Issue #8 | Spring/Summer 2007

Grieving a Gallery

Learning about the Prairie Art Gallery’s collapse this week was surprisingly like learning about the death of a friend. Not that I am in any way confused about the value of a life in comparison to the value of bricks and mortar, but there was still that sense of the surreal. Something that was there one minute, suddenly was not there the next. And in its dust there was an absence and a silence that was palpable.

On the other hand, Prairie Art Gallery is more than a building. It is a network of artists and art lovers, of curators and teachers. It is the passion and the energy and the will of this collective. And these things are still intact. I am sure a new gallery building will be raised from the rubble of this catastrophe, and it will be our epicentre once again. The exact form that will take, of course, remains to be seen.

Our sincerest thanks go out to Robert Steven for preventing the loss of lives, and saving our artwork to boot!

Wendy Stefansson,

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