Museum becoming the place for Canada 150 selfies

Canada 150 activities listed on museum website

(File photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery is attracting people looking for a place to strike a patriotic pose during Canada’s 150th.

MAG executive director Lorna Johnson said photographer Tim Van Horn’s To Canada With Love exhibit, that includes a great, big mosaic of the Canadian flag, has become a popular museum exhibit during the country’s 150th year.

“We’re having a lot of people coming in to do their selfies with that project,” said Johnson who presented an update on Canada 150 activities to city council on Monday.

People can learn more about Red Deer and area Canada 150 events and initiatives on the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery’s website —

She said the Canada 150 webpage lists events both big and small.

“So far we’ve had 3,897 hits on the Canada 150 webpage since we put it up. Daily groups are sending their projects in and listing what they are doing.”

Johnson expects there will be a lot more people visiting the page as momentum builds towards Canada Day and into the summer as people continue to recognize and celebrate Canada’s special year.

“Keep checking the website. We update it every day.”

The first Canada 150 event listed was held Family Day, Feb. 20, when the museum presented MAGapalooza: Extreme Printmaking when Van Horn took people’s portraits for a Canada 150 commemorative photo mosaic that will be permanently installed on the outside of the museum.

“Today I received the final drawings for the project we commissioned from Tim Van Horne for the mural,” Johnson said.

The mural will be revealed at Celebrating Canada 150: Welcome to Red Deer on Aug. 7., from 1 to 4 p.m., with live music and activities.

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