Fury: Portraits of a Turbulent World


April 5 to June 8, 2014
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, April 5
Museum Members at 6 PM
General Opening at 7 PM

Stephen Hutchings’ work is both a contemporary reflection on landscape painting and a metaphoric connection to the hostilities and turbulence of society. As the frequency of human violence and nature’s super-storms increase, our awe and fear at their unpredictability attunes us to our own vulnerability. An internationally respected Canadian artist, Hutchings renders charcoal drawings to large canvases and washes them with thin layers of paint, building layer upon layer to produce atmospheric portraits bursting with distinct personality and exploding with drama and emotion.

Portraiture


April 5 to June 8, 2014
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, April 5
Museum Members at 6 PM
General Opening at 7 PM

Trace the art of portraiture from the 1920s through to the present day. The changing face of portraiture is revealed, from the strict museum school training of Peter and Catharine Whyte through to current day selfies. Works are loaned from private collections and sourced from the Whyte Museum collection.

Proximate Truth: Cartography from the Collection of R. W. Sandford


April 5 to June 8, 2014
Rummel Room

Opening Reception Saturday, April 5
Museum Members at 6 PM
General Opening at 7 PM

Canada is depicted through its illustrated geography with a selection of maps on loan from private collector Bob Sandford. An internationally respected naturalist, advisor and author, Sandford promotes water conservation and campaigns for global watersheds and reserves. Maps from the Whyte Museum’s archival collection are included, providing a broad range of locations to explore.

Whyte Winter Carnival at Cave and Basin National Historic Site


March 22 to April 27, 2014
Location: Cave & Basin National Historic Site

Exhibit opening: Saturday, March 22, 7 to 9 PM
FREE

It was a time when you could ski-race down Banff Avenue, toboggan down Caribou Street, curl on the Bow River, and do a fancy dive into the Cave and Basin hot pool—at the Banff Winter Carnival in the roaring twenties.

Join us for an exhibit launch of fun winter sports images from the archives of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, hosted at the Cave and Basin.


High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924


March 29 to August 17, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Location: Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

In 1924, Alberta artist Byron Harmon organized an expedition to take the first significant photographs and film-footage of a newly chartered territory: the Columbia Icefield. For Harmon, who had spent 20 years based in Banff, it was to be the crowning achievement of his career as a photographer. The mission was given added weight by the recent discovery that the massive Columbia Icefield fed rivers and streams that poured into three different oceans. The very first horse-pack to traverse the enormous icefield had done so the previous year. Harmon was determined to be the second, with the added challenge of carrying a 35 mm motion-picture camera and four still cameras, as well as the attendant film.

This exhibition traces the route Harmon took through the photographs, film, lantern and stereo-slides that were produced during the trip. It follows the expedition from its start in Lake Louise, up to Bow Lake, through Castleguard Valley to the Columbia Icefield, over to the head of the Athabasca River and ending at Maligne Lake—before returning to Banff.
This exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Alberta’s 90th anniversary. Inaugurated in 1924, the AGA opened the same year that Harmon and his team left for the Columbia Icefield.

The exhibition is guest-curated by Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette and produced with the assistance of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. It is presented with the support of ATB Financial as part of the ATB Alberta Masters exhibition series.


The Photographers of Scotia Waterous


February 1 to March 30, 2014
Main Gallery

Each year since 1994, Scotia Waterous, formerly Waterous & Co., has produced a book of photography focusing on the work of a photographer from a specific geographical region. The initial book focused on the Canadian Rockies. Every book thereafter expanded the scope of the photographic book series to feature other areas of Canada and international photography.

The photographic book series has provided important support to the careers of serious photographers from around the world. It has stimulated the careers of many accomplished photographers and introduced their photography to a broader audience. These finely crafted books, exquisitely printed and elegantly designed, are now collectors’ items and a photographic legacy. They are works of art in themselves and reside in prestigious collections around the world.

The year 2013 marks Scotia Waterous’ 20th consecutive year of commitment and unwavering support to the photographic arts. This year’s book will feature a collection of photographs from the past 19 books; each book’s featured photographer will be represented by two images from their respective books. The exhibition, "The Photographers of Scotia Waterous" will include each of the photographer’s two photographs as well as two recent works. It will showcase the diversity of each photographer’s vision and sensibilities and provide the viewer with the unique opportunity to indulge in visuals from multiple global perspectives.


Through the Lens


February 1 to March 30, 2014
Main Gallery

The Through the Lens is a four-month extracurricular photography program for students from Banff, Canmore and Morley, Alberta. This year marks the 17th year of the program. We continue to expand the influence of photography, immersing students in the creative process of traditional and digital photography and encouraging the participants to experiment and learn about themselves, their community and the exciting medium of visual communication.

Students from Banff Community High School, Canmore Collegiate High School and Morley Community School are chosen each year to participate in this exciting program and exhibition. The students are involved in field trips, darkroom demonstrations, critiques, portrait workshops and presentations by exhibiting photographers.

To date over 600 students have participated in Through the Lens. In partnership with the Canadian Rockies Public Schools and the Stoney Education Authority, we are working together towards the mutual goals of learning, and developing creativity and self-esteem.

SIFIKILE PHOTOGRAPHERS GROUP
In South Africa, Banff local, author and journalist Kendall Hunter met photojournalist Victor Matom. Victor had created the Sifikile Photographers Group through which he teaches photography to young adults. In 2013, Kendall put Craig Richards in touch with Victor and they discussed the similarities of their programs and the power of the camera in the hands of youth. The inclusion of Victor's students’ work is a welcome addition to this years’ Through the Lens exhibition.


Sarah Fuller: My Banff


February 1 to March 30, 2014
Rummel Room

Text excerpted from original by Sarah Fuller

I’m interested in community collaboration, collective narratives and perception of place. In "My Banff", I’m thinking about the function of memory, vantage point and experience in relationship to place. Because of its location within a national park and because it has been marketed with such a high profile for so many years, Banff sometimes feels like a fake place.

What is the ‘Banff’ experience? Is it a strange mixture that combines the mountain environment with fudge shops, ski trips and nightclubs? As a resident, I am concerned with the effect these perceptions of the town have on me and the people who reside here on a more permanent basis. I think that in many ways residents became caught up in the marketing of this experience and find they are inadvertent players in a script they didn’t write.

"The Banff Bubble" in this exhibition is meant to function as a larger metaphor for the experience of living in a highly mediated place. "My Banff" is an attempt to tell my version of living in Banff, weaving together stories collected from friends, my experience and my perception of the place I call home.


Pinnacle Perspectives:
Celebrating the ACMG’s 50th Anniversary


October 18, 2013 to January 26, 2014
Main Gallery

The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) began modestly inside a small, dimly lit one-room cabin in Lac Des Arc in 1963. The nine men gathered inside represented almost all of the licensed mountain guides in Canada at that time. Since then the ACMG has grown into a highly professional and globally recognized organization that sets and maintains standards to protect the public interest in mountain travel and climbing. Celebrating the ACMG’s growth, "Pinnacle Perspectives" highlights the careers of acclaimed guides and shares stunning photographs and videos by current mountain guides.


