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An Arts and Culture Cornerstone

The Vault Cultural Collective is a one stop shop for all things cultural, arts and community related! Where Strathmore's History, Arts & Culture Meet!

Visit and learn more about what we have to offer!

For all inquiries please contact: thevaultcc2021@gmail.com

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  • Rumors - Senior
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    Strathmore Theatre Players Guild
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  • Rumours -Adult
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    Strathmore Theatre Players Guild
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  • Calendars
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    Valerie Speer
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  • Art Cards
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    Ray Gauthier
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  • John Reischman & the Jaybirds - A
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    A817
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  • Calendar
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    F.T. Martens
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  • Art Cards
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    Donna Gauthier
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  • Stained Glass self-standing "Trees" - Chickadee Glass & Art
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    Chickadee Glass & Art
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  • Chip & Dip Bowls
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    Katherine's Pottery
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  • Apple Blossoms
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    Teresa Lodoen Photography
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WELCOME TO THE VAULT CULTURAL COLLECTIVE

The Mission of The Vault Cultural Collective is to provide our community with a central resource dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of historical and fine arts initiatives. The Vault is a collaborative initiated by several like-minded individuals who saw a need for artistic expression in Wheatland County and area. This team of like-minded community builders are creating a tourism and historical centre, an arts and cultural hub, and a micro business incubator in Strathmore, Alberta.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge Treaty 7 territory‚ÄĒthe traditional and ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani and Siksika as well as the Tsuu T‚Äôina Nation and Stoney Nakoda First Nation. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the M√©tis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest M√©tis Homeland.

We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us.

We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.

April at The Vault

The Vault Cultural Collective Holds 2023 Annual General Meeting

On March 10th The Vault Cultural Collective held its 2023 Annual General Meeting. Thank you to all those who attended on a very cold snowy evening! Highlights included recognition of our amazing team of Vault Volunteers and our extraordinary Vault Artists who share their time and talents with The Vault so generously! The 2023 Vault Board of Directors was elected and the three new Vault Teams were announced; the Art, Business and Event Teams. A huge thank you to everyone who stepped up to volunteer at The Vault in these important roles. A very special part of the evening was the recognition of the enormous contribution retiring Board members Brandy Hebbes, Rhonda Stockwell, Moira Wiley and retiring Arts Committee Selection Chair Dan Hendricks have made to The Vault. The "Fab Four" were presented with lifetime memberships to The Vault Cultural Collective. The evening ended with refreshments and conversation, a lovely way to celebrate the year 2022 at The Vault Cultural Collective!

A New Western District Historical Society Display

Thank you to Lynne Fair, a Lifetime Member of The Vault, for curating a new Western District Historical Society display from her own personal collection to share with Vault visitors. The display is made up of framed illustrated poems and verses that date back to the 1930's and 40's! The display contains one photo very dear to Lynne, one sent to Lynne's Grandmother by her son, Lynne's Mom's brother, in 1934. Be sure to visit The Vault to spend time admiring these lovely sentimental treasures.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Strathmore Theatre Players' Guild Presents Rumors

Tickets are now on sale online for Strathmore Theatre Players' Guild’s performance of Rumors. Tickets are available at The Vault and on Eventbrite.ca.

Ticket prices:

Adult $25   Senior $20

Dates/Times:

7:30pm (Thursday Friday Saturday)
March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, April 1

2:00 pm Matinee (Saturday )
March 18, 25

Rumors, a play by Neil Simon, intended for an adult audience, is a farce of missing people, rumors, and recent disasters where the assumptions of party guests lead to hilarious attempts at hiding or explaining the suspicious circumstances they arrive to find. As the anniversary party commences, Chris and Ken scramble to get ‚Äúthe story‚ÄĚ straight before the other guests arrive having found the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself and his wife is nowhere to be found. The confusions and miscommunications mount as Ken Gorman's self-inflicted injury sets off a series of events causing four couples to experience a severe attack of Farce.

