Each display includes a pelt, a painting, a silhouette, and information about Vancouver Island’s prime predators. (Cole Schisler photo)

Each display includes a pelt, a painting, a silhouette, and information about Vancouver Island’s prime predators. (Cole Schisler photo)

Ladysmith museum opens up with two new exhibits

The museum is featuring Prime Predators of Vancouver Island and ‘Red Flag, Red Flag’

The Ladysmith Museum is hosting two new exhibits that focus on Vancouver Island’s wildlife, and take an artistic look at the climate crisis.

Volunteers of the Ladysmith & District Historical Society have worked for months to put together the ‘Prime Predators of Vancouver Island’ exhibit. The exhibit features animal pelts, paintings, wildlife videos, and present day information about the animals.

“We’re celebrating the natural heritage of the area, and educating people about the status of these animals,” LDHS President, Quentin Goodbody said.

Goodbody hopes that educating the community about the Island’s prime predators in the museum environment will give people the information about what to do if they encounter one of these animals in the wild.

All together, hundreds of volunteer hours have been spent putting the display together, and researching the animals. Robin Millan, Marina Sacht, Quentin Goodbody, Lesley Moore, Shirley Blackstaff, Cheryl Bancroft, Bonnie Cruikshank, Dave Judson and Ed Heyes, helped put together the various aspects of the exhibit. George Seymour also recorded a Stz’uminus story about wolves, and their cultural significance to the area.

Upstairs at the museum, the ‘Red Flag, Red Flag’ exhibit features a number of rugs designed to look like flags. Fibre artist Val Galvin organized the artwork with a group of rug hookers from Vancouver Island, and even as far as the Yukon. ‘Red Flag, Red Flag’ was previously displayed at the Waterfront Gallery and the Robert Bateman gallery in Victoria.

Upstairs at the museum is ‘Red Flag, Red Flag’. (Cole Schisler photo)

Upstairs at the museum is ‘Red Flag, Red Flag’. (Cole Schisler photo)

“A lot of the flags are about saving the bees, saving the enviroment… there’s some that say it’s time we get going here and do the things we need to do to save our environment,” Galvin said.

Climate action is actually part of the art form itself. When fibre artists use textiles in their pieces, it prevents those same textiles from ending up in landfills.

COVID-19 precautions are in place at the museum. All guests must wear masks, and museum goers are encouraged to pre-book their visits. The Ladysmith Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., groups can pre-book by phoning 250-245-0423 or emailing museum@ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca.

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