Please join us at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in the Little Brick Schoolhouse in Val Marie on Saturday, September 16 to celebrate 20 wonderful years. Afternoon tea (Val Marie style) at 3:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome!
(For a printable poster, click on the image.)
Join us at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage on Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. for A Prairie Dog Tail: The University of Saskatchewan’s research project investigating the ecology of a wild population of black-tailed prairie dogs in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan. This presentation is free of charge and everyone is welcome!
(Photo courtesy of Bold Visions Conservation at www.bvconservation.org)
Ranch stories from Grasslands National Park – join us on the lawn at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage on Friday, July 28 at 2:00 pm for the launch of “The Grasslanders – Ranch Stories”, by Thelma Poirier, published by Grasslands National Park and Coteau books. You can buy your own copies of the book inside Prairie Wind and have them signed by the author right after the official ceremonies. Plus get your usual (iced?) lattes or Italian sodas and treats and browse many other books and gifts. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you!
Thanks to the effort of many individuals over the years, Prairie Wind and Silver Sage – Friends of Grasslands is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year.
Please save the afternoon of Saturday, September 16th for a celebration of all the volunteers and staff who have made our organization and museum such a success.
Details will follow, but in the meantime, we need your help in spreading the word. Please send us contact information for those who have left the community, especially people you know who have helped make Prairie Wind everything it is. Our email is email@example.com. Thanks!
Coming up this week at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie, a festive reception for two art exhibitions. Please come and meet the artists on Thursday, June 22 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm and enjoy snacks and a cash bar and conversation. On show is Meditations on the Grasslands, an exhibition of salt print photography by John J. Penner of Saskatoon, and Apron Pocket Archives, mixed media collages by Val Marie’s own Madonna Hamel. Everyone is welcome
In the Cloakroom Gallery at PWSS, Saskatoon photographer John J. Penner presents Meditations on the Grasslands, an exhibition of salt-printed photographs that invite the viewer to enjoy a moment of contemplation and fill their eyes with the expansive spaces that are the great Canadian grasslands. “In a digital age, images are ubiquitous and consumed voraciously, then discarded without much thought,” says Penner. “Handcrafted images slow down this process and allow for a more contemplative approach.” The salt printing process was invented in the 1840s and was the first reproducible process to yield an image on paper which could be waxed to make it transparent enough to act as a negative. The photographs in this exhibition seem to take the viewer back in time to imagine the past when vast herds of buffalo roamed the North American central plains.
In the Museum Gallery, Madonna Hamel is showing Apron Pocket Archives, colourful mixed-media collages that are the result of two years of research, writing, collecting, corresponding, conversing and musing about the apron. “As a portal into the history of women, whose role and presence in society have, for the most part, served as supporting characters advancing the biographies and stories of the men in their lives, the apron contains gleanings of wider stories,” says Hamel. “Apron Pocket Archives is a creative attempt at exploring encounters between settlers and indigenous people, past and present, dreams and waking, animals and humans, by use of “traces”, “ghosts”, juxtapositions and introductions of characters who more than likely never had a chance to meet.”
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until August 31, and then weekends until September 16. The exhibitions continue throughout this summer season.