December 6 , 2006
Traveling art exhibit launch at the Legislature
Edmonton—“Jasper National Park and the wildlife that it sustains greatly enrich our province,” said Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “As the Legislative Assembly’s own centennial soon comes to a close, I am honoured to assist Jasper National Park in launching its celebrations.”
On December 7 at 6 p.m., the Alberta Legislature will host Tuktu Prayers, a collection of artwork celebrating Jasper National Park and its centennial in 2007. A selection of pieces from the traveling exhibit, which features 100 Woodland Caribou images by 30 artists from across Canada, will be on display in the lower rotunda of the Legislature until December 9 when it will begin its cross-Canada journey.
Alberta Illustrator/Mural Artist Lewis Lavoie will be at the Legislature on December 7 with a live painting performance inspired by the sights and sounds of the Legislature during its Celebrate the Season festivities, which include BrightNights displays and ice sculptures on the grounds; choir performances and free hot chocolate in the rotunda.
The Woodland Caribou herds in Jasper have declined over the last 100 years and the traveling exhibition’s purpose is to educate Canadians about National Parks and the need to keep them wild. Tuktu is Inuit for Caribou and the prayer is that Caribou will continue to be part of Canada’s wild for centuries to come.
The Legislature Gift Shop will be selling giclee prints of the original artwork featured in the exhibit as well as art cards and Tuktu Caribru fair trade organic coffee.
For more information on Tuktu prayers logon to www.dreamersanddoers.ca