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Art Shows Highlight Peace Country Culture

posted by: Paradise Inn and Suites Grande Prairie on: October 18, 2013 2:28:01 PM

Whatever brings you to Grande Prairie - family vacation, work or passing through while travelling - you'll be glad you took a little time to soak up some of the rich artistic culture of the region.

The art of the Peace Country reflects a colourful and fascinating history. Without a doubt, the first stop for anyone who'd like to learn more about the area's varied culture is the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.

Newly restored gallery is better than ever
Following a near-disaster, The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie (AGGP) has reopened and expanded. The gallery’s previous home, the historic 1929 Grande Prairie High School, partially collapsed in 2007. Fortunately, no one was hurt as the gallery was closed at the time and a beautifully co-ordinated recovery plan meant all the art was saved.

The old gallery has been completely restored and is now connected to its larger location in the Montrose Cultural Centre. The AGGP is the second largest art gallery in Alberta working to preserve, inspire and explore the world of art. The gallery offers free admission, tours, programs, and activities for all ages. It presents about a dozen exhibitions and brings in more than 10,000 visitors each year.

Current exhibitions showcase history, nature
On display now at the AGGP are three exhibitions that feature not only the history of the region, but also some of the colourful characters for which this part of the world is known.

The first exhibit, which runs to the end of the year, is Unbridled Vision: Euphemia McNaught’s lifelong study of horses throughout the 20th Century. Euphemia (Betty) McNaught is the Peace Region’s most prominent 20th century artist.

This show centres on her images of horses spanning nearly eight decades of creativity with watercolours, oils and pen and ink. McNaught 's legacy has been a driving force behind the development of visual arts in the Peace Region.

The second exhibition is Winter on the Wapiti by Peace Country artist Robert Guest. The show is a visual diary created over four years (1984 – 1989) along the river banks of the Wapiti River, in the tranquillity distant from city life. Guest worked day and night making sketches, and then completed the works in his river-side studio cabin. 

The colourful paintings evoke the peaceful beauty of the area. This Guest exhibition was first shown at the AGGP in 1989 and was recently donated by the artist to the gallery’s permanent collection. Winter on the Wapiti runs until Nov. 15.

Also on display, and running until the end of the year, is Dean Drever: Everything is going to be okay again soon. This survey of Drever’s work from 1998 to the present, explores power in many forms, and explicitly, power expressed through violence. Drever looks at individual liberty and social justice and his striking sculptures tear away the mask of dominance and power.

For anyone visiting Grande Prairie, for art, for work or just for fun, the Paradise Inn and Conference Centre is the perfect place to stay. With a variety of spotless and comfortable rooms, the Paradise Inn puts you within minutes of shopping, the business district, dining, culture and recreation.
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