Art / Science River Valley Walk

Dawson Park parking lot

10298 89 St NW, Edmonton, AB, T5Z 0E7

Edmonton, AB


Nature & outdoors


Physical activity & movement

Visual arts

Join MacEwan Biological Sciences professor Dr. David Locky and artist Dwayne Martineau to explore this river valley park and former landfill. In response to With All Things Considered, our fall exhibition of works by Leanne Olson, learn about Dr. Locky’s research on microplastics and how our waste is impacting waterways and impacting ecosystems, and how photography is part of his practice of documenting this changing landscape in Dawson Park. Explore with Martineau how walks in the river valley inform his artistic practice as he leads an observational exercise to shift focus on the complex lives and life cycles found in this space. Does seeing this way shift what you regard, appreciate, understand, discard, discount, ignore or step upon? Dr. David Locky is a wetland ecologist and Associate Professor, Biological Sciences at MacEwan University. Dr. Locky’s research interests and expertise include wetland classification and evaluation, plant diversity, ecology and biogeography, animal ecology, biogeochemistry, natural and human impacts and wetland policy and practice. Dr. Locky is a practicing Professional Wetland Scientist and Professional Biologist. He is an Adjunct Profession at the University of Alberta and Athabasca University. Dwayne Martineau is a visual artist, musician and composer living in Edmonton. Two preoccupations dominate his work—the physicality of light, and experimental landscape photography. Using optics, found glass, mirrors and multiple exposures, Martineau introduces distortions, symmetries, and animism into exhaustive studies of forests and trees. His goal, as he describes it, is to use the unique power of photography to "give us a chance to see nature through a different lens, literally, and understand that it’s got its own thing going on..." Dwayne is a member of the Frog Lake First Nation, descended from a complex frontier mix of early French, Scottish and Irish settlers, Plains Cree, Métis, and Iroquois.

This event is free.

Fri Sep 25
Sat Sep 26
Sun Sep 27

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

  • Exhibition: With All Things Considered - Leanne Olson
Mitchell Art Gallery
Image: Leanne Olson, #yegbrick, 2018. Courtesy of the Artist. Exhibition: With All Things Considered - Leanne Olson Mitchell Art Gallery Image: Leanne Olson, #yegbrick, 2018. Courtesy of the Artist.

Organized by

Mitchell Art Gallery

This public program is part of exhibition, With All Things Considered, a solo exhibition by Leanne Olson, the first Artist in Residence at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. The John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery, MacEwan University's public art gallery, is dedicated to engaging timely conversations and community through contemporary art. The John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery is a public gallery committed to presenting art exhibitions, programs, and publications that feature diverse artistic and curatorial perspectives committed to critical discourses in contemporary art. The gallery supports interdisciplinary, experiential learning for the public and for the university community. Located in the heart of downtown Edmonton in MacEwan University’s new Allard Hall, John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery programming also serves the local community through emphasizing safe, collaborative and relevant opportunities for learning and visual literacy development. Gallery initiatives reinforce the MacEwan University mandate through innovative approaches to program delivery and community development. The gallery supports opportunities for students to develop academic, practical and leadership skills to support their futures as artists, cultural workers, and lifelong critical thinkers.


10298 89 St NW, Edmonton, AB, T5Z 0E7

Edmonton, AB

Meet at the east end of the Dawson Park parking lot. Please come prepared to be outside, standing or walking, for 90 minutes.

Event Contact

Carolyn Jervis