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!



Sept 1 - Oct 9, 2015 in the Main Gallery


Oil on canvas abstract paintings by Aija Aleksandra Svenne.

Artist Statement    

Handwriting started it all.

The impulse to make marks on paper or canvas, my way of working.

I work intuitively. I may have an idea when I begin a work, but once I apply a dab of exciting oil colour, my ideas change as the impulse to push the paint around, to manipulate it, even write into it with whatever implement is at hand overtakes me. This process, the layering of colours and lines, results in textured surfaces.

And out of these textured surfaces may emerge a landscape, a floral bouquet, human figures connecting with each other, tenderly. This results in a diverse set of images that invites the viewer to look.

My hope is that you will find in my paintings something useful, something that will illumine what was dark.

Exhibition Opening:  Sunday, September 13 at 2:00pm


Oct 14 - Nov 21, 2015 in the Main Gallery


Lee Beaton, Cindy Davidson & Pamela Desmet Franklin.

Exhibition Opening:  Sunday, October 18 at 2:00pm


Nov 23, 2015 - Jan 9, 2016 in the Main Gallery


Acrylic paintings by Don McMaster.

Exhibition Opening:  TBA


Sept 9 - 30, 2015 in the Boardroom Gallery


Oil & acrylic paintings by Gordon Plunkett.

Artist Profile

Since I was a child I have always loved to draw and colour. My mother was very artistic and she taught me how to sketch, mix colours, paint in oils, and use composition. Apart from her guidance, I am purely self-taught. I have always had a great interest in art whether it be drawing, sketching, painting, or building. I began painting in oils strictly for my own pleasure in 1967.

I prefer painting scenes but of late I have experimented in abstracts. Many of my pictures are of places that I have visited. I like detail and bold colours in my paintings. I find that painting in oils allows one to mix more precise colours, however it is a slower medium than acrylics which set up much faster.

I am now starting to make my own frames and am still experimenting with that.