“A Moment in Time”
Artist’s Statement – “A Moment in Time”
Having once owned an architectural antiques business, I love looking back at the past. Whether it’s an old house and its heritage, or a person glimpsed in an antique photograph, their stories call to me.
When I see people in an old photograph, I wonder what lives those people lived, and why they chose to have a photo taken at that moment in time. I am drawn in by the character written in these people’s faces, their gestures and posture.
Working from vintage black and white or sepia photographs allows me to imagine the lives of these people, and to choose what details, and colours, best express my vision. Researching the era of the photographs, and the clothing styles gives me further insight. I use these elements as a starting point for a composition that brings these people to life.
As the work is created, fabrics are carefully chosen for their ability to mimic both dimension and texture. A finishing touch is machine stitching to add fine details and depth to the composition.
I combine a love of history, and a curiosity about people from the past, to capture character in fabric.
Valerie Wilson – Biography
These are not your grandmother’s quilts. If you were to join Valerie in her home for tea and cookies, you would see a group of ladies at a garden party – in a quilt on the wall. Valerie Wilson is a fibre artist with a passion for using fabric to create pictures. Looking closely at her art, you will see the layers of small pieces of fabric, blended together with stitching, to create the appearance of a painting. Valerie has been quilting for the last 14 years and combines her love of fabric with the themes of nature and people.
Valerie has a refreshing sense of fibre artistry that captures the viewer and makes them linger on every intricate detail. She has a clear love of the outdoors and the natural colour schemes of flowers, trees and landscape.
Having been the owner of an architectural antiques business, Valerie maintains a keen interest in old houses and the people who lived in them. This is evident in Valerie’s current series of vintage portraits, which are based on those brilliant old photos depicting the way we once were. You are drawn in by the whimsical titles and led to wonder – “What were they thinking and doing in that time and place?” Valerie combines a love of history, and a curiosity about people who lived in the past, to capture character in fabric.
Always seeking knowledge, and wanting to develop her expertise further, Valerie has trained with fibre artists from around the world. With a love for being involved in any organization of which she is a member, Valerie became the Fibre Art Network (FAN) Membership Co-ordinator in 2004, when she joined this co-operative of professional, Western Canadian fibre artists.
Valerie’s award winning art has been shown across Canada, and internationally. Since 2004, Valerie has been the Membership Coordinator for the Fibre Art Network, a cooperative of professional Western Canadian fibre artists, and in 2016 became a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). Valerie teaches regularly in her home town of Winnipeg, and travel teaches across Canada.
Valerie was born in Carberry, Manitoba, amongst the rolling sand hills. Craving change, she sampled life in the university town of Kitchener-Waterloo for a few years, but then decided that she could no longer resist the pull of the sunny climes of Manitoba, and now resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Bio: Robert (Bob) Hogue – Born in 1941 and raised in St. Boniface, Manitoba. Bob spent several years of his youth living in Seven Sister Falls north of Winnipeg where he spent his spare time playing hockey and camping. He is a relative of the famous Metis leader Louis Riel. It was not unusual for him to be away in the woods for several days at a time. It was in those days that he came to appreciate nature and the outdoors.
At an early age Bob showed promise as an artist, and he kept it with him while he apprenticed as a “Sign Painter”. In those days sign painters painted everything by hand, it was before the computer age.
Bob moved to BC in 1967 and to Nanaimo in 1971 where he owned and operated “Classic Signs”, which allowed him to stay in touch with his artistic talent. He has recently left the business world to pursue his dreams of traveling and painting wildlife for a living.
January 17 – February 28 2018
“My painterly Excursions to South Central Rural Manitoba”
Here on display is a collection of 26 oil paintings inspired by my three short excursions to the region of Southern Manitoba that I have never explored before. With painterly approach and broad-brush strokes, I attempt to showcase the natural beauty of the land and the rich cultural history of the place across the seven municipalities represented by Tiger Hills Arts Association. As a painter, I will certainly be so much satisfied if the viewers will vicariously experience the same thrills and excitement as I did when I first caught sight of this beautiful land of Rural Manitoba. – Weiming Zhao
About Weiming Zhao : Growing up in the sixties in a remote northwestern part of China during the Cultural Revolution, Weiming Zhao used his passion for painting and drawing as an escape from the difficult times.
