Celebrate the 3rd Annual Rural Northern Manitoba Online Art Juried Exhibition with the Manitoba Arts Network WINNIPEG – September 19, 2022
Manitoba Arts Network is thrilled to announce that our 3rd Annual Rural Northern Manitoba Art Juried Show will open online October 5, 2022.
This year, the show features 36 performers from various regions including the Central, Northern, Parkland and Westman regions. This exhibition will be hosted entirely online on MAN’s digital gallery by December 2022. The Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show (MRNJAS) is an annual exhibition organized by the Manitoba Arts Network.
This creates an opportunity for artists and their art to be valued and admired across geographic and cultural boundaries, fostering artistic exchange.
With the success of last year’s virtual exhibition, more than 900 visitors from all over the world joined us online, MAN and our member organizations have decided to continue the exhibition online for 2022.
The exhibition is a valuable opportunity for us to learn more from the artists about their work. There will be three prizes selected by a jury to be presented to the artists during the art exhibition. This year’s works span a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and textiles.
Our guest artist, maker Katrina Craig, will open the celebrations with a presentation on the importance of play and experimentation to artistic practices. Katrina will talk about her artistic practice and the importance of play and experimentation in our creative endeavours, and how play can allow us to expand our creative practice in new and sometimes unexpected ways.
As Programs and Outreach Coordinator at the Manitoba Craft Council, Katrina works with artists and artisans to build and shape their careers. She will discuss some ideas about career building that she learned from her role at the Manitoba Craft Council and her own professional artistic career. Katrina Craig is an artist, maker and arts administrator currently residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Katrina’s work incorporates textile techniques and traditions with mixed media materials, handwritten text, deconstructed objects, plants and organic materials. Her work often uses process, labor, memory, and time as a vehicle to explore how our close ties, experiences, and physical environments contribute to the changing nature of personal identity.
Shelley Dyck finds the connection to the world around her, “The quiet, easier life we found in Manitoba has improved my painting.”
Doug Dmytriw thinks this program is ideal for all artists: “Times like these need communication to convey ideas, warnings, suggestions for the advancement of our species, to make the world a better place with what you can represent. Shapes, sounds, colors, media of all types give each of us a voice. Why waste words, why beat around the bush. More riders can come anytime, n anywhere.”
Lauren MacLean’s art is a deep listening practice at the intersection of body, mind, spirit, heart and soul. When she paints in acrylics, she strives to capture the essence of a subject while giving it a realistic look. However, she always wants to push the boundaries further and invoke deeper questions about how the viewer sees the world by changing the traditional form. The piece does this by showing what is happening behind the subject’s smile, as well as the shallow box through which we can perceive it.
Darlene Hunt, as a self-taught artist whose one constant in life has been the joy and fulfillment that only learning can bring, she finds it very difficult to label her work with a definitive style. Darlene can only offer what others have described as her “unique” work, whose linework is “expressive”, “intricate” and “breathtaking”.
Betty Sawatzky from the Westman area shared her thoughts. “Capturing nature through many mediums in art has been my lifelong passion for 50 years! More recently, I have learned to love charcoal drawing; both its softness and its grain! With each piece, I try to achieve that “WOW!” factor – that extra “something” that causes the viewer to stop and take a second look, to get carried away and connect with the work at its intimate way. I strive to do that through hyper-realistic charcoal. If I can invite someone into the world I’ve created for them and keep them there, then I’ve achieved this” WOW!” postman.”
The MRNJAS Opening Reception will take place via Zoom on October 5 at 7 p.m., where the public will have the opportunity to chat with artists featured in the exhibit.
Three works selected by an external jury will receive a cash prize. We will announce the winners at the opening reception.
Please follow the zoom link below to join us on Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. for the opening reception when we celebrate the achievements of artists across the province: https://us02web.zoom.us/j /84259169900
Join the Manitoba Arts Network for this year’s Rural Northern Manitoba Art Juried Exhibition at https://artgallery.manitobaartsnetwork.ca/.
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