2023 Strathmore Performing Arts Festival Begins March 25th

The 2023 Strathmore Performing Arts Festival will be the largest ever, there are 424 entries from 135 participants representing approximately 750 young musicians! The festival will use 5 different Strathmore venues and offer classes in Speech and Strings for the first time. Two festival days will see classes running concurrently in Strathmore Alliance and Strathmore United Churches. This year’s festival also features the most visiting entries ever. Visit strathmorepaf.com for more information.

Festival volunteers are welcomed! Contact strathmorepaf@gmail.com for more information.

Wheatland & Area Hospice Society Hold Community Presentations

The Wheatland & Area Hospice Society has a number of upcoming Community Presentations planned to discuss the new Wheatland Lodge build that will be located on the east side of Kinsmen Park. The dates run from March 28th to April 5th and include the communities of Carseland, Cheadle, Gleichen, Rockyford, Standard and Strathmore.

Strathmore Communities in Bloom Hold April Fool's Day Workshop

Yay! Strathmore Communities in Bloom are doing Spring Workshops again! Join them on April Fool's Day at the Strathmore Library from 9:30 am - 12 pm for some great gardening and landscaping learning fun! There will even be refreshments and FREE SEEDS!

Hope Bridges Society - Free Intimate Music Concert with The Charms

The Hope Bridges Society is hosting a FREE intimate Music Concert with The Charms featuring the Hope Bridges Society Music Discovery Class with Kate Ager. The concert will be held at Hope Community Covenant Church on Tuesday April 4th from 1:15 - 2:15. The concert will be followed by snacks and refrershments. For more information contact coordinator@hopebridges.ca or call 403 983 3640.

Arts on 817 presents John Reischman & The Jaybirds

Arts on 817 is proud to present John Reischman and the Jaybirds on Saturday April 15th, 7:30 pm at Strathmore United Church. They will perform what Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine calls "some of the finest bluegrass and traditional music on the scene today."

Like the powerful mandolinist and composer at its helm, John Reischman and the Jaybirds fashion a stylish take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique band sound. Now in their 20th year, with seven acclaimed albums and two Juno nominations, the Jaybirds are simultaneously innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned and 21st-century contemporary. The combined energy of Greg Spatz (fiddle), Nick Hornbuckle (banjo), Trisha Gagnon (bass) and Patrick Sauber (guitarist) is not to be missed.

Tickets are $35 and are available at The Vault, smoreuc.com and at the door.

The Vault Speaker Series Presents Our Hospice - An Update with Dr. Joni McNeely and Guests

Admission is FREE - Pick up your ticket at The Vault.

Below is an outline for the evening.

Pansy Angevine: 45 mins with questions

Join us to discuss ‚ÄúWhat is Palliative Care?‚ÄĚ and how understanding its benefits and options can help you proactively plan for what we will all inevitably have to experience. Learn how many of the things we talk about in palliative care are just plain good care and how some of these things can really enhance people‚Äôs lives and support them and their loved ones better when the time comes.

Pansy Angevine has taken her 30 + years of passion for nursing, palliative care and volunteering and put them together to direct both her career and her life. Certified in Hospice Palliative Care nursing, Pansy is currently the Manager of Dulcina Hospice in Calgary. She is also the past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association and an active Board Member of the Olds & District Hospice Society. For her work in Hospice Palliative Care, Pansy was the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Joni McNeely: 30 mins with questions

Working towards a hospice in our community: The Plan

Keith Clayton, Glenn Koester, and Dr. Jim Hanson: 30 mins with questions

The Build and how it compares to Foothills County Hospice build years ago. 

A Wonderful Community Event - Strathmore United Church Holds a Vintage & Treasure Sale

Strathmore United Church will be holding a wonderful community event on Friday April 28th, 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday April 29th 10 am - 4 pm. There will be collectables, baking and quilting on sale. Quality donations will be accepted until Aprill 22nd.

