Category Archives: Val Marie

Author Reading Series: Heather Peat Hamm – August 23

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Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents author
reading from Blue Grama
Friday, August 23, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage

— Pass the Hat Admission —

Blue Grama describes the intensity that is prairie life – people, plants and spaces. From conversations with a bush to reflections on the lives of family and friends, this visual treasure is an ode to all things prairie. Equal to the writings (poetry, songs and one prose piece) are Peat Hamm’s botanical illustrations, accompanied by field notes, which portray her delight in details not often seen until you kneel amongst the grasses.

Author Reading: Heather Peat Hamm - August 23, 2019

Author Reading Series: Ted Barris – July 16

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Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents author
reading from Fire Canoe
Tuesday, July 17, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage

— Pass the Hat Admission, Cash Bar —

Fire Canoe brings the first-hand accounts of the steamboat packet owners, captains, stevedores, immigrants, soldiers and carpetbaggers who travelled the South Saskatchewan and Red rivers between 1859 and the turn of the 19th century. The tales of their arrival, the exploits of the people they carried, the impact of their regularly scheduled trips on waterways across the prairies all come alive in Barris’s unique you-are-there storytelling. A former producer and broadcaster at CFQC radio and CBC Saskatchewan, Barris is the author of 19 best-selling books, including the recently released Dam Busters, Victory at Vimy and Juno.

Author Reading Ted Barris July 16 @ PWSS

Artists Reception Thursday, June 27

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James R. Page: The Living Grasslands Photo ExhibitionExhibition 2019 Small Works from a Big Land

You’re invited to the Artists Reception for our two exhibitions:
Small Works For a Big Land – in the Museum Gallery, featuring artists from around the province, and

The Living Grasslands – in the Cloakroom Gallery. Photography from renowned photographer, and Val Marie’s very own, James R. Page.

Reception begins at 7:30 pm, Thursday, June 27. We will have snacks and a cash bar. Admission is free! Come and meet the artists! We’re in the Little Red Brick Schoolhouse, 100 Centre Street, Val Marie.

More information about both exhibitions is available here >

Author Reading Series: Anne Lazurko – June 10

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Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents author
reading from Dollybird
Monday, June 10, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage

— Pass the Hat Admission —

Winner of the WILLA Award for Historical Fiction. Shortlisted for the SaskPower Fiction Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014.
Set in 1906, Dollybird tells the story of pregnant Moira, banished by her embarrassed family to the Canadian Prairies. The term ‘dollybird’ meant either ‘housekeeper’ or ‘prostitute’ in the 1900s west. Twenty-year old Newfoundlander Moira Burns is determined to survive, and even thrive, in small town Ibsen, despite the stories that circulate about her past.

Author Reading: Anne Lazurko June 10 @ PWSS

Buffalo Hide Tanning Workshops June 3 & 5

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Join artist Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway and Buffalo People Arts Institute in Val Marie for buffalo hide tanning workshops and storytelling activities that support awareness and cultural sensitivity.

This is your chance to participate in a unique opportunity to help scrape and prepare a hide while learning the history of the buffalo and its significance to Plains Indigenous people.

Buffalo Hide Tanning | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, June 3
Community Drop In at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage.

Buffalo Hide Tanning | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday, June 5
All ages workshop at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage.

Pre-registration required for Wednesday workshop.
Please contact: (306) 298-4910 | to secure your spot.

Both workshops are free to attend.

Common Weal Community Arts Respond to Racism program explores how the arts can provide tools to address racism by supporting education, bridging, and dialogue in communities across Southern Saskatchewan.

This programming is possible due to generous funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board Artist in Communities Residencies grant program, SaskCulture Inc., thanks to the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation, and with the support of our project partners: South West District for Culture, Recreation & Sport, Parks Canada, and Prairie Wind & Silver Sage.

For more information, please contact Common Weal Community Arts at (306) 780-9442.


Buffalo Hide Tanning Workshops in Val Marie