Saturday, June 30, 2007

Our Tea & Tour Program is Back for Summer 2007!

Come join us for a guided museum tour and delightful afternoon tea at the Gertrude Lawson House. Walk Through the Stitúyntm Enduring Traditions: Historic and Contemporary Squamish and Coast Salish Art exhibition and enjoy tea and refreshments served in the museum garden. It is a great opportunity to learn about local aboriginal history and chat with your neighbours.
The show brings together both historic and contemporary artworks by Squamish and Coast Salish people ­– some on public display for the first time. Featuring numerous works by notable aboriginal artists – Lawrence Paul, Stan Greene, Susan R. Point and Rick Harry, just to name a few – this engaging exhibit invites you to contemplate the many forms that these artistic visions take, and to awaken your senses to the spirituality and aesthetics of Coast Salish art traditions.

Wáxayus (Salmon Chief Figure) carved by August Jack Khatsahlano. C.1920. Courtesy of the Vancouver Museum. AA687. photo.

The guided museum tour and delightful afternoon tea will take place at The West Vancouver Museum and Archives, which is located in the historic Gertrude Lawson house (17th Street and Esquilmalt). Inspired by stone manor houses during her visit to Scotland, Gertrude Lawson – a beloved teacher and the daughter of John Lawson – designed this charming home with the hopes that it could act as a hub for social and community activity. Even in her passing, her original intent lives on with the home having become an apt setting for introducing the rich and diverse history of West Vancouver to the interested public.
Admission $10.00 Adult, $8.00 Senior/Student
We will be offering Tea and Tours on the following dates:
July 19 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
August 10 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Call 604-925-7270 to Register

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Upcoming Exhibition

The War Time Diary and Art of Robert Buckham

opens November 2007

On a bombing raid over Germany on April 8, 1943 Captain Robert Buckham and the crew of his Wellington Mk.III bomber were downed near Dusseldorf. Miraculously, the entire crew survived. Buckham was eventually captured and imprisoned in the infamous prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany. In his elaborately illustrated war time diaries, Buckham recorded his internment, the trials of day to day existence, the failed “great escape” popularized by the Hollywood movie and his eventual forced march to freedom through one of Europes coldest winters.

Buckham hid his treasured books in old milk cans in order to preserve them during the three months he and over 10,000 other POWs endured a forced march in the dead of winter westward through Germany in front of the Russian advance. Those that survived were eventually liberated and in 1945 Buckham returned to Canada to resume his career as an illustrator and artist. His drawings of Canada’s countryside and cityscapes graced the pages of the Globe and Mail for many years. His art was inspired by nature and local landscapes as well as frequent travels to Mexico and France.

Many of Buckham’s original war drawings are now included in the collections of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The exhibition includes Buckham’s original diary and journal together with illustrations and art he produced after the war.

Credit: Illustration by Robert Buckham. Courtesy of Nancy Buckham.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Dancing Traditions

Traditional Music and Dance of Scotland

You are invited to join for an informative demonstration of Scottish Country Dancing.

May Loudon (experienced Scottish Country Dance teacher) and Angus MacKinnon (Scottish fiddler) will discuss the cultural significance of Scottish dance and fiddle music.

Each session will focus on a particular theme:

July 11 7:30pm 17th century dances

July 25 7:30pm Old dances still popular today

August 8 7:30pm 20th century revival

August 22 7:30pm Contemporary Scottish dances

Admission to these sessions is by donation.
Please call at 604-925-7295 to book your spot in advance.
May Loudon was introduced to Scottish Country Dancing in High School in Scotland. She has danced and taught on the North Shore for almost forty years and enjoyed many events around this West Coast region. Her qualifications are from The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, and are recognised by the Scottish Education Board.

Angus MacKinnon has played Scottish music for Scottish Country Dancing Clubs throughout the United States and Canada and toured extensively with his Scottish Variety Show. He has played with Killarney at the Blarney Stone in Gastown for over twelve years.

The West Vancouver Museum was originally built by Gertrude Lawson, who hosted countless nights of Scottish dancing in her house. The main floor, made of oak, was designed to be large enough for two sets of Scottish dancers. There was a raised platform at one end for Scottish bag pipers.

Learn the ancient art of Scottish Country Dancing at the historic Gertrude Lawson House this summer!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Experience Culture through Unique Cuisine!

First Nations Cuisine

July 14, 11:30am at the West Vancouver Museum

We invite you to enjoy a unique lunch to participate in the local First Nations culture.

The gifts of nature have provided First Nations people with the nourishment they needed to survive and flourish. Salishan Catering will prepare special menu that blends Coast Salish traditional food with contemporary cuisine. You will enjoy samples of smoked salmon, bannock, wild blackberry tea, BBQ oysters, clam skewers and more!

William Nahanee of the Squamish Nation will share the teaching he received from his elders, who taught him ways of food preparation and caring for nature. William will present special songs that have been handed down to him.

Call now at 604-925-7270 to register
Program Code 387767, $ 35 per person

Top Photo: Courtesy of Coast Salishan Catering