On Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00 pm, join Mary Thomson at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie for a presentation about one man and the part he played in the history of ranching in southwest Saskatchewan.
Mary Thomson is an amateur historian from Eastend, SK fascinated with the story of the huge ranch leases that once thrived in this region. She will share her explorations into the life of Harry Otterson, who was foreman of the the T Bar Down ranch, located along the Frenchman River in the late 19th century.
For a printable poster, click on the image.
Refreshed and renovated little brick schoolhouse
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage – Friends of Grasslands is very pleased to showcase recent renovations to our heritage building and to gratefully acknowledge support by the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.
The little brick schoolhouse was built in 1927, the Diamond Jubilee of Canadian Confederation, and one year after the incorporation of the Village of Val Marie. Today, the school is one of only a few of its era in Saskatchewan still in use. Its distinguishing architectural features include simple massing and form, hip roof with cedar shingles (the originals were replaced in 2007 (also with support from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation), multi-plane double hung windows, and wood flooring and mouldings.
The Board of Directors of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage has identified several areas of the building that are in need of restoration. As the west facade is most vulnerable to the elements and is also one of the the first aspects seen by visitors, it was decided that this project was most urgent. The original windows and door had deteriorated, and sealing putty and caulking had dried and become ineffective. This state threatened the integrity of the building, providing cracks and crevices for water and wind to further depreciate the structure.
PWSS before renovations
Work on the current project, which included window pane replacement, re-caulking and re-puttying the door and windows, door sill replacement, and scraping and repainting of all wooden surfaces, began in May of this year and was completed in July.
The renovation project
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is proud of its commitment to this designated Municipal Heritage Site and looks forward to the future of the building as well as to the many ways we will continue to serve our community.
Treaty Rights: Whose Rights Are They?
July 20, 2018 – 7:00 pm
(Click on poster or here for a printable PDF)
Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. As a child, Joseph was influenced by his grandfather’s traditional and ceremonial chants as well as the sounds of the fiddle and guitar. Today he is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs.
An accomplished performer, Joseph is the recipient of the 2006 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award’s Keeper of the Tradition Award and he 2005 Commemorative Medal for the Saskatchewan Centennial. In 2009 Joseph also received a Gemini Award for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series for his role in the Wapos Bay series. That same year he was also awarded Best Emerging Male Actor at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival for his role in Run: Broken Yet Brave and won Best Traditional Male Dancer at John Arcand’s Fiddlefest in Saskatchewan. He has performed for the Prince of Wales, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and many other notables. His demanding schedule continues to take him to conferences, symposia, forums, festivals and film sets across Canada, North America and around the world.
This presentation is courtesy of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.
Please join Hermina Joldersma and Marsha Schuld and the folks at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30, at a festive reception to celebrate hand-made landscapes in fabric & fibre, and vibrant paintings of iconic prairie birds and animals, by these artists from Yellowknife, NWT and Rush Lake, SK. Both artists will be present and the public is welcome to meet and congratulate them and enjoy snacks and a cash bar and conversation.
In the Cloakroom Gallery at PWSS, Whitehorse fibre artist Hermina Joldersma presents Textured Landscapes: The Grasslands in Fabric & Fibre, an exploration of the vast prairie geography, with its intricate grasslands ecosystem below and the eloquent sky above. Focusing on the beauty of Canada’s remotest landscapes, Joldserma captures in her in intricate worked and quilted wall pieces the moments of the timeless peace we experience in these surroundings. In 2012 Hermina Joldersma retired “north” to Yellowknife and focused her life-long passion for fabric and fibre on making art quilts, costumes and art-wear. After volunteering to track Grasslands National Park black-footed ferrets in 2013 , she knew the grasslands would be a rich source of inspiration. In 2014 she returned to Val Marie for four months and began what eventually grew to be the works this exhibition comprises.
In the Museum Gallery, Marsha Schuld is showing Revery: Paintings, small acrylic canvases of indigenous birds and animals, exploring the prairie as a region of secrets waiting to be discovered. “These individual portraits of the creatures of the prairie are my way of highlighting their importance and value – elevating them to icons, or objects worthy of veneration and worship,” says Schuld. “There is so much here that is unique and irreplaceable.” Marsha Schuld is a multi-media artist who works out of her studio in rural Saskatchewan. While her mediums change with her projects, her production has always examined prairie life in one way or another, looking closely at the people, the flora and fauna, or the landscape as a whole.
PWSS is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until August 31, and then weekends until mid-September. The exhibitions continue throughout this summer season.
On Thursday June 14, Susan Howard’s informative and inspiring presentation at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage captivated the crowd with her humour and honesty.
Public walks are welcome at Mary’s Labryinth at The Crossing at Grasslands on Thursday to Saturday afternoons 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm year round. Just call ahead at 306-298-7373.
(Photos of the presentation: Reighanne Graves)