I am truly thankful The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Her Honourable Salma Lakhani visited and listened to each Alberta Old Buildings painting’s story so patiently.
Plus, thank you to the office of the Lieutenant Governor for accepting my invitation.
Because of it, I was able to share with her honor the beauty of the Alberta Artist-In-Residence/ Art Ambassador program. Especially, my Alberta artist-in-residence project – the Alberta Old Buildings‘s purpose and meaning between people, arts, and heritage to her honor.
Her honor is so friendly and interested to know the painting’s progress and historical location & stories. As a painter and creator of the Alberta Old Buildings series. This dialogue means so much to me.
The Magical Moment
It was a magical moment when the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta besides my painting “1913 Alberta Government House” the 1st to 6th Alberta Governor Residences. Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
Her Honour was holding a small painting called “Spring Manor” painted in 2008 September inspired by the east elevation of the Government House.
It was painted 15 years ago when I landed in Edmonton and married for the first 8 months.
At that time, I was still a visitor status while my permanent residence was under process. We lived and rented an apartment in the Glenora area, and enjoyed walking to the Government House and the former Royal Alberta Museum for leisure.
Legacy of Canada Immigrant Stories
This small painting “Spring Manor” is a story of an immigrant story.
Now this painting is reunited with the 19th Lieutenant Governor her honor represents the monarch as the official head of state in Alberta. Also, her honor represents the legacy of Canada’s immigrant and women story.
This is the main reason why I chose the 1913 Alberta Government House represents the Edmonton of the Alberta Old Buildings series. It is the 1st painting of the entire series but also took me a longer time to completely finishing.
Lastly, I would like to thank you, Lieutenant Jason Finkbeiner, Gerry ( Jubilee Auditoria), and Aaron (Art Branch) assisted with the visit and let it go so smoothly 😁
The exhibition is open to the public from now until Dec 7 at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditoria ‘s Kaasa (Lower) Gallery.