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TREX Exhibition at Library

JULY & AUGUST: View the travelling exhibition Maskwacis: Bear Hills at the Grande Prairie Public Library. The library is located within the Montrose Cultural Centre, which is also home to The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie and Esquires Coffeehouse. Maskwacis is part of the TREX program. Each month exhibitions will travel to a new location and be on display for visitors in venues like schools, churches, art centres, galleries, hospitals, and libraries.

Maskwacis: Bear Hills
A public narrative surrounds Hobbema, known to the Nehiyaw (Cree) who live there as Maskwacis. The community is often painted with one brush: a place from which only one story has been told to Albertans and Canada as a whole. For the Nehiyaw, however, the dynamics of Maskwacis are much greater and more diverse than what stereotypes allow. The exhibition Maskwacis examines the framework of representation and authorship through narratives constructed by those who actually “live the story.” Presenting an eclectic mix of artworks created by young artists and professionals, this exhibition reflects upon the attributes important to the Nehiyaw and their individual stories.

Maskwacis: Bear Hills features 15 artists and 21 artworks. It is curated by Myra Saskatchewan and Sandi Hiemer of Meskanahk Ka Nipa Wit School, Montana First Nation, and organized by Shane Golby, Manager/Curator for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition program for the Art Gallery of Alberta.

The new 2011-2012 TREX catalogue showcases the 12 exhibitions that are now available for bookings for venues in Region 1 (NW Alberta.)

Learn more about the TREX program.