Monday, October 23, 2006


Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library Workshop

Crochet Nasak Hat - Saturday, October 28 & November 4, 2006
9:00 am to 12:00pm each day

These hats, featuring geometric patterns and/or place names, are crocheted in the round. They became popular in the many eastern Arctic communities in the 1960s, and the crochet hooks were sometimes made from old toothbrushes. They became known as “Pang” hats from the community of Pangnirtung, Nunavut.

Bring 4 balls of Paton’s “Astra” yarn or sport yarn of similar weight, 2 main colours and two for contrast, and crochet hooks around size 3.75.
Basic Crochet Skills Required

Instructor: Brigitte de March

Cost: $30 or $27 for members

Location: 1B-183 Kennedy Street

For further information or to register contact:
487-6117 or
PLATFORM Gallery Strategic Planning SessionFriday November 3rd from 5 - 9:30pmThe sessions will be facilitated by Heather Erhard, Director, Erhard Associates. Our overall objective will be to review the Mission and Vision statements of Platform, develop Key Areas of Strategic Focus, and specific goals and objectives, with leadership responsibilities and time lines.Please RSVP your attendance to by October 25, 2006. We will then send you an agenda, organizational material, and a pre-planning report conducted by Heather Erhard to review prior to the first day. We are planning to provide refreshments; please advise us of any food allergies in your response.Thank you
Lisa WoodDirectorPLATFORMCentre for Photographic and Digital Arts121-100 Arthur StWinnipeg MB,
R3B 1H3t. 204.942.8183
The Winnipeg Arts Council public art program seeks expressions of interest from artists of all disciplines and community groups for thecommunity-based WITH ART program.
WITH ART is a program for collaborative art projects between communitygroups and artists in Winnipeg. The program is based on the belief that WITH ART communities can explore issues, express identity and create dialogue by working with professional artists on a shared goal. Artists will be matched with community groups to create a project plan with an emphasis on the art-making process. WITH ART is interested in artists working in all art forms such as visual, performing and literary arts. Deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is December 15, 2006. A complete application must be submitted. For details on the program, eligibility criteria, application requirements and the selection processplease visit < or call943-7668. Tricia WasneyManager - Public Art Winnipeg Arts Council 102-555 Main Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1C3 (204)943-7668 (204)942-8669 (fax) <> <>
GALLERY 1C03 University of Winnipeg
Opening reception: Thursday, November 2, 4 - 6 p.m.
Artist's talk: Thursday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m.WINNIPEG -
Gallery 1C03 launches a new sculptural installation byWinnipeg artist Lynn Richardson on Thursday, November 2. Richardson anticipates a future ice age resulting from global warming. Posing as working landscapes that incorporate motors, pipelines, oil drilling stations, railways and electrical lines, the sculptures entice viewers through their integration of sound, motion and light.
Gallery 1C03 1st floor, Centennial Hall The University of Winnipeg 515 Portage AvenueWinnipeg
"Save Museums!" Hello Arts, Culture and Heritage supporters: An online petition has been launched concerning the cuts to Canadian museums and the promised new Museums Policy. Please sign this petition and forward it to everyone you know. "Save Museums!" is available Winnipeg Film Group
Winnipeg Film Group announces New Executive Director
October 18, 2006 Winnipeg, CANADA
The Winnipeg Film Group is pleased to announce the hiring of Cecilia Araneda as the organization’s Executive Director. Cecilia will commence her duties starting Wednesday, November 1st. Cecilia has been a member of the Film Group for eight years, and has also served as an instructor, a jury member, board member, Vice- President, and most recently as President of the organization. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from U.B.C. and is an accomplished filmmaker and film curator. The WFG extends its sincere thanks to Charles Shilliday who has served as the Interim Executive Director since April 2006.
Martha Street Studio Artists in Residence reception
When: November 14th from 5 to 7pm
Where: Manitoba Printmakers Association (Martha Street Studio), 11 Martha Street,Winnipeg, R3B 1A2
