December 6-22, 2016 and January 3-7, 2017
Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 7-10 p.m.
In 1912, Mary M. Vaux, a photographer, painter, and botanist from Philadelphia, wrote of her mountain ventures: "A day on the trail, or a scramble over the glacier, or even with a quiet day in camp to get things in order for the morrow's conquests? Some how when once this wild spirit enters the blood...I can hardly wait to be off again." Vaux's compulsion was shared by many women whose intellects and imaginations rose to the challenge of the Canadian Rockies between the late-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. This Wild Spirit: Redux presents a sampling of these women’s creative responses – in photography, painting, cartography, and writing – to that magnificent land and its cultures.
This Wild Spirit: Redux is an abridged installation of This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, exhibited by the FAB Gallery in March 2008 marking the University of Alberta’s Centenary. Designer: Bernd Hildebrandt. Curator: Colleen Skidmore, based on her book This Wild Spirit (University of Alberta Press, 2006).
Curious Arts: This Wild Spirit: Redux