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TREX Year in Review

Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX)
(April 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011)

Once again, we have had a successful year with 114 exhibitions booked in 43 venues. Our program this year has served 164,098 visitors in 27 communities throughout the Peace Region.

This year we had two visiting artists come through our region to enrich our exhibition content and offer students and participants new artistic experiences. We hosted Eric Cameron and Adrian Stimson to enrich their travelling exhibits titled Eric Cameron: A Conceptual Approach and 75 Million: Bison Drawings of Adrian Stimson.

On February 2, 2011, Eric Cameron of Calgary gave a lecture at the Grande Prairie Regional College for the Visitor in the Arts Series, a program geared toward enriching the Fine Arts program offered at the local college. He then continued on to Dawson Creek to give a lecture to the Fine Arts students at the Northern Lights College on February 3. There was an opening reception for him and his exhibit, Eric Cameron: A Conceptual Approach, which was displayed at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery for the month of February. A catalogue of his exhibit was published by The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is available for sale and distribution.

In December 2010, we hosted Adrian Stimson of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to conduct 8 workshops, over three days, in our local schools. Adrian Stimson engaged the seven classes of elementary students with stories about the history of the bison. The 150 students were thrilled to create their own bison herd by each painting a small hydra-stone bison that Stimson cast from his own mold. Adrian Stimson also presented an artist talk and drawing lesson to 20 students in Art 30 at Beaverlodge Regional High School. All eight workshops were well received and a success.

We hope to continue offering visiting artist workshops and lectures for our patrons in the region to add to the artistic experience.

Thank you to all our venues who help make our program such a success!

Lynn LeCorre-Dallaire
TREX Manager
Region 1 (Northwest Alberta)