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A Prairie Beacon: Gasoline Alley’s Rare Pump

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Article by Sylvia J. Harnden

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ASOLINE ALLEY MUSEUM, in Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village, is home to thousands of artifacts relating to the retail of petroleum products during the first half of the 20th century. Every vehicle, gas pump, globe, sign, and item of ephemera has its...
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Pleasing the Spirits

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Article by Theodore Brasser

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 COAT MADE OF CARIBOU SKIN, length 52 inches, sewn with sinew thread, and decorated with paintings in red, black, and yellow. Chemical tests have identified the red and black as native earth pigments and the yellow as a protein, probably of fish...
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Maple Modern: Next Generation Canadiana

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Article by Peter Fleming

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 REFRESHING NEW GENERATION of Canadian designer/makers has found equal inspiration in global design movements and locally sourced materials. This exciting collision blurs the boundaries between design and craft, revitalizes both fields, and creates new potential worlds of objects and activities. Access to...
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Foil Art Imagery in Quebec

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Article by Gloria Lesser

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HESE CATHOLIC IMAGES from the 1940s or 1950s can be situated as “tinsel art” or “foil art” within the broad rubric of folk art. They are a form of domestic art/craft on the cusp of change from a rural to an urban...
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Containment and Enclosure

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Article by Alexandra McCurdy

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Y WORK has long been inspired by the patterns and motifs drawn from the intricate quill work of indigenous Mi’kmaq and women’s textiles such as quilts, hooked rugs, and embroidery. I am also influenced by women’s central role in Western textile history, and by...
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