Local artists Jeff and Linda Gudmundson have developed a keen interest in military history, and their tribute to service is currently on display at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum.
"Ladies, Gents, Partners and Spies" will be at the EAGM's Gallery 2 and Project Wall until November 15. It features some of Jeff's military artifacts and uniforms, and a collection of Linda's female spy-related artwork.
"I've always found it intriguing the history of men and women who fought for their countries, and I always find the uniforms and the materials that they use are a reflection of them and their struggle," said Jeff.
Jeff has tried to gather as much as he can from different countries through garage sales and the internet, and he estimates that he has about 3,000 war items in his collection. When he uttered the number at the exhibit, it drew gasps from the audience.
He also finds it fascinating to research the person who wore the uniform and the battles that he or she fought in.
Linda's contribution comes through her mixed media paintings of women throughout history who served as spies and informants. Historical newspaper clippings are added to the background of the works, which primarily show the face.
She concedes that she ventured into her work partially because she was surrounded by Jeff's military collection. But then she was going through old newspaper articles, and she saw a 1930s article about a woman from France named Martha Richards, and her contributions to the war effort as a spy.
"They were honouring her with a medal for bravery for her espionage work in World War I," said Gudmundson. "Her story just sounded like a James Bond story."
When she went on-line, she realized many more women contributed to espionage, especially in the Second World War.
"I think stories like that which show the courage and tenacity of women, and the bravery of these women (are worth sharing)," said Linda.
Please watch a future edition of Lifestyles for more on this exhibit.