Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Here is an update re Veronica and Kirk Creed
from Helma Rogge
Kirk and Veronica lost their home/studio in a recent fire, that ate everything, please read on:
The good news is, that they have a roof over their heads and that Veronica can tend her vegetable garden. And even more so that they will be on the WAVE tour which is June 10 and 11. Visit www.watchthewave.ca

Re: social to be held for Kirk and Veronica
Date: Friday, June 16, 8 pm
Venue: 612 Valour Road, north of Portage Ave, Wpg
BYOB and $10 /ticket by donation. When tickets ready Helma will let you know where you can get yours.
Silent Auction And, as usual at occasions like this, bring snack foods for all to share. Darryll and Keith and their fellow musician will entertain, and perhaps more. Please come forward and get in touch with Darryll of Hillbilly Burlesque, or Keith of Spatula, to offer your talents that would make this a great evening. Helma will take offers of volunteers to put together a ‘mean’ Silent Auction, please contact her if you can collect donations that can be put in this. Also volunteers are needed to help set up and clear up the silent auction and the hall. $10 donations requested for the trailer, so Kirk and Veronica will be the rightfull owners of the trailer, are coming in. here is the address to mail your cheque to: Don and Norma Torbert, P.O.Box 1256, Gimli, MB R0C 1B0. Thanks a million for those who have already mailed their donation. Cheerio colleagues in creative synergy - Helma.

5th WAVE Artists' Studio Tour 2006
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm June 10 and 11 & September 2 & 32 Great Weekend Adventures in Art: The tour focuses on art and culture in the Interlake communities. Essentially a self-guided tour, visitors can meet artists and artisans for an up close and personal experience in the artist's studio/workshop.
The tour menu features artists accomplished in these fine crafts: pottery, stained glass, lampwork glass jewellery, fibre art, hooked rugs, quilts, photography. Jewellery, influenced by ancient Celtic designs, waterclourpaintings, acrylic and mixed media; and exquisitely designed willow furniture. A luthier who crafts customs-designed guitars and other stringed instruments brings the discipline of music to give another tempo to the tour. There are eclectic galleries that show high caliber art work by a selection of Manitoba artists both local and province wide.CONTACTS: HELMA ROGGE REHDERS EMAIL: hroggere@mts.net ph: 1.204.389.5633
Sandy Driscoll Email: beachwes@mts.net ph: 1.204.389.4813

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


The Vault Gallery
I visited Charlie and Sarah Johnston and their new Vault Gallery last Friday at 2181 Portage Ave. A great location - bright and spacious, and with parking space! A great space for art. They are still looking for groups of artists/craftspeople who are looking for a venue to have a show. They are more than willing to negotiate, and are open to proposals. The space includes vaults that would be great to display jewellery (Shades of MCC on Academy Rd.) They are still short of 3D display, but are interested in ideas.
Above are some photos of their space.
Glass in a new venue
And I also visited Robert's salon at 101-912 Portage Ave. Robert McGhie is happy to show the work of local artists in his hair dressing salon. At this time Yolanta and Zbigniew Sokalski are showing their glass work there. The photos here can give one an idea of the display potential.
Here is an opportunity sent via Arwen at the Winnipeg Folk Festival:
Brandon Folk Music and Art Festival
Box 22091 Brandon, Manitoba, Canada R7A 6Y9

The 22nd Annual Brandon Folk Music and Art Festival takes place July 28-30, 2006. Each year, artisans, crafters and community organizations are invited to join us Under the Canvas to sell and share their work. All participants will be provided with one table and two chairs under a marquee tent, promotion in the Festival program and two weekend Festival passes.
The Exhibitor is required to be set up and open to the public at Under the Canvas, Brandon Folk Music and Art Festival held at the Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Brandon, Manitoba during the following dates and times:

Friday July 28 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday July 29 12 noon until 8:00 pm
Sunday July 30 12 noon until 8:00 pm
Rental fee for artisans and crafters Rental fee for Community Fair
Single Table $ 55.00 Single Table $35.00
Two Tables $100.00 Two Tables $70.00

unserviced camping is available on site, food booths (on site) and restaurants (easy walking) are accessible, and backstage food passes are available for a small additional fee (includes Friday and three meals Saturday/Sunday).
If you would like to join us Under the Canvas please contact Shandra MacNeill directly for copies of the contract at
Thank you for your interest and consideration. Hope to see you at the Festival!

Jess Dressler
Under the Canvas Coordinator
Brandon Folk Music and Art Festival
Social For Veronica and Kirk Creed
I understand a social is being planned to help out these two who lost everything in a fire this past week. For more information contact Dave Krindle at jkrindle@mts.net or Helma Rogge at hroggere@mts.net.

