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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!



August 9 - September 3, 2016


Mixed-media by artists across the Central Region.

The Central Cultural Council is delighted that 53 artists from the Central Region of Manitoba entered 124 works of art into the Juried Exhibition. We congratulate and thank you for sharing your art, passion and beautiful work with us. This collection of work varying in medium, style and subject matter is a testament to the skill and talent embedded within the Central Region.

This year, 40 pieces of art from 40 different artists have been selected to tour the Central Region throughout the summer. Many thanks to the jurors, Karen J Adamson, Alexander El and Chris Pancoe for their hard work and expertise.

Congratulations to the following artists who were chosen from the Portage la Prairie region:

Rebecca Albert - photography

Michael Blume - acrylic on canvas *People's Choice Winner

Evangeline Chan - photography

Pat Crandell - thread painting textile

Melodie Dondo - framed photography

Robert J Greenlay - charcoal

Bette Holliday - watercolour

Michelle Lalancette - watercolour

Olivia Leader - oil

Florence McBride - acrylic

Sean Rodd - graphite

Janice Unger - acrylic

Pauline Viallet - acrylic & oil pastel

Darlene Vust - acrylic

Ilene Yanchuk - acrylic

Everyone is welcome to attend the 2016 CRJAE Exhibition Opening, Thursday, August 11 at 7:00pm.

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Sept 7 - Oct 15, 2016 (Main Gallery)

MY HOUSE AS A LIFE: Outer/Inner Journeys

Acrylic paintings by Jane Gateson.

Artist Statement

Riding the bus to my studio, I often wonder about the buildings that fly by. What goes on inside them and what stories could they tell? Both buildings and people have an exterior that all the world can see and an interior that may be entirely different from the street view!

The paintings in this exhibit use buildings as a metaphor for people. But this show is really about the stages of life.

The journey of life is a gift, mysteriously wrapped in seasons of joy, grief, waiting, transition, new beginnings and celebration. My intention is that the visual language of this body of work, both representative and abstract, will help us recognize, accept and appreciate the season of life we are in and see it in the context of our whole life journey.

Artist Biography

Jane Gateson has been painting since the mid 80’s and has studios in Winnipeg and Victoria Beach, MB. She has exhibited in numerous juried local and international shows. Her work is in private collections in Canada and Europe.

After she completed her BScHEc, she majored in art in her 1978 BEd degree. Since then she has been fortunate to have had many great teachers, such as Nikola Bjelajac, Milos Milidrag and Janice Mason Steeves. Yearly she attends an intensive week of painting at Arts West Artists Retreat near Clear Lake. Here she has studied under Diana Thorneycroft, George Glenn, Steve Guthro, David Garneau and Michael Boss.

Jane is a member of the Manitoba Society of Artists, The Group of Eight, MAWA, and on the board of In Plain View Winnipeg.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Exhibition Opening, Thursday, September 15 at 7:00pm.

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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 - September 10, 2016


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.

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