Interlake Artists dominate 15th Annual Rural & Northern Juried Art Show

08/01/2017 by Manitoba Arts Network

The Rural and Northern Juried Art Show provides an opportunity to rural artists to showcase and promote their work to a Winnipeg audience.  This annual exhibition bridges the gap between rural artists and Winnipeg’s arts scene.

The artists exhibiting at the Art Show come from across the province (Central, Northern, Parkland, Northern and Interlake regions).  Artists are invited to participate after being selected as winners in their regions’ juried art exhibit. Artworks include a range of media, such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics and textiles.   A team of professional juror’s selects the final prize winning pieces here in Winnipeg.  This year, all 3 winners of the 15th Annual Rural & Northern Juried Art Show are from the Interlake region. Werner Batke of Arnes won third place, Linda Johnson of Ashern won second place, and Kathy Freeman of St. Andrews came in first.

We are all artists and creators. When we brush our hair in the morning, pick our clothing, tidy our houses, mow our lawns - even when we wash our cars, we are painting on the canvas of our lives. We mold and sculpt everything around us until it reflects our inner selves,” spoke Kathy Freeman on July 15th.  Her winning soapstone sculpture, Contented Seal, was made in celebration of Canada’s 150 anniversary.

The exhibition ran from July 7-29, 2017, and was supported by Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Assiniboine Credit Union, Gardewine Group and the Province of Manitoba.  Funds from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ supported the Show’s Reception and Art Party held at The Edge Gallery on Saturday, July 15th the location of the month-long exhibition.

The art party was an afternoon of free indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Attendees spent time viewing the exhibition, painting clay ornaments, visiting the neighbouring gallery, MAWA, and being entertained by performing artists such as Mr. Circus and Neil Weisensel. Tours by trolley brought attendees to see some of the wonderful public artworks of Downtown. Stops included the Millennium Library, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Mere Hotel and Martha Street Studio.

“We are delighted to showcase artists from different regions across Manitoba and display their juried work at our annual exhibition here at the Edge for the month of July,” says Rose-Anne Harder, Executive Director of the Manitoba Arts Network. The Network is a not for profit, charitable arts service organization, showcasing and advancing performing and visual arts and culture in all regions of Manitoba.