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.