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What is Cool?

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cool gardens winnipegWhat do you think is cool?  The creators of this art installation at The Forks in Winnipeg asked 2015 people that question. Hope is coolEach flag in the installation has a photo of someone’s face and their response to the question, “What is cool?” cool gardens the forksThis ‘cool’ art was created by fourth year environmental design students from the University of Manitoba- Brenton Leskiw, Kent Mundle, Matthew Rajfur and Corey Doucette. What would you put on a flag in this exhibit? 

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Crossing Seal River

What’ Gandhi Doing in Winnipeg?

The Famous Five

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Meeting with the Mayor- The Arts Are A Priority

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Last week the members of the Residents of the Exchange District  here in Winnipeg had an opportunity to meet with Mayor Brian Bowman. He told us about some of his visionary ideas for  the city and we talked to him about our concerns and questions.

Mayor Brian Bowman met with members of the Resident's Association of the Exchange District at the  Gurevich Art GalleryMayor Brian Bowman meets with members of the Residents of the Exchange District at the Gurevich Art Gallery

One priority for the mayor is increasing funding to the arts. Since many galleries, studios and performance venues are located in the Exchange District this could be particularly important to our area of the city.

Winnipeg Exchange District painting by Caroline Dukes at the Millenium LibraryWinnipeg Exchange District painting by Caroline Dukes at the Millennium Library

Mayor Bowman  told us  for every dollar you invest in the arts you get an $18 economic return. The average Canadian city invests $35 per person annually in the arts. Winnipeg invested $5 when Mr. Bowman took office. His first budget…

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The Beginning and End of Life

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ron mueck girlJaws drop, eyes widen, and voices exclaim when I take kids into the room at the Winnipeg Art Gallery where Australian born, London-based artist Ron Mueck’s enormous sculpture The Girl is on display. umbilical cord ron mueck's the girlThe little girl has just been born and her umbilical cord is still attached. Blood remains on her wrinkled and folded skin. ron mueck's the girl faceYou can see the glisten of saliva on the baby’s lips, the wet of mucus in her nose and her tiny eyelashes. ron mueck the girlYou need to walk slowly all around the figure and think about it. Mueck says that while he spends lots of time making the outer surface of his giant human beings it is really the life inside them he is trying to capture. ron mueck the girlAfter our older son was born my husband walked around the delivery room carrying him and talking to him. “I wonder what he is thinking,” he said to me…

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It Must Be Spring

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spring blnds richardson buildingThey’re up!  I walk through the ground floor of the Richardson Building almost everyday going to and from appointments and my various part-time jobs. spring blinds richardson building winnipegThey have these enormous blinds on all the high windows in the foyer area and they change with each season.  spring blinds richardson building winnipegEven if you never left the building you’d realize when a new season has begun because the former season’s blinds are gone and the new ones appear.  spring blinds richardson buildingThis morning it is nearly ten degrees below zero and there are snow flurries predicated but I know its spring because the spring blinds are up in the Richardson Building. Go and see for yourself! spring blinds richardson building
Note: With thanks to my brother-in-law Harvey for the idea

Other posts about Richardson Building Art……..

Tom Lamb

Seal River Crossing

North Watch

Tree Children

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Falling in Love

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I dare you to visit the space at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) devoted to the work of Elisapee Ishulutaq and not fall in love with her and her art.

Photo- Office of the Governor General of CanadaPhoto- Office of the Governor General of Canada

 Elisapee is 90 years old and last year she was made a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her artistic and community contributions. elisapee ishulutaq mural winnipeg art galleryOne wall at the WAG holds a bright and lively mural she made in 2014.  You can watch a video and look at photos of Elisapee getting out of her wheel chair, kneeling down and fearlessly starting to draw marks with her oil sticks on a long piece of paper to make her mural.

Photo - Winnipeg Art Gallery websitePhoto – Winnipeg Art Gallery website

 For five days she slid along the floor in her apron, seal skin boots and knitted sweater, with her wire frame glasses perched on her nose…

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Living In An Art Gallery

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Winnipeg is a breath away from Canada’s heart. I live at the city’s center in The Exchange District. In 1887 when wheat was prairie gold, savvy entrepreneurs organized a grain exchange and turned this area into a thriving business district. We own a condo in a century old warehouse built by hardware merchant and Winnipeg mayor James Ashdown.