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Tragic Fire Destroys Potter's Home
Here's another message from Helma Rogge:
Hi Friends and Artists: Heather Lair and I went up to the Steel Wheel Studio #30 on the WAVE tour.We cried and hugged Veronica and Kirk (Creed), for there was only a smoldering heap of their home cottage. The show must go on, says Kirk, they will open for the WAVE but...From what I can see, here is what they need:
Chainsaw Cookstove for wood and pots and pans, utensils and crokery
Screen tent and a house tent
New underwear for a lady and a gentleman
Rainwear Summerwear
A camera Film
Flashlights with batteries
Radio Cd player Music cds or tapes
A couple of stiff drinks and a new cottage ready in time for fall/winter.
I Am sure we can provide everything for them with no problem! Veronica lost all her years' artwork For her to set up a studio she needs: water colour paints, paper, canvas,brushes and everything needed to create. Kirk has his potter's wheel which was in Rickey Lair's studio. What luck. Think creatively when putting your stuff together for Kirk and Veronica.Their address is on the brochure and you can get their cell from me (Helma) when Ihave it. In the meantime I am Your humble colleague in creative synergy Helma
(for Helma's e-mail address, read yesterday's post.)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


2006 WAVE Artists Studio Tour
Helma Rogge sends this -
The 5th WAVE Artists Studio Tour June 10 & 11, Sept. 2 & 3, 10 am to 6 pm The WAVE brochure will be on shelves before the May long weekend.
Our website will be updated with 2006 artists also by May long weekend www.watchthewave.ca
We are pleased to announce two new artists: Dee Friesen: this artist is inspired by the landscape and animals of her hobby farm, she immortalizes her four-legged friends on special selected rocks and slate.Heather Lair: is complimenting the fiber art on the WAVE tour. She is amaster quilter, and known for her exquisite and innovative quilting and appliqué technique. And that's not all, there is a gallery called The Centre at the Winnipeg Beach Plaza, where people can pause and view a collection of very interesting artwork. As well step out for a stroll through the beautiful historic Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park. This is created by Bob Martin, founding director of the WINNIPEG BEACH ART + CULTURE/WINNBAC Co-op. And the best event I think, is our partner exhibit with childrens' art andmentors from ART BEAT July 14, 15 and 16 at the Plaza. ART BEAT is an afterschool art program at the BEACH. Garry McKague builds raku pottery with the kids, and myself, H. RogueRaiders, helps kids to create with acrylic paints.
Essentially a self-guided tour, visitors are invited to speak with artists who are producers of fine art and fine craft and view their work in the artists' natural environment. Take the scenic route through cottage country along Lake Winnipeg's western shore, experience the vastness of Netley Creek and Oak Hammock Marshes, leave the beaten path for charming country lanes and take a trip inland to Stonewall. Cover the whole tour in a round-trip loop, make it a day or a weekend adventure. Great restaurants, picnic sites, sandy beaches, a refreshing dip, inspiring historic sites, first class accommodations, and of course, an art experience up close and personal...and perhaps, take home a work of art inspired by the Interlake. Participating artists will be flying the blue & white WAVE flag.For info visit:Www.watchthewave.ca Email:hroggere@mts.net, beachwes@mts.net Or 1.204.389.5633; 389.4813
MCC asks for help
Here's another reminder from Gaetanne Sylvester.
OK It's time! It's time for MCC members to step up to the plate!!!!We need a some able bodied members to help move the rest of MCC belongings into storage. - TUESDAY MAY 23, (after the long weekend) - THREE SHIFTS - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Let me know your availability, by Thursday May 18 by e-mail please. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. Gaëtanne
Art in the Garden
This opportunity is an invitation through Judy Jennings.
Our Natural Garden Tour is on Saturday, July 22 - 10 am to 4 pm. I will be volunteering at this spot as I did last year. I should be able to find a few extra hands to help out.

If artists would still like to bring art works for Art in the Garden, they will be presented at Millenium Gardens which is this year's community garden. It is in East Kildonan on Henderson Highway. It's a larger garden than last year and a neat place with herb gardens, vegetable gardens for the 55+ people who live in the area, a native prairie at the side and a gazebo showing some of the history of the area. The art work would look great tucked into one of the gardens.