Arts On 817 Presents Strathmore's Emerging Artists

Arts on 817 is thrilled to present Strathmore's Emerging Artists feaqturing Rayanne & Shelby Laycock, Talia Sinclair and Susanne Sevcik on Saturday May 6th, 7:30 pm at Strathmore United Church, it is going to be a night to remember!

Tickets are $35 and are available at The Vault and www.smoreuc.com.

Chestermere Fine Art Guild Holds Spring Art Show & Sale

Mark your calendars! The Chestermere Fine Art Guild will be holding their Spring Art Show and Sale on Saturday May 6th from 10 am - 7 pm in the MPP Room at Chestermere Recreation Centre. All are welcomed!

Wheatland & Area Hospice Society Holds Hike For Hospice

Save the Date!Sunday May 7 is Hike for Hospice. And new this year is a Fire Truck Pull by local firefighter teams and others. Walk, donate, or pull.... every little bit counts!

Samuel Crowther School Planning 70th (+1) Anniversary June 9th - 10th

This upcoming fall will mark the 70th anniversary of the opening of the original Samuel Crowther School! To celebrate, Rhonda Christie Stockwell began a planning committee to honor the school's 70th birthday.

Stockwell said the homecoming celebration, which was originally planned for June, 2022 unfortunately has been rescheduled to June 10, 2023 due to covid, but she's still excited to see everyone.

"We are going to have a homecoming for anyone that ever attended Samuel Crowther School, whether they were here in grade 3 and moved away, they are welcome to attend," she said.

While Strathmore is home to many schools now, Stockwell explained that Samuel Crowther School used to be the only school in Strathmore that was more than just a one room building.

"Back in the day it was the one and only school in Strathmore. So a lot of us went through grade 1-12, and then Westmount opened and all the other ones opened after that. There was a one room school, the very first school. So we have people that remember having to pick up their desk and walk it over to the new school, so it was pretty exciting for all of those students."

These days, Holy Cross Collegiate and Sacred Heart Academy are where Samuel Crowther School used to be. While the name is different, the original Samuel Crowther building is still there. It has since been renovated and expanded upon, but you can still walk down the original hallways.

"We can go and walk through the halls of the schools and reminisce, there's been a lot of renovations since, but we're pretty excited to be able to still walk some of the halls."

If you're interested in joining the homecoming celebration, or would like to be part of the planning committee, you can join their Facebook group, or contact Rhonda Stockwell directly at scshomecoming2022@gmail.com. 

RECENT EVENTS

April's Featured Artist & Volunteer

Ken Seitz - April's Artist of the Month

Ken was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1937 and raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills area where he developed an early affinity with nature and the love of outdoors. Ken has spent most of his life ranching, first in the Cypress Hills area, and after 1964 near Strathmore, Alberta. In 1997, he decided to sell the cows, and because he was not ready to retire yet, proceeded to build a golf course on part of the land. In 2007, he sold the golf course and started on his way to retirement.

Along this journey, Ken became very involved in the community: first as a member of the Lion’s Club, serving for more than thirty years including President of the local club, District Governor and on to Council Chairman. He was a founding member of the Strathmore and District Ag Society and on the board of the Strathmore Golf course for several years. He also served two terms as a Councillor for the Wheatland County. Because of Ken’s interest in the cattle industry, he was asked to become a board member of the Stockmen’s in 1989 and in 1993 served as president, and to date is still a member of the organization

Over the years, Ken always loved working with his hands and creating beautiful pieces of work, whether it be of wood, leather, antler, or stone.

Ken's latent interest in art was stirred by his son's attendance at the Alberta College of Art and Design. After studying sculpture at the College, Ken became fascinated with glass as an art medium. Through continued adult courses at the College and a two-year term as a non-diploma student, Ken developed his skill in glass blowing and glass sculpture, and later built his own hot shop at his residence.

