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Homesteading exhibit comes to Nose Creek Museum

By: Andrew Szekeres

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 10:23 am

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The Nose Creek Valley Museum is hosting the Homesteading Alberta art exhibit from July 30 to Aug. 25.

Homesteading refers to people who immigrated from Europe during the late 19th century and the early 20th century. The theme for the homesteading exhibit will be on the early 20th century with a focus on country and religious life.

“It’s all about how community and culture has influenced today’s culture,” museum employee Nicole Proseilo said. “It’s a great way to learn more about some of Alberta’s history.”

The exhibit will highlight two Albertan artists, Orest Semchishen and Doris Zaharichuk. There will also be artwork and photography from Illingworth Kerr, Raymond Can Nes and Daphne Stankievech.

Semchishen was born in Mundare, Alberta in 1932. The Ukranian descendant undertook a project in the 1970’s to photographically document the Byzantine churches of Alberta.

A radiologist by profession, Semchishen currently resides in Edmonton.

Zaharichuk was born in Willingdon, Alberta in 1934. The Romanian descendant began to paint in the 1970s when her husband passed away. After taking a course in painting at the Edmonton Art Gallery (now Art Gallery of Alberta), she became an oil painter. Some of Zaharichuk’s paintings have been on her past memories, depicting life on a farm and the community she grew up in.

Homesteads were usually quarter sections of land – or 160 acres of land – from the federal government. The land was granted to immigrants wanting to start a new life in Canada who would work on the land. In Alberta, many of these immigrants were originally from Eastern European countries, such as Romania and Ukraine.

Caroline Loewen, the curator of the Alberta Society of Artists said she has heard positive feedback on the exhibit so far.

“People are enjoying the variety of media and the quality of the pieces,” Loewen said. “Many visitors have been able to relate to the scenes depicted as childhood memories are recalled.”

The exhibit was most recently at the library in Penhold and will be travelling to the library in Whitecourt following Airdrie.

“This exhibition in particular provides people with access to a wonderful collection of artwork that they otherwise wouldn’t get the chance to view,” Loewen said.

There is no added cost for the exhibit. Admission costs at the museum is $2 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger.

For more information, contact Laurie Harvey at the Nose Creek Valley Museum at 403-948-6685 or by email at


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