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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Butcher birds at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage and a date to mark in your calendars!
Ashley Vass of Nature Saskatchewan presents a talk on Butcher Birds and the Stewards of Saskatchewan at the Little Brick Schoolhouse in Val Marie on Wednesday June 14 at 7:30 p.m. The talk is free and everyone is welcome. You can click the image for a full-size poster.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage opens for the 2017 season on May 17! Please visit us for those great lattes and treats and to see what’s new in the museum, art galleries and shop! Open 9 to 5 every day until September.
(Click photo to open this book in PDF format.)
In the summer of 2016, brought together by Prairie Wind and Silver Sage, a group of writers went into Grasslands National Park near Val Marie, Saskatchewan to see what their imaginations and writing skills could make of this unusual place. Dispatches From the Grasslands is the result of their collaboration.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is very pleased to announce the publication of this book in PDF format. It will be also be published in traditional book form in 2017.
Dispatches From the Grasslands was made possible by support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries during the 2016 artist residency program hosted by Prairie Wind & Silver Sage and co-sponsored with Grasslands National Park.