Artist: Stefania Piecowye
Title: Bridge City
Artist Comments: The historic Bessborough hotel stands proudly near one of the many bridges in Saskatoon , Saskatchewan .
Artist Comments: My Dad farmed in Creelman, Saskatchewan for more than 60 years. No long service award for him other than the reward inherent in farm life. For Dad, I've called this painting "Help Yourself", intended both as an offer to share in the rewards of that labour but also as counsel to develop the independence needed to exist in this world. Miss you, Dad.
Title:Rocky Mountain Snow Fall March 2005
Artist Comments: Always a scenic drive around Jasper, Alberta . Along the Athabasca River .
Artist: Anne McLellan
Title: Oil derrick in big blue Alberta sky
Artist Comments: I wanted to paint an oil derrick because it symbolizes the heart and soul of our economy.
Title: Nature’s Beauty
Artist Comments: Abundant and spacious with clean waters and lakes and varied terrain. Beautiful marshlands and mountains and fresh air in a clean beautiful sky. The Blue Heron is a very patient bird, it stands perfectly still. We are a patient peaceful people. Our land and people have many lovely qualities. May it always be so
Artist: Joanne McQuarrie-Salter
Artist: Marjorie Tidsbury
Title: Prairie Sky
Artist Comments: The prairie reaching across Alberta and Saskatchewan has been home to people and animals for thousands of years. To represent this wondrous area, I chose a scene from the Horseshoe Canyon in the Cypress Hills, taken from my photo collection.
Artist: Jean Chubb
Title: Spring Thaw
Artist Comments: My subject was taken from (part of) a photo I took last year. The slough is right beside the road close to my house and is an interesting subject year round.
Artist: Evelyn Campbell
Title: Premier Ralph Klein and Premier Lorne Calvert
Artist: Doug McElligott
Title: Moraine Lake – Early Winter
Artist Comments: The “ Rockies ” are a major provincial resource and the beauty of the Alpine lakes and majestic mountains in our national parks have a worldwide reputation. I love hiking and painting in Banff National Park and especially at Moraine Lake in the valley of the Ten Peaks (once portrayed on the back of our twenty dollar bill)…A fine example of the natural beauty of our Alberta mountains.
Artist Comments: How do I explain this painting? First of all, I am not an artist. I am a journalist. My office is at Edmonton ’s city hall, with its glass pyramids. This creation is me playing with paint and trying to evoke this pyramid along with Edmonton ’s reputation as a winter city with great blue skies.
Artist: Pauline Sameshima
Title: Rooted Shadow
Artist Comments: Rooted Shadow is a study in what we project. The Aboriginal Rock paintings of the Churchill River in Saskatchewan by Tim E. H. Jones (1981) describes and documents the importance of rock art in sharing cultural beliefs and life experiences. We cannot remove ourselves from our cultural heritage and all that is in us from our past that creates who we are. Our past hides in our shadows even if we do not see it in ourselves.
Artist: Jan Howden-Paul
Title: The Ultimate Sacrifice
Artist Comments: Clockwise: Constables Peter Schiemann, Brock Myrol, Lionide Johnston, Anthony Gordon.
They served to protect and on March 3, 2005, lost their lives in the line of duty. A feeling came over me to paint these four brave R.C.M.P. Officers as my monument to them. Thank you for serving the people of Canada.
Artist: Mae Perkins
Title: Natures Paradise
Artist: Kristin Hickman
Title: The Homesteaders
Artist Comments: I felt very honored to be a part of this project and so I wanted to honour my four great grandfathers. They were all homesteaders that came from England to Saskatchewan. They all lived within a twenty mile radius. I never knew them, but believe them to have been brave with an adventurous spirit. They are to left R. Charles Hall, top right James Scarlett Bexfield, bottom right Stanley Ilsley and bottom left Thomas Harbin.
Artist: Vivki Myers
Title: Winter Wheat.
Artist Comments: A Chinook would always brighten your day – because the sky is a big part of Calgary ’s landscape. A dark evening, rich and deep – or an orange sunset across the mountains with the foreground of yellow poplars in fall. Calgary to me has always been a ‘big sky’ above the prairies. I love the crispness of winter (like a granny smith apple) and the dusty days of summer that cool into a calm evening. A sky with some mood to express.
Artist:Della Marie Woodruff
Artist Comments: I wanted to represent the places I have lived. Southern Alberta has many diversities that make it a wonderful place to make our home. I have also been blessed with a great heritage of courageous, industrious and loyal men and women who have left me a legacy of great integrity.
Artist: Alice Goulet
Artist:Mary Lee Small
Artist: Shirley Cordes-Rogozinsky
Artist:Lorlie L Vuori
Artist Comments: My grey canvas reminded me of my mother's black and white photographs. I chose to depict my older siblings working in the garden, to portray the rural areas where working together was the norm, whether to raise a barn or take in the harvest.
Was that what made our provinces great?
Title:She Can Turn on a Dime
Artist Comments: Sunny Alberta , where every cloud, every birch and every raven has a silver lining.
Title:Chief Flying Crow
Artist Comments: In honor of the spirit of the crow that protects our provinces and brings us magic
Artist Comments: I love the warm color of the Rocky Mountains on a hot summer day. Living in Hinton for 2 years allowed me many opportunities for such a sight.
Title:Grandfather Buffalo, Buffalo and Trickster
Artist Comments: The first nations knew about the dinosaur bones and fossils, they considered them the ancestor of the buffalo. Trickster just insisted on being in the panting. Loved the experience, I live on the Kneehill Creek, where a hundred years ago scientists found the first bones in Alberta .
Artist: Maria Miranda Lawrence
Title:The Threshing Gang at Work, 1915
Artist Comments: “Biddy”(Pat Hedley) is the baby in the picture, the dog is named “’Don” and he came along from England to be with his pioneer family. In this picture it is likely to be time for an afternoon snack of tea and buns. The threshing gangs were hired for a few days until all the wheat had been threshed. The women were in charge of preparing and serving the meals for often a dozen men, breakfast, dinner and supper. “Biddy” lives in Victoria , B.C. now. She told me the noon dinners for the gang consisted of meat, potatoes, pickles and pie for dessert.
Title:Tall Grass Prairies
Artist Comments: Southern Alberta , in particular the Whaleback Range area, is one of the last remaining areas of mountain grasslands. These grasslands are the remnants of the original “Tall Grass” prairies that existed prior to the agricultural development of the prairie landscape. We must protect these fragile and important areas
Artist: Jill Hobson
Title: Strong and Free (Alberta’s official motto)
Artist Comments: Solitude is o.k. here: Nature supports and protects us. We take time to silently reflect on connections. We meet challenges with perseverance and determination in Alberta we are strong and free.
Artist:Rob Grant III
Artist Comments: Go Esks
Artist Comments: This blue square is perfect for this amazing women of the blues. Back in 1981 in Edmonton Alberta Sue Foley began to play guitar. Years of hard work and a passion for the blues have allowed this "Juno award winning" incredible women to become one of Canada's top blues guitarists and also renowned around the world. Sue is an inspiration to women and guitar players wherever she travels and is another example of the incredible muscial talent that Alberta has given birth to.
Artist Comments: Some family history and personal favorites from Saskatchewan : Tees and Persse Ltd., Wheatin Church, Grain car, Albert Street Bridge, small town advertising remnants from days past.
Artist Comments: My ‘ Temple Series ’ was inspired by Emily Carr, by close friends and by my own spiritual journey. This earth is our Temple .
Artist Comments: When I lived in Calgary , I don’t think I ever drew the mountains, but now when I think of Alberta , they are one of the things I miss the most. This image was painted from a photograph I found on the internet. I believe it is Mouaine Lake which is in Banff .
Artist Comments: As a child I was very intimidated by Dragon Flies, running away afraid. I began to age and my intimidation grew to intrigue. As an adult, I am in wonder of the circles of live and the growth of individuals and what we can overcome. I feel this represents the growth of our provinces / country. Hopefully one day we will overcome all our fears.
Title:Big Sky Smile
Artist Comments: This panel represents the abundance of natural beauty that exists in Alberta – Saskatchewan . Its beauty along with its cultural diversity is seen as an ever-present source of inspiration to artists. I would like to thank Lewis, Phil and Paul for their initiative to celebrate art and promote its future in Alberta-Saskatchewan. The Mona Lisa in an Alberta setting is designed to create a feeling of art in its antiquity right on up to present day. Mona Lisa’s popularity symbolizes that art has been important throughout man’s existence and continues to be prevalent in our time.
