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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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Stop & shop at the Vault * Support our Local Artists/Artisans/Authors

  • Calendars
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    Valerie Speer
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  • Romance on the Range Concert - Adult
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    Arts on 817
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  • Calendar
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    F.T. Martens
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  • Art Cards
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    Ray 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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  • Leather Book Marks
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  • Blue Espresso Cups
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    Katherine's Pottery
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  • Metallic Strip Thunder Gourd
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    Darlene Tetarenko
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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.

February at The Vault

Valentine's Day at The Vault!

Are you looking for that perfect gift for that special someone? The Vault has so many wonderful choices! Our Vault team of volunteers would be happy to assist you! Stop by before February 14 and enter to win a $50 gift certificate courtesy of The Vault!

New Saturday Hours

The Vault is going to experiment with new Saturday hours for the month of February. On February 11, 18 and 25, The Vault will be open from 11 am to 2 pm instead of our regular 10 am to 4 pm. We will continue to open Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm. Let us know what you think, The Vault Board of Directors is always open to feedback and suggestions.

The Vault Cultural Collective is Nominated for a BEA!

The Vault is thrilled to have been nominated for Non Profit Business of the Year in the Strathmore Wheatland Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards!

Our journey over the last two and half years has been a remarkable one and we owe it all to our incredible Board of Directors past and present, our amazing team of Volunteers, our Collective partners, our very supportive business partners and our continually inspiring Artists! Thank you to all our customers and patrons for believing in us!

The Award Ceremony took place Friday January 25th.

BEA Awards - A Night in Paris

Such a great night at the Strathmore Wheatland Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards! The Vault was so proud to be nominated for Non Profit Business of the Year! Congratulations to the Wheatland Crisis Society for receiving the award, very well deserved!

Featured Artists and Musician Katherine Smith, Lisa Urichuk, Dianne Govrox and Rose Schmaltz helped create a Night in Paris while Board members Rhonda Stockwell, Katherine Smith, Donalda Ledene and Carolyn Steeves were proud to represent The Vault Cultural Collective!

CMJHS Edventures Presents "We Are Made By History"

The Vault is excited to present We Are Made By History, A Renaissance Pop-Up Museum in partnership with Crowther Memorial Junior High School, our first Art Show in 2023!

The show runs February 2 - 9th. Be sure to stop by and support the CMJHS Grade 8 Social Studies students who created We Are Made By History!

Travels in the Middle East: An Adventure in Time

On Friday February 10th at 7 pm, The Vault Speaker’s Series offers an illustrated talk on Travels in the Middle East: An Adventure in Time. Hear and see what can be experienced when travelling in Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.

Registration is FREE, you can pick up your ticket up at The Vault. Only 52 seats will be available.

Jette Brown, Vault Board Member and Volunteer and Wendy Hatton, a former √Čcole Brentwood Elementary School teacher, have travelled to these countries in 2022. Their amazing photographs, and travel tales will reveal that time, commitment, faith, manpower, and will power can create some of the Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Egyptian pyramids, pharaohs’ and nobles’ tombs; tombs and temples in Jordan and the Holy Land; monumental statues; wall paintings and reliefs, all illustrate aspects of life in the ancient world. Gigantic scale sits side by-side with intimate details of family life.

The Vault is excited to present Travels in the Middle East: An Adventure in Time!

Arts on 817 presents Romance on the Range!

Come join us for Romance on the Range, a great evening of western entertainment and great date night! Southern Alberta’s Doc Mehl will entertain you with his "west-clectic" songwriting, a unique brand of contemporary western music and rhyming spoken word while Doris Daley, a heart-warming storyteller and one of the finest cowboy poets writing today, will charm you with her Saskatoon-sweet cowboy poetry!

Tickets are available at The Vault and www.smoreuc.com!

"In the realm of storytellers, poets, lyricists and humorists, Doris Daley and Doc Mehl assume the roles of Queen Bee and King Creole. Or perhaps Lucy and Desi. Or certainly Dale and Roy," says Jon Chandler, recording artist from Colorado. "They are, by degrees, hilarious, poignant, whip-smart and profound. Seeing them onstage and delighting in their stories, poems, and songs is a joyous experience." Wyoming poet and radio host Andy Nelson adds, "Their stories are important, inviting listeners to remember old friends, explore new places, and protect and preserve their own traditions.  And bonus! As a happy by-product of being on a journey with them, I am always entertained."  

