Strands of Nature

June 17th, 2024 - August 2nd, 2024

Strands of Nature is a group art show created by members of the Textile Surface Design Guild, a collective of passionate fibre, textile, and mixed media artists from Lethbridge and surrounding areas. 

In this show artists seek to explore and celebrate the intricacies and beauty found in both large and small elements of our natural world - flora, fauna, landscapes, and ever-changing seasons.

The pieces employ a diverse range of materials, including found natural objects, locally sourced fibres, and colours created from materials found outdoors.  The techniques used to create this collection are equally varied. In total, the pieces echo the essential beauty, colours, and forms of Southern Alberta and beyond. 

Inspired by Nature: Art Exhibit

Calling young artists!

Our annual Inspired By Nature Youth Art Exhibit is back!

If you would like to showcase your nature-inspired artwork in our Community Art Gallery, follow the directions below...

  1. Go outside & get inspired by nature!

  2. Create ~ drawing, photography, diorama, sculpture...

  3. Submit your art

Expression of Interest Window: June 1- September 8

Exhibition Period: September 24-November 2

Rules and Guidelines

Age Requirements

Artists must be 18 years of age or younger.

Artwork Requirements

Entries must be inspired by nature and should reflect our local environment.

Entries can be drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, mobiles, dioramas, or other forms of original art.

Limit of 1 physical submission per artist. Group submissions welcome.

Parents/guardians are welcome to help younger children complete their pieces by guiding them through the process of creation, but the pieces themselves should be done by the artists.

Deadline to apply

Expressions of interest must be received by 11:59PM MST on September 8, 2024.

*Due to limited gallery space, submitting an Expression of Interest does not guarantee a spot in the exhibition. Our Programming Coordinator will confirm your child’s spot in the exhibit within five (5) business days of submission.

After you have been accepted

Artwork must be delivered to the Helen Schuler Nature Centre during regular operating hours between September 14th-22nd.

Participants’ parents or guardians must sign a waiver and release form prior to dropping of their child’s artwork.

Artists must pick up their artwork from the Nature Centre during the closing gallery event on November 2nd. Artwork not collected during the closing event will be held for seven (7) days only, after which the Nature Centre will dispose of the unwanted artwork as it sees fit.

Entries must be mounted appropriately (framed with hanging hardware attached or printed on foamcore) for wall-hanging. Plinths will be supplied by the Nature Centre for pieces that are not intended to hang on the wall (sculptures, dioramas etc.)

The Nature Centre will not provide frames or hanging hardware. Any artwork that is not deemed to be “gallery-ready” will not be accepted during drop-off.

Rotary Club of Lethbridge East Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society

Inspired by Nature is made possible thanks to the generous support of our community partners: Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society.

The City of Lethbridge acknowledges that we are gathered on the lands of the Blackfoot people of the Canadian Plains and pays respect to the Blackfoot people past, present and future while recognizing and respecting their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land. The City of Lethbridge is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.