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The Woodland School of Art

The Woodland School of Art

Thursday, February 25th 2021

Posted in: MAG Collection History

Two of the artworks currently on display in our hallway exhibit, Ojibwa Head Dress by Norval Morriseau (pictured left) and Hoop Dancer by Daphne Odjig (right), are silkscreen prints and beautiful examples of what was to become a style known as the...

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A Generous Gift: Walter J. Phillips Prints

A Generous Gift: Walter J. Phillips Prints

Thursday, January 21st 2021

Posted in: MAG Collection History

Welcome back to the second week of our look at Father Jozef Wroblewski’s generous gifts to the Red Deer MAG. This week we’re looking at four woodcut prints by Canadian artist, Walter J. Phillips. View Part 1 of A Generous...

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A Generous Gift: Dorothy Knowles Paintings

A Generous Gift: Dorothy Knowles Paintings

Thursday, January 14th 2021

Posted in: MAG Collection History

Over the next three weeks, we will be looking at three generous gifts given to the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery by Father Jozef Wroblewski. Father Jozef is originally from Winnipeg but came to Red Deer as Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and...

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Cavalry Twill Riding Jacket

Cavalry Twill Riding Jacket

Thursday, November 26th 2020

Posted in: MAG Collection History

What is this item of clothing? What was it used for? How old might it be? Sleuth out clues for this clothing item with the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery's (MAG) Katelin Karbonik, Associate Curator of Clothing &...

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Remembrance Day 2020

Remembrance Day 2020

Wednesday, November 11th 2020

Posted in: History

Remembering Three Central Albertans Eneas Makokis Eneas Makokis was born in Saddle Lake, Alberta on August 9th, 1897. From documents, we know his father's name was John, and he had a sister named Mary. Eneas was a student at the...

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The Liberation of Holland after WW2

The Liberation of Holland after WW2

Tuesday, November 10th 2020

Posted in: History

The Liberation of Holland after WW2 In the final months of the Second World War, Canadian forces were given the important and deadly task of liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. From September 1944 to April 1945, the First...

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National Aboriginal Veterans Day

National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Sunday, November 8th 2020

Posted in: History

Today, November 8, 2020 marks National Aboriginal Veterans Day. On November 8, 1994, National Aboriginal Veterans Day was established by the federal government to honour the thousands of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis who served in the...

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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day

Wednesday, September 30th 2020

Posted in: History

Today is Orange Shirt Day. September 30 is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools - many of which never made it home. One student, Ellen Hart was admitted to Red Deer’s Indian Industrial...

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1910s Handmade Cotton Blouse

1910s Handmade Cotton Blouse

Thursday, September 3rd 2020

Posted in: MAG Collection History

Does handmade today mean the same thing it did in 1910? Have a look at this c. 1910s cotton blouse as the MAG's Associate Curator of Clothing & Textiles, Katelin, reflects upon the meaning of "handmade," today and 110 years...

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'Leave Your Mark' Throwback

'Leave Your Mark' Throwback

Thursday, August 20th 2020

Posted in: Tips, Tricks & Interesting Bits History

For today's Work of the Week (with a hint of some #throwbackthursday), we are looking at a collaborative community project from over 10 years ago! Our gallery space was last renovated 2009-2010. Prior to seeing off the old space, we...

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Silk & Satin Dress

Silk & Satin Dress

Thursday, August 13th 2020

Posted in: MAG Collection History

This week we're looking at another piece that was last on display in the exhibit, Glamour: Fashionable Red Deer - we've seen the outside, let's have a look at the inside! Dress, 1891, silk, satin. Gift of the Estate of Mary Jane...

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19th Century Plaid Shawl

19th Century Plaid Shawl

Thursday, August 6th 2020

Posted in: MAG Collection History

Today's Work of the Week is: Plaid shawl, late 19th century, Wool. Gift of C.M. Lerouge, 1989.16.2 This shawl was originally worn by Mary Ann Van Dyke (nee Donovan), who brought it with her to Canada from Ireland. This shawl is a...

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