Saturday, December 23, 2006


AND A GREAT NEW YEAR from Jo'Anne Kelly
The Wolseley Art Project
‘A Festival of the Arts’

A group of Wolseley artists and art lovers have joined together to organize a festival that will showcase the many artistic talents of the residents of Wolseley and West Broadway.
This event will be a celebration of the artistic spirit in our community and a showcase for the wide range of talent that enriches our neighbourhood.
The festival, called the Wolseley Art Project (WAP), will be held at R. A. Steen on the weekend of June 1-3, 2007.
The WAP will be an exhibition of the visual arts and crafts in all media, writers and readings, music, dance and performance art.
This is a call for: a) all those who are interested in volunteering to develop this project b) expressions of interest by artists who might like to participate with their art form.

The next meeting of WAP will be Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at RAS., in the craft room. All are welcome to attend.

Please contact any of the following if you wish to volunteer, or for more information:
Jim Palmquist, Phone: 775-1939
Connie Bart-Hamel, Phone: 774-6604
Jo’Anne Kelly, Phone: 772-4851

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Hi folks: Sorry I'm tardy lately with posting, but like many of you, I've been frantically busy getting work done for the season. Last weekend was the 2nd In Plain View Studio Tour. It appears to have been a smashing success for most participants, and I certainly was pleased with the results. We have done some research into tours in other cities, and there are dozens out there. Many have been a regular event for years.

John Sloboda, past owner of the Ceramic Greenhouse Ltd, who retired after 41 years in the ceramic business, is finding that he has too much time on his hands and is wondering if there is anybody who might be interested in his services, for 1 or 2 days per week. Minimum wage would be acceptable. If interested, please call and we can discuss it. e-mail, or phone 269-0140.

From Gaetan at MCC:
Seasons GreetingsIt has been some time since the general meeting in September and the Interim Board feels it's time we let you know of the progress to date. Sadly, the assets had to be sold in October. The free storage space was about to be rented out, however the proceeds (just under $4,000) from the sale were applied against the outstanding line of credit reducing the balance to $11,409. Thanks to all who gave of their time to help with this difficult task. The Crafts Council records have been sorted and boxed ready to transfer to the Provincial Archives where they will be stored safely and will be available to the Crafts Council in future should the need arise. Thanks to Susan Styrchak and Don Burroughs for their time and patience in sorting through the records. Salaries for two of the former staff and source deductions have been paid. T4's will be issued prior to closing the Revenue Canada tax account. Looking to the future; additional funding has been secured from Culture and Heritage which will allow us to keep Directors Liability insurance in place, and keep the web-site updated and open. You should be getting notice about how to update your personal page soon. The financial audit is nearing completion, as is the arts consultant's survey of the craft sector in Canada, and one or two successful craft councils abroad. We will be using some of the findings of that research to provide us with a basis for the membership survey which will be carried out in the near future. When the surveys have been completed we will be contacting you again, until then, the Interim Board wishes you and yours All the very best in the New Year

Also from Gaetanne:
For nearly 70 years, Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery has made a significant impact on the American craft movement from its quiet location in the historical Lair Hill neighborhood in Portland. Having outgrown the size of its first home, and also with the intention of becoming a more visible and accessible destination, the organization is preparing for a big move in July 2007. Its new site — poised between Portland's Pearl District and Oldtown/Chinatown on the North Park Blocks — promises to be a vital hub for art lovers and collectors interested in craft. As part of this exciting change, the Sales Gallery at Contemporary Crafts will position itself as the prime destination to buy quality craft in the Pacific Northwest. The very best examples of contemporary craft will be available for purchase. Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery invites professional artists from North America who are working in craft media (ceramic, fiber, wood, glass or metal) or using traditional craft techniques to submit documentation of their work to be considered for inclusion. Complete submission materials must be received by 5 pm on February 1, 2007.This is not a postmark deadline. Click here to download a PDF application
Maegen Black
The Canadian Crafts Federation, Craft Year 2007
Fédération canadienne des métiers d'art, Année des metiers d’art
Telephone: (506) 444-3315

Have you Seen? ~ Here we Are!
Inaugral Studio Membership Group Show
Opening Friday, December 8
Exhibit runs December 8 - 15

Original Painting by WANDA KOOP
Great holiday gift!
Wanda Koop, internationally renowned artist and recent inductee as a Member of the Order of Canada, founded Art City in 1998.
You could win Sunset from Wanda Koop's recent Viewmaster series.
The painting measures 101 × 77 cm and is valued at $10,000.00.
Tickets $50.00 – 1 in 500 chance of winning.
The final draw will be held at Art City on Valentine’s Day 2007 at 12 noon. All draws are open to all ticket holders. All proceeds go to Art City programming. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Available at Art City - 616 BroadwayPhone: 204.775.9856E-mail:

Manitoba Arts CouncilDeep Bay Residency call for Submissions Deadline Dec. 15
The next deadline for the Deep Bay Artists’ Residency in Riding MountainNational Park of Canada is December 15, 2006. This program allows writers,composers, visual artists, and performing artists showing a high standard ofwork or exceptional promise, an opportunity to focus on their practise for aconcentrated period of time. Artists working in all disciplines areencouraged to apply. Full program guidelines are available at<> For more informationabout the residency, please contact Marian Butler, Program Consultant at(204) 945-0399 or <">>
The Deep Bay Artists’ Residency program will be available from May 28, 2007 through to October 7, 2007 and independent artists will have the opportunityto apply for stays of 2, 4, or 6 weeks to undertake creative projects. One or two weeks stays are also offered to artistic directors and arts administrators wishing to work on planning and visioning related to their organization. An integral component of the residencies will be a public presentation in the community providing the opportunity to interact with the artists, residents and visitors of the Riding Mountain region.
The North End Artist CollectivePresents
‘The Artist Next Door’ Series
Experience the wealth of world class artists and artisans who call the NorthEnd ‘home.’
The North End Artist Collective started just over a year ago when a group of local area artists gathered together to share an interest in creating community in our neighborhoods through culture. We lamented that an area so rich in creativity and talent doesn’t have a cool local coffee shop featuring open mic nights and poetry readings, or a neighborhood pub featuring live original music or a local art gallery. We started to ask the question, what would artists FROM the North End FOR the North End look like?
This holiday season we believe it looks like ‘The Artist Next Door’ series. During the month of December the North End Artist Collective is inviting local area residents and businesses to partner with us in hosting and presenting a series of concerts and special events. These concerts will feature professional artists and musicians performing in and around the North End in business, offices, schools and homes of local area residents.Yes this means you! These events may include local businesses or restaurants hosting special events for customers and staff, or area residents hosting a house concert. House concerts have blossomed into a full-fledged international movement attracting audiences interested in the intimacy of a living room over the impersonal, smoky, uncomfortable late-night club environment. It’s a great opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to enjoy a night of culture and community in the comfort of your own home. Don’t stress over the details because there really aren’t any. You pick a date and a time and invite your friends and neighbors and ask them to bring some refreshments. The artists will provide everything they need to presentand perform. This year let’s create some moments to step out of our frantic schedules, (we’ve all got them) and make time to celebrate together. Think as creativity as you can, because these moments can happen during a lunchhour, happy hour, on a week night or on a weekend. ‘The Artist Next Door’series is an exciting opportunity for artists and audiences to create inspiring experiences together.For more details please contact Rik Leaf at 667-3344 or e-mail<> or visit the North End Artist Collective online at <>