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Summer 2018 Art Exhibitions Festive Reception

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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.

Mary’s Labyrinth Opens to the Public

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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)

So What’s With All Those Rocks Anyway?

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Building Mary’s Labyrinth
A Presentation by Susan Howard
7:00 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018
Little Brick Schoolhouse, Val Marie

A labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures with a single path that moves in a circular fashion into the centre and out again. It is used as a walking meditation or spiritual practice.  When Susan Howard moved to Val Marie in 2015, with her husband Neil Ward as new owners of The Crossing at Grasslands, she brought along a love of labyrinths and many years of leading labyrinth walks for meditation and prayer. For Susan, a labyrinth is a place of homecoming, peace, and healing that she wanted to share with her new community, honouring the land and all who have lived here.

In June 2017, Mary’s Labyrinth was built by volunteers at The Crossing at Grasslands as the first Canadian labyrinth in a growing international network, called the Legacy Labyrinth Project, dedicated to the peace and healing of all who walk. Built out of local rock originally planted by glaciers then cleared by hand from Homestead fields a century ago, Mary’s Labyrinth, named after Susan’s mother, is an 85′ diameter circular path on the edge of Grasslands National Park.

One year after the labyrinth was completed, on Thursday, June 14 at 7:00 pm, please join Susan Howard at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage as she presents the story of the building of Mary’s Labyrinth. Everyone is welcome, admission is free of charge and refreshments will be available.

Mary’s Labyrinth is open for walking in the afternoon year round, Thursdays to Sundays, by appointment at 1-306-298-7373 or thecrossingatgrasslands@gmail.com or http://thecrossingatgrasslands.com. A celebration and community dedication is being held at The Crossing at Grasslands on June 21st at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.