Winter in Canada


October 18, 2013 to January 26, 2014
Main Gallery

Thoughts of winter evoke imagery of light glowing behind frosted panes, smoke spiraling above snow crusted roof tops and frozen waterways with children animated in play. Winter is a fine mood to paint. With a selection of works on loan from private and public collections, "Winter in Canada" highlights the renowned historic and contemporary Canadian artists.


Jewels: from the Whyte Museum Collections


October 18, 2013 to January 26, 2014
Rummel Room

Featuring an array of items from our diverse holdings, "Jewels: from the Whyte Museum Collections" highlights both newly acquired and rarely viewed cherished treasures from the Archives, Art, Heritage and Library collections. An eclectic selection is featured, including two works by internationally renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr (1871-1945) and a prized piece of Inuit art.


Picturing the Canadian Pacific Railway


June 8 to October 13, 2013
Main Gallery

"Picturing the Canadian Pacific Railway" showcases important Canadian historic treasures and evocative new contemporary art. Focusing on the Canadian Pacific Railway’s mainline from Calgary to Craigellachie, the Whyte Museum will draw upon its own impressive collection and combine those with fine works from public and private lenders. The exhibition features artists from the historic Canadian Pacific Railway pass program through to contemporary stars Peter von Tiesenhausen, Ciprian Mureşan and Kristopher Weinmann.


Landbuoys: Tony Bloom


April 6 to June 2, 2013
Main Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, April 6, 7 PM

"Landbuoys" features new work by internationally recognized Canmore artist Tony Bloom. Interlocked structurally galvanized geometrically balanced 3D stainless steel vessels explore the concept of stranded sentinels warning of environmental threats or as a protective mechanism to signal safe routes of passage.

“The work deals with thresholds and contradictions… constraints brought on by the shifting from a low to a mid-technology; when the round-bottomed vessels that we nestled in the sand floors of our caves don’t sit well on the flat tables of our drawing rooms.” Tony Bloom


Oscar Cahén: Canada’s Groundbreaking Illustrator


April 6 to June 2, 2013
Main Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, April 6, 7 PM

On loan from the Cahén Archives is a rare glimpse into a nationally significant and culturally important collection of work by an artist whose genius was forestalled by his early death, in 1956 at age 40. The exhibition is the first retrospective of work by Oscar Cahén and features the artist’s illustrations dating from 1931 to 1956. Of Cahén’s work, veteran art critic and author Paul Duval wrote, “Cahén’s early death may well have robbed Canada of its potentially greatest painter. No one in this country has ever shown a more complete command of the expressive resources of an artist.’”

Image: Oscar Cahén, A Cage for the Birdman, 1954, ink on illustration board (Maclean’s Magazine, October 1, 1954). Collection of the Cahén Archives


John Hartman: The Columbia in Canada

April 27 to June 2, 2013
Organized and circulated by the Kelowna Art Gallery
Rummel Room

John Hartman is one of Canada’s most widely admired senior painters whose primary interest is with landscape; interpreting the genre freely and idiosyncratically. Recently Hartman has been visiting and recording various locations along the path of the Columbia River. His watercolour paintings describe the course and enormity of the Columbia River as it flows north from its headwaters and then makes a sharp turn south eventually flowing into the United States.


Lynne Huras: Among Trees, Art Show & Sale

March 23 to May 14, 2013
The Whyte Museum Shop

The bold lines and rich colours in the landscape paintings of Lynne Huras echo her reflections on our need for nature. The heart of her inspiration is a thought she has had since childhood – when among trees, we are among friends. With the tree continuing as her primary focus, Huras will begin to push into new colours and abstraction with her work.

Maho Foster: Kofu Traditional Fabric, Store Front Show & Sale

March 16 to May 1, 2013
The Whyte Museum Shop

Kofu originally means "traditional fabric" in Japanese. Fabric artist Maho Foster uses the age old beauty of Japanese textiles such as vintage kimonos and obis (traditional Japanese sashes) to create her art. Her fiber art varies from framed artworks to funky iPod cases.

Off the Beaten Track: Caroline Hinman’s Pack Trips and Trail Tours

March 30 to April 21, 2013
Rummel Room

From 1915 to 1960, Caroline Hinman organized and led annual summer pack trips through the Canadian Rocky Mountains on her signature "Off the Beaten Track" tours. With her favorite guides and outfitters, Jim Boyce, Curly Phillips and Charlie Hunter, Hinman’s tours appealed to wealthy American teenage girls. This exhibition celebrates Hinman’s travels in the Canadian Rocky Mountains through a selection of her photographs and travel diaries.

Celebrating this exhibition, the program "Women of Willmore Wilderness: Riding the Rockies Thru Time" will take place on Thursday, April 4.

Through the Lens


February 2 to March 31, 2013
Main Gallery

Photographs by this year’s "Through the Lens" extra-curricular program participants from Banff Community High School, Canmore Collegiate High School and Morley Community School will be showcased.

Through the Lens - Encouraging Creativity in Youth

For over 15 years, participants of the five-month extracurricular photography program "Through the Lens" have gained photography skills as well as a greater understanding of the world they live in and the ability to use photography to express their understanding.

Celebrating the artistry and impact of the "Through the Lens" program a new book, "Through the Lens - Encouraging Creativity in Youth", has been released by the Whyte Museum. The book includes 130 photographs and program participant interviews and stories. An attached DVD includes the entire archive of alumni work, over 1500 photographs.

All past "Through the Lens" participants, program donors and supporters are encouraged to pick-up their free copy of the book at The Whyte Museum Shop. Books are also available for purchase, with proceeds going to support the "Through the Lens" program and Whyte Museum educational programs.

Through the Lens: A Retrospective

February 2 to March 31, 2013
Main Gallery

"Through the Lens: A Retrospective" presents a selection of images from past programs that highlight the diversity of the entire "Through the Lens" collection.

Beyond Through the Lens


February 2 to March 31, 2013

Main Gallery

"Beyond Through the Lens" shares the work of five past Through the Lens participants that have gone on to study or work in the field of photography. It was difficult to pick five photographers, as so many more continued in the field, however these diverse bodies of work best show the different ways one can explore and connect with the world through photography.

Expired Places: Bankhead, Brandy Dahrouge


February 2 to March 31, 2013

Rummel Room

This series of images were created at the old townsite of Bankhead. Light leaks into the camera and eats away at the latent images, leaving streaks of red and cyan. Similarly, time and elements slowly degrade what remains of the foundations of Bankhead. The use of long expired colour film and an unsophisticated medium format camera add to the old-world effect.

These images of Bankhead formed the beginning of Brandy’s series Expired Places, which eventually led her to Australia to further pursue this project and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography.

Oriana Rollo, Store Front Show & Sale


January 12 to March 12, 2013

The Whyte Museum Shop

Oriana uses found objects such as game tiles, broken china, and typewriter keys to create up-cycled jewellery.

Watermedia in the Rockies, Art Show & Sale


January 19 to March 21, 2013

The Whyte Museum Shop & Swiss Guides Room

Watermedia has been a traditional medium for artists in the Rocky Mountains. Keeping with tradition this show will feature the work of watermedia artists who have portrayed their love and respect for the Rocky Mountains and areas nearby.

