Current Art Exhibits

Through Those Trees

July 1 - August 31

Through Those Trees is a solo exhibition by artist Halie Finney that features her most recent work. The artist explores generations of her Métis family’s narratives within the Lesser Slave Lake region where Finney grew up. Her kin shared the same landscape, and each generation developed their own narratives as they witnessed births, life, and death in and about the region and the changing landscape.

In her work, Finney develops characters in order to recreate and reimagine happenings within her community and the surrounding land. Her characters link life and death, animate and inanimate, to tell and imagine fictional and non-fictional narratives of her and her family’s lives.

Halie Finney is known for her illustrative narratives and development of characters that reflect stories, memories, and people in her home community. Her narratives create a unique folklore, developing stories within the mediums of installation, film, and performance.

In this exhibition, the artist’s playful approach to illustration and layering imagery through transparencies creates dimensional, interconnected sagas for the characters. Finney’s work reflects narratives familiar to her and the locale in which she grew up but with the use of imagery common in many different regions of rural living. Through this approach, Finney allows the audience to link their own narratives to the work. Through Those Trees explores what and how it means to live, work, grow up in and be connected to a rural landscape in Alberta.

This exhibit is offered through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition (TREX) program. It is part of TREX Southwest, which is coordinated by the Alberta Society of Artists.

Celebrating Japanese Culture

July 1 - August 31

We are celebrating Japanese culture throughout the summer with a beautiful display of kimonos!

The kimono (きもの/着物, lit., "thing to wear" – from the verb "to wear (on the shoulders)" (着, ki) and the noun "thing" (物, mono), is a traditional Japanese garment and the national dress of Japan. The kimono is a t-shaped, wrapped-front garment with square sleeves and a rectangular body and is worn left side wrapped over right. The kimono is traditionally worn with a broad sash, called an obi, and is commonly worn with accessories such as zōri sandals and tabi socks.

The three kimonos on display, including the Uchikake wedding kimono below, have been lent to the Library by graphic artist and kimono collector Emily Rollins Hjermstad.

Enter our Haiku Poetry Contest and win this lovely haori-style jacket, which was donated by Emily:

Please submit your poem at the front desk (one submission per person) or send it to us by email at info@banfflibrary.ab.ca. Contest closes on August 31 at 5:00pm.