The Manitoba Printmakers Association and La Maison Des Artistes will be holding a reception for artists in Residence from GRAFF (Montreal)and La Maison Des Artistes (Winnipeg).Come meet the artists. Drinks and Appetizers will be served.Participating ArtistsDavid MacNair (Maison des Artistes)Gary Tessier (Maison des Artistes)Etienne Rochon (GRAFF)Emmanuelle Jacques (GRAFF)Martha Street Studiothe centre for printmaking, digital & photographic arts 11 Martha Street Winnipeg
This Community News is provided by: aceartinc. You got news for the community? Send it to us!! Send appropriate info. about your show, lecture, submission call, whatever art related, for the Winnipeg/ Manitoban community AT LEAST A WEEK prior to the event. No images please, plain text only (keep in mind we cut and paste your info). The gallery can not garentee info will go out, nor will we send out more than once (unless correction or update on event) but we'll try our best...this is a free service remember. email <> Subject: NEWS
Urban Shaman Gallery Nadia Myre The Want Ads & Other Scars
October 27 - December 1, 2006 Main Gallery Space, Urban Shaman Gallery, 203 - 290 McDermot Avenue Opening Reception Friday 27th, 8 PM
Artist Talk : A bilingual artist talk will start at 8:30 PM during the reception of the exhibition, co-sponsored by Urban Shaman and La Maison des Artistes. Nadia Myre is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is exhibited locally and internationally.
work: 204.942.2674
Join MAWA for our Computer Camp to learn more about your computer and have some fabulous software installed all in a fun, relaxed setting. Our workshop instructors, Reva Stone and Felix Jodoin, will work with you step by step to install Linux on your computer and teach you how to use it.
So . . . what exactly is Linux and why would I want to use it? Are you tired of expensive software? Oppressive operating systems? Continuous, expensive upgrades? Then join Felix Jodoin and Reva Stone for their exceptionally informative Introduction to Linux Workshop. Try out Ubuntu Linux and learn about the software applications it includes such as the office suite, the email client, the web browser, and image, video and audio editors. I'd like to use it . . . how do I install it on my computer? Follow up with the Linux Computer Camp where you will actually install Ubuntu Linux on your computer. You'll learn how to use Linux as a desktop operating system, and the applications it includes such as the office suite, the email client, the web browser, and even image, video and audio editors. Works great on older computers – you'll be amazed at how much snappier they become and how much more time you have because you don’t have to do Spyware & Virus cleanup. Introduction to Linux Workshop Saturday, November 4, 2006, 1-3 PM
Admission is free for the information session.
Linux Computer Camp Saturday, November 18, 2006, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Installation of Operating System Sunday, November 19, 2006, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Installing Great Software Saturday, December 2, 2006, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Questions, Experimenting With Your new Software And Extras Registration for all three sessions: members: $50, non-members: $90.Registration fees fully payable at time of registration. REGISTER EARLY, AS SPACES ARE LIMITED
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) 611 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B1E1 Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon – 4 pm For more information contact:Vanessa Kroeker Program Assistant Mentoring Artists For Women's Art (MAWA) 611 Main StreetWinnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3B 1E1 Tel 204.989.2318 Fax 204.956.4185 mailto:programassistant@mawa.cawww.mawa.ca
Finger In the Dyke ProductionsNew Performance part of Fem Fest 2006
Winnipeg's fourth annual theatre festival of plays by women for everyone. Featuring an international line-up of high calibre writers and performers including Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Milan (Winnipeg), as well as premiere works by new playwrights. VENUE: Contemporary Dancers Studio (211 Bannatyne Ave) “Target Marketing” by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Milan produced by Finger in the Dyke Productions (Winnipeg)October 24 at 9pm and October 25 at 8pm For tickets or information: 586-2236 Details and full schedule available at:
From the Canadian Crafts Federation via MCC
TO: Goldsmiths, Basket Makers, Makers of Wearable Fibre Art

FROM: Anne Manuel, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

RE: Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 2007

As you may be aware, the 2007 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will feature the work of 26 Canadian craft makers. The project to manage this participation is being led by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec.

