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Canadian Rockies Art & Science

Feb. 8, 2016
By Afton Aikens & Ashley Materi

While there’s plenty of outdoor adventure to be found in the Canadian Rockies, you can get your arts, culture and science fix here, too!

Banff Upper Hot Springs, Sylvia Plachy

Banff Upper Hot Springs, Sylvia Plachy

Inspired Images
Works of 20 international photographers that cover the diverse spectrum of the medium are showcased at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies exhibit Point of View: Photographs Inspired by the Canadian Rockies (in Banff, to March 27). Photos ranging from classic early 1900s Ansel Adams images to sculpture-based works by Diana Thorneycroft reflect both landscapes and emotional interpretations of mountain life.

Alberta’s Gem
Vivid ammolite gemstones are made from shells of fossilized Alberta ammonites; rare gems show three or more colours. Learn about the history, paleontology and jewellery-making of ammolite during a free guided tour of Canmore’s Ammonite Factory. Tours run at 10 am, 11 am and noon, Monday to Saturday.

By Ashley Materi

By Ashley Materi

Gallery Owner-Artist
Canmore’s new Silver Tree Studio shows Canadian art, including the gallery owner’s own works. LL Harrison’s signature bright colours with whimsical swirls bring familiar Canadian Rockies landscapes and animals to life. Her Aboriginal portraits in neon hues and imaginative handmade jewellery are displayed alongside natural-fibre clothes from Europe, Australia and California.

Museum Features Local Artists 
This winter, different local artists are showcased each month at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum; see works from acrylic to photography.


Animal House
The only safe way to get close to a bear in Jasper is at the Den Wildlife Museum, where 100 Canadian Rockies species reside in diorama displays. “People are amazed at the size of the moose,” says manager Vanessa Hugie. There are elk, caribou and mountain goats, too. Challenge: find the one animal that doesn’t belong!


Night Skies
At Jasper’s new planetarium, interpretive shows hosted by astronomers include 360° panoramic images of local landscapes and the skies above. See stars, planets, meteors, First Nations constellations and northern lights. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers and try your hand at celestial navigation.

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