting an artist in each. This year we host exhibitions by Edie Marshall and Judy Gunter.
PRAIRIE GARDEN — Our long time senior staff member, Carlena Acker, worked hard over the years to create garden spaces featuring indigenous species of grasses and flowers.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is located in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, a heartbeat from Grasslands National Park. We are in the Little Brick Schoolhouse heritage building, across from the Park Visitor Centre on Centre Street. See the map on the right side of the page for details.
SPRING/SUMMER: Open 9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week. Closed for lunch 12 – 1
FALL: SEPTEMBER 1 – 20: Open 9 am – 5 pm, Friday to Monday. Closed for lunch 12 – 1
GROUPS: when possible, groups of 5+ people are advised to contact Prairie Wind prior to arrival to allow us to serve you better. Call 306 298-4910.
Artwork by local artists Sherri Grant and Madonna Hamel will be celebrated at a reception at Val Marie’s provincially recognized ecomuseum Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie on Thursday, June 23 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Both artists will be present and everyone is welcome to meet and congratulate them and enjoy snacks and a cash bar and conversation.
Winter Dance by Sherri Grant (photograph)
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 color and movement it is absolutely awe-inspiring.”
The Making of the Last Harvest Supper by Madonna Hamel (mixed-media collage)
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 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until August 31, and then weekends until September 17. The exhibitions continue throughout this summer season.