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As the leaves start to turn, and the weather starts to cool, it can only mean one thing...

(other than the imminent approach of Fall, of course) - exhibit changeover season is upon us! 

Although our spring/summer 2020 exhibitions were cancelled (& rescheduled for 2021) due to COVID-19, we had the opportunity to display a collection of Alberta artist David More's recent works in their place. The last day to see these works is this Friday, September 4th - so if you haven't seen them yet, hurry in while you can! We are open 10 am - 4:30 pm all week (not including the weekend).

Dave's exhibit, Shore Figures: Sylvan Lake captures the essence of the crowds that are attracted to the beautiful shoreline of our neighbour to the West, Sylvan Lake, through a series of large colourful paintings. It is easy to imagine you are one in this sea of colour, noise and smells that is Sylvan Lake in the summer.

Coming up in just a couple weeks - new exhibits!

We have two new/new-ish exhibits coming up this September, opening on Saturday, September 19th 26th*.

Brand spanking new is Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins. This exhibit features 7 powwow dance styles, with full Regalia and craft work.  Curators and creators, Patrick Mitsuing and Marrisa Mitsuing, have gathered the stories, worked with the Artisans, and carefully built the Regalia for this exhibition.

Ohcîwin is a Cree words meaning “The Origin” or telling of a story where something originated.

As for the new(ish) - you might recall, just as the Coronavirus closures hit in March, we were wrapping up the exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today. It was cut short by a week or two due to the spread of COVID-19, so we are pleased to announce we will once again have this exhibit on display! This exhibition makes use of images from the Frank family and quotations from the Diary of Anne Frank. Each panel displays information about the most important developments of that time: the rise of National Socialism, the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews.

Isn’t it amazing how time changes things? When Anne Frank: A History for Today was at the MAG this past winter, it was difficult to imagine much of what was presented in the exhibit in a modern day context. Fast forward to present day… well, haven’t we been through a lot since this March? Concepts such as spending weeks (or in Anne’s case, years) isolated from others went from unimaginable to becoming a way of life for many of us.

While there will be no exhibition opening reception for Anne Frank: A History for Today, we are looking at offering an opening event for Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins later in September - although, it will likely look nothing like our opening receptions of the past, due to the current health and building capacity restrictions. While it is sad having to let the ‘old way of doing things’ go, it has opened up so many opportunities for us to experiment and try new things. Keep an eye out for details regarding a potential opening event this month.

On a final note, effective Tuesday, September 8th, our Hours of Operation are changing. We are closed Monday, September 7th for the Labour Day holiday, and we will then be open from 10 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday on a weekly basis. Also effective on September 8th, mask use will be mandatory throughout the building.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions! We hope you've had a great summer, and are looking forward to seeing you back at the MAG this fall.

*The opening of Anne Frank: A History for Today and Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins has been delayed. The exhibits will now open Saturday, September 26th.

Last edited September 12, 2020 at 10:15 am

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