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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!



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


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March 7 to April 22, 2017


Oil painting series by Nicole Bauberger.

Exhibition Description

These paintings were created by the side of the road, stopping every 50 km. I used my truck as my mobile studio. Sometimes I stood at the back of the truck and used the back as a kind of counter. Often I sat cross-legged in the back of the truck to paint. When the weather was really bad, I sometimes taped the panel to the steering wheel and worked from my palette in the passenger seat.

I stopped as close as I could to every 50 km, choosing my site for safety and being able to observe the road where it passed left to right through the picture plane, not worrying so much about what would make a picturesque painting. That challenged me to find the painting in what was before me.

I write on the back of each panel before I paint – simple observations, some reflections, often addressing the road as a person. Using this text I create small artist’s books which offer in sequence hand-transcribed images of the texts on the back of each panel with a black and white image of the painting.

You can enjoy the show just as it is, or travel along with me using these books. There are also two other books in which you can write some of your own road stories if you choose. I would love to read them.

Artist Biography

Projects drive Nicole Bauberger’s art practice. It depends what she sets out to do, what vision she is following. Finely honed skill in oil painting, begun over a 5-year apprenticeship in the 90’s, roots her artwork, but depending on what she needs to do or make, she will use encaustic, acrylic, clay, teabags, puppets, research and writing, or songs on the ukulele.

Bauberger moved to the Yukon to paint the landscape, but quickly realized that she could not get there without the road. Beginning with a series from Whitehorse to Inuvik in a show called Yukon Drives, she has built on this series, first extending it back to Edmonton and onwards to Alaska, then tying it to her original home towns of Peterborough, Toronto and Montreal. The resulting exhibition, Get There From Here, has appeared in earlier forms at public galleries in the Yukon, BC and Alberta. In the fall of 2016 The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, BC exhibited the current cross-Canada version of the series. After its appearance here in Portage La Prairie, it will be on display at the Art Gallery of Swift Current in Saskatchewan and the Esplanade Gallery in Medicine Hat, as well as in other yet-to-be confirmed galleries in the East.

Bauberger has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon since 2003. She finds it’s useful to be adaptable there, and thrives on it.

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36 Annual Central Region Juried Art Exhibit


The registration package includes the following documents:

2017 CRJAE Call for Entry.pdf

2017 CRJAE Registration Form.pdf

Tip Sheet - How to Write an Artist Statement.pdf

How to Professionally Prepare Your Artwork - Packaging & Hanging.pdf

You can also visit us at 11-2nd Street NE, Portage la Prairie, to pick up your copy.


The Portage & District Arts Centre is hosting the 36th Annual Central Region Juried Art Exhibit (CRJAE) on April 27, 2017. The CRJAE is open to artists & artisans of all levels ages 15 or older who are residents of the Central Region. Work must be an original concept and completed since April 2016.


February 21 to April 1, 2017


Watercolour paintings by Bette Holliday.

Artist Statement

This body of works is reflective of the world around us. I hope that my work inspires the viewer to take a closer look at their surroundings and appreciate beauty in its simplest form.

Although watercolour is my media of choice I find that pen and ink enables me to present a subject in finer detail. Mixed media allows me to be whimsical when the mood demands it.

Inspiration for my work comes from my rural roots. My grandmother instilled in me a love of nature especially flowers. Abandoned homesteads and buildings trigger an abiding curiosity about, and respect for those who came before.

If my depiction of nature and rural scenes brings back a pleasant memory I have achieved my goal.

Click HERE to download exhibition poster.

The Artist would like

to thank the Yukon

Touring Artist Fund for assisting with the transportation of this exhibition to

Portage la Prairie.