In the late seventies Weiming taught himself to read and speak English from a book on pronunciation. His studies led him to a ten-year career teaching English as a second language in China and eventually to Canada to pursue further studies at Brandon University in 1991. After five years’ separation from his wife and daughter, Weiming got reunited with his family here in Canada in 1995 and settled in Brandon ever since then.
After a hiatus from painting and drawing of almost three decades, Weiming’s childhood passion for art was rekindled. It was in the summer of 2003 in Lake of Woods, Ontario where he once again picked up his brushes, paint and easel and has not stopped since. The result is a portfolio of over 6000 paintings and sketches created en plein air (in open air), and 18 solo exhibitions, and his painting was collected all across Canada , United State, Russian , England and China. 14 of his paintings are included in Manitoba Provincial Art Collection.
November & December 2017
There are no art exhibits in the Gallery during our annual Boutique Blitz! The Gallery space transforms into the ultimate shopping experience, welcoming new vendors and returning seasonal favorites! Shop local this holiday season, and choose from a variety of handmade unique items made by local artisans!
Saturday December 2nd
Join us for a hot drink & a cookie!
10:00 am -1:00 pm
Thursday December 7th
Enjoy hot cider and snacks while you browse our selection!
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
“Pride & Joy”
Mixed Media Paintings
The art work featured in this exhibit represents the artist’s PRIDE in her home and country as well as the JOY she finds in the beauty of nature that surrounds her farm. This mixed media show contains watercolour, pen and ink, and acrylic paintings in a variety of sizes and price ranges. It’s a very Canadian collection that hopefully inspires feelings of peace, joy and pride in our heritage.
Karen was born, raised and lives on a Century family farm on the edge of the scenic Pembina Valley in Manitoba. She recently retired from Prairie Spirit School Division where she worked as a Middle School Librarian for many years and is looking forward to devoting more time to her art. The beautiful landscape of her home, her strong family and farm roots deeply influence her art. She learned to love creating as a young girl from her mother who was a talented, self taught artist. Wherever possible Karen continued to take classes and watch and learn from her fellow artists.
She draws, paints, sews and has dabbled in many different art forms. She likes to make a statement with bold colours and dramatic pieces.
Karen loves the creative process itself which means that she is always open to try any new artistic endeavor and to share the joy of creating with others.
“Tractors and More”
Oil Painting, Photography & Sculpture
Living on a rural farm in Southern Manitoba for 35 years has given Susan Crawford-Young the opportunity to observe life from a different perspective. Large open fields, wildlife and farming practices are some of the scenes that Susan depicts in her work. Painting in acrylic, oil and watercolor and creating pottery from clay found on her own farm. With a background in Engineering and working in her father’s machine shop for a brief time has given her an appreciation for the work that goes in to making and maintaining farm equipment. This equipment and the technology it entails grows the food we eat. It is an artwork all in itself.
Central Region Juried Art Exhibit
Selected pieces of various art mediums from the Central Region Juried Art Show will tour the four Central Region Art Councils throughout the summer. The touring exhibit will be in Holland at the Tiger Hills Arts Association August 2017. This is always a wonderful exhibit showcasing the amazing talent we have in our region. The collection of work embodies various styles, subject matter and mediums.
Wild Imagination: Showcasing the wacky and vibrant characters, monsters and scenes of a constant daydreamer. Fun and comfort are at the heart of these digitally illustrated pieces. All pieces shown have evolved from childhood drawings, random sketches and notes jotted down throughout the years.
Biography: Colton Balske is an illustrator/writer from Winnipeg. Inspired by the characters and colours of cartoons and storybooks growing up, Colton, now enjoys telling similar stories through vibrant images. When he isn’t drawing, Colton is spending time with his two children or taking time to admire the many changing colours of the prairie sky.
Check out Hans’ Biography on his website : http://hansarnoldphoto.com/canadian-photographer/
April 1-28 , 2017
Acrylic, Watercolor, Pen & Ink Paintings
Biography: Born in Ste. Rose du Lac Manitoba in the 1940s and raised in Laurier, Manitoba, all of my early formative years were spent by being part of large family gatherings and growing up with many cousins.
I started drawing while in elementary school and began painting around the age of 12. In school the teachers would feature my work in the hallways. During high school I took a correspondence course in illustration art through the Minneapolis School of Art. Most of my influences as an artist were from literature and exposure to well known artists. I remember as a child going to my grandmother’s, who was from France, and seeing reproductions of paintings of the French artists Monet and Gauguin and some Canadian artists hanging on her living room walls. The Group of Seven painters also influenced me.
