Dec
12
to Dec 24

Design Quarter Holiday Shopping Guide to Buying Local - Instagram Contest

Follow @designQwpg on Instagram for your chance to win a gift a day for 13 days leading up to Christmas!

Follow our Instagram adventure with @downtownjason from dec 12 - dec 24 for your curated, walkable guide to shopping local this holiday season. Support + invest in Winnipeg’s amazing local artisanship! Everyday until Dec 24th, we’ll be featuring a local product from one of our 13 wonderful retail members. We’ll be doing a draw to give away said product at the end of each day! Check in with @designQwpg for all the deets.

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Jan
5
12:00 PM12:00

First Friday: Venice Biennial and female representation by Alex Keim

Alex Keim spent an intense week at the 57th Venice Biennial, experiencing one of the world’s oldest and most complex art shows. While there, she examined the representation of women as artists and subjects of art. She asked herself, “Is there a balance of representation and diversity on this world stage?” The answer may surprise you. Join her in a visual journey of discovery, as she navigates exhibits by 120 invited artists, a myriad of special projects and 23 collateral events.

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Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Crafternoon with instructor Queti Azurin: Parol-making at MAWA

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The parol is the quintessential symbol of Christmas in the Philippines. It is a five-point star-shaped ornament that represents the star of Bethlehem that guided the wise men to the manger of the newborn Jesus Christ. Learn how to make this iconic Filipino Christmas lantern and how to decorate it for the season

FREE! All materials, snacks and child-minding provided. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Queti Azurin is a visual artist who immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 2013. In her exploration of different mediums, she has developed a technique using sawdust. She also works with pastels and colored pencils, and has a penchant for teaching craft. She has facilitated workshops in Manila and Winnipeg, and in her blogs she shares craft tutorials online with a wider audience

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Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Illuminations Opening Reception at aceartinc.

A year-end exhibit of works by the 2016 - 2017 Foundation Mentorship Program 

Featuring the work of program mentees Sandra Campbell, Melissa Coyle, Colleen Granger, Sacha Kopelow, Shawn Jordan, Ingrid Lincoln, Chantel Mierau and Jennifer Still.

Closing Reception: Friday, January 5, 7 -10pm

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, December 8 - January 5, 12 - 5pm. 

Closed for the holidays: December 24 - 26, December 30 - January 1

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Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Green Blankstein Russell and Associates: An Architectural Legacy Book launch

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Please join us for the opening of the exhibit "Green Blankstein Russell and Associates: An Architectural Heritage”, curated by Jeffrey Thorsteinson and Brennan Smith 

Jeffrey Thorsteinson will give a free public talk on the history of Green Blankstein Russell and our new, accompanying book will be available for sale. 
The free exhibit, offered in partnership with the Jewish Heritage Centre 123 Doncaster Avenue, will run until February 15th. 
Funding support has been provided by Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du CanadaStantec, Manitoba Association of Architects, City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba.

The book is available from McNally Robinson as well as the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (266 McDermot) or online at: http://www.winnipegarchitecture.ca/shop/merchandise/publications/green-blankstein-russell-an-architectural-legacy/

Price is $35

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Dec
1
to Dec 2

Official First Friday After Party at Little Brown Jug

Art is woven into the fabric of the Exchange District and thanks to First Fridays in the Exchange, we get to celebrate art every month!

First Fridays in the ExchangeExchange District Business Improvement Zone and Culture Card are thrilled to present the inaugural First Fridays Official After Party at Little Brown Jug Brewing Company from 8pm to 2am. Featuring:

-Fashion show for Lennard Taylor Design Studio Inc.´s winter collection with models from Swish Model Management and hair and makeup by Aveda Institutes Canada
-Live painting by Shouresh Jalili
-Virtual Reality Art by The Campfire Union
-Art Installation by Josiah David Koppanyi
-Contemporary Dancers
-DJs Ricky Ramdath (Mav One) and Alan Nobili
-Projections by David Horton from Interfusion Media
-Sandwiches by King + Bannatyne
-Beer by Little Brown Jug Brewing Company
-Special Wine Bar

Go to Facebook Event Page.

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Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

"Tell My Friends I love Them" Opening Reception at LANTERN

LANTERN’s second exhibition of the season, “Tell my friends I love them”, features new works on paper from three artists whose practice spans three continents.  These are intimate portraits of places the artists have called home. Homes that are current and from the past.  Amongst heart ache and yearning there is a love for these localities in their eccentricities and conflicts. Lush and exuberant, foreign and familiar, this assemblage from Jennifer Belair, Cyrus Smith, and Miriam Rudolph runs for the month of December.

Cyrus Smith grew up in Manitoba, and received his BFA from U of Manitoba. He lived in Berlin from 2011 - 17  and is now living in Winnipeg. His history as a street artist informs his bold mixed media compositions. 

