PERMANENT EXHIBIT

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THIS IS OUR FERNIE

On the surface, Fernie might seem like any mountain resort town: beautiful vistas, interesting shops, and a busy ski hill.

If you look deeper, you will find a rich and dramatic history. It was a diverse and resourceful lot that toughed it out to build a life in Fernie. Their hardships and achievements created powerful bonds of community that have held fast for over a century.

Our core exhibit, This Is Our Fernie, explores the many events that have helped shaped Fernie, including the legend of a curse, fires that destroyed the town and mining disasters that took fathers and sons.

EXPLORING THE EXHIBIT

  • Pick one of Fernie’s Faces and explore the story of Fernie through their eyes
  • Follow the timeline of Fernie’s evolution through booms, busts, successes and tragedies
  • Discover our work/life balance in We Work Hard, We Play Hard
  • Explore more beyond the walls of the museum in our community and mountain trails. Fernie never fails to awe, inspire and surprise our visitors.

CURRENT EXHIBIT

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I AM FERNIE

MARCH 2 TO MAY 30, 2017

From the earliest days of the daguerreotype in the mid-1850s, photographic portraiture has helped to commemorate events such as graduations or weddings, or to mark personal milestones. Kyle Hamilton, a local photographer, has sought to document the every-day face of Fernie from 2015 to 2017 by capturing Fernie residents (full time and part time?) in portraits taken in the midst of daily life, whether they have lived in Fernie for a lifetime or five minutes.

Part of the Fernie Museum and the Fernie Art Station’s Canada 150 Cultural Series, which also includes:

  • Fernie Artography | June 15 to September 4, 2017
  • Fernie Treasurers and Curiosities | September 14, 2017 to March 31, 2018
  • Connections: The Canadian Youth identity Project | April 27 to May 13, 2017

Visit the exhibit’s interactive online guide.


PRESENTED WITH SUPPORT BY:

  • Columbia-Kootenay Cultural Alliance
  • Province of BC | Resort Municipality Initiative
  • City of Fernie
  • Park Place Lodge

Opening Reception:  March 2 | 7:00 to 9:00 pm | Cash bar.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS

FERNIE ARTOGRAPHY

JUNE 15 to SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

How wanderlust and resident artists contribute to our understanding of Fernie’s natural, social/cultural and built landscapes is the subject of this proposed exhibit, Fernie Artography. The exhibit draws on a wealth of artistic material from the works of Canadian artists A.Y. Jackson and David Paton to local contemporary visual artists such as Laura Nelson, Pat Moore, Glenys Takala, Patrick Markle and Melanie MacVoy, and video artists such as Gwen McGregor. The artists will each share their personal connection and stories related to their work shared in the interactive online exhibit guide. Programming includes an exhibit opening, curator’s talk, plein air artist workshops, storytelling workshops and author/poetry readings.

Part of the Fernie Museum and the Fernie Art Station’s Canada 150 Cultural Series, which also includes:

I Am Fernie | March 2 to May 30, 2017
Fernie Treasurers and Curiosities | September 14, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Connections: The Canadian Youth identity Project | April 27 to May 13, 2017

Visit the exhibit’s interactive online guide.


PRESENTED WITH SUPPORT BY:

Columbia-Kootenay Cultural Alliance
Province of BC | Resort Municipality Initiative
City of Fernie
Park Place Lodge


Opening Reception: June 15 | 7:00 to 9:00 pm | Cash bar.

PAST EXHIBITS

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HOSMER: BOOM, BUST AND WAR

OCTOBER 13, 2016 to FEBRUARY 13, 2017

The exhibit traces the history of Hosmer from its establishment in 1906 as the one of only two coal mining communities in the Elk Valley not owned and operated by the Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Company to its near demise following the closure of the mine in 1914 to its life as a hamlet today.  At its peak, over 1,200 people called Hosmer home. The exhibit also examines how the beginning of World War I further drained the remaining population, both with men signing up with the 54th East Kootenay Battalion  and “enemy aliens” being taken to an internment camp located in another Elk Valley ghost town, Morrissey.


PRESENTED WITH SUPPORT OF

  • Province of BC | BC Arts Council and Resort Municipality Initiative
  • Regional District of East Kootenay, Area A
  • Columbia-Kootenay Cultural Alliance
  • City of Fernie
  • Park Place Lodge

Opening Reception:  October 13, 2016 | 7:00 to 9:00 pm | Cash bar.

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CURRENTS:  AN ARTISTIC EXPLORATION OF THE ELK RIVER

JUNE 17 TO AUGUST 28, 2016

The Elk River has multiple identities.
It is a river named Wasaʔki by the Ktunaxa people, fed by the ancient Petain Glacier.
It is a source of sustenance and energy.
It is a place valued by residents and visitors alike for recreation and fishing.\
It is the lifeblood of our communities.
The Elk River is central to who we are and what we do. This multi-disciplinary art exhibition explores how this precious resource shapes and defines our region.


Opening Reception | June 17, 2016, 7:00 pm

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PEACE PARK PERSPECTIVES

FEBRUARY 26 TO MAY 30, 2016

In 1932 Waterton Lakes National Park (Alberta, Canada) was combined with the Glacier National Park (Montana, United States) to form the world’s first International Peace Park. Situated on the border between the two countries and offering outstanding scenery, the park is exceptionally rich in plant and mammal species as well as prairie, forest, and alpine and glacial features.  The International Peace Park is a designated UNESCO Heritage Site.

