Wednesday, July 26, 2006


An Invitation
You are invited to:
Gallery 803, for CLAY HO! LET'S SEW! which runs until the end of August.This group show features new ceramic and textile works by Manitoba artists Kelli Rey, Jenny Moore Koslowsky, Denise C. Miller, Johanna Schmidt,, Mari Ono, and Naomi Schmidt.Gallery 803 is located in the Elan Designs Showroom, 803 Erin Street, South of St.Matthews.Call Janice at 204.489.0872, or email for more details.,Janice RosenGallery 803

Park Theatre December Show
Kristin Nelson has requested that anyone interested in participating at the Park Theatre next December should contact her by e-mail at and include a few jpgs of your work as she has had an exceptional response to her request.

Keep Me Posted
I'd like to remind all atists who receive this blog to keep me posted on any upcoming shows of your work or opportunities to show and/or sell. I will do my best to get this information out. (at this point, the blog goes out to nearly 200 people). - Jo'Anne.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


The University of Manitoba Students' Union will be holding Outdoor Market Fest Vendor Days during the annual UMSU Orientation Week, Sept 7-17, 2006. See below for application info. Please attach photos of your work if possible. Also, please note that there are only approximately 15 vendor spots available, so UMSU will have to be selective.
For application form please contact Melanie Rollins, Vice-President, Student Services, University of Manitoba Students' UnionLocal 103 - Canadian Federation of Students. Email: Tel: 204.474.6521Fax: 204.269.1299


Robert (my hairdresser) is still on the lookout for work to display in his salon. Currently showing is work by Alison Norberg, with six quilted pieces gracing the walls.
Robert has installed a neat hanging system which can support quite large and heavy pieces and he is happy to be able to provide a space for artists.
His place of business is at 101-912 Portage Ave. can be contacted at 779-2121.
Five finalists announced for the
30th annual Saidye Bronfman Award

Gatineau, Quebec, July 12, 2006 — Canadian artists Kevin Lockau, Michael D. Massie, Peter Pierobon, Peter Powning and Anna Torma have been named finalists for the 30th annual $25,000 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Fine Crafts. The announcement was made by The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, in association with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Museum of Civilization — both partners in the Award.

The Saidye Bronfman Award is one of the largest individual visual arts prizes in Canada. In addition to the cash prize, works by the Award recipient are acquired by the Canadian Museum of Civilization for its permanent collection. In recent years, The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation has contributed over $250,000 for the purchase of works by previous Award recipients. The Canadian Museum of Civilization’s fine crafts collection is the largest public collection in Canada, with over 2,000 works by craftspeople from across the country.

The Saidye Bronfman Award recipient will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on Wednesday, October 25, 2006. The recipient’s work will be displayed as part of a major exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, entitled UNIQUE! 30 Years of Outstanding Crafts that will be on view from October 26, 2006 through August 5, 2007. This exhibition will investigate 30 years of Canadian craft production as documented in the Canadian Museum of Civilization's collection, including work by all 30 recipients of the Saidye Bronfman Award. This year’s award recipient will also be featured in a 30-second Artspots profile, both created by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and presented on the national television network.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


"Reflections of Africa"
works by Chrissy Wood
July 14, 2006
2181 Portage Ave.
also featuring the
Afro-Caribbean Dancers at 8:00
Donations collected will go toward
Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief
The following competition info came in from the Mb. Arts Network - to get more info and entry forms contact: Jordan Miller
#203 - 100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 1Z3
Phone: (204) 943-0036 Fax: (204) 943-1126


1. Artist Eligibility
-The person must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant who has been a Manitoba resident for the last 6 months.
-Persons who have won the competition during the preceding year, or those who were commissioned to produce an enhancement \stamp painting are ineligible to submit an entry in the current year's competition.
-Members of the competition-judging panel and employees of the Government of Manitoba (Fisheries Branch)are ineligible to submit an entry.

2. Subject Matter of Submissions

-The painting (both subject and background) must be an original composition of the artist's own creation and not copied in whole or part from any published works of art or other proprietary materials. Should a lawsuit result from a copyright infringement it is the artist who will be responsible.


This year subject matter will be limited to Manitoba fishing scenes. There are a number of areas that would be eligible under this category and include images portraying:
· The bait, commercial or sport fishing industries or
· Fisheries’ policies/programs like “catch and release” or
· Habitat enhancement activities.
Please remember, when the artwork is reproduced into a stamp, text is added.

3. Technical Requirements for Submission Size

-The painted image must be a horizontal or vertical design 9 1/2" high x 15 1/2" wide. The amount of border, if any, that you leave around your finished image is up to you. When the winning painting is reproduced as a limited edition print the finished size will be 13 1/2" x 19 1/2" (includes a 2" border). The winning painting will also be reproduced into an Initiative Stamp 28 mm high * 44 mm wide (approximately 1 1/8" high * 1 3/4" wide) and incorporate typography in English and French as part of the image.

Note: if the finished image is larger than 9.5 * 15.5, it will be disqualified.

-Entries must be multicoloured and may be painted in the artist's choice of medium.

- The face of the painting can be signed or initialled but not dated. During the judging the signature will be covered up.