Jennifer Belair is from the mid-west United States. She received her MFA from and currently lectures at Wayne St. University in Detroit.  Her  paintings are drawing-based, a chaotic, colourful mix of animism and the collision of humans in the wilderness. 

Miriam Rudolph grew up in  Paraguay, received her BFA at the U of Manitoba and her MFA at the U of Alberta  in 2017.  Works from this recent series are about the impact of industrial farming in her home  country.

I chose the title “Tell my friends I love them” as something one says embarking on a long journey.  There is a foreboding sense of finality to the statement, like something a war correspondent might say before the telephone lines go down.  In this case I wanted to both acknowledge the sacrifices that artists make when they choose a life of art, and also that making art is in itself a way of telling your friends how you love them.

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Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

All Things Included by Bazil (Michael Bridford-Read) Opening Reception at cre8ery

Hours December 2 to December 19:  Tuesday to Friday, 12 -6pm; Saturdays 12-5pm

Bazil has always been very creative, using different mediums to express himself.  He has developed a diverse style; incorporating an earth based palette and a vivid colourful palette. His works are generally sculptural, mixed media constructions, paintings and exquisite handmade books. These things are an expression of me and my life experiences. He has come to realize that his work has a common theme of time. His works illustrate the passage of time while comparing and contrasting the past to the present.  His work shows us the unwritten history of the future. Some of his art pieces are abstract and some are concrete sequential. The viewer participating in the art will bring their own self and meanings to works; even though we experience time in the same way.

Michael Bridgford-Read, also known as Bazil, has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours, 1994) and Bachelor of Education (with Distinctions, 1998), from the University of Manitoba.  Bazil has taught publically and privately while working on his art career. His artworks are primarily sculptural assemblages, using natural materials and exhibiting influences of pre-historic and tribal cultures. Recently Bazil added painting to his repertoire of art.  Bazil’s art can be seen at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Education, College of Midwives of Manitoba, Murals of Winnipeg and many private collections. More info here.

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Nov
25
12:00 PM12:00

Terra Botanica Market at cre8ery

Terra Botanica is a creative synthesis of clay/earth, plants and the human element to experience and appreciate a more natural holistic existence in our living/work environments. We are not designed to thrive in sterile environments void of all the plant and microbial/probiotic activity that has evolved along with us and within. The natural calming scents and sounds of earth, plants and water evoke and awaken our own biological innate affinity to the natural world.

Current scientific research is proving that soil microbes/bacteria have an important role in maintaining our physiological/psychological well being, facilitating a deeper symbiotic relationship with our environment. Exposure to soil bacteria has natural mood enhancers, activates brain cells, reduces anxiety, and functions as an antidepressant.

When we bring these natural elements in creative ways into our homes, we infuse the scent of earth, plant life, beneficial microbials and natural visual stimuli into the environment we call home. More info here.

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Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Terra Botanica Opening Reception at cre8ery

Terra Botanica is a creative synthesis of clay/earth, plants and the human element to experience and appreciate a more natural holistic existence in our living/work environments. We are not designed to thrive in sterile environments void of all the plant and microbial/probiotic activity that has evolved along with us and within. The natural calming scents and sounds of earth, plants and water evoke and awaken our own biological innate affinity to the natural world.

Current scientific research is proving that soil microbes/bacteria have an important role in maintaining our physiological/psychological well being, facilitating a deeper symbiotic relationship with our environment. Exposure to soil bacteria has natural mood enhancers, activates brain cells, reduces anxiety, and functions as an antidepressant.

When we bring these natural elements in creative ways into our homes, we infuse the scent of earth, plant life, beneficial microbials and natural visual stimuli into the environment we call home. More info here.

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Nov
17
to Nov 19

Isolated Landscapes Gathering

Isolated Landscapes Gathering: presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre in partnership with MAWA & Platform Centre. Located in various locations.

The Gathering is the collective sharing of experiences among the participants and the public. Participants for this have been selected from a national and international call for submissions. Each participant brings their own insights, working methods and experiences to The Gathering in the spirit of collaborative engagement and creativity. The proceedings of the working groups will be streamed and broadcast, with the participants bringing their innovative ways of working from the historic examples given in the exhibition towards new modes of feminist inquiry and activism in new media. More info here

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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Respondent Series: An Artist Talk by Lori Blondeau at Plug In ICA

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Please join us for a talk by cherished artist, Lori Blondeau on Thursday, November 16 at 7pm. In conjunction with our current exhibition Entering the Landscape, we present this talk by an artist known for her astute use of pop cultural aesthetics paired with searing political commentary and cultural parody.