Doris and Doc look forward to sharing tales of Romance on the Range (and beyond) at Arts on 817, Strathmore, on Feb. 11, 2023.

The Vault Cultural Collective's Annual General Meeting - March 10th, 7 pm

All are welcomed to join us for The Vault Cultural Collective's Annual General Meeting on Friday March 10th at 7 pm. Come and help us review and celebrate the year that was and help us to generate ideas for 2023!

The Vault Team Is Expanding!

The Vault Team is excited to be planning for the 2022 AGM. We extend an invitation to attend this meeting March 10, at 7:00  pm, your input would be greatly appreciated. 

As a Board, we are taking time to look at what we have accomplished; what, how, and why we do things; if there are better ways to do the tasks; as well, how are we utilizing our hours of volunteer work and the skills that each of you bring to this project. We are aware of some imbalances and the need to have more than one team member knowledgeable about the working parts of this project. Our success to date is based 100% on the commitment and energy of our Volunteers! 

Would you, our strongest supporters, be willing to share your expertise and perhaps go beyond your present connections with The Vault? Do you have connections with others who might be interested in joining the Vault Team. Our plan is to divide some of the current jobs into more manageable tasks. 

We feel The Vault provides many positives to our patrons, artists, artisans and volunteers. It is a great place to network with likeminded individuals, generate conversations, and allows us to put to use our skills and talents for a great cause. 

Our growth from Jan 2022 includes 50 new artists, 14 new volunteers and 6 new member organizations. This growth has created the increased need for Creative individuals who might have a Passion/eye for art, curating art, selecting art for display, arranging displays; Marketing/Computer skills; Business skills, management, accounting; Volunteer time to cover operational hours; Service on The Vault Board.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in being more involved with The Vault, please contact us at thevaultcc2021@gmail.com by February 3rd.

Val Speer - February's Artist of the Month

Valerie is known for her dream-like landscape acrylic paintings with simplistic lines, play of light, and gradations of colour. Together, these elements evoke the peaceful essence signature to Valerie’s work. Her prairie scenes include large open skies, light playing on the land and dramatic weather systems. Her mountain paintings evoke feelings of solitude in places of stunning grandeur.

With training in visual arts, Valerie has painted professionally since 2002. Valerie became inspired by Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven from the onset of her career. Harris’ work captured what Valerie desired to convey in her own paintings. This influence developed the simplicity of shape and form that has allowed her to communicate her sense of a place through her art.

Valerie is active with group exhibits in Alberta and British Columbia and recently opened her own Speer and Brush Studio & Gallery in Rosebud AB. As the President of the Rosebud Art Collective, Valerie hosts annual art events involving artists from Western Canada. She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and is working towards her Signature status. You can find her work in Calgary at Paint Ur Art Out, Lineham House Galleries in Okotoks and The Vault in Strathmore AB.

We Salute Our 2022 Artists!

THANK YOU to The Vault ARTISTS! As 2022 draws to a close we would like to Salute our Artists! Your work adds beauty to The Vault each and every day! Your creativity is boundless! An amazing 51 artists displayed in The Vault in 2022!

THANK YOU to Teresa Baird, Chantel Barden, Connie Beattie, Dave Beeman, Bonnie Bishop, Dianne Bujold, Violette Clemente, Carmen Erison, Donna Gauthier, Ray Gauthier, Aileen Grams, Brandy Hebbes, Marjorie Hembroff, Dan Hendricks, Christine Higham, Tania Hofer, Maggie Hopkins, Johanna Jackins, Emmeline Keeling, Marie Landles, Ellen Lorne, F.T. (Tim) Martens, Becca McDonald, Melanie McEwing, Maxine McKellar, Corrine McKinnon, Larry McTaggart, Trisha Nelson, Uli Oslermann, Elaine Palamar, Jen Parnell, Celeste Pirie, Dianne Riva Cambrian, Jolene Sansome, Amber Scarlett, Ken Seitz, Katherine Smith, Valerie Speer, Winston Sproule, Rhonda Stockwell, Darlene Tetarenko, Maralie Toth, Evelyn Van Bussel, Ann Van Keulen, Joe Van Keulen, Marina Vannatta, Larry Warman, Elaine Wheeler and Moira Wiley!

