March 1 to April 27, 2014
Symons was an artist, writer and naturalist who lived an extremely interesting life. Born in England in 1898, he was the son of prominent artist, whose friends included Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy and James McNeill Whistler. Symons immigrated to Canada in 1914, at the age of 16, to be a cowboy on a ranch near the Cypress Hills. After serving in World War I, he lived the rest of his life throughout Western Canada working with horses and in the conservation of nature, until his death in Regina in 1973. He wrote books on many subjects, but in particular Hours and the Birds, published in 1967, is a special book; a richly illustrated and evocatively written account of bird watching on the prairies. Robert Symons’ artwork is quiet and subtle, but he is an important figure in Canadian art history and the history of nature conservation, and his work deserves to be celebrated.
The exhibition was curated by Heather Smith for the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. The publication is co-published by the MJM&AG and Hagios Press and written by Terry Fenton, with an introduction by Trevor Herriot, it contains full colour images of over seventy of R.D. Symons paintings. The travelling exhibition would not be possible without the assistance of the Government of Canada, Museum Assistance Program.
Coffeehouse Evening/Book Launch
Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm. $5
Walk and Talk Tour with the curator, hors d' oeuvres, cash bar, and live music.
Public viewing during regular gallery hours is free and everyone is welcome!
Guided group tours are available at anytime. For bookings please call T: 306-778-2736
Exhibition Viewing Hours:
Monday to Thursday - 1:00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Friday to Sunday - 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Closed during exhibition changes. Closed Sundays in July and August. Closed statutory holidays.
(Dates and hours subject to change due to special events and availability of volunteers. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.)