Many of the Exchange District’s corporate residents have been devoted art patrons, so our streets are studded with larger than life public art pieces. I see three when I walk out my front door.

caribou crossing portage and mainStraight ahead eleven massive caribou ford a river. A trio scales the steep bank while the others battle for their lives in the rushing water. Their antlers sprawl like bony tree branches in silhouette against the downtown skyscrapers. The sculpture Seal River Crossing by Peter Sawatsky reminds me that my city stands on land that was once home…

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Parfleches For the Last Supper

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I interviewed artist Robert Houle when I worked as a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Robert Houle- Photo- University of ManitobaRobert Houle- Photo- University of Manitoba

“Look after this gift which has been given to you”.

Robert Houle’s mother offered her son that advice when she realized he was serious about painting. Houle is an Ojibway artist whose work can be found in many major museums and gallery in Canada. His Parfleches for theLast Supper are part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery collection.       

Jesus- Parfleches for the Last Supper by Robert Houle- Winnipeg Art GalleryJesus- Parfleches for the Last Supper
by Robert Houle- Winnipeg Art Gallery

  A parfleche is a decorated rawhide pouch which was used by people of Plains cultures to carry personal and sacred objects. “A seer or sage came to our family home on the Sandy Bay Reservation for each of my eight younger sisters’ naming ceremonies,” said Houle, speaking to me from Toronto. “I was…

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Assembling Sounds for Sounds Assembling

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bertram brooker sounds assembling 1928Does this artwork  remind you of a kitchen blender or a slot machine hitting the jackpot? I’m a tour guide at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and I’m taking an online course from the Museum of Modern Art in New York called Art and Activity.  art instructor momaIt introduces guides to activities they can do with children related to works of art. One of our assignments this week was to pretend we were disc jockeys. We had to come up with a collection of sounds to describe an art work and choose a soundtrack for it.  I used a piece from the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s collection called Sounds Assembling for my assignment.

bertram brooker sounds assembling 1928

It was created by Bertram Brooker. He moved to Portage la Prairie Manitoba in 1905 from England. He went on to manage a movie theatre in Neepawa, Manitoba. Later he became a prize-winning fiction writer, a journalist and the…

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Learning To Print

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martha street studio winnipegHow does printmaking work? Last week  I had the pleasure of attending a  workshop at the Martha Street Studio right near my home.
martha street studio winnipegLisa, one of the instructors at Martha Street, also works at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Along with the rest of the guides in the WAG’s schools’ program I got a chance to see first hand how art prints are made and also try my hand at printmaking.

martha street print studioLisa showed us the steps in the screen printing process. She had a portfolio of samples that illustrated all the different ways print making is used to design a whole variety of items. 

artist shows prints at martha street studioLisa showed us some of her own amazing print work,

printing at martha streetand then let us each try our hand at making a print of our own. 

lion printI was pretty pleased with my final product. 

A few days later due to a scheduling change I ended up leading a…

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What in the World is a Funnelator?

funnelator winnipegWhat is that thing? I’ve walked by this interesting object outside the Millennium Library many times in the last few months and I’ve taken quite a number of photos of it. But I didn’t know what it was.  I couldn’t find any kind of sign nearby so I went in the library where the friendly staff informed me it was a funnelator. 

winnipeg's first funnelatorWhat was a funnelator? I had to find out.  I discovered the funnelator is an initiative of the  CentreVenture development group. Although the funnelator just outside the library is the first one I’ve seen,  in a 2011 article in the Winnipeg Free Press CentreVenture CEO Ross McGowan said there will be dozens of funnelators downtown in the future. funnelator graham street winnipegAccording to McGowan these funnelators will be different sizes and colours and be used as media and information centers, heating stations or shelters from rain and snow.  winnipeg's first funnalatorAn article in the Metro in December claims this first funnelator will be a test case and only when it is working effectively will others be built.  CentreVenture spokesperson Tom Janzen said on CJOB radio that the funnelator at the library is more of an art piece, there for its aesthetic value, while other funnelators may have more practical applications. 

funnelator winnipegMade of metal, polyethylene or fibreglass the funnelators are copyrighted and are absolutely unique to Winnipeg. They were designed by a Portland firm called Commart. 

funnelator winnipegApparently during the week the JUNOS were in Winnipeg the Funnelator ran a thirty minute video loop by film maker Michael Maryniuk that featured local musical groups like the Lytics, Boats and my personal favorite Royal Canoe. 

The funnelator is certainly unique and will make a great conversation piece when I am showing visitors my neighborhood. At least now I know what it is. 

Other posts about interesting art downtown,,,,,,,,

Emptyful

A Mural For Bill Norrie

Why No Golden Girl?

 

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