Title:The Great Gray Owl
Artist Comments: There is nothing as impressive as flying over our country. It fills one with pride and humility. When I saw the prairie, my first thought was working through clouds at the land below.
Title:Father Albert Lacombe
Artist Comments: In 1852, Father Lacombe went to Edmonton, where he spent the winter among the Cree and the Métis. In 1853, he moved to Lac Sainte-Anne, and two years later undertook the long and arduous trip to Lesser Slave Lake. In 1858, he founded the Saint-Joachim mission at Fort Edmonton. In 1861, he decided on the site for a new mission in Saint-Albert, Alberta. The Plains Amerindians considered Albert Lacombe as a brother and nicknamed him "Man with a heart", while his parishioners called him "notre vieux connaissant" -- "our wise elder".
Title:Pride of our Prairie
Artist Comments: On our nature walks we are delighted to come across this red-orange lily sticking its head proudly above the grasses. I am proud to paint this beautiful flower for all to enjoy.
Title:Brick and Spirit: St Mary’s Catholic Church
Artist Comments: St, Mary’s Roman Catholic Church is an architectural landmark in Red Deer , Alberta . It is awesome to behold, as a marvel of design, strength, and form from the legendary Edmonton architect, Douglas Cardinal. As a parishioner, being inside is an even greater magnificent experience. It’s amazing how size, colour, design, and lighting can create mood and evoke strong feeling. I love how I feel when inside St.Mary’s surrounded by the brick: closer to my parish family; closer to myself, focused and closer to God
Title:Sunset in the Peace Country
Artist Comments: Being born in the Peace River District, I felt compelled to do a sunset painting
Artist Comments: Growing up on a farm in Rimbey , Alberta kept me in close proximity to the Gophers. The most memorable: As a child of 8, I had found a baby gopher, caught it, then much to my dismay found it’s teeth sunk into my finger, trying to shake it loose.
Artist:Elma E. Yanke
Title:Sylvan Lake Lighthouse
Artist Comments: The Sylvan Lake area is an inspiration for many of my paintings. It is beautiful in all seasons and anytime of the day, especially at sunrise or sunset.
Title:"Gold Medalist" Ryan Smyth
Artist Comments: Ryan Smyth is a prominent Alberta sports figure who grew up in Banff AB. Ryan has gone on to be a leader on the NHL Edmonton Oilers and also has represented Canada on the national stage winning Olympic Gold.
Artist Comments: As a young girl living on the prairies, I remember picking dandelions and watching their white seeds playfully dance through the air.
Artist:Maria Miranda Lawrence
Title:Footprints of yesterday
Artist Comments: These old log structures pepper the forests of Alberta and Saskatchewan. They speak of the day when our provinces were being built up by homesteaders with a passion for their vision. Remnants that are footprints of yesterday and the backbone of tomorrow.
Artist: Lorraine Sherwood
Title:Louise McKinney - A Person
Artist Comments: Louise McKinney, one of the Alberta Famous Five, who fought to have Canadian Women declared as persons, in the Persons Case of 1929.
Artist Comments: This is an old part of Calgary behind the Saddledome in the Stampede Park area. The monochromatic colour scheme reinforces the historic flavour.
Title:Small town church
Title:Midnight Through The “Coulees”
Artist Comments: As you drive out of Lethbridge to Calgary you are surrounded by wonderful coulees. The rolling landscape of Alberta has romanced many a soul.
Artist: Anita Davidiuk
Title: Wild Alberta
Artist Comments: I find it unifying that the palette of the Kananaskis landscape is echoed in the coats of its mountain lion population. Alberta is a land rich in contrasts; geographic and cultural. These same colors could have easily described an urban scene in Edmonton or a familiar prairie landscape; my intent however is to remind people of the incredibly diverse array of wildlife that also calls Alberta its home.
Title:"Dad" The First Ukrainian MP in Canada
Artist Comments: Michael Luchkovich was born in Shamokin Penn in USA. Came to Winnipeg in 1907. He then came to Alberta where he taught school for a number of years. At 34 years he accepted the United Farmers of Alberta nomination and won by a large margin (living in Vegreville). He fought for the pacification of the Ukraine and the equality of Ukrainian and other minorities in Canada. He would have been elated to see the democracy in the Ukraine today.
Title:MIGHTY ROCHE MIETTE
Artist Comments: My roots started in this log house, on a farm south west of Edmonton. Many years after an unforgettable trips through the mountain parkway, experiencing a forest fire ,gravel roads, rain and mud, work brought us to Hinton to again enjoy the beautiful wilderness. The Mighty Roche Miette, as seen from Miette Hot Springs, just inside the East Park Gates of Jasper National Park, will be remembered by all who travel Yellowhead Highway 16 .
Artist Comments: I love gardens full of daisies in bloom!
Artist:Eric, Sandra, Charlotte Outram
Title:Pursuit of Freedom
Artist Comments: Hot air balloons and prairie mornings go together. Flight is the ultimate freedom from the earth and balloon flight is a chance to quietly join the birds for a few hours.
Title:His eye is on the Sparrow
Artist Comments: I was concerned about the number of logging trucks I saw during the 6 months I worked in northern Alberta . I was wondering who was keeping an eye on the forests White-Throated Sparrow
Artist Comments: Alberta's Great Horned Owl & Saskatchewan's Sharp-Tail Grouse
Title:The Honourable Ralph Klein
Artist Comments: Hugely popular in his home province of Alberta, Premier Ralph Klein often sets the agenda for Conservative politics across the country, and has led many provincial wrangles with the Canadian federal government, notably on health care reform, the Kyoto protocol and education spending.
.W. O. Mitchell was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Manitoba and then at the University of Alberta he did undergraduate studies. An author of novels, short stories, and plays, he is best known for his 1947 novel, Who Has Seen The Wind and the radio series and later a 1974 novel, Jake and the Kid. Both of these portray life on the Canadian Prairies where he grew up in the early part of the 20th century. He has often been called the Mark Twain of Canada for his vivid tales of young boys adventures.
Artist comments: Poundmaker was born about 1842 near Battleford, Saskatchewan. Orphaned before he reached adolescence he was fortunate to be living in a society that cared for everyone in their group. He was a friendly person who was a proficient hunter and generous to the needy. Although present in many battles, Poundmaker made his reputation as a skilled orator and leader.
Title:The creation of the prairies
Title:Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Artist Comments: Princess Louise was an accomplished writer, sculptor and artist – she painted well in both oils and water colours. A door she painted with sprigs of apple blossoms can still be seen in the Monck wing corridor at Rideau Hall. She gave the name Regina (which is Latin for Queen) to the capital of Saskatchewan, and both the district of Alberta in the Northwest Territories (later the province of Alberta) and Lake Louise in that district were named after her.
Title:Rat free Alberta
Artist comments: Norway rats are one of the most destructive creatures known to man. They destroy and contaminate untold quantities of food, and through their tunneling activities, undermine the foundations of buildings, sewer and water lines, and city streets
Thus the people of Alberta are extremely fortunate not to have rats. This is not by chance but by design. For the past four decades, Alberta has had a program to keep rats out of the province.
Artist Comments: Many Blacks left Oklahoma in early 1911 for Canada, one of them, Jeff Edwards was 21 when he left for Canada in 1910, seeking an escape from segregation and prejudice in the American South. From Edmonton he walked a hundred miles north, staked a homestead east of Athabasca, then married his sweetheart, Martha Murphy. The couple were two of the first settlers in the black settlement known as "Amber Valley".
Title:Don’t ya Know- Two Heads are Better Than one.
Artist Comments: Well, my neighbours have buffalos. I enjoy seeing them massed on the hill. We live in a beautiful province! We have a lot of room here – room to be ourselves and do big things.
Title:Mist in the Mountains
Artist Comments: Not intimidated by size and steepness, a climber makes slow progress up a rock architecture. Behind him, a neighboring mountain is enshrouded in a mist. This rugged beauty is a stark contrast to the flatness of other parts of Albe rta and Saskatchewan .
Artist:Lorne Calvert (Saskatchewan's Premier)
Artist Comments: This is a berry my family and I have enjoyed picking every year, They were also a major component in the first nations peoples' diet.
Artist Comments: This image depicts the sculpture garden located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Title:The Honourable Lorne Calvert
Artist Comments: Lorne Calvert is the present Premier of Saskatchewan. His proudest accomplishments were his involvement in health care reform, the expansion of the ground-breaking Action Plan for Children, and the introduction of the innovative, and now internationally recognized, Building Independence strategy to help move families off social assistance and into productive work environments.
