Thursday, August 31, 2006


To all Manitoba Craft Council members:
This is a notice to announce that a general meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2006. Please set this time aside and mark your calendars.The meeting is intended to update members on activities of the board and to get MCC members input.The location of the meeting will be announced within 10 days and an agenda will be forwarded to you at the same time. If you would like something included in the agenda, please reply to me at my e-mail address before September 8, 2006.We, the members of your interim board, are looking forward to seeing all of youat this meeting.Our best regards to all,Gaëtanne, for the Interim Board

Waterless Lithography Course by Inga Torfadottir
Inga will be teaching a course on Waterless Lithography at the Manitoba Printmaker's Studio at 11 Martha st. Wpg. This relatively new Lithography technique uses a non traditional printing plate to produce more immediate results. The course starts on Wednesday Sept. 20th. Time: 7-10 pm. Cost : $120 All material is included. The course runs for 4 weeks.
Martha st. Studio also offers various other courses on printmaking such as: Intro to Screenprinting, Advanced Screenprinting, Stone Lithography, Intro to Intaglio [Etching], Relieve Printmaking and Monoprinting. Those interested can contact MPA at # 779 6253.

New Gallery
Yolanta Sokalsky has recommended a new gallery in town:
"GLITZ" Gallery on 586 Academy Rd.
"Very nice young owner, Jennifer. Nice to talk to her. Besides, she has the right attitude." - Says Yolanta.
Tel 487-3444

Free Basswood - Anyone interested?
a beautiful hundred year-old basswood tree in my backyard has had to come down today. It was damaged by the high winds this afternoon. I hate to see all that wonderful, carvable wood go to the dump. Are there any woodcarvers out there who would like to come and pick up some? It has to be done asap, because the tree cutters will be cleaning up tomorrow. My address is 1106 Wolseley, at the foot of Greenwood St. though most of the wood is in my neighbour's yard. Call me immediately at 772-4851 if you're interested.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Prairie Stained Glass is offering a class with Jordan Van Sewell

Wed Sept 27 to Oct 18 Clay Sculpture with Jordan Van Sewell $125.00 plus GST
Participants in this class will use their personal iconography to make clay sculpture. Course highlights will range from glazing methods and an emphasis on techniques for hand building, while recognizing both historic and contemporary references. Students should have previous experience working with clay. 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Art Clay Silver at Prairie
Stained Glass
After much research we have finally found the right connection to allow us to become involved in the growing Art Clay Silver market. Art Clay Silver is a pure metal powder mixed with a non-toxic binder. When fired the binder burns away, leaving a 99.9 % pure silver product. It can be rolled, sculpted, stamped, sanded, filed, engraved, drilled and pre-polished, all prior to firing by torch, gas top stove or in your kiln. This product has unlimited potential to be used creatively to make jewelry. We have samples of the finished products on display in the shop and are offering numerous classes this fall.
To learn more check out their website

5th WAVE Artists’ Studio Tour 2006
Our website
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
September 2 & 3
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,
watercolour paintings, 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
Sandy Driscoll

Hello all Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library members,

I hope that everyone had a great summer. I am just finishing up the newsletter and the programming brochure, so you should get this by next week at the latest.

However, I do need to find 10 volunteers who are able to work a fundraising bingo on Monday, September 11, at 4:30-6:45 at Club Regent. The money is being used to fund research on the 75th Anniversary book. Please let me know if you can help. It’s not a hard job, and it is essential for this project.

Thanks in advance,


Monday, August 28, 2006


Sorry for the lateness of this post. I have been having glitches and log-in problems for the past week. some of these items are late for this reason. - Jo'Anne.

This from Gaetanne at MCC:

The Creative Kids Museum, a new museum in Calgary (Opening Oct. 14th '06),> is a child centered experiential place with exhibits and programs designed> to inspire curiosity, creativity and more! They are currently seeking> artists and fine craftspeople to participate in a pilot project. The new> building holds an area titled "The Artist's Space" where artists can work > on> a short or long term project. The artist will be paid for the work and to> mingle with visitors periodically throughout the day.>> Please see for more> information.>> Maegen Black> The Canadian Crafts Federation, Craft Year 2007> Fédération canadienne des métiers d'art, Année des metiers d'art> Telephone: (506) 444-3315> Email:

And this from:

Ann F. Rosen
Business Development Officer
Consulate General of Canada, Chicago

Greetings to you,

Now that summer is in full swing, I want to announce our next exciting arts trade mission to Chicago. For the past six years, our trade mission to the International Exposition of Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art (SOFA expo) in Chicago was so successful that we have decided to repeat it!!!
If you have a website, please advertise this...

We seek Canadian artists, craftspeople and gallery owners who specialize in three-dimensional, one of a kind, high end fine art in glass, ceramics, wood, metal or fibre for the Sofa expo in downtown Chicago's Navy Pier on November 9-11, 2006, as visitors, not exhibitors.

There are 4 parts to our trade mission:
1) Educational session on Thursday, November 9th and Friday, November 10th with experts in the field (see attachment);
2) International Networking session with art buyers from the world famous Mint Museum Founders Circle & Renwick Gallery;
3) A visit to SOFA, the world renowned juried show; and
4) A visit to a local gallery.

