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Galt Museum shows history of Lethbridge photo-journalism in Extra! Extra exhibit

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Extra, Extra, read all about it— The Galt Museum focuses their lens on photojournalism from the Lethbridge Herald in a new exhibit,“ Extra! Extra! Eras of Photojournalism in Lethbridge which runs until Aug. 4.

Guest curator  Tess McNaughton  condensed an online exhibit Bobbie Fox  has been working on since Covid, into a set of panels and photos from Herald photographers Lloyd Knight and Orville Brunelle who were working in the ’40s and ’50s and David Rossiter and Ian Martens who represent the transitional era.

Guest curator Tess McNaughton looks at one of the photos in Extra! Extra! Eras of Photojournalism in Lethbridge. photo by Richard Amery


 The exhibit puts the lens on how photojournalism has  changed through the Analogue Era, Transitional Era, and Digital Era and how it has transitioned from analog cameras with film and darkrooms to the digital era where photojournalists are also expected to be multi-media journalists.


“We have a very large collection of photographs from the Lethbridge Herald, about 100,000 of them. We focussed on four photographers who have all won awards and showed the transition through the eras,” said Bobbie Fox, who noted she began working on the exhibit during the pandemic.

“ It really captures these photographer’s works,” Fox said.


“ These are all photographers who  have won awards  for their work,” Fox said, noting examples of some of these award photographs are included in the exhibit. She observed the exhibit covers photography from most of the twentieth century until now as Orville  Brunelle worked for the Herald from  the 1950s to ”70s before starting his own photography studio.


Galt Museum examines the impact of Ukrainian culture in Southern Alberta

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The Galt Museum  explores the influence of Ukrainian  culture in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta with their new  exhibit “Transplanted  Sunflowers: the Ukrainian  Immigrant  Experience.

 The exhibit focuses on seven influential individuals and organizations that have kept eyes on Ukrainian Culture.


Bobbie Fox examines the Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers display from Transplanted Sunflowers. Photo by Richard Amery

“We highlight seven different individuals or organizations which really important to the  Southern Alberta Community,” summarized co-curator Bobbie Fox, who worked on the exhibit with co-curator  Hannah Yuzwa to create different panels on the walls of the  Galt Museum foyer outside the main exhibit room featuring groundbreaking photographers, the Gushul family, Troyanda  Ukrainian dance company and Anastasia Serada, who   was one of the first dancers when the troupe formed in 1994.  Project Sunflower which  is an organization set up  right after the current war against Russia to help resettle Ukrainian families; legendary NHL hockey player Vic Stasiuk and Mary Romanuk

 In addition to informational panels, there is also an exhibit featuring some of the traditional Ukrainian clothing worn by the Troyanda Dancers and videos plus a panel about the crisis in Ukraine.


“Thomas and Lina Gushul set up a photography. business when they moved to Coleman in 1906. Thomas and his son developed photographic techniques that are still used today. They chronicled life in the early twentieth century,”  said Fox, noting  the most famous photograph is reproduced for the exhibit, is of the Green Hill gas mine in 1945.

 He wanted to photograph the mine, but couldn’t use flash because he didn’t want to blow everything up. So the miners strategically placed their lanterns and it became known as ‘painting with light,’ Fox continued.

 “Evan worked at the research centre. He developed a lens that could be used in -40 weather and that could be used to photograph insects so they could be examined in great detail,” she said.


 The Troyanda Dancers are part of the exhibit.

 The Galt Museum will be hosting several presentations including a pirogie making workshop, Nov. 10.

“Troyanda are a wonderful story. They contribute a lot to the community with their performances and cooking workshops. They also do performances in schools because Ukrainian culture is part of the Grade 3 Social Studies curriculum,” Fox said.

Anastasia Sereda gets the spotlight as well.


Galt Museum exhibit tells colonial school survivors’ stories in their own words

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The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Day was on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean you should only think about  the effects of colonial school systems on First Nations for just the one day a year.