Artist Comments: Albertans have been blessed with a tremendous variety of biodiversity. The impact of human development, especially over the last 100 years has significant environmental and habitat loss throughout the province. It is our responsibility to do everything we can to find a balance between our economic interests and the need to protect our threatened environment. By paying attention to our "vanishing treasures" we may ensure future generations opportunities to enjoy Alberta's many mountain parks and wilderness areas; as well as instilling the need to live in harmony with nature and our natural resources. My tile features images of: the grizzly bear (representative of western AB); the sandhill crane (representing northern AB); Head Smashed In with bison (southern AB); mule deer (eastern AB); rocky mountains (bottom right); Blackfoot Indian (bottom centre) one of Alberta's indigenous native tribes.
Artist:Elizabeth McRae, A.S.C.,B.F.A.
Title:Long Road Home
Artist Comments: We collect precious buttons and lace bits to attach to new clothes. We don’t want to throw away any precious bit. Such are our memories of family life. So many small bits we cling to in order not to forget. This was we map our journey from a land far away to our new home, new beginnings. This is my family’s path to Alberta , to Canada .
Title:Taking a break
Artist Comments: As settlers came west to populate the prairies in the early 1900's, long days of travel across vast beautiful prairies lay ahead. An immigrant settler takes a break under the shelter of a new bridge on a beautiful prairie summers day.
Title:Hot summer drive, 1905
Artist Comments: The earliest automobiles in Alberta and Saskatchewan could only be used in good weather because they were not enclosed and did not have heaters.
Artist Comments: Grain elevators are the "pillars" of the prairies. As time passes these wonderful structures are slowly being removed from the landscape as the era of the grain elevator becomes a piece of history.
Artist Comments: Alberta and Saskatchewan share a strong dinosaur heritage, Many new species have been discovered in Alberta, and some of the best complete fossils have been found in Alberta as well as Saskatchewan. This panel shows a Albertasaur resting on flatten down wheat.
Title:My dog Max
Artist Comments: Dogs are universal but my "petit chien" Max is Saskatchewan to me. His fun charming demeanor makes me think of all the beutiful days I have spent on the prairies and how my relationship with my dog only reminds me of all the great people I have met along the way with our great adventures together.
Title:The Right Honourable Joe Clark
Artist Comments: Such a modest, straightforward approach is unusual in politics, but entirely characterstic of Joe Clark. Hard work at the grassroots of the Conservative party led him to become its leader and prime minister of Canada. Despite a short term in office and dethronement as Conservative leader, Clark continued to serve the party with a career distinguished by sterling efforts behind the scenes.
Title:Alberta Legislative Building
Artist Comments: The Alberta Legislative building is a beautiful structure overlooking the river valley of Edmonton. Construction began in 1907, and in September 1912 the Duke of Connaught, Canada's Governor General, declared the Legislature building officially open.The Legislature Building belongs to all Albertans. It is here that the Members we elect carry out our business.
Title:Automobiles enter the prairies, 1901
Title:First Nations Hoop Dancer
Artist Comments: First Nations traditional dancing is truly a part of our Alberta heritage. I thought it a worthy subject for a Saskatchewan – Alberta centennial mural.
Title:As The Spirit Moves Me
Artist Comments: Last fall I had the opportunity to attend my first Pow-wow at the Wesley First Nations Rodeo. I was invited to sit with a family from Saskatchewan whose daughter was dancing that weekend. As there were many dancers from Alberta and Saskatchewan willing to share the protocol and history of the Pow-wow; I wanted to depict this experience. I truly believe their ancestors spirit moved through it all, from the sounds of the drums, the singers and the colorful display of the regalia.
Artist Comments: A grasshopper infestation was just one of the prairie farmer's challenges in growing his crop.
Title:Softwood Lumber Standing
Artist Comments: Trees are one of my favourite subjects to paint. Besides just being beautiful they are a wonderful renewable resource that has provided all generations with full building material etc. Trees give us and wildlife protection from the elements and deter erosion. They filter the very air we breathe. Forestry is an important industry and provides many jobs in Alberta and Saskatchewan .
Artist Comments: All God’s creatures great and small were here before us
Artist Comments: To me there was no doubt that panel #99 had to be Wayne Gretzky. The challenge was tring to get the odd shapes to work, It took a while , hope it works.
Artist Comments: In Celebrating 100 years I wanted to start with panel #100, I used the title of the project for my inspiration...
Title:Alexander Cameron Rutherford
Artist Comments: Alexander Cameron Rutherford has the distinction of being Alberta’s first Premier. Lieutenant Governor H.V. Bulyea appointed him to the post on September 2, 1905, the day after the province’s inauguration. Two months later, the Liberal party, with Rutherford at the helm, was officially elected with a large majority.
Artist Comments: Kurt Browning was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and raised in Caroline, Alberta., a four-time Canadian figure skating champion and four-time World Champion. In 1988, Browning was credited with completing the first quadruple jump in competition
Artist Comments: The Métis used the great bison herds for their survival and the Metis developed a specific bison hunting culture developed on the Plains and used the Buffalo for mulitple purposes. The demise of the great bison hunts ended a period of Métis freedom leading to military, economic and political cohesion by others.
Artist Comments: I allowed the shape of this panel to speak to me, I knew I wanted my panel to represent the agricultural side of the prairies.
Title:Bull Riding Fantasy
Artist Comments: As a child I dreamed of riding the great bulls in the Calgary Stampede. Even though in my dreams the bulls were much bigger then in real life- the actual bulls that the riders challenge annually are a force to be reckoned with.
Title:A bad year
Artist Comments: Barley field - Rain damaged crop flatted by windy gales
Artist Comments: Half of the early-'60s folk group Ian & Sylvia, Ian Tyson retreated from performing and recording after the duo disbanded in the mid-'70s to become a rancher in the foothills of Southern Alberta, Canada. He quietly returned to music-making in the 1980s, releasing a series of albums that focused on detailed songs about the concerns of the working cowboy.
Title:His Holiness - John Paul II
Artist Comments: The 1984 tour - a gruelling, 12-day, coast-to-coast odyssey that came at perhaps the height of the Pope's global ministry - stands apart for its scope and significance. It was the first time a serving pope had set foot on Canadian soil. He said mass under a soaring, dove-like canopy in a sun-drenched farmer's field near Edmonton. -"the have nations need to give to the have not nations"
artist note: The passing away of the Pope happen on the day of the mural assembly.
Artist Comments: this panel speaks to me of First Nations origins
Artist Comments: I wanted to somehow convey the sheer strength both physically and mentally that our forbearers had when they transformed the landscape My panel shapes looked very much like a back and I thought a strong back, neither male or female would be a good representation on this strength.
Title:Look what's hiding in the woods
Title:Born to Serge
Artist Comments: Four poppies signify a remembrance of my Ukrainian ancestors struggle to grow in a new frontier. May we also never forget those, who now , still sacrifice to protect it.
Artist Comments: A surreal representation of relationships in nature. I have always felt lucky to live so close to nature. In Red Deer , the Sanctuary’s, Green Belts, and even the river are right in the city. It’s wonderful to be able to see wildlife, the northern lights, clear night sky is full of stars, and experience the change in seasons to its fullest all in my backyard.
Title:Lois Hole/Therese Bugnet Rose
Artist Comments: When I was considering what subject to paint I thought of Lois Hole. For me she embodied a kindness and realism that is rare in today’s world. Like Lois, I also have a love of gardening so it seemed fitting to add the Therese Bugnet Rose which was introduced in 1950 by Georges Bugnet who lived in Legal, Alberta.
Title:Between Heaven and Earth
Title: Rockies marsh
Title: Fossilized Alberta
Artist Comments: This panel was inspired by the official gem of Alberta "fossilized Trees" as well as the ammonite gem found in southern Alberta.
Artist: Edward Henderson
Artist: Mario Larrinaga
Title: Highway 2
Artist Comments: The highway between Calgary and Edmonton follows an old wagon trail and is dotted with historic sights and interesting attractions.
Title:Candy Lane Harvest
Title: Calgary Stampede
Artist Comments: It is a celebration of the city's past--of endless sunny days when life was broncos, bulls, and steers, of cowboys riding through the streets, and saloons on every corner.
