- Expressions of a Community - January 4 to February 23, 2014
- Robert David Symons: Countryman - March 1 to April 27, 2014
January 4 to February 23, 2014
In recognition of the Swift Current Centennial, an exhibition of historical photographic images that get to the heart of Swift Current as a community. From art-photographs or professionally made documentation to amateur snapshots, moments in time are captured in hundreds of photographic images. Each tells a piece of a story in the history of a place and its people. The photographs selected for this exhibition transcend record keeping and express the dynamics, experiences, emotion and psychological impact of its moment.
Organized by AGSC, with photographs borrowed from the Swift Current Museum. Supported by City of Swift Current.
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.
Public viewing during regular gallery hours is free and everyone is welcome!
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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.
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