As a prominent artist, and founding member of the collective TRIBE, Blondeau’s impact on the artistic production and discourse in Canada is enduring. This talk will offer an in depth look at her work, which often looks at the influence of popular media and culture on Indigenous self-identity, self-image, and self-definition.

Blondeau’s work focus on the impact of colonization on Indigenous women. The Lonely Surfer Squaw, currently on display for Entering the Landscape, is part of a larger body of work that deconstructs racist pop-cultural images - specifically the ‘Indian princess’ and ‘Squaw’. To this end, Blondeau creates absurd hybrid characters placed in classic poses, referencing mainstream pin-up or cover girls. This work interrupts the constructed stereotype of Indigenous women and refers to the damages of colonialism and the ironic pleasures of displacement and resistance. More info here.

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Nov
14
4:15 PM16:15

Joint Curatorial Tour + discussion of Entering the Landscape + INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE at Plug In ICA

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4:15-5pm • Tour at The Winnipeg Art Gallery, INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE
5:15-6pm • Tour at Plug In ICA, Entering the Landscape
6pm • Discussion at Plug In ICA

This joint tour and discussion will focus on the curatorial methods and processes engaged by the curators of Entering the Landscape and Insurgence/Resurgence. All Welcome

Entering the Landscape - OCTOBER 1 TO DECEMBER 31, 2017
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, 460 Portage Avenue

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE - SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 TO APRIL 22, 2018
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard

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Nov
4
to Nov 5

Art Auction + Gala at Plug In ICA

Plug In ICA 2017 Art Auction and Gala!
Tickets • $200 VIP
Table of 10 • $3000
• charitable receipts available 

Please join us for this pinnacle event in the expansive and dramatic space of the abandoned Bay basement. Enjoy cuisine from some of Winnipeg’s finest restaurants and chefs with crafted cocktails, local beer and champagne. The auction features astounding work by forty acclaimed artist. This year’s gala is not to be missed. 

We are lucky to have Winnipeg’s beloved Drag Queen Pharaoh Moans MC the evening.

Plus After Party featuring JD Samson of Le Tigre, MEN (after 11pm) • $45

More info here!

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Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

disPOSSESSION Artist Talk w/ Miriam Rudolph at Martha Street Studio

Exhibition dates: Friday November 3rd – Saturday December 9th, 2017
Artist will be in attendance for Opening Reception.
Artist talk: Saturday November 4th, 3p.m.
All events are free and open to the public.

Printmaker Miriam Rudolph will exhibit a new body of work in disPOSSESSION that was created during her MFA thesis, inspired by extensive research in areas of agriculture, environmental issues, food sovereignty, and Indigenous land rights

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Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

'Inclusivity, Celebrating Diversity' by Mohan Tenuwara Open Reception at Cre8ery

Gallery Hours: Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri 12-6pm; Sat 12-5pm, exhibition closes November 14, 6pm

Exhibition Statement:

Differences are not feared in the forest. Instead, they are accepted, embraced, and loved. Large or small, dependent or independent, long or short, fair or dark, each and every living element in the forest complements its biodiversity, richness, and sustainability. This is a truth evident by many who explore nature, including the landscape artist.

Artists give us pause and cleanse a window of habitual looking or myopic seeing. The secret is that different elements of the forest grow with respect to each other’s differences, working together to become stronger for survival. Nature has chosen not to see daily obstacles as insurmountable, but as opportunities for new solutions to diversify. As artists, it is this diversity around us that we appreciate, celebrate, represent, and share through our work. Each unique landscape in its coherent composition reminds us that not everyone has to be the same.

Being open to this difficult ideal and aspiring to it are the first steps toward moving in that direction. With this exhibition, the artist attempts to highlight the parallel nature between the forest and human society – how its composition and balance can impact its sustainability, evolution, and longevity. Each subject chosen for the exhibition has its own story, telling us how and why inclusivity matters. More info here.

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Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

disPOSSESSION by Miriam Rudolph Opening Reception at Martha Street Studio

Exhibition dates: Friday November 3rd – Saturday December 9th, 2017
Artist will be in attendance for Opening Reception.
Artist talk: Saturday November 4th, 3p.m.
All events are free and open to the public.

Printmaker Miriam Rudolph will exhibit a new body of work in disPOSSESSION that was created during her MFA thesis, inspired by extensive research in areas of agriculture, environmental issues, food sovereignty, and Indigenous land rights.

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Oct
23
5:30 PM17:30

Clay Figure Building Workshops with Artist Jaime Black at Plug In ICA

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Meet at Plug In ICA – 460 Portage Avenue • Workshop at Gallery 393 • 393 Portage Avenue, in the skywalk between Portage Place and The Bay

Programmed in conjunction with our current exhibition Entering the Landscape, artist Jaime Black will facilitate clay figure-building workshops on Monday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30-8:30pm. The programing on both evenings will begin at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art with a short tour of Entering the Landscape. From there, we will move to Gallery 393 where Jaime will introduce the workshop, and teach participants a basic hand-building technique to sculpt the clay. Please join us for one or both sessions. 