Artist Comments: Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 - 1961. Recently voted as #1 in CBC's Top Ten Greatest Canadains. Canada's 'father of Medicare' stayed true to his socialist beliefs -- often at the cost of his own political fortune -- and earned himself the respect of millions of Canadians in the process.
Artist Comments: I have found that the value of this essential key component to life is diminishing and destroying the grass roots or agriculture - the foundation of our prairie provinces .
Artist: Paul Martel
Title:Fortis et Liber
Artist Comments: I lived in Wood Buffalo National Park (in Garden River ) when I started out teaching. The experience profoundly changed the way I appreciate the natural pristine beauty of northern Alberta . It is hard to imagine a more appropriate symbol of the history of Alberta and Saskatchewan . “Fortis et Libre” means strong and free, this is also Alberta ’s provincial motto.
Artist Comments: Lent wool to make prairie mittens
Artist Comments: Chairs have always represented “home” to me … and Alberta is my home.
Artist: Ralph Klein (Alberta's Premier)
Title: The Alberta Rose
Artist Comments: I saw a picture of the Alberta Rose in a painting at the "Kids Cottage Breakfast" and I thought that would be very appropriate for the mural.
Title:Grey Owl – Archie Belaney
Artist Comments: Grey Owl was a great Canadian raconteur, friend of all beavers and Saskatchewan historic figure.
Artist Comments: I found the color palette quite challenging, as I usually paint with a more vibrant palette. I wanted to depict the opening up of the North along the mighty Peace River; I hope I succeeded!
Artist Comments: The painting, titled “Three Whistles”, pays homage to the railway, which has played such an important role in the development of Alberta and the city of Edmonton. A century ago, the major railway companies were racing to build their tracks across the west. The first to reach Alberta was the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). Soon, many others followed, each playing their own important part in expanding the province’s early transportation system. Competition between the rail companies was fierce. The bigger players, such as the CPR and the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) made every effort to attract and cater to the needs of the wealthy rail traveller of the time. The beautiful scenery and the need for passenger services and accommodation along the route gave rise to the building of majestic railway hotels across the country. Often built in remote and stunning locations, these imposing structures have become part of the national fabric. In 1915, The Grand Trunk Railway constructed Edmonton’s majestic Hotel Macdonald (seen through the mist from the steam engine). The “Mac” continues to serve as one of the city’s finest establishments. Today, passenger rail traffic continues to decline and many of the old branches have been abandoned. The bit of blue on the painting’s bottom left is in reference to Edmonton’s Great Flood of 1915 when the North Saskatchewan burst its banks and the deluge destroyed much of the city’s industry on the river flats. Oddly enough, it was the railway that saved the Low Level Bridge from destruction from the rising waters, when a trainload of coal, ordered onto the bridge as weighted ballast, kept the bridge from being swept away.
Artist: Zoe Porter
Artist Comments: One of the leading Native American actresses, Tantoo Cardinal has made a name for herself in both film and television. Born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, from the Métis tribe, Cardinal was raised by her grandmother in Anzac, Alberta.
Artist Comments: Alberta is a province rich with a strong dinosaur heritage. It is the only province to have a dinosaur named after it, the Albertosaurs, as well as a dinosaurs named after it’s capital city, the Edmontosaurus .
Title:Honourable Thomas Walter Scott
Artist Comments: Thomas Walter Scott was the first Premier of Saskatchewan from 1905 - 1916
Artist Comments: The Mounties have kept law and order across Canada since 1873, when Canada ’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, created a new peace keeping force called The North West Mounted Police. Though the name and the uniform have changed, the R.C.M.P. is still one of the most famous and well respected police forces in the world.
Title:Down Town Millet
Artist Comments: Millet is the town I reside. Winner of Communities in Bloom and Winter lights it is a pretty little place to live. Only 25 minutes south of Edmonton and close to the International Airport . A gorgeous park with 2 creeks joining, beaver, geese, deer and squirrels. This painting leaves a lot to the imagination but for you Milletites you will recognize some of the landmarks.
Artist Comments: Debbie Boodram was an incredible jazz singer from Edmonton AB as well as a major supporter of the Alberta arts scene through her position with CBC in Edmonton. She was the main reason that CBC became a sponsor of the Centennial Mural Mosaic. Debbie sadly was diagnosed with cancer and passed away early in 2005 before the mural was completed and is now forever remembered through the centennial mural.
Artist Comments: This is one of my favourite places to paint; so when I saw this young girl patiently trying to coax a chipmunk to her, I knew I had a painting.
Artist: Victoria Armstrong
Title: Prairie Hare
Artist Comments: Wild rose bushes, Aspen poplars and White Tailed Prairie Hare are three are three of the most common species that I see on my morning walks through the prairie bush near where I live. All three sing to my heart whenever I think of prairie life and home.
Artist: Arlene Musselman
Title:Mrs. Mood and Pat
Artist Comments: I had so much fun painting this that I’m going to do a whole series in greens and blues with my cowgirl topics.
Artist:Mary Lee Small
Title:Farming along the North Saskatchewan
Artist Comments: Alberta + Saskatchewan are made up of farms dotting the landscape.
Title:Sailing on a Prairie Ocean
Artist Comments: When the wind blows through the prairies it seems like an endless ocean with waves. When the covered wagons crossed the prairies the white canvas tops resembled sails ... hence prairie schooners. Coming from over seas, many immigrants must of imagined they were back on the ocean as they came to settle in the vast Canadian grasslands.
Title:Somewhere in Old Strathcona
Artist Comments: Alberta and Saskatchewan are not all wheat fields and big skies – we also have some thriving cities! This could be a café in any of them. It reminds me of long conversations and “café culture” in my Edmonton days!
Artist: Kathie Bird
Artist Comments: Summer Powwows are important events for celebration of the gifts of community, family and friends. Dancers tell stories and honour life with beauty, health and grace.
Artist Comments: With this piece I have tried to capture Alberta ’s proud heritage and prosperous future.
Title:Badlands: An Impression
Artist Comments: In 1993 my husband and I stopped at Horse Thief Canyon and I fell in love with the Badlands. The next day we bought our home on the North Dinosaur Trail.
Artist Comments: This is a composite of my many memories of peaceful. quiet moments enjoyed at Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan.
Artist Comments: My favorite part of the Prairie wilderness is its capacity for absolute stillness. Time seems suspended and even the wildlife stops to enjoy the silence.
Artist:Stephen P. Turner
Title:St. Jean Baptiste Church , Father Primeau
Artist Comments: Moving back to Alberta at age 7 from the Okanagan was a bit traumatic, no lake at the back door and no hills or mountains to climb around Morinville, but early 1974, there was a big snow storm, so we built a lot of forts and built our own hill. We also had one of the most beautiful churches filled with paintings, sculpture and a wonderful priest that drove too fast.
Artist: Claudine Audette-Rozon
Title:A Saskatchewan Perpective
Artist Comments: Painting this panel really made the Centnnial event a real event for me. My goal was to represent, in the subject matter, the Province and is people as a whole. The Bessborough Hotel and Bridge speak for the city dwellers , the patchworks of fields speaks for the agricultural community and the single otter plans speaks for the north of the the province. Each sector has contributed greatly to help our Province grow into what it has become today.
Artist Comments: This painting represents the landscape of Alberta-Saskatchewan, the fields of green, the valleys and the hidden away places that hold the most beautiful and delicate colors, textures and life.
Artist Comments: The role of the steam engine weighed “huge” in the development of the prairies (1905 – 2005). It is only fitting that the railroad tracks be permanently remembered as they stretched from the Saskatchewan prairies, over rivers and lakes, and into the mighty Rocky Mountains of Alberta. Can one imagine staring out the window of a moving train, and seeing herds of buffalo roaming the countryside?? I can!
Artist: Stephen P. Turner
Title:On Opa’s Farm
As a kid, I used to love finding old relics like this on my Grandfather’s farm in Alberta and think of the people who used to work with them. These are gradually disappearing from our country sides, soon only to be found in museums.
Artist:Lorna F. Kemp
Title:A Passel of Pears
Artist Comments: I am proud to be a part of this wonderful project and have chosen pears as a theme, as they are a native fruit that can be grown in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Title:Peace is Purity
Artist Comments: I feel joy and peace when I see the abundant wildlife of Alberta . When the geese and swans fly home for our summer, our province is rich in nutrients and natural habitat for birds. The birds know where the food is great! The migratory path for birds through Alberta is huge. The swan is peaceful and beautiful like our Land.
Title:A Bit of B.C.
Artist Comments: I just wanted to bring a bit of the west coast to a prairie mural.
