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6 Canadian Rockies Galleries & Museums

Photo: Rundle After September Snow, by Wendy Bradley

Photo: Rundle After September Snow, by Wendy Bradley

By Afton Aikens & Lisa Stephens

Western Canadian Art 

Canada House Gallery in Banff displays paintings by Wendy Bradley (among many other artists). This third-generation Banffite hikes, climbs and snowshoes to vantage points where she paints en plein air, in temperatures that have dipped to –16°C.

Voted by local newspaper readers as Canmore’s ‘Best Art Gallery’ in 2014, The Avens Gallery offers an enjoy-the-art-without-pressure atmosphere. The gallery hosts a diverse selection by 40 Western Canadian artists, and has been a premier destination for Albertans and international clientele since 1986.

Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont (Banff, Jasper, Whistler) owner Wendy Wacko supports artists who employ a unique style. One such creative soul is painter Rod Prouse. “His work is courageous and sophisticated. It takes guts to paint like that,” Wacko says. Prouse works en plein air to properly capture the mood of the mountains. “He creates powerful imagery and each brush stroke is filled with energy,” she adds.

Photo: Courtesy of the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum

Photo: Courtesy of the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum

Museum Exhibits

Summer 1953 is etched into the minds of those who lived in Jasper at the time. That year, glamorous movie star Marilyn Monroe came to town to shoot River of No Return. The Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives exhibit Jasper Remembers Marilyn is a collection of residents’ memories and photographs, including on-set stills shot by local photographer Ray O’Neill.

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre’s Canmore Rocks exhibit opened in February, rebuilt after the town flood and an internal water main rupture. “Our new exhibits include much more about social history…interwoven with geology and mining,” says director Debbie Carrico. The museum also plans to rotate its collection more often. Rock on!

DIY Fun: Handmade Paper

New winter hobby alert! Gingko & Ink Atelier’s silk-screened and stenciled Japanese paper is a customer favourite. The Banff store owner Niccella Churchill calls it “the Cadillac of the papers” she sells. In Churchill’s book-making workshops, learn to cut, glue, sew and bind a book. The Japanese paper looks great on the cover and can be bought in full or cut sheets.

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