Building on Black’s persistent interest in land-based practices, this workshop derives from the premise that the land mutually shapes and is shaped by us. Taking clay as material also draws connections on a wider global scale, recognizing its uses worldwide for utilitarian and spiritual purposes. Drawing out these references, Black facilitates an opportunity for a tangible and embodied relationship to the land.  

All materials and tools will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their creations home with them after the workshop. More info here. 

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Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Half your Life in Transit by Cindy Garrioch Opening Reception at Cre8ery

Exhibition hours, October 21 to October 31, 6pm
Tuesday to Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday 12-5pm

Half Your Life In Transit   “If you take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. ” – Maria Edgeworth

Everyone is always in a hurry it seems. We as a society are focused so much on the future and so eager to get there that I fear most of us are not enjoying the journey along the way. The goals we hope to obtain overshadow the fact that life is happening right now.
Taking a step back in time to look at life without the technology we now have at our fingertips is a calming process and helps give context to the ever-changing modes of communication and travel. The immediate becomes impersonal and looking ahead means not being in the present.  In this process I have embraced the spirit of retrofuturism, when advances in science and technology meant improving our lives without the risk of alienating ourselves from one another.  Cindy Garrioch is a multimedia artist living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Fine Arts program with a BFA Honours in printmaking. Born in Grosse Isle, Manitoba, the youngest of five, Garrioch focuses on the themes of time, memory, and perception in her art. More info here.

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Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

From Colonialism to Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Bodies and the Camera at Plug In ICA

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RESPONDENT SERIES | A Talk with Sherry Farrell Racette - From Colonialism to Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Bodies and the Camera

In response to our current exhibition Entering the Landscape, on Tuesday, October 17that 7pm, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents “From Colonialism to Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Bodies and the Camera” by beloved scholar, artist and educator, Sherry Farrell Racette as part of our Respondent Series.

Considering the extensive representation of Indigenous women employing video or photography in Entering the Landscape, Racette will contextualize the impact of these technologies historically and their contemporary uses. She will speak to the fraught history of visual representation as an early tool of colonization, with particular focus on lens-based media. Recognizing its contemporary use as an apparatus of resistance and reclamation, Racette will trace a trajectory that sees a transition from the camera as a colonial instrument used to fetishize, and sexualize Indigenous peoples, to its empowered use by Indigenous women beginning in the mid-twentieth century. Coming full circle, Racette posits the camera as “now enable[ing] powerful acts of the imaginary to affirm our stories, reclaim our sovereign bodies and assert our enduring relationship to land”. More info here.

 

 

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Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

"A Journey into the Land of Giants" by Charles Putnins, Opening Reception at Cre8ery

Additional Hours: October 7 to October 17, 6pm

Tuesday to Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday, 12-5pm

Iceland is Nature in its early stages. Earth, wind, fire, and water , four simple elements of Nature combine to create unimaginable beauty. It could be the deafening roar and sheer power of Dettifoss, the incredible cloudscapes that constantly change, the fantastical landscape of Landmannalaugar, the volcanic vents on Hverir’s moonscape, or the simple song of stones being caressed by the incoming waves on a peaceful black sand beach. These simple elements exhibit a force that evokes a sense of awe, and a sense of humility in us all. It shows us that we are merely a small part of a greater whole, the Universe. And we are all dwarfed by its strength and magnificence. Iceland is one place on the planet where man’s insignificance in the face of the grandeur of the Universe is most evident.

This collection of images is an attempt to capture that awesomeness, that beauty, and that force which surrounds us and courses through our lives daily…to make one aware, for awareness is all.

Charles Putnins has had a lifelong passion with photography. This has led him to create a body of work concentrating on the grandeur, beauty and spiritual presence of the natural world. Although he has developed the majority of his craftsmanship skills in photography on his own, he has a formal education in photography and is a graduate of the Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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Sep
30
to Oct 1

Entering the Landscape Opening Exhibition at Plug In ICA

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Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is excited to announce the opening of our fall exhibition, Entering the Landscape, a contemplative group exhibition featuring twenty-one artists from Canada, the USA, Denmark, and Berlin. Working in film and video, photography, sculpture, and performance these artists represent a breadth of politicized contemporary and iconic historical works that place the female or queer body in the landscape. Bringing together artworks that conceptually and aesthetically overlap, this exhibition identifies and considers a persistent motif in contemporary art. Curated by Jenifer Papararo and Sarah Nesbitt. More info here.

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