Title:Alberta The Beautiful
Artist Comments: Tourists coming to Alberta to experience the majesty of the Rocky Mountains or the beauty of Cameron or Lu n dbreck Falls may also be thrilled to see a magnificent eagle soaring across the sky.
Title:Boreal Forest Detail
Artist Comments: The aspen parklands of the prairie boreal region glow gold in Autumn as poplars and birch prepare for long winters. A winter walk reveals relics still clinging to their branches , despite northern gales. Intricate forms and subtle provide a prairie painter subject matter through Alberta's longest season.
Title:The Pioneers at Stavely, Alberta
Artist Comments: This is part of the vanishing landscape in rural Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Pioneer and Alberta Wheat Pool Elevators at Stavely, Alberta are some of the elevators still standing as of March 2005. I could see a landscape in the color scheme and felt these 'Pioneer" elevators needed to be there.
Title:Lou Paul – (Portrait)
Artist Comments: Country music is a huge part of history in Alberta and Saskatchewan . Country music entertainer Lou Paul of Alberta has shared his music with Canada , U.S.A. , Mexico , Australia and Europe
dscape in the color scheme and felt these 'Pioneer" elevators needed to be there.
Title:Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Artist Comments: The beautiful sunny and prosperous province of Alberta was named after the Princess by her husband, the Marquis of Lorne: “In token for the love which thou has shown
For this wild land of freedom, I have named A province vast, and for its beauty famed, By thy dear name to be hereafter known Alberta shall it be.”
Artist:Cheryl Paige Bozarth
Title:Grassland’s Under Seige
Artist Comments: Less than 5% of Canada ’s Prairie grasslands remain in their natural state. Agriculture and heavy grazing has taken its toll on this once flourishing ecosystem. In the past 100 years, we’ve see numerous species disappear or become threatened.
Title:One with the Land
Artist Comments: My father spent his life farming the land. Since he will not be here to plant in the spring, I decided to pay homage to him and his life on this panel. He was a gentle man who quietly tended his fields. He took great pride in their beauty and his good husbandry. He loved his land and his family. He spent his life working despite the wind or weather, prices and changing economic conditions. He was always optimistic that the next year would be better.
Artist Comments: This painting reminds me of the wild flowers, the rolling hills and the beautiful prairie sunsets that I experienced while gowning up in the North Battleford area.
Artist Comments: This painting reflects my interest in antique farm implements. In this painting I have combined a close-up view of an antique threshing machine with wheat and barley heads. Since both Alberta and Saskatchewan are known for being grain producers within Canada, I thought this imagery would help to represent the history of the two provinces. Many immigrants made their living farming the prairies and worked hard to make the two provinces what they are today.
Title:Ovis Canadensis in Blue
Artist Comments: Alberta ’s Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep are a majestic sight.
Title:Nature's Best Are Back
Artist Comments: What is it about this majestic animal that has so romanced the people of our time? Is it the quiet nature the beast or just the strength and pride that the animal represents to us? Is it the determination of the bison, faced with extinction, to fight their way back to once again roam the grasslands of Alberta and Saskatchewan. They are immortalized in artwork, stamps, on coins and currency. Perhaps it's just our love affair with history that makes us stop and gaze at these creatures who seem so at peace grazing on the plains. There is an almost mystical aura that surrounds them and one cannot deny the hold that they have on us, even today. After all, they are an integral part of our heritage. Past, present and future
Artist Comments: Saskatchewan River Crossing Campground.
Artist Comments: The Kildeer is the commonest plover in Alberta and Saskatchewan and the earliest spring migrant to return north. It is named for it's high-pitched "Kill-Dee" call.
Artist: Marilyn Fulcher
Title:Flamenco at Folk fest
Artist Comments: Painting is of Kari Alba and two of her students of “Alma Flamenca”, in Saskatoon . Her group performs regularly in Saskatchewan and Alberta , as well as bringing dancers, singers and musicians from Spain to Saskatoon for concerts on a regular basis.
Title:Horses and HooDoos
Artist Comments: When I think of Alberta , I think about cutting horses and the Badlands .
Title:Qu’appelle Valley: Hunting for the First Crocuses
Artist Comments: When I was small, I would walk in the valley every spring waiting to see the prairie crocus, the first flower to appear amongst last season’s dry grasses. The natural prairie in the Qu’Appelle is a fragile, beautiful and precious ecosystem.
Title:Ottawa Tulip Festival
Artist Comments: This is an interpretation of the Ribstones, an historical ceremonial site, near Viking, Alberta
Artist Comments: Without all those people who came from Europe , Eastern Canada and the USA to take up farm lands, the prairie provinces would not have developed as they have. They had no running water, no electricity, no central heating. They lived in poorly insulated dwellings and worked 7 days a week, winter and summer. What we have, we owe to them.
Artist Comments: Exploration into relationships within the natural world...
Artist Comments: This painting is inspired by ancient stone circles found in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan assembled thousands of years ago by Blackfoot ancestors. It is believed that some of these stone alignments had spiritual significance to the Buffalo hunt and many circles are found near Buffalo Jump.
Artist Comments: I’ve loved the face of the bovine animals f or many years. They always give you the same look no matter what. It is an expression that I interpret according to by own mood. If I feel sad I see sadness, if I feel joy, I see humor or happiness in this expressionless animal. The bovine animal is a special symbol in the vast prairie lands of Alberta and Saskatchewan . These animals are raised by dedicated ranchers and farmers, who produce a quality food source for all Canadians. And so the bovine is represented in a mosaic effort.
Title:(Great Grey Owl Nestling) “Eyes of the Future”
Artist Comments: As an artist, I love to paint wildlife and western scenes. This owl nestling is a painting that I feel expresses that the intent that young people are the future of our Provinces. Maybe we should try and take a look how their eyes may see things.
Title:Eternal Peace- In Memoriam for Norman
Artist Comments: This work is symbolic - Whisler mountain in Jasper. Norman Lefaivre - Founding President - Societe Genealogique - Du - Word - Ouest - preserving French Canadian history. He was an avid historian. He loved Jasper, lived in all the prairie provinces. Thus the Prairie crocus - the stream is in Jasper and represents life - The books - his passion. The mountain where is ashes are - he was writing a book for the centennial when he died - Jan 20, 2003 - Which is now at the Edmonton archives.
Artist Comments: Working with the Alberta theme, I lettered “ Alberta ” on the board first. Then I painted a layer over top so the words were barely visible. Inspired by the placement of the brush strokes and the colors, I composed my own words about my feelings of Alberta . Happy 100th Alberta .
Artist:Eleanor Lowden Pidgeon
Artist Comments: Red Barns appear intermittently across the Saskatchewan/Alberta landscape. I have always been drawn to things found in a series, like the Red Barns. Often they are in groups of 3 or 5 or more. I’m inspired by their simplicity and the red against the landscape is always striking.
Title:Aspen Hills at Dawn
Artist Comments: Trembling Aspen flourishes throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan and is the most common tree in Saskatchewan . “Populus Tremuloides” greeted the first peoples who explored, settled and made those two western provinces home centuries ago.
Title:Butterflies are Free
Artist:Fran Boyce Olynyk
Title:Home is a Station
Artist Comments: This is my tribute to the many railroaders who played such a large role in opening up the two new provinces. The CPR reached Neudorf in 1905; elevators, stores, churches, and homes followed. The railway was the main employer in town since Neudorf was a divisional point with a round house, water and coal towers as well as the point where crews changed. In the fall when grain was being shipped out, four operators worked around the clock to keep the trains moving. Each time a passenger train arrived, most of the town did too, to see who was arriving or leaving; to watch as cream cans, mail bags and express were unloaded and loaded. An excellent telegrapher, Dad was the first to learn of outside events. It was an exciting time to live in station and as children we enjoyed it all; even the whistles and shunting of engines did not disturb our sleep. Under Dad’s vision and care, what had been bald prairie around the station was transformed into a park-like area with large poplar trees, flowers and gardens. It was a great place to grown up.
Title:Really Big Horn Sheep
Artist Comments: The old homesteads are slowly disappearing from the landscape – a reminder of the hardships and pioneer spirit of the past.
Artist:Mary Pityn Dolynchuk
Title:Field of Stooks
Artist Comments: This scene represents many a wheat field in the grain belt of Alberta and Saskatchewan before the combine came into use at harvest time. A lot of my paintings are based on life on the farm where I grew up in the St.Paul area.
