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New sculpture!

BRANDI by Curt Brill has been installed this week in time for the 50th anniversary Sunflower Festival!

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New sculpture!

BRANDI by Curt Brill has been installed this week in time for the 50th anniversary Sunflower Festival! The gallery will be open to the public with free admission for the Festival weekend.

Born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York, Curt began his serious pursuit of an art career while attending Cornell University. It began with exhibitions at Cornell that showcased his drawings, ceramic work and silk screening. Even though drawing has been his first and enduring love, professionally he has been most noted for his 3 dimensional work. His ceramic pieces have been widely collected across the United States since the mid 1970’s. He began his career in bronze in 1980, with pieces that were a direct outgrowth of his history with clay. The work has always been sensual, a direct response to the feel of the materials he has chosen to use. Being a people watcher with a keen eye by nature, and having a potent sense of humor and an easy demeanor, it is easy to see how his personal style has evolved. His work has now been met with wide appeal by individual collectors within the United States, Europe and Japan. 
Born: October 18,1952
Bronx, New York 
Education: BS Design Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 

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2014 SPRING EXHIBITION

June 7th until August 3rd

Main Floor Artist:
Ray Dirks

Second Floor Artist:
Darlene Derksen

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June 7th until August 3rd

Main Floor Artist:
Ray Dirks

Second Floor Artist:
Darlene Derksen

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Along the Road to Freedom
Ray Dirks

Ray Dirks is originally from British Columbia. After working as an illustrator for two years in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, he moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he has lived since late 1985. From his base in Winnipeg, he has worked in 30 countries around the world.

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Since 1990 Dirks has been both a curator and artist. He has curated exhibits featuring art from countries around the world, which have also toured internationally, and has had his own art exhibited in North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Along the Road to Freedom is a recent addition to a long list of projects and exhibitions Dirks has initiated.

In 2002 Dirks was invited to be a Research Fellow at Yale University, at the same time he was artist in residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center, both in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2008 he was awarded the Above and Beyond in the Arts award by the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts because of his work as an artist, curator and workshop leader in Manitoba schools. In 2011 he received the Blazer Distinguished Community Service award from Canadian Mennonite University. Since 1998 he has been the curator at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg.

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160 ACRES:  The Geography of Home
Darlene Derksen

Darlene Derksen first became serious about drawing and painting when she attended the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design in 1988. Her works have appeared in various juried exhibits, the University of Winnipeg’s Journal of Mennonite Studies as the cover art, as well as inside art in Rhubarb Magazine (The Food Issue, Summer 2010). Her patrons of lake and prairie landscapes span the countries of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, China, and Kenya.

Derksen continues to work as an interior designer specializing in developing residential spaces to meet the unique character and needs of her clients.

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160 Acres: The Geography of Home

The farm house and quarter section (160 acres) Derksen grew up in was established by her grandparents in 1918 and inherited by her parents in 1953. Her first language was Low German, but she learned English, via television, before attending the one room school of Kronsweide, where Low German was not permitted. Her whole world was an area of about 2 square miles, which included her farm, Sommerfeld Mennonite church, and Kronsweide school. The nearest town was Lowe Farm, about 5 miles away. In Lowe Farm, her father was able to conduct nearly all of his farming business in Low German.

Derksen grew up on the edge of change when “farming as a way of life” was becoming a business. Her parents operated a mixed farm with a huge vegetable garden, poultry, hogs, a calf each year for slaughter and a cow and laying hens. They loved working and living on a farm but it was time to retire in 1973. Deflated land prices in the early 1970s brought the attention of urban and foreign investors. The farm was sold in 1974 and Derksen’s relationship to the community came to an end. “160 Acres: The Geography of Home” is a tribute to a way of life that has disappeared from the prairies.

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2014 SUMMER EXHIBITION

August 9th to September 28th

Main Floor:
Hubert Théroux

Second Floor:
Contemporary art of Zimbabwe

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August 9th to September 28th

Main Floor:
Hubert Théroux

Second Floor:
Contemporary art of Zimbabwe

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Paintings
Hubert Théroux

Hubert Théroux grew up in the rural community of Cardinal, Manitoba where his love for the Canadian prairie was nurtured on the family farm.  His interest in art began in childhood and by fourteen had settled on oils as his medium of choice.  As a youth he painted the landscapes around his home, then progressed to include the farm activities which he recalled from his early childhood. More recently, he has been inspired by his children and has captured on canvas their innocent play.  Towering grain elevators, golden wheat fields and immense prairie skies are also favorite subjects.  Hubert has developed a style invoking, in the viewer, memories of their own experiences. He is skilled at capturing the light of the prairie landscape and transposing to the canvas the intense colors of summer and autumn, as well as the more subtle shadings of our western winters.

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During high school, Hubert completed a correspondence course from New York, and in 1975 a workshop, by renowned photographer, George Tan, gave him a new awareness of light, which greatly influenced his painting style.  Hubert also attended workshops in France, furthering his insight into many other art mediums. In 1979 he became a full-time artist. He traveled western Canada doing shows with World of Art & Craft and Great Western Artists, and locally with the Red River Art & Craft Co-op.  In 2005 his work with Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation’s  “Bears on Broadway” was a great opportunity to gather with the art community and produce work of a different genre and scale. As president of the Assiniboia Group of Artists Co-operative Inc., he assists in promoting local talent through the Manitoba Art Expo.

Hubert has created four murals for the Boissevain & Morton Arts Council and one for Ducks Unlimited.  He has been commissioned to produce artwork for the Canadian Wheat Board, Les Caisse Populaire du Manitoba, United Grain Growers, and New Flyer Industries.

His work hangs proudly in many private collections throughout Canada, USA, Europe and Australia.  Hubert’s images have been published as limited edition prints, book covers and calendars.

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Second Floor
Stone, Grass, Fabric, Canvas
Contemporary art of Zimbabwe

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