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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!



September 7 - October 15, 2016

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)

(re)drawn by Ben Davis

Manitoba Arts Network Touring Exhibition Program.

In re(drawn), Brandon-based artist Ben Davis presents a challenging project concerned with land; the many ways it may be understood and its many forms. Through drawing, painting and mixed-and multi-media work that draws on photography, cartographic research and satellite imagery, Davis explores issues related to boundaries and meaning, responding to the physical and socially-constructed terrain of place. Rooted in post-colonial theory, (re)drawn invites viewers to consider the diverse histories, narratives, functions, boundaries, meanings and values of a place. Through layering, sequencing, repetition and reconfiguring, Davis’ work suggests the possibility of multiple readings of both land and art, countering the static nature often associated with older conventions of landscape art. In relation to the tradition of landscapes, Davis situates himself, his practice and his process of interrogating, understanding, deconstructing and (re)constructing in relation to colonial acts of appropriation.


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

September 13 - October 29, 2016


An exhibit by the Portage Camera Club.

The Portage Camera Club consists of both amateur and professional photographers. Members have a passion for photography and continue to learn about their craft. At meetings, members discuss photography techniques, both new and old, and also show their work to learn from each other. Members participate in photo outings to various places in Manitoba. As well, speakers from around the province are occasionally brought in to talk about various photo techniques.

The Club meets at 7:30pm in the Boardroom of the Portage & District Arts Centre on the second & fourth Mondays each month.

For further information you can contact Dennis Wiens

at 204 857-8956 or dddwiens@shaw.ca