I have belonged to various art groups over the years and have had public exhibitions of my work. I displayed and sold through the Hovmand Gallery and the Maple Leaf Gallery. I’m also interested in photography and painting on ceramic tiles. I work mainly in the mediums of watercolours, acrylics, oils, and pen and ink.
Many of my paintings are owned by private collectors and companies. In the 1970s I did a series of pen and ink sketches for The Lance community newspaper. I also did illustrations for a book of music composed by my cousin Remi Bouchard.
My interests are primarily in the Manitoba scenery and landscape, and the vanishing buildings that our pioneering forefathers built. These vanishing “prairie sentinels” – grain elevators – that dotted our small communities and held them together are featured in many of my pictures. The rugged landscape of the pre Cambrian shield, the open prairies, and the unpopulated north draw my attention and inspire me to record these uniquely Manitoba wonders.
I’m currently represented by Wayne Arthur Gallery in Winnipeg, and Gwen Fox Gallery in Selkirk, The Old Church Gallery and Gifts in Minnedosa, Poor Michael’s in Onanole, Tiger Hills Gallery in Holland, and several other small rural galleries in Manitoba. – Joel Bouchard
“Multigrains of Energy”
Mixed Media / Acrylic Paints & Grains
Biography: I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. I studied nursing in Wilmington Delaware and worked as a Registered Nurse nearly 30 years in various jobs. I am married and have three adult children and two grand daughters and one grandson. I graduated with a degree in Fine arts in 1980 from University of Minnesota. I took additional classes in art history at University of Manitoba and attended numerous community art history lectures. I have also studied painting, drawing and print making with Canadian artists including Milos Milidrag, Diana Thornycraft, David Garneau, George Gless, Steve Gouthro, Karen Cornelius and Yisa Akinbolaji.
Themes that reoccur in my art are depictions of family life and children’s activities. My art is figurative, impressionistic and the medium I use is acrylic paint products with mixed media. I am fascinated with handmade papers and I make some of the papers used in my art. I collage into my art such products as seeds, twigs, sand, pebbles, small shells, leaves and insects when needed to add to the composition and message of the art.
My art has been represented in the Pulse Gallery in the Forks and Wayne Arthur Gallery in St. Boniface as well as in juried art shows throughout Manitoba, Ontario and Internationally.
Artist Statement: “Health issues, family issues and children’s activities influence my art because of my own family life as a mother and grandmother and my job as a nurse. I am interested in the human and animal figure and their health and the health of our environment.
I am mesmerized by color, pure and vibrant, subtle colours, colour relationships, earth tones and colour psychology. Texture also enthralls me thus my art production is usually mixed media. I’ve enjoyed making paper and embedding materials into it then using that in my mixed media art.
The following artists influence my art: Emily Carr because of her impressive visual expression of nature. Mary Cassatt because of her depictions of family life and family relationships. Kathe Kollwitz because of her determination to show us real life in her time from a woman’s point of view and Daphne Odjig because of her figurative art and vibrant colours showing her aboriginal, female point of view.
Presently I am concentrating on the visual artistic voice related to the importance of our agriculture on our prairies. The beauty, colours, shapes and strengths of the grains grown in our prairies has transfixed me for a long time and I feel strongly that their voice must be heard though art.” – Naomi Gerrard
January 17 – February 24, 2017
Biography: Mike Grandmaison is a talented Canadian photographer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the ‘Heart of Canada’. He was born in Sudbury, Ontario in 1954 and graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology in 1976. Following a 20-year career with the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton and Winnipeg, Mike has been photographing professionally on a full time basis from Winnipeg since 1996. His commercial assignment photography focuses on agriculture, architecture, the environment, gardening, nature, travel and tourism. He manages a full service stock photo agency of one of the finest individual collections of premium photographs from Canada. His work has been widely published in leading magazines and books, and his stunning nature photographs have been employed by some of North America’s top corporations. To view some of Mike’s clients, refer to his Representative Client list.
Mike’s photographs are also available as fine art prints which are prepared and produced with meticulous attention to detail. Fine art prints may be purchased at The Canadian Gallery or locally in Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) at Grolle Fine Art.
Mike conducts nature-focused workshops and presents lectures on various photo related topics to numerous organizations. He writes full feature photo articles for many magazines as well as for his own coffee table books. He has been a regular contributor to Outdoor Photography Canada magazine since 2007.
