Can't believe that with my friend we visited Alberta, British Columbia, and The USA (by crossing Waterton Lake! in the Peace Park) in our short holiday. We packed a lot in.
Here are some arty highlights in no particular order:-
Whyte Museum and Art Gallery
Reckonings: Michael Cameron and Karen Maiolo April 9 - June 12
This is a brilliant exhibition which we both enjoyed. We talked about on the way round. My comment of "wouldn't it be great to discuss this with the artist" was overheard and we found ourselves chatting with Karen about how the joint show and the pieces evolved, their technique and nods to other artists such as Banksy (and, I thought, Damien Hurst). It was a pleasure, thanks so much.
High Fashion in the Rockies - not normally my cup of tea to look at costumes, but this one was just the right size and I find myself taken with 1950's and 60's styles and Mrs Luxton's taste. Dresses date from 1920 - with accessories on show too.
Inglewood Fine Arts
Banff Park Museum
Loads of stuffed animals! in a more than 100 year old museum (that's old for Canada remember). Architecture of the, building inside and out, is stunning.
We went in to see the Robert Bateman works that they have in there - about 5 of them, and good to see if you want to give a taste of Bateman to a visiting European. Breath-taking imagery of wildlife.
Apart from these official art stimuli, there was springtime in the Rockies, stunning flowers - here a Shooting star - shooting right out of a pile of dung in Waterton Alberta (thanks for the image - Robin, what a gift)
..... and also wild weather up Sulphur Mountain, cultural awareness at Head Smashed In, the beauties of Canada's wildlife from furry caterpillars to furry bears and references to the Japan Earthquake at Frank's slide (meaning we viewed a small rock slide and, very sadly, my thoughts were taken to the same on a massive scale as I thought of the devastation in Japan).
Lovely art-work on this leaflet for the folk festival in Calgary- Artist unknown (sorry).