Great art symposiums in Grande Prairie this week!

Successful Valentine's Tea
The Prairie Art Gallery hosted a Valentine’s Tea to celebrate the current exhibition, War Brides, by Calgary-based artist Bev Tosh. The Tea was a highly successful event and the Gallery was happy to welcome over 200 guests on Saturday, February 11 including 9 Peace Region war brides.

Each war bride who attended received a beautiful, red carnation corsage and a copy of the War Brides exhibition catalogue. Our special guests also received a warm welcome and introduction by the Prairie Art Gallery's Executive Director/Curator, Robert Steven.

This exhibition is the first time two new paintings have been shown publicly. One of the paintings was unveiled for the first time to local war bride, Aleyda “Piep” Campbell, who had not yet seen the completed portrait of her. She was delighted to see it displayed for the first time among the other war brides.

War Brides is on view until April 1, 2012.

War Brides pictured in the photo with Bev Tosh (alphabetical order)
Ruth Antonio
Piep Campbell
Violet Dryer
Betty Eskdale
Cathy Golding
Margaret Krzyczkowski
Elvir Tetlock
Margaret Weaver

Special thanks to the Grande Prairie Cadets
Capt. Scott Hagarty
Cpl. Alex Bilodeau
MCpl Lucas Stauffer
MCpl Garret Bowey

Current Exhibition
Bev Tosh: War Brides
December 17, 2011 - April 1, 2012

More than 44,000 British and European women came to Canada as the wives of Canadian service personnel at the end of the Second World War, accompanied by 22,000 children from these marriages. The story of her war bride mother inspired artist Bev Tosh to paint a striking portrait, which is one of the key works in the War Brides exhibition. That first portrait led Tosh on an odyssey to meet, interview or correspond with nearly one thousand war brides. The resulting exhibition, War Brides, contains six major groupings of paintings and multimedia installations based on the war brides’ stories of romance, adventure, and personal journeys.

Eighty-eight nearly life-sized portraits form two installations called “bride ships”— referring to the 60 vessels that transported the women from Britain, mainly, but also from Holland, Italy, Belgium and France. Incorporating photographs, projections, parachutes, hatpins, and other materials, the works portray these women as they took a leap of faith in beginning their journey to Canada. (

Community Events

"Bodies in Motion" Fine Arts Symposium
Grande Prairie Regional College
Collins Recital Hall, Room L106
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

This symposium is open to the public and it's free! Please join us for one or all of the presentations!

The theme of 2012's GPRC Fine Arts Symposium is "Bodies in Motion." This theme addresses the notion of how humanity and cultures in the 21st century are never static but continually unfolding in time and space with new permutations, mutations and cross cultural influences. The discovery of 'persistence of vision' in the 19th century led to the development of a new art in the form of cinema. In the 21st century, the fine arts and media continue to experiment and develop new visual vocabularies of how bodies move through time and space.

The first presenter, Terrance Houle, will address the theme in a cross cultural context, while Calgary-based performance and installation artist, Rita McKeough, explores the body moving through actual time and space in various media. GPRC instructor, Elisabeth Belliveau will be screening some of her award-winning animations as part of her interdisciplinary practice as a way to bridge image and text, material and narrative. Edmonton-based, Trevor Schmidt (director of Northern Lights Theatre) will explore the theme in the context of drama. Learn more....

Symposium Schedule - Collins Recital Hall, Room L106

9:45am – 10:00am          Coffee, Muffins and Introductions
10:00am – 10:45am        Terrance Houle
11:00am - 11:45am         Rita McKeough
11:45am – 12:30pm        Lunch
12:30pm – 1:15pm          Elisabeth Belliveau
1:30 pm – 2:15pm           Trevor Schmidt

2012 Art of the Peace Symposium
March 2 - 4, 2012
Location: Centre for Creative Arts
Registration open until Wednesday, February 29th

We are leaving registration open until the last possible minute to fill up the remaining chairs at the symposium. Don't miss your chance to hear Carl White, KJ MacAlister and Grant Berg right here in Grande Prairie at the Centre for Creative Arts. We have an amazing weekend planned starting with the opening of the Art of the Peace Travelling Show on Friday evening, a great variety of speakers and networking opportunities all day Saturday followed by hands-on workshops on Sunday with the three guest artists. Check the website at for all the details and to register.

Come out and see the travelling show at the Centre for Creative Arts in Grande Prairie. The opening reception is Friday, March 2nd at 7 pm and is open to everyone. The exhibition will be available for viewing for the month of March.

Art of the Peace Symposium Schedule

7:00 – 9:00 PM Registration / Art of the Peace Members Show Exhibition Opening

8:00 – 9:00 AM          Registration / Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 AM        Carl White
10:30 – 11:00 AM      Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 PM      Grant Berg
12:30 – 1:30 PM        Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:00 PM          K.J. MacAlister
3:00 – 4:00 PM          Coffee Break / Open Chat with Artists

10:00 – 4:00 PM Workshops

New Gallery Hours
The Montrose Cultural Centre opened its doors in June 2009. It is home to The Prairie Art Gallery, the Grande Prairie Public Library and Esquires Coffee House. The Prairie Art Gallery is now open the same hours as the Grande Prairie Public Library.

Monday – Thursday            10 am – 9 pm
Friday                                 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday                             10 am – 5 pm
Sunday                                 1 pm – 5 pm
Stat Holidays                         Closed

Upcoming Events
32nd Annual Art Auction
Saturday, April 28, 2012
7:00 pm
Teresa Sargent Hall, Montrose Cultural Centre
Tickets: $100


The Montrose Cultural Centre opened its doors in June 2009. It is home to The Prairie Art Gallery, 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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