Journey 2012 opening reception this Friday!

Opening Reception This Friday
Journey 2012Carmen Haakstad & Jim Stokes: A Collection of Works

May 11, 2012 - July 15, 2012
Opening reception: Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Location: The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

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. 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.

Please Note:
Only the Journey 2012 portion of the new building will be open during the reception as this will be the first phase in opening the old high school that has undergone a major renovation over the past two years. Unfortunately we will be closed for an additional 2 weeks, May 12-27, following the opening reception while the finishing touches on the other areas of the building are completed. We hope you'll join us for this special night and we thank you for your patience.


Gallery to be Renamed
The Prairie Art Gallery will be renamed the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in celebration of its major expansion into the restored 1929 Grande Prairie High School building, set to re-open in phases beginning May 11. The new name and logo were unveiled April 28, 2012 at the 32nd Annual Art Auction to a crowd of over 200 supporters.

“This change is meant to celebrate all of the major changes that we have made recently and to mark the significance of this expansion in the proud history of our organization” said Robert Steven, Executive Director/Curator.

This is not the first time the Art Gallery has changed its operating name or logo. The Art Gallery opened in 1975 under the name “Prairie Gallery” and in 1993 that was changed to “The Prairie Art Gallery.” The Art Gallery has used at least 5 different logos since 1975 prior to the new one unveiled at the Art Auction.

In the coming months, signs will be changed out, printed materials will be updated and the website will be renamed, although one of the most important changes will involve community support through social networking and word of mouth. Learn more...

Read an article online from the Daily Herald Tribune.


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.


The Montrose Cultural Centre opened its doors in June 2009. It is home to the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, the Grande Prairie Public Library and Esquires Coffee House. It is a place for the community to gather in support of the arts and literacy in Grande Prairie.

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