Using nature and especially birds as his inspiration, Ken creates his art forms mainly through glass blowing or sculptures in glass. 

As well as carving in wood, stone, or bone, over forty-five years ago Ken learned to braid leather and primarily with rawhide. He made such projects as reins both in latigo and rawhide, bozels and headstalls, halters and stock whips from rawhide, for his own personal use as well as for friends. 

Ken remains very active, socially, and artistically since retirement and when able loves to travel.

Pamela Scott - April's Volunteer of the Month

Hello, my name is Pamela Scott. I was born and raised in Calgary. I was fortunate that my parents valued the arts, giving us piano lessons and taking us to the Calgary Philharmonic, which fostered an appreciation for the arts.

After high school, I have lived, gone to school, and worked in Calgary, Trochu, Edmonton, Burnaby BC., and Kincaid SK. There are more opportunities to enjoy the arts in urban areas, so while living in the city, I attended live theatre, the symphony orchestra and of course, toured the various art galleries numerous times.

Ten years ago, I moved to Strathmore to serve the United Church. Any opportunity to promote the arts in the local community is an
opportunity not to be missed. Each and every community houses many talented artists. When The Vault Cultural Collective was looking for volunteers I answered the call. I am looking forward to a time when I am more available to donate more of my time.

News From Our Vault Cultural Collective Partners

The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra Musical Director Honoured

Congratulations to Carlos Foggin, Music Director of the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra and General Manager of the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts, for receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal from Her Honour, Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta! Very well deserved! If you are interested in becoming more involved the the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra check out the two upcoming opportunities below.

News From the Wheatland & Area Hospice Society

Joseph Schow, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cardston-Siksika, recently presented Dr. Joni McNeely with a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for her incredible service to Southern Alberta, especially in Hospice and Palliative Care! Congratulations Dr. McNeely, you are so deserving of this award!

Wheatland Society of the Arts Launches April Programming

The Wheatland Society of the Arts has launched its March Programming. There are a wide variety of courses running through March. Browse the website to find the perfect class just for you! For more information on how to register contact www.wheatlandarts.ca.

Other Happenings at the Vault

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The VAULT Cultural Collective is a non-profit organization founded in 2021. We exhibit work by Local ARTists and ARTisans and are a Collective for all things Cultural.  If you Love ART and the ARTS, please consider a Monetary Donation in your name or in the name of another ART Lover.

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The Vault Cultural Collective136 2nd AvenueP.O. Box 2163Strathmore, AlbertaT1P 1K2CanadaPhone:403-901-1654Email:thevaultcc2021@gmail.comWebsite:thevaultonline.ca

Vault Memberships Available

The Vault Cultural Collective is now recruiting members! However you are connected to Arts & Culture or Local History in Strathmore and area, we welcome you to join our Collective! For more information or to purchase a membership visit The Vault at 136 2nd Avenue, phone 403 901 1654, email thevaultcc2021@gmail.com or visit thevaultonline.ca. Become a member of The Vault Cultural Collective, there is strength in numbers!

Gift Certificates Available

The Vault Cultural Collective now has Gift Cards available online and Gift Certificates available at the store! The perfect gift for that special someone!

RENTAL SPACE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE VAULT

The Vault Cultural Collective invites other non-profit organizations and the public to consider renting space at The Vault for meetings, demonstrations, small social gatherings or special events.

We are willing to make our open area second floor gallery, the Vault board room, or for that very special event, the whole building, available for short term rental.  

Share in the enjoyment of meeting in an historic building and gallery!

Please come visit us to learn more about our space available for rent! To view the space in person and discuss your rental needs, please visit us at the Vault during operating hours.

Location

The Vault Cultural Collective

136 2nd Avenue, Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1K2
(Beside Value Drug Mart)

(403) 901-1654

thevaultcc2021@gmail.com

Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday 11 am - 2 pm

Sunday - Closed

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