Discovery Hall

Miss Edith Fanny Kirk



Treasures & Curiosities: The Sequel

Treasures and Curiosities - The Sequel SEP 26.14 - JAN.15

The Adventurous Travels of Miss Edith Fanny Kirk

Changing Places: Immigration & Diversity

Permanent Exhibit

Special Exhibits

Curriculum coordinated
school programs

Wendy Aitkens, Curator
Tel: (403) 320.3907
Email: wendy.aitkens[at]


Miss Edith Fanny Kirk, who was born in England in 1858 and lived in Lethbridge for the last 35 years of her life, painted watercolours of Lethbridge, the prairies and western National Parks, and taught many people how to create their own art. After all, Miss Kirk had been trained in several of the most prestigious Art Schools in her home country.

Prior to coming to this city, Miss Kirk experienced travel and adventures across the United Kingdom and France, many intriguing places in British Columbia, and along the eastern seaboard of North America. She worked mainly as an artist and art teacher during her long life, but also as a nurse's helper in a gold mining hospital, and a public school teacher in B.C.'s ranching country. Once settled in Lethbridge she continued her adventures by joining the Alpine Club of Canada at the age of 60.

A Legacy of Adventure & Art:
The Life of Miss Edith Fanny Kirk

JUN 06 - OCT 12.15

Come see treasures Miss Kirk received from her mother, those she gathered throughout her own life, examples of her art, and art created by one of her English teachers. Paintings by some of her local students will also be featured. An audio tour of the Curator's adventures in tracking Miss Kirk's life will be an integral part of the exhibition, which will offer an intimate glimpse into the adventurous life of Miss Edith Kirk.

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lecture series

Thu MAY 28 | 7:00 pm
History of Botanical Art
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Galt Workshops: unleash your creativity

evening hands-on series

Thu JUN 11 | 7:00 pm
Watercolour Painting
with Alex Bakk

Thu AUG 27 | 7:00 pm
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Wednesdays at the Galt for ages 55+

1st & 3rd Wed monthly

JUN 03 | 2:00 pm
Wildflowers of Waterton Park
with Ian Wilson and Jacinthe Lavoie

JUN 17 | 2:00 pm
Sharing the Legacy of Miss Edith Fanny Kirk: Exhibit Tour

JUL 15 | 2:00 pm
Country Houses and Gardens of Southern Alberta
with Jim Asplund


Saturdays at 1 Family Program


JUL 07 | 2:00 pm
Landscape Painting
with Kali Paterson

JUL 14 | 2:00 pm
Travel Journals & Luggage Tags

JUL 21 | 2:00 pm
Corrugated Pictures

AUG 11 | 2:00 pm
Work Boxes

AUG 18 | 2:00 pm
Hand Fans

AUG 25 | 2:00 pm
Beeswax Resist Art

Saturdays at 1 Family Program


related happenings

Opening & Book Launch

Sun JUN 07.15 |
2:00 - 3:30

The Curator Presents... click for details

The Curator Presents...
Searching for Adventure

Wendy Aitkens

Followed by the official opening of
A Legacy of Adventure & Art: The Life of Miss Edith Fanny Kirk
. and a signing of the newly published book by the same name.

click for event details

Museum Community Days

Canada Day

Wed JUL 01 |
1:00 - 4:30
pm | free admission


Exhibit and curriculum related School Tours and programs are available for the duration of the exhibit. Contact Belinda for more information: 403.320-4248 | email

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