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School Gallery Tours


The Portage & District Arts Centre is offering Gallery Tours for School Groups of all ages.  This is a excellent opportunity for students and faculty to see a variety of art forms from Regional Artists and is a great addition the the current Arts curriculum.  Students will be fully engaged learning the artistic process of how each piece was made and will be encouraged to interact with the Artist or Docent.  Tours are available Tuesday through Friday.  Bookings are accepted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the tour.  Donations to the Gallery are welcome.  Contact the Portage & District Arts Centre at 204-239-6029 or email pdac@mts.net to book your tour today!


May 31 - July 29, 2016


Mixed media character creations by Jason Cromarty.

Artist Statement

My exhibition will be showcasing my journey through art and character creations. As you can see I am in awe of all things superhero and villainous. I have been influenced so much by comics, cartoons & movies. In this exhibit you will be able to see the creatures and beings that dwell in my mind. I am very fortunate and thankful that I have had this ability to bring them to "life". So in saying this, I am pleased and excited to share with you all my characters and the familiar one's you will recognize in my very first exhibit! Enjoy!

Artist Biography

My name is Jason Cromarty and I am 36 years old. I live and work here in Portage la Prairie. I am married to my wonderful wife Alana. Together we have 3 beautiful daughters, Teagan (8), Tatym  (4) and Margo (2 months old).

For as long as I can remember I loved to draw. To me, pages in comic books looked like pieces of art. Not really knowing what I was doing I would draw my favourite scenes from my comic books. I believe that this helped me to focus on the details in my drawings. There have been so many that I couldn't get just right, but I eventually learned that it was ok not to be the same. There are so many different styles out there and up until 6 years ago I found my own style.

After High School I just never quit drawing. I would draw these big mural type pieces. This was from a huge paper roll that an old art teacher gave me when summer vacation started. When life took over, it still didn't completely stop. I did slow down on how much I was drawing, but I would always find a way, mostly through sketchbooks. I wouldn't be able to make them look complete, but at least I would be able to get a quick sketch in of what I was seeing. This is how I started to string together my own world of heroes, villains & monsters.

I encourage you all to check out what has inspired me, what I have created and what I plan to create. Thank you!



May 17 - June 25, 2016

NEW PAINTINGS: Colour, Light, Energy

Multi-media paintings by the Group of 8 Artist Salon.

The title we chose for this show reflects much of the philosophy that describes us as a group. We are 8 women artists, each with a unique way of using colour and light to create energy in our paintings. And just like our artwork, the group has an energy that makes it more than the sum of its parts. Whether we’re sharing ideas about an exhibition we’ve seen, a book we’ve read, or a painting we’re working on, the dynamic of our group creates a sense of excitement. We critique and encourage; we celebrate each others’ successes and support each other through professional and personal challenges. When any of us shows a new painting to the group, we all feel the energy the artist has put into that work.

Members of the Group of 8 Artist Salon are:

Suzanne du Plooy, Jane Gateson, Sherry Glanville, Fay Jelly,

Pat McCullough, Lin Milne, Helen Maxime Stein, Randie Yuffe

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, May 26 at 7:00pm

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June 28 - Aug 6, 2016 (Main Gallery)


Acrylic & multi-media on canvas by Edie Marshall.

Artist Statement

A continuing thread throughout my work is that of linking the past to the present such as the paintings in “Progress” where I integrated Roman ruins with the prairie landscape. In this body of work I am combining images from photographs of my maternal grandmother’s family from the time of prairie settlement with images from today’s prairie landscape. My interest in my grandmother’s life stems from my life as a farm woman. What I know of my grandmother is mostly second hand. Her photographs provide clues into her life as a prairie woman experiencing a new land, a new language, and a new culture. By placing the figures of people I once knew or knew about in landscapes that I have inhabited, my intention is to bring the memory of them closer to my experience, altering their story to fit into mine. I see this work as giving voice to my female ancestors and to my identity as a 21st century woman.