We have already been through the first stage of jurying for this project, and the Philadelphia jury has so far identified 20 Canadian participants. The jury for the Philadelphia show is seeking further applications to balance the craft media to be represented at the 2007 show.
The Philadelphia jury has indicated that they would like to see more work by basket makers, makers of wearable fibre art, and goldsmiths. We have therefore agreed to seek further submissions from Canadian craftspeople and this letter and accompanying documents are to invite craftspeople working in these media to make application.
Attached to this memo is information about the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and an application form. We have set a deadline for receipt of application and images of November 6, 2006, if you wish to be considered in this second round of the search. Only craft makers working in the three identified areas should apply. Those who have applied previously and not been accepted will not be reconsidered, and therefore should not re-apply.
If you have questions, or require further information, please contact:
Anne Manuel at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Louise Chapados at the Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec
Or contact Gaetanne Sylvester at for application form.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


In Plain View
Winnipeg Studio Tour 2006
Nov. 4-5 & Dec. 2-3

A group of Winnipeg artists have organized two weekend self-guided studio and gallery tours to take place on the weekends of Nov. 4&5 and Dec. 2&3. You are cordially invited to visit these artists in their workspaces from 12 noon until 6p.m. on these days.
Come experience the world of the artist’s studio. See where art is made. Visit unique and exciting studios located in artists’ homes, Exchange District lofts, heritage buildings and behind storefronts on busy streets.
Also browse through galleries that feature the work of Winnipeg artists.
Come and visit, discuss the work with the artists who produce it and get those special gifts for discerning people on your list.

Visit our website to view the list of artists and galleries included in the tour and glimpse a preview of their work:

for more information contact
Pat Courtnage 453-3819 or 453-1455;
Or Jo’Anne Kelly 772-4851;
The Manitoba Crafts Council will be holding a sale of the contents of Craftspace Gallery and the office of MCC. Items for sale include avarietyof display shelving, pedestals, jewellery display cases, lighting,officeequipment, folding chairs, etc. All items must be sold and will be priced accordingly.
Terms of sale: as is, cash or cheque.
Time: Friday, October 20, 12 - 6
Saturday, October 21, 12 - 4
Location: 2nd floor, 62 Albert St.
All items sold should be removed by Monday, October 23rd. We have someone available for hire to help you transport any large items, if you need assistance. We need volunteers to help with this sale. Please let us know your availability to help by replying by e-mail or phone 957 7217. AND please advise anyone you know who might be interested in the items for sale, but is not on this mailing list. David Krindle & Pat Courtnage
Joanne Vanderhorst and Jordan Van Sewell are advertising their Mexican retreat (Puerta Vallarta) to those interested in renting an apartment this winter. Anyone interested please refer to the previous post detailing this opportunity. or call Joanne or Jordan at 204-944-9262
Wayne Arthur Gallery announces:
The next Creative Coffeebreak will be Wenesday, October 13, starting at 7 PM here at Wayne Arthur Gallery. The gallery will supply coffee, tea, banana loaf and chairs. If anyone else wants to bring something, please do and let me know. Please let me know if you plan to come although you will be forgiven if you can’t make it.
Is anyone interested in bringing work to be critiqued by others? If so, bring it.
Gary Styrchak and Art Walter will give a presentation around 7:30 PM on:
Oil, alkyd and heat-set synthetics will be covered, with Art Walter doing the heat-set (Genesis oils) part of the presentation. Both Gary and Art, now semi-retired, have been exhibits designers for museums all of their careers, each of them ending their careers after long years with Parks Canada. They have commissioned works from many local artists and craftsmen, - Wayne Arthur for sculpture, Luther Pokrant and Larry Jamieson for historical illustrations at the Forks National Historic Park and others for sites across the country. Gary and Art are familiar with many techniques related to the visual arts and have themselves done many paintings, drawings and illustrations for the projects they worked on. They have 'done art' all of their lives and look forward to passing on some of the things they have learned at Creative Coffeebreak. Subsequently, Creative Coffeebreaks will be held the third Wednesday evening of the month and the second Friday morning of the month at 10 AM -
Bev Morton - Wayne Arthur Gallery 477-5249 186 Provencher Blvd

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Gaetanne Sylvester from MCC asked that this be disseminated:
The call for a creative genius (or team of them) to develop Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games can be found at:

Bev Morton from the Wayne Arthur Gallery sends this:
Hi all: The next Creative Coffeebreak will be Friday, October 13, starting at 10 AM here at Wayne Arthur Gallery. The gallery will supply coffee, tea, banana loaf and chairs. If anyone else wants to bring something, please do and let me know. Please let me know if you plan to come although you will be forgiven if you can't make it.
Subsequently, Creative Coffeebreaks will be held the third Wednesday evening of the month and the second Friday morning of the month at 10 AM: October 13 November 10 December 8 Wednesday evenings starting at 7 PM: October 18 November 15 December 20. Call 477-5249 186 Provencher Blvd