Artist Comments: The grand structure of the wood elevators are slowly disappearing from the prairies, and are over taken by the concrete load through elevators. More visible are the grain and potash rail cars and the common sight is the brilliant yellow blooms of the canola crop.
Title:Wheat & Windbreaks
Artist Comments: I was first inspired to paint landscapes when I moved to Alberta in 2000. Wide waving fields, dotted here and there with building and divided by long lines of trees and typical of the Alberta landscape.
Title:Alberta Forest Glade
Artist Comments: Fort Assiniboine, north of Edmonton offers a potpourri of colors in the fall.
Title:Rock picking to clear the fields.
Artist Comments: Rock picking to clear the fields.
Title:Memories of people we love.
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Artist Comments: I spent much of this last winter staring at the Queen’s face and on returning home along the ‘17’ (the border highway of Alberta and Saskatchewan). I encountered this dog. I spent the rest of the drive pondering ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’; a totally worthless train of thought, but one a grey winter highway can lull you into.
Artist Comments: I paint mainly water colour florals, so acrylic provides new challenges. In this board, the top part had to be dark green and the bottom pale bluish white, so I felt wisteria hanging down from its dark foliage would work well. I tried to capture the gentle vibrating lights that wisteria offers along with some subtle mysterious darks in the leafy shadows.Up close, there is pulsating energy; from afar, the required pattern for the mural is maintained.
Title:Wings Over the Prairies
Artist Comments: Legacy to 'Wop' May
In April of 1918, Wilfred Reid May (who became affectionately know as "Wop" because a young cousin pronounced Wilfred as "Woppie") at 18 years of age, while flying his first combat mission into enemy territory found himself at the mercy of the Huns most feared aviator, baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. The air cooled guns of May's fighter plane frozen, the young aviator was caught in a life and death struggle with von Richthofen on his tail, confident of making May his 88th allied casualty. Only by the young pilot's flying agility and good fortune, was he able to stay out of the German's markman's range for a period long enough to lure him into allied territory at which time, just before the Red Baron was readying himself to level his guns at Captain May, his legendary string of victories was ended at the hand of Captain Roy Brown, May's squadron leader, who burst into the fray above von Richthofen and without hesitation sprayed the Red Baron and his plane full of gun fire throwing the famous aviator into a death spiral.
Artist:Charity L. Dakin
Artist Comments: Amphibians such as the northern leopard frog are called “indicator species”. Extremely sensitive to environmental and habitat changes, they give us a clear picture of just how much impact we are having on our environment. A number of causes, including disease and environmental stress have wiped out once abundant populations of the northern leopard frog, except for the southeastern corner of Alberta. They are now on Alberta’s threatened species list and are indeed in danger of “passing by”.
Title:Cut it in half
Title:Summer at Writing on Stone
Artist Comments: East of the town of Milk River, the highway turns south to enter into Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, no visitor is ever quite prepared for the scene. Within a blink of an eye, the prairie collapses to reveal a new world of spectacular ad bizarre sandstone formations. These bridges, columns and pinnacles of rock appear in outcrops east and west along the Milk River in southern Alberta. These intricately complex sandstone walls and passageways of Writing-On-Stone park hold my fondest childhood memories camping with my sisters and grandparents. We hid, hiked, romped, and played all day in the dry hot hoodoos. The park has the largest concentration of pictographs and petroglyphs found on the North American plains. We would make up stories to interpret the carved images of men on horseback, shield, bearing warriors, buffalo, bears and big horn sheep. In the late afternoons, we would collect clams from the cool soft mud of the Milk River. At night we watched the bats.
Title:A Page from the Past
Artist Comments: This is the first building that the Sisters o the Misericordia occupied in Edmonton after arriving from Ottawa to set up the first maternity hospital in 1900. His goal was to minister to the spiritual and material needs of unwed pregnant women. The four founding Sisters were Sr. St. Frederic, Sr. Rose de Lima, Sr. St. Francois d’ssise and Sr. St. Laurent
Title:Wild Alberta Rose
Title:Country Road #2
Artist Comments: Memories of rural Alberta in the fall in the evening light.
Artist Comments: The sunflower speaks to me of summertime in Alberta.
Title:Even canines want to go to the Fringe
Artist Comments: I’ve been attending the Edmonton Fringe Festival since the days when we paid enterprising young line standers to buy tickets to the most popular shows. The festival has grown in size to become the second largest in the world and is well known among the international theatre community. I could not think of a better way to represent my city than to highlight my favorite summer festival.
Artist Comments: "Edmonton is proud to be a part of the Canadian Finals Rodeo at Northlands Park for over 30 years. Rodeo's can be enjoyed throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan at numerous venues including the biggest outdoor show on earth - the Calgary Stampede, the Grande Prairie Stompede and Frontier Days Pro-rodeo in Swift Current Saskatchewan to name a few."
Artist:Luella Leggott Sather
Artist Comments: I just love when Mother Nature puts on her frosty winter dress of hoar frost. She changes our prairie landscape to white and magical.
Artist:Stephen P. Turner
Artist Comments: One of the Famous Five that were instrumental in bringing the vote to women of Alberta and forever changing the political landscape.
Artist:J. Xauen Wieser
Artist Comments: Celtic cat and Indian eagle symbols of two cultures.
Title:Spring in the magic hills
Artist Comments: Spring is very special in the mountains as the trees in the valley get new leaves while it takes time before one sees the fresh green on the hills
Title:Serenity at Sundown
Artist Comments: Albertains are fortunte to bask in a special gift everyday. The benefits of all amenities on urban, metropolitan offers are beautifully juxtaposed by vast, serene wilderness that is largely untouched. This piece is intended to celebrate the spacious skies, majestic mountain range and teeming forests. Sometimes overlooked they should be revered as a definning component of our indentity.
Artist Comments: The middle shape reminded me of a head shoulder and hat. What better than a cowgirl you might see at the Calgary Stampede.
Artist Comments: Colin James, born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan , is a traveler. As one of Canada’s best guitarists, he has sold over one million records worldwide, seen most of the world, won many industry awards and international recognition for his versatility as a guitarist and his unforgettable voice. His diverse catalogue of music includes the blues/rock that got his career going, big band and his first musical love: the blues.
Artist:Jan Malcolm - Beavis
Title:Scarves and Overcoats
Artist Comments: Wardrobe necessities for prairie living.
Artist Comments: This is my impression of the tornado as it approached Refinery Row near Edmonton.
Artist Comments: This small village is over a hundred years old. It's community hall has provide fond memories with its dances and functions to many generations.
The Sky Overhead
Artist Comments: Named after the Petroglyph in Milk River Area. It is mystical and earthly like all expression of the ‘invisible’. In honor of the previous populations of past and present.
Artist:Charity L. Dakin
Artist Comments: I have always been fascinated by the paintings of Frederick Remington - big sky, open plains and badlands. It reminds me of what I imagine Drumheller being like as I have only visited once as a young girl. Alberta and Saskatchewan have many landscapes , but ultimately when I think of the West, I can only go back to the days of the buffalo hunt on the plains under as immense sky.
Title:Bread, Water and Fuel
Artist Comments: The oil that comes from the depth of the earth and the soil that produces season after season is a reason to ever be grateful and fascinated at the same time. I love my hometown of Devon and Alberta.
Title:Provincial Flowers (Neighbours Intertwined)
Artist Comments: I wanted to incorporate Plantlife to express the historical aspect of what the two provinces have evolved into: Neighbours Intertwined.
Title:When the Prairie meets the Mountain
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Title:Up / Down in the coal mine
Artist Comments: The Hinton area has been involvedi in coal mining since the early 1920's and through the years the industry has had good and bad times. Our family business has been doing coal exploration drilling since 1975 in this area, hence my painting: it is not only local history but also my own.
Artist Comments: Alberta and Saskatchewan have many lakes that help us enjoy the great outdoors. Sports like fishing for the illusive large pike and sailing are only two of the many great outdoor sports in our fine provinces.
Title:Bonnyville Beach Sunset
Artist Comments: This painting of the Bonnyville Beach Sunset is to commemorate the 40 years that we have been enjoying the Beach Paradise of the Demers/Burrows family cabin at Bonnyville Beach on Moose Lake in North Eastern Alberta. We have watched many a beautiful sunset after days of boating, canoeing and swimming.
Title:The Chinook Wind
Artist Comments: Women moving out to the newly settled west experienced a sudden freedom which inspired them to push for social reform. This feminine spirit of freedom is captured by a woman leaning into the warm embrace of a Chinook wind, which is carrying away the confining strictures of an oppressive winter. Here, the Alberta rose is a proud symbol of her right to freedom and self-expression.
