Wayne Arthur Gallery Exhibits 2020
*All events are subject to change. Some dates still to be determined.
LYRICAL LINES: Drawings by James Culleton
Reception: Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 7 to 9 PM
Show continues to February 26th
About the Show:
In Lyrical Lines, James Culleton uses blind contour drawing to deliver a who’s who of Canada’s roots scene in some of Winnipeg’s most venerable music venues.
The 200 drawings in this collection highlight performances between 2006 and 2019.
About the Artist:
Culleton graduated from Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba in 1997. He has won awards from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, The Michaelle Jean Foundation, The American Society of Furniture Designers, and the Manitoba Society of Artists. James is an instructor at the Forum Art Centre and Red River College. He invites you to view his work at Wayne Arthur Gallery on Provencher Boulevard and at www.jamesculleton.com
JAMAIS SEUL: Art and poetry by Connie Wawruck-Hemmett in Honour of the Never Alone Foundation
From Friday. February 28 to March 31
Artist reception: Sunday, March 1 from 1 to 4 PM
About the Show:
By Connie Wawruck-Hemmett
A single word
Strikes the soul
With a fiery blade
The mind cringes
The heart aches
Feeling so alone
But parent child
Spouse and friend
All are affected
Each feels alone
Steeped in grief
Fearing the worst
But solace is there
To ease lives
Of those affected
A gathering of hearts
Filled with love
Help all in need
You’re never alone--
Each day of life
This art exhibition is comprised of pieces as diverse as the vast numbers of people affected by cancer. It honours the Never Alone Foundation for its efforts to make cancer patients and their caregivers live each day with more ease, and a portion of the proceeds of all sales (20%) will be donated to the charity. The French version of the foundation’s name has been used to title the show in recognition of the gallery’s location in St Boniface, Winnipeg’s Paris on the Red.
About the Artist:
Connie Wawruck-Hemmett is a mostly self-taught visual artist who credits local artistic legend Ted Korol for first setting her on the road to expanding her artistic abilities during high school. Her plans at that time involved a future in costume design, but instead she ended up working in the new field of data processing.
Since that time--even while becoming a mother, travelling the world with her offshore oilfield-working husband, acquiring two degrees in History from the University of Winnipeg (BA 1987, MA 1989), and working towards a PhD at Dalhousie University—she has always been involved in one type of art or another. Even Connie’s graduate-school work had to do with art, as she specialized in “reading” the visual representation of women in graphic drawings to be found in a 1930s Soviet youth newspaper. Unfortunately, the discovery of two brain tumors in 1994, a very invasive surgery, and a lengthy period of recuperation brought her studies to an end, but she continued “making art,” often using it as a form of therapy after being diagnosed with PTSD.
It is only during the past ten years, however, that Connie has devoted more and more of her time and energy to her artistic pursuits, from fine needlework and clothing design, to jewelry design, ceramic art and painting with various mediums on a variety of substrates. Building on her academic teaching abilities, she now teaches classes in different art styles and techniques and is a certified ceramics instructor. Her work has appeared in a number of multi-artist shows, as well as in three solo exhibitions, and can often be seen at Winnipeg’s Cre8ery Gallery, Wayne Arthur Gallery, and the Edge Gallery. It is held in both private and public collections in Canada and the United States. Connie is also a member of the East of the Red Artists group and is organizing a show for its members at Wayne Arthur Gallery for May 2019.
MULTI-GRAINS OF ENERGY by Naomi Gerrard
Opening Thursday April 2 from 7 to 9 PM
And continues to Tuesday, April 28, 2020
About the Show:
Naomi incorporates prairie grains into her art, celebrating the importance of our agriculture. These grains command a deep respect and encourage a reflection on life, nature and our connections to the land. The health of our agriculture is vitally linked to the health of society.
In this project I have been exploring the energy of the prairies by incorporating the grains grown in the prairies into my art. I have been working on this idea for a number of years and call it Multigrains of Energy. I am inspired by the potential surging life of the individual grains planted annually in our prairies. Each individual grain has its own inherent personality, range of colours, shape and beauty. These grains collectively change the vast landscape of our prairies annually from the planting season to the harvest season. They spread energy, hope and beauty as they develop into nourishing food for us all. I incorporate these grains in my mixed media art works using many different grains that are grown in our prairies including canola, flax. wheat, oats, buckwheat, sunflower seeds, rye, alfalfa, Clover, mustard seeds and many more. I feel a connection to our prairies and am inspired by its surging life.
There are about 50 of these mixed media works now touring galleries in rural Manitoba as seen in my exhibitions resume. This body of works will have been seen in 9 galleries in 3 years and I am hoping they will continue to tour beyond Manitoba galleries.
About the Artist:
Naomi Gerrard grew up on a farm in Pensylvania. She trained as a registered nurse and completed her B.F.A. in art at the University of Minnesota before immigrating to Canada in 1980 with her Canadian husband and children. She is an active member of the Winnipeg art community. In addition to participating in various workshops in Canada and the USA she has also taught classes and workshops.
The subject of her art work centers on family life. She has often portrayed children at play in a landscape, mothers with children or families interacting. Art for her is a search for a visual voice, for the light, spirit, sound and tensions of the moment. She sometimes makes social statements through her art.
The techniques she uses center around collage in a variety of media. She makes her own paper and sometimes uses paper fibers to create texture on paper or canvas. In addition, she incorporates other materials such as thread, yarn, cloth, plaster and prairie seeds, sand and natural materials. Color is an integral element in her work.
Art Works in collections include private collections as well as various organizations purchased works from galleries and from donated works such as the Hog Marketing Board, the School Trustees, UNIFEM, Children’s Research Foundation and university, government and church groups.
Publications written about her art includes the Free Press and several rural Manitoba newspapers which were covering art exhibitions of her art through the years. Naomi’s art was published in several articles through the years as well as she is included in: Lysenko, T.(Ed.), Manitoba Visual Artists Index, 1983, p.28Stoppler, J./Dewar, L. (Ed.), The Manitoba Society of Artists: Artists Directory, 2003.
VISION 2020: Art by East of the Red Artists
Reception: Thursday, April 28, 7-9 PM to May 27
Annual group show