-All entries must be framed suitable for hanging with a wire on the back as there will be an Exhibit displaying the entries at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretative Center. Unless there are significantly more than 35 entries, all entries will be displayed.

NOTE: you do not have to frame your painting if you do not want it in the exhibit.

4. Submission Procedures

-Invited artists must submit a competition entry form to Fisheries Branch, Manitoba Water Stewardship, Box 20, 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Wpg., Mb. R3J 3W3 ATT: Barb Lysack by Wednesday July 19,2006.

-Artists may submit only one original painting entry that must be accompanied by a signed "Rules for Artists" (rules are sent out with entry form). Each entry should be protectively packaged and mailed first class shipped via courier or delivered in person. Even if delivered in person, please protectively package your entry, as it will be transported to and from the exhibit.
-Fisheries Branch will not insure submitted paintings at any time. Artists, therefore, should obtain adequate property coverage for their paintings.

5. Competition Deadline

-Submissions must be received at Fisheries Branch, Manitoba Water Stewardship, Box 20, 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J 3W3 ATT: Barb Lysack, (204) 945-6640 by Wednesday, August 23, 2006.

6. Competition Judging

-A minimum of five independent judges will be selected solely by Fisheries Branch to serve without compensation.

-Entries will be judged on the basis of:
-Relevance to fish or fishing in Manitoba;
-Artistic composition;
-Technical suitability for reproduction as a stamp and a print.

Any questions or comments please call Barb Lysack at 945-6640.

The prize for the winning entry includes:
-10% of the proofs
-A number of collector stamps equivalent to the total number of proofs they receive.

In consideration of the fee, the winning artist will sign a contract and agree to:

1.the use of original painting to be used in design of
a) A licence validation stamp promoting the Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement;
b) High quality reproductions; and
c) Other marketing media the Government deems appropriate.

2.assist in selecting appropriate color background for the stamp.

3.sign up to 500 stamps

4.sign sequentially numbered series of high-quality reproductions of the painting.

5.the Government of Manitoba having exclusive right, title and interest in the original painting for use in Canada, the United States and all other countries in the world.

Second, third and honourable mention entries will receive a monetary prize as follows:
Second - $600.00
Third - $300.00
Honourable mention - $150.00

We hope you will be interested in competing in the stamp competition.

And I thought the following information from the Alberta Crafts Council was of interest to us here in Manitoba, after having watched our organization and gallery disintegrate.

"We (the ACC Craft Gallery Shop) sell a lot of fine craft from a lot of craft artists - in fact, this past year was a record year, surpassing our $250,000 target and hitting the $275,000 mark! ....53% of our sales - more than $145,000 come from clay and glass.How does the Alberta Craft Council consistently surpass sales expectations while other craft galleries and retailers are closing their doors? We have one of the largest retail settings with the widest selection of original fine craft in western Canada. Our sales have consistently increased, almost doubling in the past six years primariliy due to moving to our new location and expanding the Shop twice over the past six years. The quality and variety of the work we display has increased. We continue to develop corporate relationships and have organized several thousand dollars worth of corporate orders in the past six months alone with many more in the works. We also have a strong and dedicated customer base which is growing daily. Other services, such as exhibitions and events, bring visitors to the Council who have become repeat customers. As successful as the Craft Gallery Shop is, keep in mind that we run on a break-even basis. Although the Shop is self-sustaining, it is non-profit.Part of the reason we have repeat corporate business and a clientele seeking us out specifically is that we offer such a wide variety of high quality work and services. We also add the extra touches like including artist statements for each item. Being a provincial organization and not-for-profit has also made an impact when it comes to government and corporate orders. We have successfully fostered relationships with several provincial MLA's and local city councillors who regularly shop here for auction items for charities in their ridings. In an age of big box stores and one-stop shopping, we have created an atmosphere of getting everything you need in one place but with an artistic flavour and in a relaxing and beautiful environment." Ali Fleming, Alberta Craft Gallery and Shop.

And here is an update from Helma Rogge re Kirk and Veronica:

Dear Friends and Artists:Yes, yes- the benefit social for fire recovery was a success! it was a most congenial evening- thanks to the band entertainment by SPATULA, Kirk’s own band, and Hillbilly Burlesque with Angel . It was on account of Darrell Sandmoen, of Hillbilly Burlesque,that the social happened so quickly. Thanks to the additional assistance of Keith Dyck of SPATULA, and Jenn. Jenn worked tiredless at the raffle ticket sales. Everything came together when friends, artists, businesses contributed in a most generous way to the raffle auction.Please accept my sincere thanks every one of you.The evening was like a big party of people who got together because of this tragic fire that so changed Kirk and Veronica’s lives. There was such an amount of good food that was shared. Thanks to peoples contributions. And of course the two bands donated their show. Which got everybody up and dancing.At the end of the evening we gave Kirk and Veronica, $3,100 to stash away, after paying the hall and expenses. Then they counted all the personal cheques and cash that had been arriving in their mailbox and it is up to $4,000.Kirk will tell us when he is successful in moving another house on the same spot where they have lost their previous home and possessions. So, be tuned in.HelmaYour colleague and friend in creative synergy