Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Flathead art exhibit coming to Pincher Creek

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Artwork from one of North America’s last unsettled valleys is coming to Pincher Creek. The Flathead Art Exhibit features paintings from British Columbia’s (B.C.) Flathead River Valley, a wildlife-rich landscape adjacent to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The exhibit will be on display at the Lebel Gallery (696 Kettles Street) from November 6 to November 22.

A special public opening for the exhibit will be held on November 8th from 2 pm to 4 pm. The event will include a talk by Laura Nelson, a Flathead artist, who will share her personal experience of painting this stunning valley, and Krystal Northey, from Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), who will highlight the vision behind the campaign to protect it.

The exhibit, a unique mix of conservation and art, was born in 2012, when ten scientists and six artists descended on the Flathead to document its unusual biodiversity and explore its natural beauty.

The trip resulted in 13 paintings depicting B.C.’s Flathead, a valley that has been described as one of the most ecologically important places on the planet. The exhibit includes works from B.C.-based artists Laura Nelson, Tara Higgins, Joseph Cross, Denise Lemaster, and Simon Haiduk. It also features works from Canadian artist Dwayne Harty, who is now based out of Jackson, Wyoming.

The Flathead River Valley is at the centre of international conservation efforts. Long recognized as the missing piece of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the Flathead is a critical connection for wildlife in the Rocky Mountains. Permanently protecting the Flathead will preserve a critical link in a wildlife corridor stretching from Montana’s Glacier National Park to the Banff protected areas complex.

Y2Y coordinated the display of the artwork in conjunction with the Lebel Gallery. Pincher Creek will be the last stop of the exhibit’s Southern Alberta tour, which has also been on display in Canmore and Banff.

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