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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!



June 28 - August 6, 2016


Acrylic & multi-media on canvas by Edie Marshall.

Artist Statement

A continuing thread throughout my work is that of linking the past to the present such as the paintings in “Progress” where I integrated Roman ruins with the prairie landscape. In this body of work I am combining images from photographs of my maternal grandmother’s family from the time of prairie settlement with images from today’s prairie landscape. My interest in my grandmother’s life stems from my life as a farm woman. What I know of my grandmother is mostly second hand. Her photographs provide clues into her life as a prairie woman experiencing a new land, a new language, and a new culture. By placing the figures of people I once knew or knew about in landscapes that I have inhabited, my intention is to bring the memory of them closer to my experience, altering their story to fit into mine. I see this work as giving voice to my female ancestors and to my identity as a 21st century woman.

In the large paintings, the paint acts as a vehicle to explore relationships between figure and ground, past and present. The process involves tracing the figures onto the canvas to retain the photograph’s authenticity. The painting progresses by way of responding to the traced markings bringing the figures forward and pushing them into the background of the canvas, blending with and at times losing them in the landscape. The brushstrokes deviate from the contours of the figures, blurring the images and giving them a ghostly presence. In the small collaged paintings the figures are brought to the surface and presented as characters in a recreated tale of their lives. The trees act as a background much like the forests in fairy tales.

In the end, it’s the act of art making that determines the outcome of the narrative, what becomes important, what is blurred, what is saved and what is lost.

Artist Biography

Edie Marshall is a Saskatchewan painter who is interested in the environment, the history and culture of the land. Most of her work is about the prairies where she finds an unlimited and often overlooked source of colours and shapes, ideas and images. Edie paints large energetic canvases and small intimate ones as a way to describe the vastness and energy of the land with its diverse and unique ecosystems.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, July 7 at 7:00pm.

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Aug 9 - Sept 3, 2016 (Main Gallery)


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 6 - Oct 15, 2016 (Main Gallery)

MY HOUSE AS A LIFE: Outer/Inner Journeys

Acrylic paintings by Jane Gateson.


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.



July 9 - August 13, 2016


Mixed media by Annette Henderson.

Artist Biography

Annette Henderson is a mixed-media collage artist. Growing up on a dairy farm near St. Claude, MB, Annette found that objects and dilapidated farm equipment were a resource for her creativity. Rusted metals inspired her to see more deeply into what might be, and she tries to keep her audience entertained, giving new life to found objects. Her work can be found in the Manitoba Government Art Collection and in private collections. Annette maintains her art practice from her home studio near Rathwell, MB.

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