In Light of Winter featuring Lynn Malin


November 24, 2012 to January 27, 2013
Main Gallery

"In Light of Winter" celebrates the beauty of winter in the mountains. Lynn Malin’s art explores the contrasts of winter’s cold and the need for fire to keep us warm. Her use of grids suggest how humans impose order on nature. A selection of artworks from the Whyte Museum’s collections also highlight fire and ice, providing a counterpoint to Malin’s contemporary works and further evoking Canadians' love-hate relationship with winter.

The Bugaboos – A Celebration in Story & Image


December 8, 2012 to January 27, 2013
Rummel Room

Alpinists flock from all over the globe to hike, climb and ski amongst the Bugaboos, the granite nunataks that sprout from one of the largest glacier systems in the Purcell range. Curated by Pat Morrow and produced by the Art Gallery of Golden, The Bugaboos – A Celebration in Story & Image commemorates BC Parks’ centennial and the natural and human history of Bugaboo Provincial Park.

Small Treasures, Art Show & Sale


December 1, 2012 to January 15, 2013
Whyte Museum Shop & Swiss Guides Room

Good things come in small packages! A favourite tradition of locals and visitors, the Museum hosts its annual holiday season Art Show & Sale. Choose from individual works of art or handcrafted artisan made gift items. Artists have challenged their artistic boundaries by literally thinking inside the 144 square inch box to create these winter-themed treasures.

Claire Uhlick: Paper Chic, Storefront Show & Sale


November 3, 2012 to January 8, 2013
Whyte Museum Shop

Claire Uhlick’s work with paper varies from large-scale installations, to small intricate paper sculptures, as well as a new line of folded and woven paper and parchment jewellery called “clu.”

Patti Dyment: Celebrating the Adventure, Art Show & Sale


September 29 to November 27, 2012
Museum Shop & Swiss Guides Room

Bow Valley artist Patti Dyment's work is informed by 27 years of living, playing and painting in the Canadian Rockies. This exhibition of recent oils will feature mountain landscapes both en plein air and larger studio paintings. Patti comments, "Painting the Rockies, especially plein air, is by turns, exciting, strenuous, uncomfortable and delightful.  These paintings celebrate the experience of an ongoing Rocky Mountain painting adventure."

Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art


June 16 to November 15, 2012
Main Gallery

This exhibition examines artistic representations of the Yellowstone to Yukon region with paintings and sculptures from the permanent collections of the Whyte Museum and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. An innovative field program sent acclaimed artist Dwayne Harty out to recapture and discover anew the majestic landscape and its bountiful wildlife population. For the last three summers, Harty has been painting in some of the most remote regions of the corridor, capturing landscapes that few, if any, painters have sketched firsthand. His compositions of wildlife in these wild places provides the overlay that connects all of the main ideas of the exhibit.

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) sent acclaimed artist Dwayne Harty into the field to discover anew the landscape and wildlife along the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor.  Learn more... Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

As Banff National Park's inaugural artist-in-residence, Dwayne Harty will lead sketching and painting demonstrations throughout the summer.  Learn more... Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada

Dwayne Harty's artwork is available for purchase at Banff's Willock and Sax Gallery.  Learn more... Willock & Sax Gallery

Photography from Yellowstone to Yukon


July 1 to November 4, 2012, Rummel Room

The landscape and wildlife of the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor have inspired many forms of artistic expression. Complementing the paintbrush and sculpture foundry of the Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art exhibition, this exhibit interprets this wild and beautiful region through the camera lens.

Inspired Summer Spectacles, Art Show & Sale


July 21 – September 27, 2012
Museum Shop & Swiss Guides Room

Amazing moments happen in summer! Exploration, discovery and play create inspiring spectacles. Artists will display landscape, activity and wildlife images in this summer themed Art Show & Sale.

Life is Wild - National Park Wildlife: Art Show & Sale


May 26 to July 18, 2012
Museum Shop & Swiss Guides Room

Dating back to prehistoric cave paintings, wildlife art is one of the earliest art subjects. This Art Show & Sale features images of wild mammals, birds and insects from the North American National Parks that inspire an appreciation of the sacred relationship between people and wildlife.

Norman Yates, The Space Between


March 31 to June 24, 2012
Rummel Room

Norman Yates, R.C.A., A.O.C.A., born in Calgary, Alberta, and now located in Victoria B.C., is noted for his paintings expressing the energy and spirit of the Canadian western regions, under the heading The Landspace Series.

J. B. Taylor and The Idea of Mountains


April 7 to June 10, 2012
Main Gallery

J. B. Taylor and the Idea of Mountains is a milestone exhibition and tribute to the Rockies. Shaped by the American Sublime movement, Taylor moved from the representation of nature to an intuitive perception of the essential elements of landscape – rock, water and sky – as impacted by light. Using acrylics and other media, he made a break-through from representational art to abstraction. Rather than presenting mountains and glaciers in their majesty, he captured the “idea of mountains” in a unique style.

The Rocky Mountain Photography Show -
Art Show & Sale

March 24 to May 22, 2012
Museum Shop and Swiss Guides Room

The Rocky Mountains can be an isolating environment creating nothing less than the weird and wonderful. In this Art Show & Sale photographers play with the idea of curious and fantastic scenes that result from the uniqueness of the Rocky Mountains.

Through the Lens - 15th Anniversary

February 4 to April 1, 2012
Main Gallery

In its 15th year, "Through the Lens" continues to expand the influence of photography and the creative experience by immersing Morley, Canmore and Banff high school students in the creative process of traditional and digital photography. Participants are encouraged to experiment and learn about themselves, their community and the exciting medium of visual communication through photography.

"Through the Lens" is part of EXPOSURE 2012, the Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival.

The Bread With Honey: Photographs by Andrew Querner

February 4 to April 1, 2012
Main Gallery

The While in Kosovo in 2010 pursuing a subject that never materialized, a different story presented itself. This story was of the neglected Stan Terg mine that may hold the key to a prosperous future but remains, sadly, mired in politics and economic hardship. In February 2011, Andrew Querner returned to Kosovo to start a project that he “does not consider finished.”

In the past, the Stan Terg mine located in Trepca, Kosovo was the jewel of a giant Yugoslavian mining conglomerate. Two thousand miners supplied factories and smelters throughout the country with lead, zinc and gold, among many other metals.

Today, an anemic crew of aging Albanian miners ensures a modest production schedule. With little or no economic activity in the region, miners in their 50s and 60s bear the burden of providing for their extended families.

"The Bread With Honey: Photographs by Andrew Querner" is part of EXPOSURE 2012, the Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival.

Coal Mining Stalwarts: Photographs by Lawrence Christmas

February 4 to April 1, 2012
Main Gallery

Lawrence Chrismas is a photographer, author, mining historian and storyteller living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For more than 30 years he has explored the culture of Canadian miners through his environmental portraits and thoughtful synopses of the stories of their lives.

In 1979, while Chrismas was participating in a photography masterclass with Robert Bourdeau at The Banff Centre, the Canmore Mines closed after 93 years. Lawrence was swept up in the local wave of shock. Through acquaintances he was introduced to Atillio Caffaro, a miner who had worked for fifty years at the Canmore mine and loved his job. Caffaro was his first coal miner portrait that started a life-long obsession of photographing miners and capturing their stories. What began in Canmore has led Chrismas to every coal mining community in Canada. This exhibition of miners is the first time that the Whyte Museum has shown this body of work.

