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Opening reception 7pm September 14, 2018

Exhibit hours: Noon to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, September 15 to 29

Or by appointment: 780-499-7635

This is the final exhibit at the Jackson Power Gallery – come and be a part of history

Image (altered): Provincial Archives of Alberta #GR1983.0421

I am excited to be exhibiting alongside these exceptional artists.  Each of us works in the subject areas of memory and land, and my contribution to the exhibit is also one of my projects as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate.

My installation is the result of my recent research at The Edmonton City Archives and the Provincial Archives of Alberta.  During the early 20th century, Gladys Reeves and other citizens advocated for the beautification of Edmonton and the preservation of our natural ravines and river valley.

This concern is being revisited today with the pressures of potential development that are putting this treasured natural asset of Edmonton at risk.

I was especially inspired by Gladys Reeves, who was most active from the 1920s to the 1940s, encouraging Edmonton’s citizens and politicians to take pride in the city’s natural beauty and help to preserve it and beautify the urban landscape.

Among other achievements, we can thank Gladys and her Edmonton Tree Planting Committee for planting by hand thousands of the mature elms and other beautiful trees that grace our boulevards today.

 I would like to thank the Edmonton Historical Board and the Edmonton Heritage Council for their support.

 I will be posting more about this exhibit over the next few weeks.

Posted by Marlena Wyman