Title:The Hole’s Demonstration Garden
Artist Comments: A spot of inspiration in St. Albert
Artist:Chris J. Melnychuk
Title:Quantum Chinook Guitar
Artist Comments: This panel is a part of my on going guitar series. The painting is dealing with the land and the skies of the prairies, and the stoic power and potential energy they possess. The texture is sand from the shores of Slave Lake, Alberta. The collage element is geological survey maps of northern Alberta. As an artist of 15 years in Alberta, it is an honor to be part of this project because the first half of my life was spent growing up in N.E., Central Saskatchewan; the second half has been in Alberta. Celebrate the prairies! The winds of change are blowing.
Artist:Cheryl Bakke Martin
Title:Secrets of the Medicine Wheel
Artist Comments: Alberta and Saskatchewan are home to the vast majority of known Medicine Wheels created by the Northern Plains Indians, some of which are thousand of years old. Given my fascination and passion for sacred circles and painting mandalas, it seemed very appropriate to paint this stylized representation of one of our aboriginal people’s medicine wheels. As a topic for this project there are connections on several levels – the medicine wheel is a holistic symbol, one of unity and connection just as this project is about bringing us together. It often represents the four directions, the four races of man, the four aspects of self – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual and the four elements – fire, earth, air and water as I have in the perimeter of this painting…of this painting…all with the intent of seeing the world holistically. It is thought to be used fo celebrations or ceremonies. – We are celebrating our centennial with this mural. For me, it is also fitting that the layout of this panel only allowed a portion of the medicine wheel to be seen; much of it remains hidden. Similarly, the purpose of the ancient medicine wheels is still a mystery, and many people have varying theories of their use. From my perspective, the wisdom and philosophy of the medicine wheel are lost to the majority of us in our society. In my representation, this medicine wheel is over-run with the wild flowers of our provinces speaking to the richness of the medicine wheel teachings. I believe we have much to learn from this sacred and ancient symbol of healing, unity and hope.
Artist:Dixie R. Orriss
Artist Comments: Growing up on a farm I remember the many times my mom took meals out to my dad while he worked long hours in the field on the tractor. I thought it would be fitting to remember the farmers and their wives and their commitment to farming over the last 100 years.
Title:End of the Trail
Artist Comments: Night has fallen on the vast herds of buffalo that once roamed the western plains but the glow on the horizon promises a bright future for those with vision.
Artist:Merle Fonger Harrison
Artist Comments: This vast area of southern Saskatchewan and Alberta as seen by our ancestors must have been overwhelming as they began to build – some succeeded, some moved on. A fence post reminds us of their presence, our past. The land reminds us of the present and the future
Artist Comments: This painting is a tribute to the resourcefulness and unrelenting energy of rural women, in a time when life afforded no conveniences. These wives and daughters of farmers and ranchers faced long days of endless hard work, yet found the time to create beautiful and functional items for their homes.
Artist Comments: Whatever I stated turned into wind and grass – so here it is.
Title:Watcher in the Woods
Artist Comments: I often wonder when walking Alberta ’s beautiful trails near Banff just how many unseen eyes are watching my progress.
Title:High Level Bridge (Lethbridge)
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Artist:Edward van Vliet
Title:Snapshots of a Journey, 2005
Artist Comments: This piece is about my own journey, a journey that has taken me from Meadow Lake to Saskatoon and the Calgary and Edmonton. At first I thought I would explore the different physical landscapes of Alberta and Saskatchewan, but as I thought about the idea of journey I decided to represent the different emotional and spiritual landscapes of my experiences during my last 20 years. Snapshots of skin and flesh, the wheat fields of Saskatchewan, the lakes of Meadow Lake Provincial Park, the Rockies in Banff and Jasper are all referenced as essential details of my life’s path. Without these experiences I would not be who I am today; a prisoner of hope.
Artist:Carolyn Johnston Nieuwenhuis
Artist Comments: The Western Red Lily of Saskatchewan and the Wild Rose of Alberta make a lovely combination for a striking bouquet.
Title:Birds of a feather
Artist Comments: The Bald Eagles scan the banks of the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park for unsuspecting prey as the sun skims the peaks of the Colin Range, casting a fiery red glow on the wings of majestic raptors.
Title:Little Church Gallery in Spruce Grove, Alberta
Artist Comments: The church was built in 1890 on the corner of Pioneer Rd. and what is now highway 16 as the Union Church. The church was uprooted in 1977 to it's present location - 455 King St.. We, of the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove enjoy being housed in the Church as our gallery. We have feature Artists monthly, have art classes and the annual Open Art Competion. The Church is going to be moved again to a location beside the old grain elevator and we, the Art Council will have a new home somewhere to be announced by the city.
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Fay Wray was born near Cardston, Alberta, Canada on September 15, 1907. Perhaps no one in the history of film could scream more dramatically than Fay, and she really put on a show with King Kong
Title:The Late Honorable Lois Hole (1929-2005)
Artist Comments: Lois Hole, Alberta’s 15th Lieutenant Governor, was born in Buchanan, Saskatchewan and moved to Edmonton, Alberta in her teens. More than 50 years ago, she and her late husband Ted Hole founded what was to become “Hole’s Greenhouses” in St. Albert, Alberta. As a St. Albert artist, I acquired the subject matter for many of my floral paintings from Hole’s Greenhouses, widely known for their beautiful plants and flowers. On many occasions, they graciously allowed me to wander through the premises, camera in hand. Another reason why I chose to paint Lois Hole surrounded by flowers is because, due to her warmth and humanitarianism, she was affectionately called “Alberta’s Rose.”
Title:Cowboys – Then and Now
Artist Comments: I get a feeling of adventure in Alberta. Cowboys were here at the beginning and are still here – may it never change.
Title:Bald Butte Cypress Hills, Sask
Artist Comments: The highest point in Saskatchewan
Artist:Barbara Would Schaefer
Title:Honouring Grandpa and Grandma
Artist Comments: My grandfather emigrated from England in 1911. He was twenty years old. Four years later he'd built a two room house on his land and sent for his fiancé to join him. My grandmother's ship was torpedoed and sank. She lost everything except what she was wearing, but was on the next ship to Canada. She arrived in Swift Current after a long, lonely journey, married my grandpa and so began their adventure together. This painting honours that pioneer spirit.
Title:Saskatoon Pie (on Royal Albert China – Blossom Time Pattern)
Artist Comments: I was born and raised in Alberta and cannot imagine a more prairie experience than eating Saskatoon Pie after a day of berry picking. And I would be willing to bet that there isn’t someone in your family who doesn’t have a set of Royal Albert China. Its ubiquitous on the Prairie.
Artist Comments: Dr. J.W. Grant McEwan, former lieutenant governor of Alberta, author, historian, environmentalist, educator and name sake of Grant McEwan Community College.
Artist Comments: A drive near Two Hills Alberta on a beautiful sunny fall day, provided the inspiration for "Autum Gold"
Title:Alberta’s Wild Rose
Artist Comments: I enjoyed exploring the texture and line in this quarter-section of an Alberta Rose.
Artist Comments: These are the reasons we moved to Alberta 15 years ago: The oil and gas industry and the adventure.
Title:I’ve Seen Flowers Growing Wild
Artist Comments: In modern society many people are raised in the urban environment. It becomes more and more difficult to experience or appreciate wildflowers. These prairie lily images were collected near an abandoned homestead in Northern Saskatchewan .
Title:Grain, Oil, Cattle
Artist Comments: The above are the industries of Lloydminister.
Title:St. Paul, Here We Come
Artist Comments: St. Paul, Alberta, my birthplace had the vision to build a UFO landing pad for their Canadian centennial project. This gave the town a unique status internationally and perhaps intergalactically. This painting is in anticipation of their expected guests; Aliens who may arrive for Alberta's celebration.
Title:4 Strength and 4 Courage
Artist Comments: In this our centennial year, I would like to extend a very special Thank You to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Past, present and future. You have dedicated your lives for our safety. Especially to those whose lives have been lost in the line of duty. We commend you all for your strength and courage.
Artist Comments: When I was a child growing up in rural Saskatchewan I used to see the beautiful Western Red Lily growing wild in the ditches and roadsides. I'm glad I had the chance to see them then because like many other rural sights they are getting rare.