"Coal Mining Stalwarts: Photographs by Lawrence Chrismas" is part of EXPOSURE 2012, the Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival.

Watermedia in the Rockies, Art Show & Sale

January 21 through March 20, 2012
Museum Shop and Swiss Guides Room

Watermedia has been a traditional medium for artists in the Rocky Mountains. Keeping with tradition this show will feature the work of watermedia artists who have portrayed their love and respect for the Rocky Mountains and areas nearby.

Kathleen Daly and the Canmore Coal Mines

February 4 to March 1, 2012
Rummel Room

Kathleen Daly discovered Canmore of the 1940s while convalescing from polio. Her artworks of coal mines and miners bring alive a very different Canmore than the one we know today.

The Stuff of Legend: The Luxton Family in Banff and the Bow Valley, Featuring High Fashion in the Rockies

Ongoing until March 1, 2012
Heritage Gallery

Celebrate the Luxtons – one of Banff’s most well-known and influential families. This exhibition is a tribute to the spirit, vision, commitment, and creative energy of one of the early pioneer families in Banff and the Bow Valley. It showcases many wonderful artifacts and photographs of the Luxton family, as well as several video vignettes produced by The Banff Centre which incorporate the recollections of Stoney elders and others who remember the Luxtons.

High Fashion in the Rockies – A surprising collection of gorgeous dresses belonging to Georgina and Eleanor – the Luxton ladies - is now featured. Rediscovered in the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation collection were dozens of beautiful dresses from 1910 through the 1960s. A small percentage of this extraordinary assortment of apparel along with accessories including gloves, purses, smoking paraphernalia, and lingerie, is on display in the Heritage Gallery.

Women of Fibre: Mary Garnham Andrews and Articulation

November 26, 2011 to January 29, 2012
Main Gallery

"Women of Fibre: Mary Garnham Andrews and Articulation" features a broad selection of the weaving of Mary Garnham Andrews, 95-year-old Banff artist and Master Weaver. While Mary’s work anchors the exhibition in the tradition of weaving, the contemporary works of Articulation, an eclectic group of fibre artists, illustrates the ongoing vibrancy of fibre arts across Canada. The works of Articulation are inspired by the Whyte Museum’s collection.

Bow Valley Fibrearts

November 26, 2011 to January 29, 2012
Rummel Room

Whether revealed through fabric, yarn or other materials, the artistic ambitions of the Bow Valley are explored in this exhibition. A selection of quilting, knitted soft sculpture and painting on silk are just some of the examples featured in this informal survey.

Small Treasures, Art Show & Sale

November 19, 2011 to January 17, 2012

Good things come in small packages! A favourite tradition of locals and visitors, the Museum hosts its annual holiday season Art Show and Sale. Choose from individual works of art or handcrafted artisan-made gift items. Artists have challenged their artistic boundaries by literally thinking inside the 144 square inch box to create these winter-themed treasures.

Women Adventurers in the Rockies

June 19 to November 15, 2011
Main Gallery

"Women Adventurers in the Rockies" tells the story of 10 women, five women from our colourful past and five contemporary women. These exceptional women range from explorers, alpine guides, and climbers to natural scientists and intellectuals. To add even more diversity, there is a warden, a warden's wife, and two backcountry hosts. Some of them are artists, photographers, politicians, or activists. They have all contributed to our unique Rocky Mountain culture. Their stories will be told through their possessions, images, and interviews.

Behind the Scenes with Nick Morant

June 19, 2011 to November 15, 2011
Rummel Room

This summer, the Whyte Museum begins the basic cleaning, conservation, cataloguing, and exhibition of the Nicholas Morant collection. The Morant collection will be exhibited in open storage throughout the summer. Visitors to the Museum will observe the complex process of bringing artifacts into the museum's collection and learn more about the roles of curators, registrars, and collections managers, the people who work behind the scenes in the musem.

Capture the Colours of Fall

October 1 to November 15, 2011

The transition between seasons in the Rockies can be dramatic and colourful as the falling temperatures result in resplendent foliage in this stunning setting. This art show and sale features works of art which successfully capture this transient beauty in the vivid colours of a special time of year.

Blossoms and Botanicals Art Show & Sale

August 6 – September 27, 2011
Opening Reception: August 6, 1 to 4 PM
Swiss Guides Room

The delicate colourful native flowers of the Alpine regions are often overlooked by the casual passerby, but the artists featured in this art show and sale pay attention to the details of their environment, and exemplify their love of nature. This show combines historical pieces by Mary Schäffer with works by contemporary artists, and includes highly-detailed botanical drawings as well as more impressionistic paintings.

Women Artists A to Z Art Show & Sale

June 4 – August 2, 2011
Opening Reception: June 4, 1 to 4 PM
Swiss Guides Room

Women artists of Alberta have long been inspired to capture the sheer beauty of their surroundings. This unique art show and sale features 19 Alberta female artists who portray their love and respect for the land. Pieces in a broad variety of styles and mediums showcase the talent of these women and feature the beauty of some of the Canadian Rockies' most admired locations.

Reckonings: Michael Cameron & Karen Maiolo

April 9 - June 12, 2011
Official Opening: April 9, 7 to 9 PM
Main Gallery

This exhibition features the work of two very active contemporary painters living in the Bow Valley. Both artists have shown at the Whyte Museum before but never in the context of a reckoning - an exhibition dealing with over a decade of what the Banff area has meant to them as home and inspiration.

White Mountain: A Tribute to Phil Michaud

April 9 - June 12, 2011
Official Opening: April 9, 7 to 9 PM
Rummel Room

This exhibition is a tribute to artist Phil (Gaspar) Michaud (1935 - 2010). Phil lived and painted in Banff from 1964 to 2001. The exhibition documents the journey of an artist from the prairies, through the foothills, to the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, and features Phil's last body of work "White Mountain."

A Retrospective of Canadian Rockies' Trail Guides

April 23 - May 30, 2011
Official Opening: April 30, 7 to 9 PM
Swiss Guides Room

Hiking guidebooks are treasured companions for most outdoor enthusiasts, and over the last four decades those exploring the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies have been blessed with a variety of choices. This exhibit celebrates the genre - from the earliest self-published books with hand-drawn maps, to the current crop of professionally designed tomes.

W J Bradley: A Sense of Place

March 4 - April 18, 2011
Opening Reception: March 4, 6 to 8 PM
Swiss Guides Room

At home in the Canadian Rockies, W J Bradley was born and raised in Banff and her images vividly depict her deep connection with place, people, and story. Four generations of Wendy's family have lived here and she continues to enjoy their legacy of community and appreciation for mountain culture. An affinity for natural places is expressed in her understanding of the landscape radiating from every brush stroke. In the spontaneity of painting 'en plein air' or in the precision of developing studio work with layers of transparent glazes with opaque accents, Wendy's paintings glow with an inner beauty. Resonating with a passion for capturing the moment and being intrinsically merged with the landscape, they reflect a sincere affection for this environment and Wendy's own sense of place in it.

Marko Modic: Alchemy

February 5 - April 4, 2011
Opening Reception: February 5, 7 to 9 PM
Main Gallery

Marko Modic is a photographer, painter, and visual artist from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Modic's enigmatic photographic works show an extreme sensibility towards perception and use of colours. He captures details of everyday objects or places and uncommonly presents them in isolation, neither in a context nor in perspective-evoking ambiguous interpretation and curiosity.