October Art Exhibition
“Bright & Colourful!” by Elizabeth Hiebert
October 4-28, 2016
Biography – Elizabeth Hiebert – Mile Seven Art Studio
A self-directed Artist, painting in oils starting in 2004, at the urging of a persistent inner voice that would not be ignored. Transitioning into acrylics for a series of contemporary abstract and impressionist works for my premiere art show in August, 2012, at the Poser’s Gallery, Morden, entitled “Colours”. Surprisingly, many of the abstract paintings magically feature images within the colours themselves, to be discovered by the viewer when studying the art in-depth over a period of time.
I am a local artist who enjoys creating works of art that touch the soul and speaks to the emotions of movement and texture.
I reside in Winkler, and am the proud Mom of one daughter.
“MISSING WOMEN” by Elizabeth Delgatty
A very powerful Art Exhibition of Societal Statements about the Abuse of Women.
September 1 – 30, 2016
Elizabeth Delgatty taught in a public school system for 34 years retiring in 2003. After traveling across Canada and the USA for 6 months she decided to take up watercolour painting, a dream of hers for many years. She took a beginners’ class from Bill Shoup through Winnipeg Parks and Recreation in early 2004 and has continued to take courses through Creative Retirement, Winnipeg Parks and Recreation, Artists’ Emporium, Local Colour Art Group and the Forum Art Institute as well as taking courses in Qualicum, BC and Gimli, MB. She is currently experimenting with mixed media, acrylic and oil as well as continuing with watercolour explorations.
ABOUT MISSING WOMEN
The painting, depict societal statements, such as abortion and domestic violence – all things that make Elizabeth Delgatty angry. “The inspiration I got for them was by listening to CBC Radio… I heard an interview with a woman who said, ‘he was an only child with 13 sisters,’ and that made me really mad so I decided I had to paint it,” she explains. “That was in 2008, and by the time I finished painting it I wasn’t quite so angry… I sold it and it got published in an art textbook, and that was kind of the end of my anger. Things that have made me mad about the unfair treatment of women, I have painted.” Though the paintings may not be considered politically correct, as long as the images are not taken out of context, viewers should be able to see the paintings from the artist’s perspective. “The purpose was to release my anger, but also to get other people angry about the mistreatment of women.”
It is important to make the issues against women a topic of conversation. It is the intention of this exhibit to do just that- inspire others to see the problem and make a change.
AUgust 2016 – linda hanneson
water color & acrylic paintings
august 2 – 31
Linda grew up in an Icelandic community near Langruth called Big Point. Here, she developed a deep and lasting love and appreciation of nature and the beauty of the marsh and sunsets over Lake Manitoba. Linda’s very first memory of learning to draw occurred with her Dad, Hallgrimur, teaching her how to draw a horse on the blackboard hanging on the wall in the kitchen of the family farm.
Linda went on to become a school teacher in Portage la Prairie and it was only after her retirement in 2006 that she gave her love of Art her full attention. Linda taught Art to children and adults at the Portage and District Art Centre as well as in her home studio up until 2014. She also was active in the Arts Smarts program, the St. James Assiniboia Art program, served as a mentor to young adults through the Arts and Cultural Association of Winnipeg, is a member of the Prairie Ripples Art Club, did weekend workshops, took on private tutoring in preparation for Art entrance requirements, has been a presenter at the Portage School Division’s SAG conference, has exhibited at many juried art shows including the Red River Ex and has had her work selected as People’s Choice Award 3 times as well as selected by the Manitoba Arts Network, 8 times, having these pieces displayed at such locations as the Legislative Building, the Bay, downtown Winnipeg, and the Pavilion at the Assiniboine Park.
Linda’s Art can be found in private collections in Canada and the United States.
“I love the fact that I can make people smile, be curious, and question me regarding the content of my art in relation to the ‘name’ I give the piece. I have to chuckle when I see the thought they are putting into why I chose a certain name for a certain piece! I almost never give my point of view, rather, I encourage them to tell ‘me’ why they think the name was chosen. In my view, art is in the eye of the beholder, and I may see something entirely different from what you may see. What fun!! There is no wrong answer.” – Linda Hanneson
July 2016 – Central Region juried art
35th annual touring exhibit
July 5 – 27
The top 40 pieces of artwork selected by jurors at the 35th Annual Central Region Juried Art Show. A variety of mediums will be on display produced by the incredibly talented artists in our region. This annual exhibit always gets rave reviews, do not miss it!