Pysanky, also known as Ukrainian Easter eggs, are an ancient art tradition. Pysanky is the plural form of “pysanka” which stems from the Ukrainian verb “pvsatv” meaning “to write”.
Artists use a stylus to create wax-resist designs that began thousands of years ago with pagan tribute to seasonal elements and the cycle of life. In later centuries, Christian symbolism melded into the designs.
Live Lecture: Adventures with A Juvenile Elasmosaur
Date: Tuesday May 10, 7PM
Speaker: Pat Trask, Curator, Natural History
Location: Courtenay Museum Rotary Gallery
Admission: $5.00 members $6.00 non members
Pat will share the experience of excavation and preparation of a juvenile elasmosaur from the Trent River discovered in summer 2020.
Online Lecture: Travel Journal 101 – Proof of Life
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 7 pm
Speaker: Wayne Wilson
Admission: Free admission
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83743820107 (Click Here)
Join artist and travel journaler, Wayne Wilson, for an inspiring Zoom presentation, where he will show you how to create your own travel journal. Drawing from his museum career and from outdoor expeditions, Wayne will share his tips and tricks for keeping a lasting memory of your experiences.
Online Lecture: “Lest We Forget”
Conserving an Unforgettable Scrapbook
Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Speaker: Tanya Richards
Admission: Free admission
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81831226200 (Click Here)
Join art conservator, Tanya Richards, for a special Zoom presentation in which she will detail the various challenges of conserving and replicating the one-of-a-kind leather-bound book, “Lest We Forget,” created by Ruth Masters in the 1970s to commemorate those lost in World War I and II.
Taking Eggs to Forbidden Plateau: June 1929
A horse team loaded with supplies and boxes of trout eggs, 1930. Photo: 2004.42.28
In the late 1920s, as Forbidden Plateau became a more popular destination, Clinton Wood, who would later become the president of the Tourist Trade Development Bureau, contacted Major J.A. Motherwell, Dominion chief supervisor of fisheries, and suggested stocking some of the lakes. The fisheries department approved the suggestion, and in June 1929, one hundred thousand Kamloops trout eggs arrived on the E&N Railway from the Cowichan Lake hatchery.
Photo of the Month
CDM #990.24.231 Maruya farm, Courtenay, c. 1905
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Sowing Seeds Near Oyster River: 1930s
See more historical images and stories like this in the museum’s 2020 book Stepping Into Wilderness published with Harbour Publishing.
Photo credit: In the early 1930s, brothers Guy and Darrell Smith began developing a show garden and seed farm in the Oyster River area. The Oyster River Seed Farm, as it became known, would eventually cultivate lobelia, Canterbury bells and Iceland poppies as well as twenty acres of pansies, whose seed was shipped across Canada and to California. The Smiths sold their property, located just north of Oyster River to Barret Montford in 1949. For decades, the property was the location of the UBC Oyster River Research Farm. CDM Sillence Collection.
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It's All There in Black and White
To commemorate the holiday, the Senior NCO Wives’ Club threw an Easter bonnet contest featuring some imaginative designs as seen in this April 20, 1960 Comox District Free Press article.
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Gift Shop News
New items are arriving in the gift shop. The latest Dinosaur Alphabet Posters and Growth Charts we have received are by Dera Design and made in Canada.
If you know any children who love dinosaurs, these are the perfect addition for their room. There are a variety of options including two sizes of posters and a growth chart. Each print is made of high quality canvas and fitted with brass grommets for hanging. The dinosaurs are featured in a beautiful watercolour style, and the lettering is large and pleasing to read.
- Large poster - 24” X 32” - $56.75
- Small poster - 18” X $24” - $43.75
- Growth chart - 13” X 42” - $49.75
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