Please take the time to look at the attached document for registration and mission details. If interested, please complete the information, and/or pass it onto someone else. The recruitment deadline is Friday, October 27th. If you have any questions about the show go to or go to, under Trade & Investment, for further information.

Two more items through MCC:

Curatorial Proposals--Exhibition in Print 2008> Metalsmith Magazine> Exhibition in Print 2008>> Critics, Historians, Curators, Museum Directors, Writers, Scholars, > Artists are encouraged to apply with thematic proposals for this special > issue. Published by Metalsmith Magazine, the Exhibition in Print is a > unique curatorial venue, providing over 40 pages for the exploration of > ideas related to the metals field. Proposals should include a curtorial > statement,> list of potential artists, and supporting images.>> Honorarium:> $3000. plus expenses>> Deadline:> October, 15, 2006>> Contact for details:> Kate Wagle Chair, Editorial Advisory Committee>>

Chez Jean le Chevreuil, a recently opened Artists’ Space in Frelighsburg, Quebec, is currently offering ceramics workshops and residency in their ceramic studio, as well as a large, multi-purpose room for a residency in any large scale project. Chez Jean le Chevreuil, located at 55 chemin Mc Intosh Frelighsburg, is a bilingual and sometimes trilingual (French, English and Spanish) artists’ space in rural Quebec.
The Ceramics Studio is available to rent for ceramic artists who wish to experience creative development in a unique and natural setting. Well equipped with 600 square feet of ample work space, the studio has 2 electric kilns, an exterior raku kiln, sink and plenty of shelves. There is also a black and white photo lab and a multi-purpose, 1500 square foot room with 11 foot ceilings. Both spaces are for rent, and proposals are currently being accepted.
The Residency Program currently being offered is directed at professional ceramic artists. The intensive exploratory workshop offers an extraordinary experience of sharing and creation. The group of 5-9 resident artists form a common theme, culminating in an exhibition at the atelier-boutique Gaïa in Montreal. (Residence is available for the month of October.)
WORKSHOPS:1) Introduction to Glaze Composition28th & 29th of September, as well as October 1st, 2006 2) Ceramic: Screenprinting on Clay6th -10th of August, 20073) Ceramic/Sculpture: Introduction to Paperclay30th of July – 3rd of August 2007
For more information and workshop details, contact Monik Paskal Potvin. (450) 298-1394, or (the website is currently only available in French, ).

And I recently asked Ron Mark what was up at MCC since no info has been forthcoming about the its future. He writes:

"We are having a board meeting on Wednesday so will get an update to you before the end of the week.

We did get a grant from the province to explore the possibility of keeping things going.
As I said, more details to follow after the meeting."

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Shimpo 21 wheel for sale
I received this e-mail from Bill Bracegirdle. Anyone interested please get in touch with Bill directly:

I have a like new Shimpo 21 pottery wheel with extra bats that I would like to sell for $995.00.

Bill Bracegirdle
204 642-7700
Arnes MB

In Memoriam - Paula Gustafson

Paula Gustafson, who was a juror for MCC's 2004 Spring Show, passed away on July 11th, following a brief struggle with cancer. Paula came down with pneumonia at the end of May, and after a few tests, was diagnosed with lung cancer on June 7th. She accepted the news with grace and remained in good spirits for the most part during her illness.
Not only was Paula the publisher and editor of Artichoke, she was also a prolific writer, artist, mentor and advocate. Her unrivalled talents as editor and her ability to keep the integrity of Artichoke magazine's vision intact earned her the respect of both the arts and academic communities. This combination of intelligence and diligence enabled Artichoke to attract the very best writers from every region of the country, and opened pathways for aspiring authors to get excited about writing about visual art and Fine Craft. Paula was a tireless advocate for Craft, and did much to bring about a new perspective for Craft to be regarded in the same category as Fine Art. She gave lectures, served as advisor to individuals and non-profit organizations, wrote articles and published books about craft, as well as published three special editions of Artichoke magazine which showcased contemporary Canadian Craft. (Yes, Craft with a capital C. She always said it deserved it.)

This from Tanis Moore via Helma Rogge
As some of you know, I have been studying Traditional Chinese Medicine part time for 5 years. After a couple of years, it became a dream to finish off my studies inChina at a hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine.Well, that time has come, and my desire to go is just as strong as ever. I will go to ateaching hospital in Beijing (or Tianjing or Harbin, not settled quite yet) this Septemberfor 3 months, which will give me enough hours of practical time to be eligible to writemy Canadian exam once I return to Canada. I will then become a Doctor of Acupuncture,good anywhere in Canada. (To become a Doctor of TCM, I would then need to take 2more years dealing with herbs. However, at this point in time, I am not so interested in that.)
So, to help defray the expenses (tuition, room and board, airfare, etc.) I am planning to hold a fund-raising event. This will be at the Park Theatre on Osborne Street in Winnipeg.It will be an evening of entertainment and silent auction, as well as a social event. The nicething about the Park Theatre is that they have refreshments available, so that part is takencare of.
Date: August 16,
Where: Park Theatre, 698 Osborne South, Winnipeg
When:7:30 pm
Price of tickets: $15Available at the door, at Wayne Arthur Gallery, Provencher, St.Boniface.Helma’s Studio Gallery at Boundary Creek, Wpg Beach, the FYXX on Portage Ave. and from Tanis, on Saturday 9-2pm at the Exchange District Market