Monday, May 15, 2006


This from Gaetanne Sylvester from MCC:
We are still in need of volunteers to help move MCC's belongings into temporary storage.On TUESDAY MAY 23 There will be three shifts: first shift - 9:00 AM second shift -1 PM third shift - 6:00 PM Please e-mail me to let me know your availability for one of these shifts before Friday , May 19. MCC must clear out of the building. More than half the work was done today but we need your help. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Andy Krindle, Alan Lacovetsky, Fleur Mclaughlan, Joy Bamford, Susan Styrchak who along with your board, David Krindle, Ann Tyre, Ron Mark Herman De Vries, Ingrid Lincoln and myself worked very hard today and accomplished a lot but MORE needs to be done.Please indicate your availability for one of these shifts by e-mail before Friday.Remember you cannot expect your interim board to do it all. Thank you, Gaëtanne

Thursday, May 11, 2006


This just in from MCC:
An interim board was appointed on April 23, 2006 at a special meeting; David Krindle - President, Ron Mark -VicePresident, Ann Tyre -Treasurer, Ingrid Lincoln -Secretary, Gaëtanne Sylvester - Memberships, and Herman De Vries -Communications.The board was appointed with the mandate, over the next sixty days, of evaluating the present situation, dealing with immediate on-going operational issues and devising a plan for the recovery of Manitoba Craft Council.The immediate course of action is to get an audit of the organization's financial situation over the last two years, hire an arts sector consultant to help build a restructuring plan, deal with the immediate issues of creditors, maintain a minimal operation of the Council and communicate progress to Manitoba Craft Council members.Thank you for your patience,Gaëtanne

This opportunity came thru Arwen Helene at the Wpg. Folk festival:
River City Dragon Boat Festival - vendors
Here’s some info from the Dragon Boat Festival – they are looking for vendors. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact them directly at: dragonboat@sport.mb.ca - Karyn Stone, Dragon Boat Coordinator Manitoba Paddling Association Phone: (204) 925-5681Fax: (204) 925-5703 Check out our website: www.mpa.mb.ca

and also thru Arwen:
Call for Submissions:
Making Art More Personal and approachable, ART HIVE is an old vendingmachine turned art gallery. The converted cigarette machine will be an open forum for emerging and established artists to showcase their workto a larger more diverse audience. ART HIVE encourages easier accessto original artwork at an affordable price and challenges artists tocreate new work and think outside of the traditional gallery setting.We are asking artists to submit all types of work in multiples of25-50, the only limitation is that the art work must be able to fitinside a regular cigarette box (4" x 3 3/8" x 5/8"). Artists will bepaid according to the machines revenue.(Each box will cost 4$ and the artists will receive 3$, the extra 1$will be used for purchase of boxes, machine maintenance and project facilitation)Deadline: June 15th, 2006 and ongoingART HIVE's first location will be at the Winnipeg Folk Festival andvarious locations after that. (We are trying to get the Millenium library to become ART HIVE'S permanent home)Email Suzie Smith and Angela Forget at ARTHIVE@GMAIL.COM with your idea and we will provide boxes and more information. Thanks for your time.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


This message from Jayne Nixon came by e-mail, and I am passing it on. (Jo'Anne's Query- is this one of the "salons" that were set up prior to the collapse of MCC? If so, are there more to be held?)
Hello everyone - I will be doing a sale next Saturday, May 13th from 10 am - 4 pm at 17 Rosewarren in St Vital which is the home of Brenda Weiss. There will be four artisans selling gold and silver jewellry, beaded jewelly, crocheted scarves and shawls, glass giftware. Hope to see you there! regards, Jayne Nixon/Elements Glass

Artists call for Entry: Walking the circle Deadline: September 1, 2006
The Portage and District Arts Centre is accepting entries for an exhibition of work by artists working in a variety of media based on the theme of labyrinths. Labyrinths have existed for thousands of years in numerous forms. They have been used as a means of meditation and magic, adopted as ornamental garden features, or planned to provide light-hearted recreation. Whether designed for entertainment, as art objects, or for contemplative purposes, labyrinths offer an experience that evokes spiritual power as one follows the unicircle, or single path. The exhibition Walking the Circle will curated by Kristen Pauch-Nolin. Interested artists may send slides, videotapes or CD’s, image lists, project proposals (including description of work, size, shipping and installation requirements), bio’s, CV’s and SASE’s by September 1, 2006.
To: Portage & District Arts Cente, 11 2nd Street North East, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1R8.
For more information: pdac@mts.net or pauch-nolin@mts.net
Exhibition: October 2007

The View From My Studio
I thought I would browse further afield today to find news and info outside of Manitoba that might be of interest to the crafts community here. I started out by going to the Canadian Crafts Federation website.
I came upon a reference to the Philadelphia Craft Show for 2007, and what seemed a general call for entry to all Canadians. This is what I found:
TO: Canadian Craft Makers
FROM: Anne Manuel, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
On behalf of the CCF/FCMA
REGARDING: Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, November, 2007
In 2007, twenty-six Canadian craft makers will participate in the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in response to an invitation extended to the Canadian Crafts Federation / Federation canadienne des metiers d’art (CCF/FCMA). Coordination of this initiative has been delegated to the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is a major retail craft event in the American craft calendar. Held each November, the juried event is now in its 30th year. Starting in 2002, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show extended an invitation to countries outside the US to participate in the show. Previous to this, only American residents had been eligible to participate. In 2004, the invited country was Ireland, in 2005 it was Germany, and this year the guest country will be Finland. Canada has been invited to be the guest for 2007.
About the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Participation in this event will be an exceptional opportunity for Canadian makers of contemporary fine craft and high-end production craft to show their work in the American marketplace. The Philadelphia show has a strong public image, a high product standard for innovation, design and technical excellence and an excellent sales record.

