Calgary, AB – The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society
For 18 years, The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society, a 100% volunteer and passion run organization, has worked tirelessly to restore the Bow Valley Ranche in Fish Creek Provincial Park to its former beauty. And also to undertake projects to celebrate the history of the Ranche within Alberta’s rich ranching history.
The latest project, The Artisan Gardens, features 72 original works of art all displayed outdoors and open to the public year round. In the completed Ranche Gardens, there are 175 total works of art. See the works of Robert Bateman , Paul Van Ginkel, Jason Go Go, Doug Swinton, Vilem Zach, Gernot Keifer, Alexandra Haeseker and artists from The First Nations, among others. They have created their own original works that reflect the art, history and culture of Fish Creek Valley, First Nations, and the local natural environment.
“There are 12 amphitheatre-style benches each housing six beautiful works rendered in a variety of media from oil to acrylic to mixed media stone, and copper and metal.” Says Larry Wasyliw, President of the Society. “Each work depicts the artists own unique interpretation of the art, history and culture of the Fish Creek Valley.”
In addition to the benches, life-sized bronzes recall the First Nations Heritage from the surrounding area. And The Branded Patio, comprised of 87 mosaic stepping-stones, displays the history of the brands of the Bow Valley Ranche and features personalized mosaics designed by families and crafted by Pamela Rogers, a local artist.
Grand Opening Event:
Sunday, September 22, 2013
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Open to the public, no admission cost
The Gardens at The Bow Valley Ranche at Fish Creek Provinicial Park
Representatives from The City of Calgary, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi, and the Province will be in attendance. The ceremony will involve aspects of the spirituality of the area, signified by a traditional smudging and native ceremony. The ceremony is followed with music by Morag Northey and an open house and refreshments for the public.
The Society is a 100% volunteer run organization and relies on Provincial Grants, private donations and sponsorships to create a legacy for future generations through celebrating history and the visual arts.