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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!

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May 15 to June 23, 2018


SPACES, FORMS AND EXPRESSIONS

Acrylic paintings and sculpture by Arthur Frank Oscar.


ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is a continuous pursuit and exploration of ideas, images, materials and compositional experimentation. As a prairie artist the exploration of spaces encompassing structures, textures and perspectives are integral aspects of my painting. Form is also a dominant presence in the painting as well as in the sculpture. Expressionism is a typical trait in my work as the work is very subjective, designed to reflect, explore and reveal feelings, moods and ideas, not to subject the viewer to an exclusively realistic or naturalistic image or to be a narrative. This desire is reinforced by using unrealistic colours, shapes, patterns, textures and perspectives that divide spaces in the paintings, sometimes resulting in paintings within paintings while maintaining a unified composition. For subject matter in the paintings I draw inspiration from old structures that are iconic images of  the prairies, present and past (i.e. churches, houses, barns and sheds). I am also inspired by the flora and fauna and the vastness of the environment. Juxtapositioning seemingly unrelated images and making them compatible in the final composition is also a trait in my work.


ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Arthur (Art) is a practising visual artist living in Brandon, Manitoba with his wife Joan. After receiving his teaching certificate from Brandon College in 1961 he taught for 2 years before moving to Winnipeg to attend the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1967. While there he was greatly influenced by professors Don Reichert, George Swinton, Ken Lochead and Henry Kalen. He recalls Professor Swinton saying although the course is only 3 years, it is a life-long learning experience.


Art and his wife have travelled extensively, visiting galleries and museums around the world. He is an award winning member of the Manitoba Society of Artists and has works in collections in Belgium and France. Recently Art has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (AGSM) and the Kristallijn Gallery in Mol, Belgium. He is currently preparing for a group Figure Drawing show at the AGSM this coming Fall. Art continues to paint and sculpt in his Brandon studio.




EXHIBITION OPENING & ARTIST TALK

Thursday, May 17 at 7:00pm

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May 15 to 24, 2018


ART AUCTION PREVIEW

A sampling of artwork donated to Celebration of the Arts - various artists.


WHAT IS CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS?

Join us FRIDAY, MAY 25 at our FUNDRAISING Dinner and Art Auction supporting the Arts and Artists in our community. This exquisite evening of fine dining, fun and entertainment takes place in the William Glesby Centre Theatre. Cocktails start at 5:30pm. Tickets are $100 each.


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SPECIAL EVENTS


Boardroom Gallery is closed Wednesdays, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

BOARDROOM GALLERY

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April 24 to May 19, 2018


SHORELINE PORTRAITS

Monoprint & gel-plate print collage by

Heather Martens Rempel.


ARTIST STATEMENT

Manitoba is a wonderful place for an artist who loves the wild spaces. Our rich geological history has created some amazing environments. Many geologists believe the shaping of Manitoba’s landscape began 3.8 – 2.5 billion years ago. I once heard that in Korea there is a poetic definition of an eon of time. It helps me comprehend this time frame, just a little bit better than numbers.


Unit of an eon = the time it would take for a mile- high granite mountain to wear down to sea level, if an angel swooped down once every 1,000 years and brushed the summit with a wing.


The work of artist Andy Goldsworthy inspires me to see the shapes, lines and colours in nature with new eyes. Roaming the rocky beaches of Lake Winnipeg, I find inspiration for photographic compositions. During the winter months these photos are then the jumping off point for creating mono-prints and collage with gel-plate prints.  Some of the compositions are as I found them.  Others had a little help from me in their arrangement.

The Pop-Up Gallery is located in the PDAC Classroom

POP-UP GALLERY