Selection process
Jurying for the Canadian participation in the 2007 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will be a two-tiered process, involving jurors in Canada and in Philadelphia. An initial pre-selection of approximately 50 – 60 makers will be selected by the Canadian jury based on the criteria noted above. From that selection, the show organizers in Philadelphia will choose the final group of twenty-six. Their selection will be based primarily on medium in order to provide a balanced show for the visitor.
The Canadian jury will be composed of three makers, one from Newfoundland and Labrador, one from Quebec and one from elsewhere in Canada. At least two of the jurors will have been short-listed for the Bronfman Award. In addition, representatives of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Conseil des métiers d’arts du Québec will sit with the jury in an advisory, non-voting capacity.
I recalled this show being mentioned in passing about a year ago, but I did not realize that it was being advertised this past winter all across Canada and that the call was to all craft makers. I thought I'd check the last 2 MCC Bulletins to find info about it in there - however, absolutely no info about this opportunity in either newsletter!! News about the Craft Federation in both the fall and winter Bulletin had no call for entry nor any mention of this opportunity at all. Of course the deadline has passed us by - The next line states:
Deadline for applications – your application must be postmarked by April 20, 2006
Does anyone know if anyone from Manitoba has been selected? If so, how were they informed about this show, since the leadership, or the CCF rep. at MCC did not advertise it to the general membership through the newsletter. I would be interested in any comments re this.
To continue - after reading this, I wondered what else I might find on the CCF website. I cruised to the 2007 year of the crafts section that posted what each province was planning to do. I came across this information:
Manitoba Crafts Council (MCC)PROJECTS PLANNED:
• MCC will be participating in the NCECA in Portland
• 10 exhibitions and 2 visiting artists
• Expanded series of workshops and lectures
• Special travelling exhibition
Certainly ambitious. No calls for entry here, either.
It's to be hoped that the new board will be concerned about maintaining more transparency than the above indicates has happened in the recent past and plans for a dedication to full and timely communication with the entire membership.
It appears, as well from the published list of board members on the CCF website that MCC's former executive director is still the CCF treasurer and MCC's past, past president, who I thought had resigned, is still Manitoba's provincial rep.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


This came today. Apparently too few appliedto the former deadline. Karen thought it might be because of the mess at MCC. There must be people out there who would love to have their work tour the province - so hustle, folks, don't miss this deadline.

Deadline: June 6, 2006

Contemporary Fine Craft and Decorative Art Artists of Manitoba. The Manitoba Arts Network is planning a provincial-touring exhibit celebrating 2007 Year of the Craft. This exhibit will visit venues throughout Manitoba and will feature a juried show of selected works of Contemporary Fine Craft by Manitoba Artists. Exhibit Dates are September 2007 - May 2008

Titled "Artful Divergence" the theme will centre on new and unusual construction of craft. Featuring works that stretch the boundaries of craft that combine science and technology, skill and tactility. All works will demonstrate professionalism, excellence, and cultural awareness.

Packages must include: Artist Contact Information, CV and Artist Statement, slides and/or JPEG images of current work on CD.
Submitted work should not exceed 2'X3'X3' or weigh more than 40lbs. For return of support material please include a stamped self addressed envelope.

Work will be selected based on technical standards, artistic merit, and relevance to theme. Only complete submission packages will be accepted.

Send submissions to:
Manitoba Arts Network
203-100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3
or via email to
Karen Wardle
Visual Arts Program Coordinator

For exhibition details go to

#203 - 100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 1Z3
Phone: (204) 943-0036 Fax: (204) 943-1126
Email: info@communityarts.mb.ca
Website: www.communityarts.mb.ca
Winnipeg's Newest Gallery is Opening!
Vault Gallery's
first exhibition
Sarah & Charles Johnston
invite you to the
May 17, 2006
7:00 p.m.
2181 Portage Ave.
(p.s. these are the people who earlier invited interested craftspeople to show in this gallery - check the archives)

Ron Mark phoned today and left a message to say that the new MCC board handed in a proposal to Cultural Affairs this morning to seek $25,000 to make it possible to hire an accountant to do an audit of the last 2 years, and to hire a consultant to help make a plan for moving forward. They hope to hear in a couple of weeks. In the meantime they are contacting creditors and trying to take care of what they can.