Modic has always been a person who wanted to "see," and for him "seeing" means to touch the extremes. From his understanding of the "soul" of places, unique paintings and a special photographic approach - the photographic montage - evolved. What he creates is a new spiritual space out of the layering of several photographs that act as a window to dream images.

Modic has exhibited his photomontages widely at home, in Italy, Ecuador, Argentina, and at the Barbican in London. This is his first exhibition in Canada. This exhibition is part of EXPOSURE 2011, the annual Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival.

 
Marko Modic, Canadian Rockies #78.

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Through the Lens

February 5 - April 4, 2011
Opening Reception: February 5, 7 to 9 PM
Main Gallery

In the 14th year of the Museum outreach program, Through the Lens, we continue to expand the influence of photography and the creative experience. Immersing them in the creative process of traditional and digital photography, this program encourages the participants to experiment and to learn about themselves, their community, and the exciting medium of visual communication through photography.

Students from Banff Community High School, Canmore Collegiate High School, and Morley Community School are chosen each year to participate in this exciting program and exhibition. For a four month period the students are involved in field trips, darkroom demonstrations, critiques, portrait workshops, and presentations by exhibiting photographers.

To date over 650 students have participated in Through the Lens. In partnership with the Canadian Rockies Public Schools and the Morley Community School, we are working together towards mutual goals of learning, and developing creativity and self-esteem.

 
Eira Palme, On The Edge

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Spirit of the Land and People

July 1, 2010 - April 3, 2011
Rummel Room

In the early 1980s, Parks Canada undertook a three-year program of archaeological research and mitigation in response to the twinning development of the Trans-Canada Highway. One of several prehistoric sites that were examined was the Vermilion Lake Site. Radiocarbon dating indicated that there has been human habitation in this area for over 10,000 years. Parks Canada's role in this very important discovery will be featured in the exhibition, Spirit of the Land and People. In addition, the exhibition will honour Peter and Catharine Whyte's relationship with First Nations people throughout their lives here. The museum's collection will highlight the life of their close friend Chief Walking Buffalo, who through his work as a peace activist, created important bridges between cultures.

 
Peter Whyte, Chief Walking Buffalo (George McLean), c 1930, oil on canvas, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (WyP.02.62).+-

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Bill Waterworth's Wartime Log

October 16, 2010 - March 25, 2011
Archives & Library

Born in Banff in 1922, Bill Waterworth enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the age of 18. He was shot down over the French coast on September 19, 1942, just short of completing his 33rd mission. Captured after two weeks of eluding German patrols, he was taken prisoner and spent the next three years as a POW in Lamsdorf, Germany. In 1943, the Red Cross issued each prisoner with a blank logbook. Bill used his to collect photographs, artwork by fellow prisoners, clippings, Christmas cards, and letters from home. Come experience WW II through Bill's logbook memories and audio recordings of his stories as interviewed by former Head Archivist, Ted Hart.

 
Wartime Log, pages 84 and 85

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Gathering Glass

January 22 - March 1, 2011
Opening Reception January 22, 1 to 4 PM
Swiss Guides Room

This gathering of talented glass artists explores a broad range of contemporary glass expressions and includes many types of work with glass including blown, fused, kiln-formed, pâte de verre, and lampwork. You'll find wall-mounted window panes, sculpture, jewellery, and vessels.

 
Ele-fancy

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Let it Snow featuring Pierre Lemire

October 16, 2010 – January 30, 2011
Opening Reception October 16, 2010, 7 to 9 PM
Main Gallery

Let it Snow is a celebration of the fun that snow brings to an area where winter can seem longer than all three other seasons put together. In addition to featuring snowy works by local photographer Pierre Lemire, the exhibition highlights photographs, art, and artifacts from the Whyte Museum's collection, some of which seldom emerge from the vault. Back by popular demand are Christmas cards from our collection, including those sent and received by Peter and Catharine Whyte, and cards from Mary Andrews' weaving students. When it is too cold to play outside, Let It Snow provides a warm indoor experience of winter and snow.

 
Lemire, Pigeon Feathers, Bugaboo Provincial Park, silver gelatin photograph, 2000.

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Small Treasures

November 20, 2010 – January 16, 2011
Opening Reception November 20, 1 – 4 PM
Swiss Guides Room

Good things come in small packages! The Museum Shop hosts its annual holiday season Art Show & Sale, to complement our Let It Snow exhibition. Choose from individual works of art or hand-crafted artisan-made gift items for your special someone.

 

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Abundant Alberta Art Show & Sale

September 18 – November 16, 2010
Opening Reception, September 18, 1 to 4 PM
Swiss Guides Room

The Canadian Rockies offer our visitors some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and it takes talent and years of practice to capture the essence of these majestic peaks using a brush and the traditional mediums of watercolor, oil, or acrylic paint. This is a showcase for several individuals whose artwork is truly a personal interpretation of the Canadian Rockies as their favorite subject matter.

 
Christine Ford, Castle Mountain

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Grizzly!

June 19 – October 11, 2010
Opening Reception June 20, noon to 4 PM
Main Gallery

Grizzly! features the art of contemporary artists Dale Auger, Maureen Enns, Dwayne Harty, Dan Hudson, and Cathryn and Fran Jenkins . Other artworks, artifacts, and archival materials from the Whyte Museum’s collection bring home the reality of our relationship with these beautiful and sometimes frightful creatures. From First Nations people to those of us living in the Canadian Rockies today, grizzly bears are a fact of life and symbol of the wild. The exhibition will touch upon bear-human conflict, wildlife management issues, and the impact of diminishing habitat.

This exhibition celebrates Parks Canada’s 125th Anniversary.

 
Dale Auger, Big Bear Medicine, 1998, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

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Bears, Bears, Bears

June 19 – September 14, 2010
Opening Reception, June 20, noon to 4 PM
Swiss Guides Room

Bears, both black and grizzly, are some of the most sought-after wildlife for visitors to the Canadian Rockies. Many talented artists are also inspired by them, and have captured the essence of these massive creatures which can be simultaneously amusing, fascinating, and terrifying. This Art Show and Sale provides some of this area’s most talented wildlife artists with an opportunity to share their unique personal depictions of our bruin friends in a variety of media including: painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media pieces. Many different artistic approaches and interpretations of bears are reflected, in a broad range of work appealing to all museum visitors.

 
Veronique Gay-Fraret, Grizzly Spirit, acrylic

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Bern Smith: A Tribute to the Artist

Opening Reception May 7, 7 to 9 PM
Swiss Guides Room, Art Show & Sale, May 7 – June 15, 2010
Rummel Room, Showcase Exhibition, May 7 – June 22, 2010

Both an Art Show & Sale and a Showcase Exhibition celebrate the life and art of long-time Banff resident and watercolour painter Bern Smith (1928 – 2009). This prolific painter is best known for his detailed mountain and prairie landscape paintings, but he was also a very skilled portrait painter. The Art Show & Sale in the Swiss Guides Room, features works available to purchase from his legacy of painterly sketches and studio paintings. The Showcase Exhibition in the Rummel Room, features a strong cross-section of his work with pieces from private collections. This is a unique opportunity to view Bern’s work, share your favorite memories of this colourful character of a man, and perhaps add a Bern Smith original to your collection.