This photography exhibition by Norman E. Riley explores the spectacular scenery of the International Peace Park from a number of vantage points.  Based in Bellingham, Washington. Riley was honored to be selected as one of six artists from across the United States to participate in the 2015 Glacier National Park (USA) Artist in Residence program.   The artist has generously donated the works to the collection of the Fernie Museum as part of the requirements for the program.


Opening Reception | February 26th | 7:00pm

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AN IMMIGRANT STORY:  THE RISE AND FALL OF EMILIO PICARIELLO

SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 TO FEBRUARY 14, 2016
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Emilio Picariello was an adventurous and hard-working family man whose ambitions led him to challenge the law of the land for profit. On the other hand, he was well known in the community for helping the less well off. His contravening of the Prohibition Act, and consequent violence, led authorities to realize that criminalizing the use of liquor was not in the best interest of society. In addition, it confirmed the need for provincial governments to address the regulation of the sale and use of liquor. The story is unquestionably associated with the history of Fernie and the Crowsnest Pass, and has generated media attention not only in the past but also today. It has been immortalized in the opera Filumena (librettist John Murrell and composer John Estacio) that has been performed not only in British Columbia and Alberta but also nationally.

The Emilio Picariello story is a significant one not only because it provides insight into the immigration history of Fernie but also because it allows for the exploration of the impact of Prohibition on individuals and the community as a whole. It also provides insight into ethnic tensions, law and order and justice themes.


Opening Reception | September 19 | 1:30 to 4:30 pm

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FERNIE AT WAR:  THE MORRISSEY INTERNMENT CAMP

JUNE 5 TO SEPTEMBER 7, 2015

Now a ghost town, Morrissey was once a First World War internment camp located just eight miles from Fernie. Canada, as part of the British Empire, became part of the Allied First World War effort in August, 1914.

There had been no plans to establish a camp in Fernie. In early June 1915, however, Fernie saw miners turn against their colleagues of non-British origin and demand that single miners and married miners with families still back in Eastern Europe be interned. The miners’ threat of a major uprising and further closure of the mine forced civic, provincial and federal governments to react quickly. By June 9, a makeshift detention camp was created at the Fernie arena by the local government and supported by the Premier of BC.

The population of the camp grew quickly and the need for a larger and more secure camp forced the move to Morrissey. The economic downturn had left most of the town’s buildings, which were owned by the Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Company, empty and able to be repurposed. Prisoners were housed in the Windsor and Alexandria Hotels. By October, 1915, Morrissey became an established internment camp able to house from 250 to 300 prisoners.

The exhibit Fernie at War: The Morrissey Internment Camp explores this painful period in Canada’s history and illustrates the impact of an international war had on the home front in the Elk Valley region of British Columbia.


PRESENTED WITH THE SUPPORT OF

  • The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund
  • The Consulate of Switzerland in Vancouver

Opening Reception | June 6, 2015 | 1:00 to 4:30 pm

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FROM THE GROUND UP: A TRIBUTE TO THE LANDSCAPE WE LIVE IN

APRIL 4 TO MAY 16, 2015

A Show and Sale Exhibition of New Paintings by Fernie artist Laura Nelson

“I view and experience the landscape from the ground up. Very aware of the interconnectedness of everything. I imagine atoms, the building blocks of life, in a perpetual dance, reacting with each other, generating a palpable life force over the land. I look for patterns in shapes and shadows that weave the scene together and infuse them into my paintings to recreate this flow of energy and magic. There’s a sense of building and sculpting with my brush, working colour and value to create the illusion of 3 dimensions on the flat surface of the canvas.

I continue to find inspiration for my work through the powerful sense of place I feel here in the Kootenays. I owe much to the landscape that has shaped me, sustained me, challenged me and gifted me with much adventure and healed me with its restorative secrets. It’s a wonderful feeling of gratitude and being part of something much bigger than myself, part of something magic! “ From the Ground Up” is a tribute to these landscapes.

As you take in my show, I hope you too are reminded of your connection to the ecosystems we live in, and our role in helping maintain the fragile balance necessary for our collective well being.”

Laura Nelson, Artist


Opening Reception | Saturday, April 4 | 7:00 to 9:00 pm

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OLYMPIC SPIRIT:   CANADA’S SPORTS HEROES

NOVEMBER 28, 2014 TO MARCH 28, 2015

A select group of Canadian athletes have changed the face of sport in Canada forever. Olympic medalists, world champions, fierce competitors – they have competed for our country, won with pride and lost with dignity. Through their efforts, they have proven that sport can capture the imagination of an entire country – and often the entire world. They deserve to be remembered.

In 2002, Alberta artist Gordon Milne was commissioned by the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary to paint a series of large-scale portraits to celebrate our Olympic sports heroes. On exhibit at the Fernie Museum are twelve portraits from this series, including Mark Tewksbury, and so on.

Accompanying the series are personal artifacts related to the achievements of the Olympians featured in the exhibit from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

This collection of portraits has been achieved with the generous support of the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary, ARC Energy Trust, BMO Financial and Alberta Culture and will ensure a lasting tribute to our Canadian sport heroes.


PRESENTED WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Canadian Tire, Fernie