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Trimming the Christmas Tree I, Margaret Seelye

Trimming the Christmas Tree I, Margaret Seelye

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For this month's Work of the Week we will be celebrating the work of Red Deer artist Margaret Seelye. Check back each Thursday to see another of the four prints in her Country School Christmas series that we have in our collection!

While teaching in country schools and raising a family as a widowed mother to 3 children, Margaret began taking occasional art courses through the University of Alberta, Alberta Culture and Red Deer College. Her love for drawing and printmaking provided her with a means to tell stories of her early childhood and experiences she had while teaching in rural schools. 

"Trimming the Christmas Tree" I, Margaret Seelye. Monoprint, 1991

Trimming the Christmas Tree I, Margaret Seelye

The series of monoprints we will be looking at this December are in the MAG’s Permanent Collection and were part of a MAG exhibition of Margaret’s work in 1991.

These works portray Margaret's fond reminiscences of the highlights of a country school Christmas, such as trimming the school Christmas tree, tuning up for the musical performance school children would have put on for their parents and neighbours, or performing in the school Christmas play. These were all important aspects of the annual Christmas Pageant each school would put on to showcase the students’ creative and cultural talents.

This series of 4 prints really does capture what it would have been like to have been involved in decorating the tree or performing in a play or musical performance!

These are very special works of art because as a ‘monoprint’, there is only one of each image in the edition; not like in other printmaking processes where an artist can print any number of multiple images.

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