Only 20 Tickets Remain
The 32nd Annual Art Auction is this Saturday and tickets are over 90% sold! There are only 20 tickets available for purchase, so now is your chance to contact the gallery to reserve your seat. Join us for a wonderful evening with 65 amazing artworks in the live and silent auctions at the Prairie Art Gallery's largest fundraiser of the year. Have you heard the gallery has a very special announcement that will be revealed? It’s a big one, too.
Artwork Available for Viewing
Artwork included in both the live and silent auctions will be available for viewing in the Teresa Sargent Hall in the Montrose Cultural Centre. Drop-in, while we’re still preparing for the auction, to view all 65 artworks on April 27 & 28th where you will also have the opportunity to place an absentee bid if you’re unable to attend this year’s event on April 28th at 7:00pm.
Teresa Sargent Hall in the Montrose Cultural Centre
9839 – 103 Avenue, Grande Prairie
Friday, April 27th 2 – 4 pm
Saturday, April 28th 12 – 2 pm
Carmen Haakstad & Jim Stokes: A Collection of Works
May 11, 2012 - July 15, 2012
Opening reception: Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm
In the fall of 1980, Carmen Haakstad and Jim stokes took a trip out to the Haakstad homestead near La Glace, Alberta, and made a pact that would influence the course of their lives. Carmen, who at 24, was the director/curator of Grande Prairie’s Prairie Gallery, dreamed of someday working as a full-time artist. His younger friend, Jim, at 21, was already living that dream, but was searching for more meaningful inspiration in his work. The two found it in the changing landscapes out along Emerson Trail, where prairie farm families who had toiled the land since the early 20th century were experiencing the rapid changes that had accompanied Alberta’s newfound status as a wealthy oil-producing province.
On that day, the two young men vowed to make the most of their talents in a way that celebrated the prairie culture they had thrived in, and to someday co-host an exhibition that paid tribute to both the land and those that had worked so hard to create a life there. Thirty years later, having taken vastly different routes in their careers, but remaining true to their pact to give their best to the land that so inspired them, Carmen Haakstad and Jim Stokes created their duo exhibition Journey 2012.
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and shares their personal journeys and those of their homesteading ancestors, and features artwork inspired by the Peace Country’s bountiful prairie landscape.
Closed for Construction
A reminder that the gallery is entering the final stages of construction which means the gallery is required to close to the public. Currently there are no exhibitions on view, but gallery staff is here at the gallery during this time and is available Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm. The staff and board thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you to see our new art gallery on May 11, 2012.
April 2 – May 11, 2012 – Closed to the public for the final stages of construction.