Under Cover of Darkness - Recent Raku from
Steve Robinson, Monica de Jong, Gloria de Neve, Heather Harder, Gloria Kalen, Sigrid Lyles, Violetta Miramon, Faye Mount, Gina Roth,Carolyn Strutt
will be held at the
Adelaide McDermot Gallery 318 McDermot Ave.
Opening reception Nov. 3rd 7-10 p.m.
November 4 & 5 - 10am to 5 pm (Artists in attendance)
From the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library
As you know we are holding a Christmas Ornament Sale again this year, on November 25th. In order for the sale to be successful, we rely on donations of hand made ornaments by our members. I have heard from some of the members with respect to what they are donating, but we still need more help with the sale. Please contact me if you intend to make some ornaments for our sale.

We also accept items on consignment, so if you aren’t interested in donating, this is also an option.

Thanks in advance for you support of this fundraising event.

Andrea Reichert

Minutes for the recent MCC general meeting have been made available. Here they are:

General Meeting Manitoba Crafts Council
September 24th 2006

Interim Board
Dave Krindle
Ron Mark
Ann Tyre
Gaetanne Sylvester
Ingrid Lincoln

Members: Damyelle Arbez-Chaput Arts Branch
Lily Rosenberg Alison Norberg Tom Carson T Carson&Associates Ltd
Joy Bamford Amanda Stevenson
Jo Anne Kelly Jan Allen
Susan Styrchak Pat Courtnage Regrets:
Judy Jennings Marilyn Stewart-Stothers
Don Burroughs Kathy Koop
Helen Lyons Marilyn Kraut
Alan Lacovetsky

The meeting was called to order by Interim President, Dave Krindle. He extended welcome and explained the mandate given to the interim board. This was to see if the organization could be kept going and to keep things from falling apart further.

Dave also explained that the assets had been moved to 62 Albert St and were in storage there. This is a temporary solution and a sale of some of the assets was to be planned.

Ann Tyre provided :

Balance Sheet as of July 31,2006
Profit and Loss statement August 2005 to July 2006
List of Creditors

Ann explained that the only expenditures made by the interim board were for Directors` Liability Insurance, interest on the line of credit and bank charges. Ann then reviewed the statements line by line and answered questions.

Interest on the line of credit is approximately 4 to 5 % . The balance of the Credit Union Chequing account shown on the Balance Sheet is made up of an outstanding line of credit of approximately $15000 and outstanding checks.
Due to the fund raiser held in March 2006, employees were paid back wages, but wages are owing to employees for the last pay period. As well vacation pay is owed to the past executive director.
Crafts persons were owed approximately $9000.00 The highest single amount owed was $700.00. These figures could change as some of these amounts date back to 2004 and may have been paid or are no longer owing.

Ann advised the creditors are being patient. Ann also advised that the figures were prior to audit and that the interim board had approved Collins Barrow as the auditors

The situation with the landlord was also discussed and it was reported that the landlord was prepared to accept three months rent .

Questions were asked about liability. Past board members have personal liability for 6 months unpaid wages and vacation pay based on 22 - 24 months . Otherwise contracts were with the corporation.

Ron Mark then explained that the interim board had made a proposal to Cultural and Heritage and requested $25000. He read the letter sent to Culture and Heritage by the Interim Board and invited review of the proposal documents which were available.

He reported that by letter dated August 4 2006, the interim board was advised that $19000 was forth coming. The funds were to be spend on an audit , a membership survey, industry survey, a business plan including debt reduction and fundraising and developing partnerships.

Fifty percent of the funds had been received the balance to be paid when reports delivered.. The tasks were to be completed December 31, 2006.

Ron advised that Herman De Vries had resigned his position on the board as of today. He has agreed to continue as webmaster.

Ron Mark also introduced Tom Carson a consultant proposed by the board.

