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Travel: Art Gallery of Algoma

November 25, 2017 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Time for a little look into the Art Gallery of Algoma – the art gallery in my hometown. We recently visited Sault Ste. Marie to hang out with family for a week and my mom took us to the beautiful Roberta Bondar photo exhibit. I remember being in elementary school and about 4 grades of students loaded up on to two busses. The bus drivers had such a hard time trying to find a spot to park. We were there to line the streets with homemade signs welcoming Roberta Bondar back from her trip to space. So cool.

Okay, on to the photos!

Art Gallery of Algoma

This art gallery is small, with 3 separate little spaces, yet it’s still worth the visit if you’re in the north.

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Here’s the main attraction!

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

The display is broken up into four different categories, Calming, Strength, Mystery and Future.

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Calming

Roberta Bondar describes these as cherished memories and peaceful moments.

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Strength

She states, “Canada has diversity of strength that can give us courage and confidence in ourselves.”

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Mystery

This is one of my favourites – what a mystery in that little hive. It’s somethings whole world.

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Future

Looking onward into the future, where hope and beauty live. In Roberta Bondar’s description of future she speaks a lot about protection of the natural environment. Canada is far too wonderful to lose.

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Here’s the standing collection and I believe it always stays the same.

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

These last pieces are in a small section of the back – they are on loan from various art galleries around Canada. You can see the masking tape tag which clearly identifies it’s going to ‘Algoma’ – at least that’s what I think it is, no way it’s part of the piece, right?

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

So much texture – I love it.

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

This one looks better in the photo than it did in person. For the rest, however, you should see them in person for sure.

Art Gallery of Algoma: 3ten.ca

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon. Enjoy your Saturday!

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Travel: Muttart Conservatory

October 21, 2017 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Last week I shared our visit to the Alberta Legislature Building – doing some travelling in our own town (well, about 45 minutes away). This weekend I’m sharing a little visit we had to Edmonton’s delightful conservatory – the Muttart Conservatory. Four beautiful pyramids, each a different climate: arid, temperate, tropical and then a feature pyramid.

Muttart Conservatory

First, admission is fairly reasonable. It’s $12.50 per adult, yet when I went with my dad and step-mom the lady at the desk was so kind she rang us in as a family. She asked if I had CAA and I said “I don’t, but I’ll ask my dad” – to which she responded, “oh, I’ll ring you in as a family.” Score – a family admission is $37.00 and we saved 10% with my dad’s CAA membership, so $33.30.

Okay, on to the plants!

Best time to visit is when it’s bright and sunny out. The pyramids let in so much light and the plants simply look amazing in the bright sunshine.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Here’s the arid climate. We took a tour and although it was very informative, my step-mom nailed it by saying it’s like our tour guide was giving her grade 8 oral. Yup, that’s it.

It was special to see this plant – only flowers every 37 (I think 37) years. So neat!

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The elephant foot trees – simply the coolest.

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Temperate pyramid is full of all sorts of plants we’re used to seeing here in Canada. Smells like home.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

The feature pyramid changes about 8 times a year, so I’m thinking each feature is 6 weeks long – then a few days for change over in between? When we visited it was the tail end of the Canada 150 feature. A lot of red and white plants. These bright beauties were my favourite from that pyramid.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Off to the tropics – money trees and rubber figs, oh and one tree was even growing fruit!
So cool.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

If you’re ever in Edmonton and have a couple of hours, then spend some time at the Muttart Conservatory, you’ll leave with a love for plants.

Muttart Conservatory: 3ten.ca

Overall, it was a delightful afternoon. Great company and beautiful plants. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the weekend!

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Travel: Alberta Legislature Building

October 14, 2017 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

Does it count as travel if you live near the area? I’m going to say yes – if it’s a touristy thing and you travel more than 30 minutes, it counts as travel! The Alberta Legislature Building is full of drama, classic portraits, and breathtaking architecture. My dad and step-mom visited back in September and we took them to the Legislature – not only is it beautiful, yet they offer free tours! Yes, free. Just don’t visit when the schools are there…150 sixth graders is too many. Okay, let’s check out this capitals home of democracy!

Alberta Legislature Building

First – eyes that follow you anywhere.

This is King George V and Queen Mary. It’s Queen Elizabeth’s II father’s parents, so her grandparents on her father’s side.

Do you watch Netflix’s The Crown? So, good, right? Okay, back to the tour.

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When the chambers isn’t in use the tour will walk you through and you’ll get to see where all the action takes place from the upper balcony. We got to go in, yet I forgot to take pictures.

Below – chronological portraits of past Alberta Premier’s and Sergeant-at-Arms.

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

That’s the Mace below. Alberta’s first Mace was made in Calgary by a handyman – and it’s said to have pieces of earrings, teacups and even a piece of a toilet on it (the flange?). Take the free tour – it’s so fun to learn nifty things like that!

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Time for a little fun. My Dad is too funny – what’s Ab-leg? That makes no sense.

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

Such a bright and beautiful day. So happy we got to explore the grounds.

Alberta Legislature Building: 3ten.ca

Happy travelling to you, too. I suggest you checkout your own city and do some touristy things – and take guests with you, they’ll have a blast! Happy Saturday.

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