World renown Saskatchewan artist and sculptor will be exhibited in the gallery. Joe died this past July....come see his prints!
Perhaps in their subtlety, these works speak to the interconnection and
dependence of human existence on agriculture and nature.
The Biggar Museum and Gallery is honoured to be able to host the Celebration of Life for Evelyn Potter. Evelyn was a long time resident of Biggar, a champion of Women's Rights and determined to be a part of ensuring a better future for her community. Everyone is invited to come out, see the exhibit of Evelyn's time in China during 1971 in the gallery of the Biggar Museum. Also to pay respects, meet her family in the tent across from the museum. At Evelyn's request there will no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Biggar Museum and Gallery.
China Through Canadian Eyes features photographs taken by Evelyn Potter, from Biggar, Saskatchewan (then Women’s President of the National Farmers’ Union) in 1971 as part of a ground-breaking visit by a Canadian delegation to China.
In early 1971, a mere thirteen weeks after Canada formally recognized the People’s Republic of China, and before the United States opened formal diplomatic relations with the PRC, an academic from UBC was working to arrange a delegation of Canadian professionals and educators to visit China to promote cultural exchange and understanding. A month before its scheduled departure in July the Chinese government notified the organizers that unless a peasant was added to the Canadian delegation to represent Canada’s agricultural sector, the exchange would not be approved.
Organizers turned to the recently created National Farmers Union, and in particular to Evelyn Potter, the Saskatchewan farmer who had been elected the Union’s first Women’s President. She consented. During her month-long visit Evelyn Potter took more than 1,200 photographs of life in China.
Donated books are sold at rock bottom prices, all proceeds go to the Biggar Museum & Gallery