Portage & District Arts Centre

11-2nd Street NE  Portage la Prairie  MB  R1N 1R8  Tuesday to Saturday  11:00am to 5:00pm

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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!



July 11 - August 15, 2014


Various Artists.

The 8th Annual Prairie Ripples Art Tour will take place Saturday, August 23 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, August 24, 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Come to the Portage & District Arts Centre Boardroom Gallery to get a preview of the artwork that will be on the tour.

Check out www.prairieripples.com for more information.


August 5 - 29, 2014


Original Multi-media Art by various Artists in the Central Region.

Each year the Manitoba Arts Network holds Juried Art Exhibitions in the six regions of Manitoba, (Central, Eastman, Interlake, Norman, Parkland and Westman). This event is open to all artists living within the region. Professional Manitoba artists who are selected as jurors critique the artwork. It is a great opportunity for rural artists to have their work shown in their community.

This year, the 33rd Annual Central Region Juried Art Exhibition opened at the Tiger Hills Arts Association in Holland, Manitoba on May 2, 2014. 40 pieces of artwork in various mediums, techniques and subjects, were selected to tour. The tour was in Holland for May, then moved to the Pembina Hills Art Gallery in Morden for June, then on to Golden Prairie Arts Council in Carmen for July and now is in Portage la Prairie at the Portage & District Arts Centre for the month of August.

Twenty-one local artists are among the touring exhibition; Rebecca Albert, Lee Beaton, Myah Courtney, Diane Day, Melodie Dondo, Debbie Drain, Patricia Endall, Robert Greenlay, Connie Gretsinger, Ardith Hamilton, Annette Henderson, Cindy Joel, Patrica Johnson, Cynthia Keith, Michelle Lalancette, Florence McBride, Louise Morisseau, Fran Pickell, Sean Rodd, Rory Timmers and Roger Ward.

The Manitoba Arts Network selected 10 pieces from the CRJAE to be part of the 12th Annual Rural & Northern Exhibition in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery and Museum, September 6 to 28, 2014. Two local artists have been selected to participate this year; Roger Ward “Early Morning Loons” (charcoal) and Robert Greenlay “Elephants” (acrylic).

Congratulations to all the artists who participated!!

Exhibition Opening at PDAC:  Thursday, August 7 at 7:00pm

Tour Schedule:

May - Holland, June - Morden, July - Carman,

August - Portage la Prairie, September - Winnipeg (MAN)

Click to download:  2014 Call for Entry2014 Registration Form


September 2 - 27, 2014


Mixed media installation by guest curator Colette Balcaen.

Colette Balcaen is the artist behind “Hats from a Life Lived”, an installation and collaborative art project. This project began after she inherited over 50 hats that belonged to a woman named Anastazja Urbanik who immigrated to Winnipeg from Poland. She was a remarkable woman and Colette wanted to give her hats a new life as a tribute to this woman’s courageous life. She collaborated on this project with Roberta York, who works with Artbeat Studios/Studio Central as their weaving mentor.

Colette’s idea was to give a hat to each individual artist or artisan who might like to transform it into an art piece. Once each participant committed to their chosen hat and they signed an agreement confirming the details and requirements. The transformation of the hats began with 36 participants working on the project to create 40 pieces.

The goal of this experience is to provoke an interaction between the visitors and the hats, to entice a reflection and appreciation of the uniqueness of individuals in our society. It is believed that the context of this installation will touch many people and bring awareness of all the real differences that exist within our society. It is a celebration and/or manifestation of the diverse voices in our community through the interpretation of each artist who created the artwork with these hats.

Exhibition Opening:  Thursday, September 4 at 7:00pm


September 30 - November 8, 2014


Mixed media by various artists including Yvette Cenerini, Dayna Danger, Anne Fallis, Cameron Forbes, Annette Henderson, Erin Josephson-Laidlaw, Mary Lowe, Cheryl Orr-Hood, Willow Rector, Diana Thorneycroft & Diane Whitehouse

Exhibition Opening:  Sunday, October 5 at 2:00pm


November 10 - December 20, 2014


Acrylic, oil & collage by artist Linus Woods.