Canadian artist John Hartman has been busy painting profiles of Canadian climbers and skiers, such as Barry Blanchard, Sharon Wood, Jim Elzinga and Kevin Doyle.

Part of the collection is his exhibit called Across the Great Divide which features the first skiers to complete the Great Divide Ski Traverse in the Rockies.

Ian Brown wrote a narrative essay called “A Walk Across the Top of the World in Winter” that accompanies the paintings in the exhibition catalogue: “Twenty-one days, eight icefields, countless peaks and 300 kilometres after they set off across a series of icefields and passes that had never before been traversed in one go.

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“Chic Scott, Don Gardner, Charlie Locke and Neil Liske skied out of the forest to the Trans-Canada Highway near Sherbrooke Creek. Then they took their skis off and had a cup of coffee at Wapta Lodge.”

On Thurs. April 27, you can join Hartman and Brown in Banff for free at the Whyte Museum as they discuss the exhibit and Chic Scott will be doing a presentation on April 20.


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