Gallery Opening - Women of Michel, An Art Installation

Event Date(s): 
Friday, September 9, 2022

The above-ground realm of women and girls in the coal mining town of Michel was one of colour, caretaking and pride. After its relocation to Sparwood in the mid 1960s, Michel ceased to exist on the map. For those who lived there, Michel still exists in their hearts and the things they create.

This art installation will feature paintings, drawings and fibre arts by four Michel-born artists. Artists Michelle Kozler Loughery, Gayle Gaskell Vallance, Monica Paniec Beranek and Elaine Gaskell DeSpoelberch invite you into their place of origin, the place that informed and inspired them. Artifacts from the community will add context.

The hope is to share a lesser-seen perspective of a community built around the coal industry. The Women of Michel invite you to witness their return this September at the Fernie Museum.

Related programming will include video interviews with local residents who lived and grew up in the communities, and a commemorative website. The exhibit will be on display in the gallery through November 2022.

Admission is included with Museum entry. 


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