Angela Reeves - February's Volunteer of the Month

I was born and raised in Saskatoon,Saskatchewan. I attended school there and went to the University of Saskatchewan where I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Drama. I moved to Calgary in 1986 where I met my husband. We moved to Strathmore in 1999 with our 3 young children and quickly became involved in the art’s community.

I have been the co-chair of Strathmore Theatre Players Guild for over 20 years and have had the pleasure to work with many talented people and to make many dear friends. During the past 20 years I have been part of many groups who have tried to create an arts space and was so happy when The Vault came into existence.

As a volunteer at The Vault it is amazing to see the talent that we have in Strathmore and surrounding area. It is incredible to see all that has been accomplished in a relatively short period of time.  As a volunteer it has been wonderful to connect with others in the arts, whether it be visual or performing. The Vault has created a space for all of us to support each other and grow in what we can offer to the community .

We Salute Our 2022 Volunteers!

The Vault is managed totally on VOLUNTEERISM! We are so proud of our Vault Volunteers! As 2022 draws to a close we would like to salute our volunteers for the hours and hours of volunteer time they have donated to make The Vault the very special place it is. We are proud to call The Vault the cultural cornerstone of Strathmore and our volunteers help us to grow and strive to make The Vault even better each and every day!

THANK YOU to our 20 amazing Vault Volunteers: Jette Brown, Val Christie, Darlene Domaschuk, Donna Gauthier, Marie Hanson, Dan Hendricks, Christine Higham, Emmeline Keeling, Donalda Ledene, Josie Peters, June Pirie, Angela Reeves, Jon Reeves, Pamela Scott, Rhonda Stockwell, Charlotte Watson, Charlie Gutek, Katherine Smith, Carolyn Steeves and Moira Wiley!

A Virtual Tour of the Vault

Is Art in your Picture? Find what you are looking for in the Galleries of The Vault Cultural Collective. We Proudly Support Local Southern Alberta Artists. Enjoy a virtual tour of our Main Gallery! Stop in and browse. That perfect gift awaits!

The Virtual Tour Continues - Enjoy!

Enjoy a virtual tour of our Upper Gallery! We are brimming with beautiful art for that special someone!

Sammantha Miller - A Wonderful Act of Philanthrophy

A huge Thank You to Samantha Miller and Family for generously donating a collection of Medicine Hat Photographer Teresa Lodoen's personal photography to The Vault. The Vault is displaying the collection of Teresa's work in the Upper Gallery with all proceeds of the sales being donated to The Vault, a not for profit society. The Vault Cultural Collective Board of Directors is very grateful for this generous donation of beautiful photography.

Our Best Season Yet! Arts On 817 Launches Season 5!

Tickets are available at The Vault and www.smoreuc.com! Don't miss these amazing musical offerings!

2023 Strathmore Performing Arts Festival - Registration Is Open!

Planning has begun for the 2023 Strathmore Performing Arts Festival. The inaugral Strathmore Performing Arts Festival was held in 2019, the 2020 Festival was cancelled due to the pandemic, the 2021 Festival was virtual and the 2022 festival was held live with pandemic protocols. The Strathmore Perfoming Arts Festival is looking forward to its biggest and best Festival yet in 2023!

The Alberta Music Festival Association Syllabus is available at https://www.albertamusicfestival.org. Registration opens December 1st, 2022.

Festival sponsors and volunteers are welcomed! Contact strathmorepaf@gmail.com or visit strathmorepaf.com for more information.

Wheatland Society of the Arts Launches Winter Programming

The Wheatland Society of the Arts has launched its December Programming. There are a wide variety of courses running through December. Browse the website to find the perfect art class just for you! Information on how to register is included.

https://www.wheatlandarts.ca/

Community Events

Samuel Crowther School Planning 70th (+1) Anniversary

Written by Tommy Osborne and originally published on Strathmore Now, Tuesday, Aug 02 2022, 8:30 AM. Drawing of Samuel Crowther School by Kevin Muenchrath of Tri-M Design.

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 Stockwell directly at scshomecoming2022@gmail.com. 

Other Happenings at the Vault

Donations are Welcome

Are you interested in donating to the Vault Cultural Collective?

PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION

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.

If you know someone who enjoys the ARTS, please forward this site.

                       All donations are Gratefully Accepted.

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                      Visit us at The Vault, you will be glad you did! 

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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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