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Work by Darrell Markewitz has been represented in the following

Gallery & Museum Exhibits

Museum Exhibits

As Contributor

Vikings NAS

Vikings - North Atlantic Saga

A major international exhibit describing the expansion of Norse culture from its roots in Scandinavia, westward to Iceland, Greenland to Vinland. Based from the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, this international effort opened spring of 2000 in Washington, then travelling to a number of large Canadian and American museums over the next two years.

I had a small consulting role in the original discussions, and created about a dozen 'hands on' reproduction pieces for the related educational programs.) I then worked on various aspects of the educational programming at the Smithsonian in Washington, the Denver Museum of Science and Nature, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull.


Full Circle : First Contact

"Led by the Newfoundland and Labrador Museum, this 2800 sq ft exhibit will tell the story of the Vikings at L' Anse aux Meadows and contact with aboriginal peoples, including the rejoining of the human race from its movement out of Africa one hundred thousand years earlier. The exhibit will be touring nationally and internationally late 2000 and 2001."
Again, I had a small role in this exhibit via the creation of about a half dozen objects for the related educational program.

The first two stops for the tour were St John's and Corner Brooke, Newfoundland (to about Oct 1). The exhibit then travelled to Ontario, opening at the Woodstock Museum on November 4, 2000 - to March 15, 2001. I worked with curator Shiela Johnson to implement the educational programming here. I also designed a promotional display to accompany 'Full Circle' at the Woodstock Museum leg of the tour.
The text I wrote, along with the images used on the display panels, can be seen : Here

As Curator


the Norse Encampment
1994 / 1995 : Orangeville Ontario
1996 / 1997 : L'Anse aux Meadows Newfoundland

The Norse Encampment was a series of increasingly complex living history programs illustrating daily life in the Viking Age - specifically the Norse occupation of Vinland c 1000 AD.
The original pilot presentations were mounted inside the Orangeville Medieval Festival.
In 1996, a 10 day test program was delivered at the actual L'Anse aux Meadows site, funded by the Viking Trails Tourism Association.
Starting in 1997, Parks Canada commissioned the creation of a full scale regular interpretive program for L'Anse aux Meadows NHSC. This included the creation of hundreds of replica objects and training of staff. This award winning program continues to this day.

Full documentation of the Norse Encampment


the Dark Ages Re-Creation Company
from 2000

seeks to create an environment that stresses historic re-creation of the Viking Age through the use of strict interpretation at a 'role playing' level and authenticity guidelines regulated by peer review. The primary activity of our events is centred on the 'camp', and as such we stress reproducing lifestyle and artifact use. The Company intends to provide a resource of skilled and experienced historic interpreters and physical demonstrators to museums and educational programs."

I started DARC in 2000 in response to a request by the management of Norstead to provide a team from Canada to take part in their 'Viking Millennium' special event series.
With DARC, presentations supporting various travelling exhibits continues. The group has increasingly been focussed on serious experimenal archaeology research over the last decade.

Go on for : An Introduction to DARC
the full Dark Ages Re-Creation Company web site

the World
                  of the Norse

The World of the Norse was a major project undertaken from April to October 2003. This 1000 square foot exhibit was commissioned by the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills MI. It consisted of three realistic room settings containing about 175 individual replica objects that portray daily life in the Viking Age. It was installed to accompany the presentation there of Full Circle - First Contact, to better put the artifacts into living context.

Artistic Exhibitions

As Participating Artist

Celtic Renaissance - Contemporary Celtic Art in Ontario & Brittany
Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Ontario
Jan - Feb 1999

International Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Convention
Toronto Ontario
April 2001
An Droichead / the Bridge : Group Exhibit


Tradition and Innovation

Lindsay Public Library Gallery, Lindsay Ontario

Feb. - Mar. 2003

An Droichead / The Bridge group show :
"  'Tradition and Innovation', both go hand in hand. It is rare to create something absolutely new, never seen before. As artists we are constantly looking at the world around us, drawing inspiration from many sources, both overt and subtle. ... When an artist makes a conscious decision to draw on traditional sources, it is inevitable that we bring our own unique ‘take’ to the matter at hand. ... The challenge is to take what has gone before and put it into a contemporary context. In doing so, the end result is stronger and more alive."

For more details go HERE


the Elora Sculpture Project
Elora Ontario
May through October
2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018

" The Elora Sculpture Project is an outdoor exhibition that runs from May through October each year.The sculptures are installed at sites throughout the downtown core of the beautiful village of Elora and its neighbouring town, historic Fergus in Ontario, Canada."
The ESP is a jurried public art competition. Individual artists create and loan sculptures, which are mounted on fixed bases.

A separte section describes the individual submissions over the last years : HERE

4th Millennium

Into the 4th Millennium
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Hamilton Ontario
April 1 - May 29, 2016

I was one of a select group of Ontario Artisan Blacksmiths contributing to this exhibit. Some more details on the exhibit and my contributions on the blog.

As Curator

'Reflections of the Conquest'

Woodstock Museum, Woodstock Ontario


" A juried exhibit of contemporary objects, contributed primarily by artisans who, through their past work, have shown an interest in themes and / or techniques drawn from the Early Middle Ages. ... The objects on display are a combination of new original designs inspired by the 'World of the Conquest', plus reproductions of the physical objects from the age. "

For more details go HERE

Out of the Fiery

Woodstock Museum, Woodstock Ontario

September 9 - October 29, 2005

" In the beginning there were the four elements ; Earth and Air, FIRE and Water. Of all of these, Fire was the most mysterious to our ancestors. It was the ability to harness Fire that would lead us on the long technological road that would bring us to our modern world. Of all the basic elements, Fire is the agent of transformation. Fire allows the conversion of rock to metal, of sand to glass, of mud to ceramic.
Even to the modern artisan, fire retains its mystery...

For more details go HERE

'Grave Goods'

Woodstock Museum, Woodstock Ontario

September 6 - November 1, 2008

" In Ancient times, providing for the needs of the dead into the after life often exhibited the best work of artist and craftsman. ... How future ages may view our current era is sure to be coloured partially by what objects we use to mark our own passing.

Be it whimsical or serious, conceptual or traditional - GRAVE GOODS seeks to explore how the current generation of artisans view all aspects of burial customs. "

For more details go HERE

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