Gaetanne reported that there were 60+ members for whom she had accurate information and who were receiving regular emails. Her contact list was much larger than this but not as accurate as it should be.(Note: subsequent to the meeting Gaetanne reported 86 current email and a list of 336 names. Her records show that 110 members were paid until 2006 and 38 til 2005. There are 9 honour memberships)

Tom Carson then explained his proposal. He is a past deputy minister of culture and now has a private consulting firm. He explained that his report would entail three pieces.

1.An industry/research survey. This is basically to find out what is the lay of the land in Canada. He hopes to obtain information from other craft organizations with respect to their structures, budgets, and business plans if possible. He will also review the existing survey from 1997, speak with the federal and other key funders and determine the direction of the sector. Organizations mentioned: Canada Council, MAC, Culture and Heritage, Craft Federation, and provincial craft councils. He will continue contact with the interim board and members. He asked any members who had contacts in these organizations to assist him

The key consideration is that the membership survey has meaning. Consultation is important before the membership survey and the survey will be informed by the information out there. It should be a legitimate survey and look at all the alternatives. He will not be doing the membership survey.

2. Develop a report and formulate a business plan. This is to determine what opportunities exist without being pushed into any one road. He has recently provided a report to MAC on synergies and shared resources. This is a world wide trend. It is almost always driven by financial pressures. Examples will be given. There will be no attempt to force a shared resource model.
Business plan for a five year period.

3. Fund raising. This is only an initial look to identify what funds may be available.. It depends on the findings in numbers 1 and 2. There is not enough money for a full fundraising campaign, but there may be enough to find some available funding.

Current thinking that the initial survey has to be like a white paper which allows reflection prior to the membership survey.

Questions and discussion followed:

Jo Ann Kelly The organization started without staff and office. This lasted for about a year. Would like to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Response: Shared resources were more in the areas of legal/accounting/marketing. Depends on what the organization wants to do

Alison Norberg: To her the key was supporting a place for fine craft and visibility of fine craft in Manitoba. In exploring future directions the core mandate should be the visibility and promotion of fine craft in Manitoba.

Pat Courtnage: Past of the organization, its grass roots and where it has been should be examined. Where it has been and how it fits into the future.

Joy Bamford: Expressed concern about the time lines. She wants to see positive action to move forward.

Communication has been a problem in the past and is key. It was hoped to construct a survey that did not look like a survey and was ignored.

The question was then put to those present whether there was resolve to go to the next step. Those present were in favour of accepting the funds and would participate in moving the organization to the next step to determine its future direction and viability. There were no objections to this plan.
Motion 1
Ann Tyre moved that Collins Barrow be engaged to provide the financial audit for the two previous fiscal years ending July 31 2006. Seconded by Joy Bamford. Carried unanimously.

Motion 2
Ron Mark moved that Tom Carson Associates Ltd. be contracted to deliver the consultant reports in accordance with the proposal dated September 11 2006. Seconded by Dave Krindle. Carried unanimously.


Dave called for volunteers for a sale of assets. Those who stepped forward are as follows:
Helen Lyons
Dave Krindle
Allan Lacovetsky
Pat Courtnage
Lily Rosenberg

Ingrid Lincoln that called for volunteers to raise some short term funds specifically for outstanding wages. This is a short term solution and the fund raiser was not to address the larger fund raising issues. Those who stepped forward:
Ann Tyre
Susan Strychack
Judy Jennings

Ingrid also asked for volunteers for the year 2007 year of craft exhibition committee. Separate funding may be available for this. Those that stepped forward:

Alison Norberg
Alan Lacovetsky
Pat Courtnage
Lily Rosenberg

Ann called for volunteers to deal with the records for archives. Those that stepped forward are:
Donn Burroughs
Susan Strycack
Ann Tyre
Joy Bamford -driving
Amanda Stevenson

Pat Courtnage volunteered to replace Herman DeVries on the board.

Motion 3

Alison Norberg moved that the mandate of the interim board`s be extended to December 31,2006 and that the interim board, including Pat Courtnage, have the authority to bring the present surveys and audit to completion and manage the ongoing operation of the organization. Seconded by Judy Jennings .Carried unanimously .

There was no new business

The next meeting date was to be at the call of the board. The members agreed that 30 days notice was not necessary.

Members were encouraged to contact Tom Carson with their input. His email address is

Dave Krindle moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Don Burroughs. Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted

Ingrid Lincoln