Bern Smith: A Tribute to the Artist

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Robert Sinclair: Dust of Days

April 10 – June 13, 2010
Main Gallery

Opening Reception April 10, 2010 7 to 9 PM
Robert Sinclair: Dust of Days is a retrospective of Robert Sinclair’s work over the past four decades. Sinclair is a practicing Canadian artist who has exhibited professionally since 1972. He is a member of the Royal Academy of the Arts and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. “My primary mode of expression is in watercolour and acrylic stain painting developed around the landscape and botanic themes.” A significant theme of Robert's work is The Bow Valley Series, which he started late in the fall of 1996. In Sinclair’s words, “I am engaged in the painting of a perception – the perception of the extra-ordinary in the ordinary. Of the backyard flower and of the faraway mountain...of the sun and of the moon...of that which calls my heart. This is the dance I play, and my art is the visible remnant.”

Robert Sinclair, Canada Classic: Roaded Sunset, 1981, charcoal drawing with acrylic stain on raw cotton.

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A is for Alpine:
Mixed Media Illustrations by Max Elliott

April 10 – May 4, 2010

Opening Reception April 10, 2010 7 to 9 PM
This show by Banff artist Max Elliott features 26 mixed media illustrations, one for each letter of the alphabet. The illustrations celebrate activities, wildlife, and scenic attractions in the Canadian Rockies. These images were produced to illustrate a poem introducing mountain concepts to very early readers in a book to be published by Summerthought Publishing.

A is for Alpine: Mixed Media Illustrations by Max Elliott

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Olympians of the Bow Valley

November 21 - May 3, 2010
Rummel Room

Every four years, the best athletes in the world match skill and endurance in a series of contests called the Olympic Winter Games. The purposes of these games are to foster the ideal of a “sound mind in a sound body” and to promote friendship among nations. Olympic athletes are the greatest ambassadors of goodwill in the world of sports.

For decades, the Bow Valley has been home to, and a training ground for, hundreds of people who have excelled at their sport and been chosen to represent Canada at the Olympic Winter Games. The athletes chosen to participate in this exhibition are only a small selection of athletes from the Bow Valley that have represented Canada. On the eve of the upcoming games in Vancouver, B.C. in February 2010, this exhibition is a tribute to all those who are the best athletes in the world.

These athletes epitomize the Olympic motto:
Citius, Altius, Fortius
Faster, Higher, Stronger

Chandra Crawford

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Adventure Photography

January 18 – April 7, 2010
Opening Reception February 6, 2010, 7 – 9 PM

An opportunity to purchase contemporary adventure photographs by amazingly talented photographers, this showcase features a diversity of activities, from skiing to hiking to ice climbing. These images capture the passion for and interaction with the mountains by men and women who enjoy playing and working in the Rockies.
All photographs are matted using 100% archival museum board. The photographer’s name and copyright are included on the back of each print. These prints are NOT framed, but are ready for framing. The prints are produced by the Whyte Museum from the original transparency, negative, or digital capture. Except for the original silver gelatin photographs included, all prints are printed digitally on an Epson 4800 printer using archival ILFORD Galerie Gold Fibre Silk inkjet photo paper.

All proceeds from the sale of these works will support the artists, and the Whyte Museum’s exhibitions and programming.

Kainai: People of The Blood, Photographs
by George Webber

February 6 – April 4, 2010
Main Gallery
Opening Reception February 6, 2010, 7 – 9 PM

Shaped like a broken arrowhead pointing southwest, Alberta’s Blood Reserve was created in 1877. The reserve is Canada’s largest, home to some 9,000 people. Those who live there call themselves Kainai which means “many chiefs,” a reference to the clan system once used by the tribe. Early traders called them the Blood in reference to the richly-coloured red markings the people used on their faces during spiritual ceremonies.

Since 1992 George Webber has made photographs on the reserve, journeying “from the land of the dog to the land of the wolf.” Ritual, celebration, and the hard facts of everyday life are the themes Webber explores in his intimate photographs of darkness and hope.

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Out of Place, Photographs
by Bill Anderson

February 6 – April 4, 2010
Main Gallery
Opening Reception February 6, 2010, 7 – 9 PM

After spending 25 years exploring traditional large format photography and alternative printmaking techniques, including Gum Bichromate, Cyanotype, and Platinum, Bill has chosen digital acquisition and printing to realize this body of new work.
The force behind creating these images was born out of a desire to harmonize elements often avoided in the search for a perfect, or untroubled brand of beauty, and from Bill’s growing interest in abstract expressionism. To consider these themes, and with aesthetics being a primary concern, it was often necessary to re-establish spatial, tonal, and color relationships, by treating each important element separately. Once reconstructed, the paradoxes of, for example, near and far, the manufactured and the organic, the transient and the immutable, combined to create a new context and, hopefully, a heightened sense of place. Now, a no wake sign or counterbalance may flit between their figurative roots and non-objectivity; and a scoreboard’s scrawled message can better harmonize with nature’s.

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Through the Lens

February 6 – April 4, 2010
Main Gallery
Opening Reception February 6, 2010, 7 – 9 PM

Over the past 13 years more than 500 students have participated in Through the Lens, an exciting program and exhibition for local and international students. It immerses them in the creative process of photography, and encourages them to experiment and learn about themselves, their community, and the exciting medium of visual communication.
In 2009, Erin Wallace, photographer and Through the Lens alumni, worked with students while travelling in Novovolynsk, Ukraine. Selections of these photographs will be included together with photographs taken by students from Banff Community High School, Canmore Collegiate High School, and Morley Community School.

This Whyte Museum outreach program continues to expand the influence of photography and the creative experience.

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Whyte Winter Wonderland featuring Mountains in Winter by Takao Tanabe

November 21 – January 31, 2010
Main Gallery
Opening Reception November 21, 7 – 9 PM

Winter is a way of life in the Canadian Rockies, where we can usually rely on seeing at least some snow for 10 months of the year. Because it is so omnipresent, people who live in the mountains celebrate winter. This exhibition is part of that celebration.

The exhibition features 14 new watercolour works by Takao Tanabe. These images capture the feel of winter in the Canadian Rockies. Tanabe spent several winters teaching at The Banff Centre in the 1970s and 80s. It was a later artists’ residency there, funded by a Fleck Fellowship, that inspired these winter artworks. As a response to this selection, we have included watercolour paintings and prints by other artists from the Whyte Museum’s collection, who have also celebrated winter in their work.

Skiing is a different kind of winter celebration. Skoki Lodge was one of the earliest backcountry lodges that provided access to great ski slopes before ski lifts were invented. From 1931 to 1933, Peter and Catharine Whyte ran Skoki Lodge and documented winter there in their paintings. A selection of these works, and a few wooden skis, add another dash of both winter and whimsy to the exhibition.

Christmas is a major celebration for many people who live here because we can always rely on a white Christmas. At one time, everyone sent Christmas cards and Peter and Catharine Whyte were no exception. Their cards were original artworks by both Peter and Catharine, and their Christmas letters added an annual glimpse into their lives here. In return, they received artworks from other artists, such as the legendary Jimmy Simpson. The tradition of creating art cards continued with other Banff artists like Mary Andrews, who contributed a beautiful collection of Christmas cards sent to her by her students. The compilation of Christmas cards in this exhibition reminds us of an art form that may die with the growth of electronic correspondence.