Title:Moving the Herd
Artist Comments: This is a painting of my sister and I moving their cattle to fall grazing pasture, north of Vermilion , Alberta . It was a two day cattle drive moving about 175 head. I’m on the paint horse and my sister on the bay horse.
Artist Comments: Aurora Borealis and grain elevators are strongly associated with the Alberta and Saskatchewan landscapes. Both have become rare sights as we enter our second century...
Artist Comments: What makes the prairie treasures are the big sky, the wide and open land, country churches where people gather in faith and help each other; the grain, grown for food and to make a lively hood and the flowers we grow in our gardens, to please the eye and to feed the soul.
Artist Comments: The mountain parks of Alberta offer the best escapes from everyday life. The chance to see the Rockies as early explorers have, is a must for everyone.
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This is an abstract representation her piece of the mural, it represents the colour of life and its intensity
Title:Swamp Spruce and Saskatoons
Artist Comments: Memories of Christmas tree hunting and Saskatoon picking. The good life is, oh, so simple.
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Artist Comments: When I think of Alberta, I think of the North and all the majestic and appeal that it has to offer. Everytime I think of Alberta, I think of the wonderful country that it is a part of
Artist Comments: The Saskatoon grows wild as a large shrub in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The plump, sweet fruits of the Saskatoon make excellent pies, preserves and sauces. The reddish berries turn dark purple as they ripen in mid-summer.
Title:The Pink Cowgirl
Artist Comments: The cowgirl is lit by a door behind her; around her the stars glow. This painting gives a small taste of the magic of rural Alberta.
Artist Comments: Darknight, fire campfire, dance and sing.
Title:Night of the Alberta Rose “2005”
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Artist Comments: Introduced by George Bugnut in 1950. He lived in Legal, Alberta
Marian E. Hemsing
Alberta’s Provincial Floral Emblem
Artist Comments: The prickly wild rose has been Alberta’s provincial flower since 1930. The 1-1.5 meter high erect shrub grows abundantly, mainly in open, sunny areas throughout the prairie landscape. In June, it bears single delicately scented pale or dark pink flowers, 5 cm. in diameter on stems that have slender spines. The Rose Hips, are the seeds from the flowers, can make excellent jams and jellies and are enjoyed by the birds.
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Artist Comments: Still breathtaking are the sighting of the northern lights as they bounce their way across the ski. The whole night takes on a new dimension as we cast our eyes across the sky. Thursday nights are my favorite night to view these spectacular lights. I have attempted to catch that feeling.
Title:Communites In Bloom
Artist Comments: Home Hardware is a National Sponsor of Communities in Bloom, a non-profit Canadian organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of a friendly competition. Home Hardware in Lloydminster, like all businesses in this border city, has the unique pleasure of catering to both Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Title:Catriona Le May Doan
Artist Comments: Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Catriona LeMay Doan is the fastest woman on ice. After carrying the Canadian flag into the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies(her fourth Olympics), Catriona defended her Olympic title with a Gold medal performance in the 500metre event. Catriona becomes the first Canadian individual to defend a Gold medal at any Olympic Games. Catriona has broken the world record eight times.
Title:In the Spirit of Creation
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Title:Peas and such
Artist Comments: Gardens are main occupation on the prairies and I wanted to portray some part of it.
Artist Comments: This is a painting of my friend Donna’s barn near manning, Alberta.
Artist:Shannon Auviat/Renee brown
Artist Comments: Nelly McClung made waves in Canada as she won the right for women to vote. As a resident of Alberta, she reeled them all in, including the Northern Pike.
Title:In the Woods
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Title:Spirit of Place
Artist Comments: In the corner of our backyard is a peaceful space with a willow chair and a water fountain. The lattice work supports the morning glories with their contrasting vibrant colours set against perfect symmetry of form. The first one to bloom literally took my breath away and with each new bloom I experienced the energizing power of the Holy Spirit. Our Saskatchewan summers are beautiful and one doesn’t have to go far to experience the wonder of it. Perhaps, it might be as close as our own back yard.
Title:Going to the Round Dance
Artist Comments: Dance of the Plains People
Title:“Georgia’s Wild Rose” 2005
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Artist:Cheryl Paige Bozarth
Artist Comments: Lush green wetland areas are so much a part of Alberta summers. They are vital to our water systems, many species of birds, insects and mammals. More needs to be done to protect Alberta’s wetlands. The species which inhabit them. Celebrate by conserving wetlands.
Title:Breakfast in Vegreville
Artist:Gavin Hayes/Eileen Coristine
Title:Wild Rose Fever
Artist Comments: In our northern Alberta yard, June means a fragrant pink border of wild roses between the lawn and the poplar forest.
Artist Comments: When thinking of the mountains, I always picture the trees acting as a blanket covering and protecting the mountain sides. We are so lucky here is Alberta to have landscapes such as these.
Title:Wood and Lily
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Artist Comments: One of my favorite/sacred places is Black Cat Ranch – The walk to and alone the rail to Solomon’s Creek yields Mother Earths generosity – fronds and moss = hundred year old trees.
Title:Hidden Places – Jasper National Park
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Artist Comments: Reminds me of so many flower gardens in this province.
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Artist:Holly C. Perret
Artist Comments: The large amount of green on this panel suggested a landscape to me. I saw a farm in the foothills of Calgary and where I live in Grande Prairie you don’t have to drive very far to see scenes such as this.
Title:Saskatoons - Cub in the Patch
Artist Comments: Summer in the Prairies is seeing bears and berries
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Artist Comments: Beavers have been my favorite animal since I received ‘Beaver chuck” when I was seven. The beaver is Canada ’s national animal because they are hard working and free like us.
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Artist Comments: Alberta has many hiking trails in the mountains that overlook the many rivers that flow throughout the province. I wanted to paint my impression of turning a corner or looking over a ledge down into a valley. The squirrel is just one of the many woodland creatures that are in my neck of the woods.
Artist:Mary Lee Small
Title:Children’s Festival – St.Albert, Alberta
Artist Comments: Festivals are part of the scenery of the provinces too.
Title:Kiew Church (Kiev Church)
Artist Comments: Many churches like this dot the landscape all over Alberta. The one shown in this picture is near Lavoy, Alberta.
Title:Bit of Paradise
Artist Comments: I like painting trees and was inspired by the trees I’ve seen in my travels in Northern Alberta.
Artist:Cheryl Bakke Marlin
Artist Comments: I have always been drawn to the beauty of our Northern skys – sunrise, sunset and of course the northern lights. To me they look like painted crystals shimmering in the still clear air.
Title:Tiger Lily Bay
Artist Comments: Tiger lilies are becoming extinct in the lower mountain zones because people pick them and pollution makes them weak. Let’s bring them back by careful living and eco-consciousness.
Artist Comments: For thousands of years, long before the arrival of European settlers, Alberta was inhabited by numerous indigenous peoples. The Blackfoot, Assiniboine, Cree, and Athapaskan, all lived in lands that are now present day Alberta. Indeed, these original inhabitants once enjoyed rich, thriving societies. Living mostly nomadic lifestyles, the majority relied upon the great bison herds for their sustenance. The Blackfoot tribes in particular were fierce hunters and warriors who by the middle of the 19th century dominated a great deal of territory in present day Alberta and Saskatchewan. However, the arrival of European settlement brought with it tremendous change. Around the end of the 19th century, populations of indigenous peoples were decimated by disease and the near extinction of the bison. Completion of rail lines accelerated European expansion westward. Before long, treaties were signed and First Nations peoples were settled onto reserves, often leaving communities fractured and native social and cultural practices weakened. My painting, titled Spirit Chief, is my representation of a Blackfoot Chief, who stands proud and strong in the face of impending change.
Title:Prairie Grass – Abstract
Title:I am hanging in there.
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Artist Comments: Prairie Farmers have always existed in a unique relationship with nature . The same force that soothes and rewards ,frequently tries the spirit with wind, sun, and storms of snow, hail, sand, and frost as well as disease and insect infestation. The men of the soil, past and present, have shown they have "the right stuff" to hold their honorable place in the future of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Artist Comments: Northlands Park is home to Edmonton’s source for harness and thoroughbred horse racing. It opened in 1900 and features a 5/8 mile dirt track, grandstand seating, a restaurant and a slot casino among other interesting venues. “The Horses” is a painting of a winner, just like Alberta.
Artist:Cindy D Sorley-Reichinger
Title:Dead Warriors Dancing
Artist Comments: While waiting for spring planting the winter displays of Northern Lights are always a joy to see.