In the large paintings, the paint acts as a vehicle to explore relationships between figure and ground, past and present. The process involves tracing the figures onto the canvas to retain the photograph’s authenticity. The painting progresses by way of responding to the traced markings bringing the figures forward and pushing them into the background of the canvas, blending with and at times losing them in the landscape. The brushstrokes deviate from the contours of the figures, blurring the images and giving them a ghostly presence. In the small collaged paintings the figures are brought to the surface and presented as characters in a recreated tale of their lives. The trees act as a background much like the forests in fairy tales.

In the end, it’s the act of art making that determines the outcome of the narrative, what becomes important, what is blurred, what is saved and what is lost.

Artist Biography

Edie Marshall is a Saskatchewan painter who is interested in the environment, the history and culture of the land. Most of her work is about the prairies where she finds an unlimited and often overlooked source of colours and shapes, ideas and images. Edie paints large energetic canvases and small intimate ones as a way to describe the vastness and energy of the land with its diverse and unique ecosystems.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, July 7 at 7:00pm.

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Aug 9 - Sept 3, 2016 (Main Gallery)


Mixed-media by artists across the Central Region.

Call for Entry

The Golden Prairie Arts Council is hosting the 2016 Central Region Juried Art Exhibit. The CRJAE is open to artists & artisans of all levels aged 15 years or older who are residents of the Central Region. Work must be an original concept & completed since April 2015. Deadline for this Call for Entry is March 31, 2016.

2016 CRJAE Call for Entry & Registration Form

How to Professionally Prepare Your Artwork

Hardcopies are also available for pick up at the

Portage & District Arts Centre.


Sept 6 - Oct 15, 2016 (Main Gallery)

MY HOUSE AS A LIFE: Outer/Inner Journeys

Acrylic paintings by Jane Gateson.


Oct 18 - Nov 26, 2016 (Main Gallery)


An installation by Tracey-Mae Chambers.


Nov 29, 2016 - Jan 21, 2017 (Main Gallery)


Photography by Rob & Melodie Dondo.



*Boardroom Gallery is closed every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm


July 12 - Sept 10, 2016 (Boardroom Gallery)


Watercolour, coloured pencil & mixed media by Charlotte Jones.

Artist Statement

Having lived the majority of my life away from the city, I have observed the natural changes in plants, animals, insects and seasons in the absence of commercial interference. Flowering plants, weeds or otherwise, have their own season and reasons to exist. Wild flowers are specially designed by smell or colour to attract a certain species of bird, butterfly, moth or insect at a certain time for a specific purpose related to the survival of the species. Without this connection survival in questionable.

To have lived long enough in one place to have watched the annual major bird migrations, welcomed local annual nesters, and to have seen animal populations peak and ebb in the natural order of things is a gift.

In my drawings and paintings I want to record or freeze an impression in time of bits and pieces of things natural.

Artist Biography

Born and raised in Idaho, Charlotte graduated from the University of Idaho in 1958 with a B.A. degree in Art. Coming to Manitoba with the family in 1971, she taught Drawing and Cartooning for the Portage & District Arts Centre during the early years of the Centre.

Involved with the University Women's Club (CFUW Portage) art project in the 1980's Charlotte partnered with artist Karen Braden, doing pen and ink drawings of all the old schools in the Portage School District. The originals drawings from this project are available to be seen at the Portage School Division office building.

After taking an Architectural and Mechanical systems drafting course in Winnipeg, she worked as a machine drafts person, drawing for a farm machine manufacturing company in Portage. This was the beginning of the end of drafting on paper as the CAD program was fast becoming the drawing aid for drafting.

Charlotte did cartooning for magazines and farm newspapers, commission art and general cartoon work for a number of years. Although “retired” from most commission art work, cartooning is still ongoing on occasion.

Charlotte was the illustrator for a children's book in 2008, “The Windplane Man”, available at the Portage & District Arts Centre Gift Shop and in the Portage Library.