Whyte Winter Wonderland, featuring Mountains in Winter by Takao Tanabe, is an eclectic celebration of winter in the Canadian Rockies.

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Small Treasures

November 14, 2009 – January 13, 2010
Opening Reception November 14, 2009, 1 – 4 PM

Good things come in small packages! The Museum Shop will host three companion shows as part of our Whyte Winter Wonderland exhibition. You’ll find unique gifts to purchase for the holiday season with choices from this special art show and sale. Choose from individual works of art, created especially for “art by the square foot,” or a selection of hand-crafted artisan-made gift items for your special someone. Vote on submissions for our new one-of-a-kind holiday greeting card competition. Both the People’s Choice and Staff Choice winners will be added to next year’s collection of holiday cards.

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The Stuff of Legend: The Luxton Family in Banff and the Bow Valley

April 26, 2008 - November 20, 2009
Heritage Gallery

Through their strength of character and extraordinary lives, the Luxton and McDougall families helped bring the small mountain community of Banff and the Bow Valley to the world. At the same time, they brought the world to Banff. This exhibition is a tribute to the spirit, vision, commitment and creative energy of one of the early pioneer families in Banff and the Bow Valley.

With a keen sense that he was creating history, Norman Luxton, adventurer, entrepreneur and Banff booster, amassed his family’s history. His daughter, Eleanor, historian, scholar and educator, became the chronicler and preserver of the family’s history, as well as the human and natural heritage of this region.

This is their story. It is truly the stuff of legend.

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Bateman Litho & Print Showcase

September 10 – November 10, 2009

Due to the popularity of our recent exhibition of Robert Bateman original paintings, the Museum Shop will host a selection of Bateman’s original lithographs and limited editions prints for sale and on display in the Museum Shop, and the Swiss Guides Room. You’ll find a treasure trove of popular Bateman images and a broad variety of subject matter by one of Canada’s master artists.

A Way of Life, A Legacy to Protect:
100 Years of the Warden Service

September 12 – November 15, 2009
Opening Reception September 12, 2009, 7 – 9 PM

Rummel Room

We are pleased to partner with the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, Parks Canada, the Town of Banff, and the Warden’s Alumni in celebrating the proud history of the Warden Service during the year of its 100th anniversary.This exhibition tells the story of the warden service during the time when each park was divided into districts, each with a warden headquarters in the form of a simple log cabin. Cabins, horses, packsaddles, and a life of isolation, exemplified the warden experience during that era. We have added the story of the Warden’s climbing expedition which was part of the celebration for the 1985 centennial of the establishment of Canada’s national park system. The exhibition also emphasizes the essential supporting role of Wardens’ families. In addition, we retell the story of Windy Lodge – No. 3 Warden Patrol Cabin, situated on the Museum’s riverside grounds, one of the first one-room warden patrol cabins.


Warden Family

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Jan Kabatoff
Glacier: A Journey

September 12 – November 11, 2009
Opening Reception September 12, 2009 7 – 9 PM
Main Gallery

The ephemeral nature of ice has always fascinated Jan Kabatoff, and in light of her concerns about global warming and what it means to the future of the planet’s fresh water supply, her research has turned to the glacier. Since 2005, she has trekked to seven different glaciers on three continents – being in the presence of immense bodies of -˜living’ ice – moving, shifting, growing, melting, and receding. She has heard and recorded the sound of glaciers -˜speaking’ – in the murmuring of surface water, the roaring of water in mill wells, the booming sound of ice calving into lakes. This multi-media installation utilizes painting, mould impressions, hand-dyed textiles, photography, and an audio symphony of global glacial voices, to create a palpable sensory experience.


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Nature in the Moment
A Group Photography Art Show & Sale

July 31 – September 8, 2009
Whyte Museum Shop and Swiss Guides Room
Opening Reception Friday, July 31, 1 – 4 PM

Nature provides many glimpses of beauty and grandeur – if we are lucky enough to be in the right place, at the right time. Photographers know this well. A cloud passes overhead, the wind comes up, the subject moves, and the moment is gone. Come see the work of a variety of photographers who have mastered the right moment. The click of their shutter has captured stunning fleeting moments for eternity – a raindrop reflecting the forest around it, a wispy thread of cloud painting the Brule Range, a butterfly alighting on a spring blossom.

Photographers include:
Roy Andersen, Banff
Conrad Habing, Canmore
Brian Johnstone, Banff
Pierre Lemire, Field, B.C.
Mike Montana, St. Albert
Roberta Murray, Rocky Mountain House
Tammy Leigh Saunders, St. Albert
Leon Strembitsky, Wetaskiwin

All proceeds from the sale of these works will support the artists, and the Whyte Museum’s exhibitions and programming.

 

A Fossil Paradise: The Discovery of the Burgess Shale by Charles D. Walcott

July 6 – September 7, 2009
Main Gallery

One hundred years ago a discovery was made near Field, B.C. that drastically changed our view of the history of life on Earth. A Fossil Paradise: The Discovery of the Burgess Shale by Charles D. Walcott, is an exploration of the Burgess Shale’s early excavations. The exhibition includes vintage panoramic photos, site artifacts, and a profile of the man who made the great discovery as told by his personal field notes and letters. Considered one of the most important finds in paleontology, the Burgess Shale (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Yoho National Park) was humankind’s first view into some of the most ancient animals to inhabit our planet over 500 million years ago. Charles D. Walcott was Fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution when he discovered the Burgess Shale. He visited the site regularly until at age 74, he had collected over 65,000 specimens. This touring exhibition includes objects from the Smithsonian Institution, the Royal Ontario Museum (which holds the world’s largest collection of Burgess Shale specimens), and Parks Canada.

Smithsonian Institution

Royal Ontario Museum

Parks Canada


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The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is especially grateful to Parks Canada for their support in bringing this exhibition to Banff. For more information about Parks Canada and the Burgess Shale,
visit  The Burgess Shale

Parks Canada

 

The Art of Robert Bateman

May 2 - September 7, 2009

THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN is coming to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies! This is your opportunity to see a collection of his work covering the breadth of his awe-inspiring career.

Recognized by peers world-wide as the most influential wildlife painter of his time, Robert Bateman is an artist whose work encompasses many subjects ranging from architecture, the human figure, land and waterscapes, modes of transportation, still lives, portraiture, jewellery and sculpture. Consequently, THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN has been created to showcase the magnificent scope and versatility of Robert Bateman.

Come and feast your eyes on nearly 50 of his signature artworks, including oils and acrylics, bronze sculpture, works on paper plus the artist’s personal sketchbooks, books and videos.

SELECTIONS FROM THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN, produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D. Curator/Tour Director.  Exhibition tour information is available from Exhibition Tour Office, David J. Wagner, L.L.C., (414) 221-6878, davidjwagnerllc@yahoo.com, american-wildlife-art.com and robertbateman.ca

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Celebrate Sunshine

June 27 – July 29, 2009
Whyte Museum Shop and Swiss Guides Room
Opening Reception Saturday, June 27, 1 – 4 PM

New works by a variety of artists, plus photographs of Mary Schäffer wildflower drawings and Annora Brown watercolours, from our collections. Come celebrate the beauty of the alpine environment surrounding the Sunshine Village area.