Tyler Stewart shows the Kainai Children: Stories of Survival exhibit at the Galt Museum. Photo by Richard Amery

 Two new exhibits at the Galt Museum share the stories and experiences of  residential school survivors. The traveling exhibit “Escaping Residential Schools: Running for their Lives” is a national touring exhibition developed by Ontario organization the Legacy of Hope Foundation  over the past 20 years. It uses interactive audio and informational panels to tell the stories of seven  residential school survivors’ experience to deliver more national  perspective.


They tell the stories of their experiences  in their own words and as well as the experiences of several children who ran away from the schools, some of who perished and some of the politicians responsible for the schools.


  The local exhibit, Stolen Kainai Children: Stories of Survival, developed by University of Lethbridge sociology professor  Apooyak’ii/Dr. Tiffany Hind Bull-Prete brings the issue h right home to Southern Alberta,  breaking down the  six different types of colonial schools designed to   assimilate native children into the white world, of which residential schools were just one, and telling the stories of Southern Alberta survivors  who  went to different schools everywhere from Standoff to Calgary.


Lethbridge OnScreen film festival to showcase local talent and Indigenous artists

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Major cities like Calgary and Toronto have film festivals, so why not Lethbridge? Lethbridge has a thriving arts scene including a vibrant film community, so some of our talent and a lot of First Nations talent will be part of  the Lethbridge On Screen Film Festival, running at the Movie Mill and Galt Museum, Sept. 23 and 30, which happily coincides with Arts Days, Alberta Arts and Culture Day and Truth and Reconciliation Day.


“There is something for everyone. There’s short films, animation, silent films and more. And for Truth and Reconciliation days all of the films will be from Indigenous artists,“ enthused film co-ordinator Tess Mitchell, who has been putting the festival together for the past three months.



“I’m really excited about it. I’ve been involved in in  films since I was 16 when I was tearing tickets and making popcorn. This festival is going to be really beautiful and really special,” said the Lethbridgian, adding she has been part if the film industry in Canada and the United Kingdom for 20 years including a stint working for the  Edinburgh Film festival.


“The film industry in Lethbridge and Alberta is growing rapidly, and this film festival will bring some incredible movies to the screen in Lethbridge for the first time. All the work for the Lethbridge OnScreen Film Festival is by underrepresented communities to make more space for their vital and powerful contribution to the film industry,” she said.


 Most of the over 20 contributions are newer films including Darlene Naponse’s “ Stellar” and Anthony  Shim’s feature “Riceboy Sleeps” which were part of the TIFF film festival in Toronto earlier this month, though some of the Indigenous films are from the 1960s.


Theatre Outré history explored in new Galt Museum exhibit

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Theatre Outré made history not only as Lethbridge’s first 2SLGBTQ theatre company but lasting 10 years. Now they are part of history with an exhibit opening today at The Galt Museum outlining their  history.

“ I don’t feel old enough to be considered part of history,” laughed Deonie Hudson, interim  artistic director for Theatre Outré, whose collection of suitcases full of props, costumes and paraphernalia for each show the company has done  was the source of  the items in the exhibition.


 Hudson, who has been part of Theatre Outré  for eight years, observed the exhibit is a good way to mark the end of an era.

“ It’s the beginning of the next chapter,” Hudson said.


 The exhibit features props, and costumes, plus interactive informational panel boards for every one of the theatre company’s shows they have performed  over their first 10 years.


Jay White head with a new  Galt Museum exhibit celebrating Theatre Outré's history. Photo by Richard Amery

Theatre Outré moved out of their downtown space after their tenth season ended.


“ Most local theatre companies don’t have their own spaces. So we’ll be doing more found theatre,” said Hudson, thanking the Owl Acoustic Lounge and Good Times for hosting some of their events.

 She noted they have already performed  a few productions in found  spaces, like under 10,000 Villages and has taken their shows on the road to as faraway as Ireland.


 Theatre Outré veteran Brett Dahl, who has performed in several Theatre Outré  show like “Like Orpheus” takes the helm of the company beginning in September.

Hudson hopes   the exhibit will inspire other artists to  step out of their comfort zone and  make art.


 Curator Jason Ranaghan was excited to put together this exhibition, starting work on it in January.


“I did  a lot of research. I wanted to celebrate the  history of  this queer theatre company,” he said at a press call.

“ I’ve been looking at Theatre Outré from the outside for several years,” he continued.

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