New works by:
Lorna Dockstader, Calgary
Patti Dyment, Canmore
Judith E. Hall, Calgary
Jannis Allan Hare, Banff
David Harrison, Calgary
R. Duane Hendricks, Calgary
Helena Knos, Canmore
Zelda Nelson, Canmore
Jean Pilch, Calgary
Elaine Tweedy, Sherwood Park
All proceeds from the sale of these works will support the artists, and the Whyte Museum’s exhibitions and programming.

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Art Show & Sale

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Featuring the Work of Erica Neumann
April 2 - June 24, 2009
Whyte Museum Shop and Swiss Guides Room

Opening Reception Saturday April 4, 2 – 4 pm, Artist in Attendance
The wildlife, landscape, and floral artwork of Erica Neumann will be featured by the Museum Shop of the Whyte Museum, and on display in the Swiss Guides Room. As a long-time resident of Canmore now residing in Okotoks, much of Erica’s work is dedicated to the Rockies and Western Canadian wildlife. Each image carries with it not only a strong tie to nature, but also a specific story about a time and place captured permanently in Erica’s painterly images. All proceeds from the sale of these works will support the artist, and the Whyte Museum’s exhibitions and programming.

Edward Burtynsky: The Residual Landscapes

February 7 – April 26, 2009

SPECIAL NOTE: As indicated, Edward Burtynsky: The Residual Landscapes is on display until April 26. To accommodate the exhibition of Through the Lens, opening on March 25, a selection of Burtynsky’s work will be relocated to half of the Main Gallery.

Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in my work. I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; from stone, to minerals, oil, transportation, silicon, and so on. To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.

These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire - a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are in the collections of several major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York.


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Through the Lens

March 26 - April 26, 2009
Opening Reception:   March 25, 2009, 7 to 9 pm
Kids and creativity go together no matter where they are in the world.

In the 12th year of this Museum photographic outreach program, Through the Lens, we continue to expand the influence of photography and the creative experience.

In 2008, photographers Karen McDiarmid and Dianne Bos worked with students while travelling abroad. Karen worked with Tibetan students living in exile in Dharamsala, India and Dianne with students in Papua New Guinea. A selection of their photographs will be included in this exhibition together with students from Banff Community High School, Canmore Collegiate High School, Morley Community School and Lord Beaverbrook High School, Calgary.

To date, over 450 students have participated in this program. Through the Lens encourages students to experiment and to learn about themselves, their community, and the exciting medium of visual communication through photography.


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OUT THERE! Adventure Photography Art Show & Sale

January 29 - March 24, 2009
Sponsored by: Out There: The Active Lifestyle Community, visit www.liveoutthere.com

OUT THERE! Adventure Photography is a unique opportunity to purchase photographic prints by 50 amazingly talented local photographers. All proceeds from the sale of these works will support the artists themselves, and the Whyte Museum’s exhibitions and programming.

For over one hundred years photography has been used to document and record people’s travels and adventures in the Canadian Rockies. This exhibition of contemporary photographs shows a diversity of activities, from paragliding to hiking to ice climbing. These images capture the passion and interaction with the mountains by men and women who enjoy playing and working in the Rockies.

Photographers: Will Gadd, Sara Rainford, Pat Morrow, Barry Blanchard, Nancy Hansen, Laurie Skreslet, Sharon Wood, Tim Auger, Dan Hudson, Jerry Kobalenko, Sarah Fuller, Brad White, Richard Berry, Sue Webb, Andrew Hardingham, Robert Sandford, Barry Ferguson, Eric Kuhn, Lloyd Gallagher, David Stark, Baiba Morrow, Mark Gallup, Lynn Martel, Chic Scott, Roy Andersen, Glen Crawford, Alf Skraskins, Eddie Hunter, Pam Doyle, Bill Marsh, John Amatt, Colleen Campbell, John Gibson, Craig Douce, Pierre Lemire, DL Cameron, Glen Boles, Andrew Querner, Marc Piche, Christa-Lee Mitchell, Greg Yavorsky, Joanna Croston, Ernie Kroeger, Dianne Bos, Guy Clarkson, Vi Sandford, Michael Buckley, Nicholas Rapaich, Douglas MacLean, Gery Unterasinger.

Museum Art Show & Sale

October 31, 2008 – January 27, 2009

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is offering you an opportunity to purchase unique artwork by 14 talented Alberta artists featured in the Museum Art Show & Sale. Featured artists include; Barbara Amos, Tanya Bouchard, Kim Bruce, Catherine Hardie-Wigram, Lynne Huras, Priscilla Janes, Deanna Lavoie, Deborah Lougheed Sinclair, Gisa Mayer, Wayne Milburn, Zelda Nelson, Erica Neumann, Fonda Sparks and Liz Wiltzen.

All proceeds to support the artists and Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies exhibitions and programming.


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Marilyn Monroe in the Mountains

November 29, 2008 - January 6, 2009
Lobby Exhibition

Glitz, glory and glamour.  There's no better way to summarize 1953 - the year when Hollywood came north to Alberta's Bow Valley. Bigwig movie producers, directors, and actors all flocked to Canada's mountains to create box-office hits. Saskatchewan starring Alan Ladd and Shelley Winters, The Far Country featuring Jimmy Stewart and perhaps the most best known of them all, River of No Return starring the world's most famous actress - Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn set tongues wagging when the Banff newspaper announced she was coming to town. Locals and tourists stood and watched the blonde bombshell shoot the movie along the Bow River. The film crew spent 50 days shooting the western in and on the banks of the icy mountain stream. During production, Marilyn sprained her ankle and bellboys at the Banff Springs Hotel would flip a coin every morning to see who would be the lucky fella to push the star around in her wheelchair. That's just one of the many memories of Marilyn Monroe in the Mountains.

Come to Banff and explore the stories of her visit. The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is thrilled to present this special lobby exhibition of photos, an original movie poster and more.

The Group of Seven to Takao Tanabe...Inspiring Landscape

May 24 - October 13, 2008
Main Gallery

Many great Canadian landscape artists taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts, now The Banff Centre, from the 1930s to the 1980s. From A. Y. Jackson to Takao Tanabe, all of the artists who taught here were inspired by the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains of Alberta. They, in turn, inspired the work of their students, contemporaries and followers. This exhibition presents the work of artists who taught landscape art in Banff, beginning with a member of the Group of Seven and culminating with Takao Tanabe, but also including examples from other long-serving instructors such as A. C. Leighton, Walter J. Phillips and H. G. Glyde. Some came only briefly, but others spent a major part of their careers at the Banff School of Fine Arts.

At one end of the spectrum was A. Y. Jackson, who spent many seasons teaching in Banff in the 1940s, capturing the spirit of the prairies and mountains alike. At the other end, was Takao Tanabe who turned to the plains for his greatest inspiration, and it was during his time in Banff (1973 -1980) that he embarked on his innovative series The Land.

As much as possible, works have been drawn from the collection of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, but we also thank the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Art Gallery of Alberta, The Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery, Glenbow Museum, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery of the University of British Columbia, Government House Foundation Collection and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection for their support of The Group of Seven to Takao Tanabe -  Inspiring Landscape.