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The second annual Student Art Show was a hit!
Click “read more” to see the report from coordinator Jill Ferris.

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The second annual Student Art Show was a hit!
Click “read more” to see the report from coordinator Jill Ferris.


The show was curated by the students who also volunteered to welcome visitors to the gallery.
Parkside School brought 40 art students in for a private visit.
(Some of the kids taking the Rec painting course with Krahn in the art room at miller saw the show and were really excited to see paintings at the gallery that they saw in progress in the art room.)

Guests who signed the guest book came from the following places:

Altona, Morden, Winnipeg, Gretna, Rosenfeld, Walhalla North Dakota, Langdon ND, Regina, Killarney and Grunthal.

The group of four from North Dakota came specifically for the student show as one of them worked in Winkler and had heard about it.

The head curator for Mackenzie Gallery also visited and loved the space.

Comments were very positive and support for the event strong with 81 visitors coming through the gallery this weekend. Lots of activity in the sculpture gardens, too. The gallery volunteers from Morden Collegiate had never been to GITP and were very impressed with the space.

Thanks for everyone’s help on making this event so successful!


Guest stats:

2014:  130 guests
2015: 320 guests

Jill Ferris

Tree of Life


Featuring the local Buffalo Creek Artists throughout the entire gallery!

June 6th – August 2nd 

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Featuring the local Buffalo Creek Artists throughout the entire gallery!

June 6th – August 2nd 

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The Buffalo Creek Artists are a group of visual artists from the Altona area. They have been showing together in Altona and other locations for fifteen years. Individually, their works have been exhibited all over North America. The size of the group fluctuates between ten and fourteen members, and mediums include metal, clay, textiles, photography, and various kinds of paint and painting techniques. Visitors to BCA exhibitions are impressed by the depth of vision the artists demonstrate, and the sensitivity with which they interpret the subjects and themes they explore in their respective media.


Barb Wiebe
My husband Don and I have an old farm yard and my studio is in a renovated barn with a gallery in the loft. I do wheel work and hand building, fire a cone 10 gas kiln and do some Raku firings.  I have been working with clay for 40 years and still find it exciting to pick up a piece of moist clay and shape it into all manner of objects.

To live is to create – to create is to live

pot interrupted

Bev Friesen

Bev’s favourite medium is oil, and she enjoys painting the figure. Bev is primarily self taught with the exception of a handful of workshops over the last decade. Southern Manitoba is Bev Friesen’s home, but her inspiration comes from many places and experiences either real or imagined.


“I hope with all my heart that there will be painting in heaven.” Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875) his dying words

The word “Interrupt” may suggest something negative, but in fact it can also have many positive implications and effects, such as light in darkness, music, nature, criminal and medical intervention. I’ve focused my works on the examples below. Chaos interrupts order – but it need not be negative. Silhouettes interrupt light – and the light becomes the negative space in a positive way. Death is an interruption of life, on earth, and it leaves one breathless. Taking a Breather from life going on to a new life in heaven. The markers – Tombstones, serve as a reminder to those still breathing. Interruptions are not always welcome : “Interrumpere” from Latin interrumpere, from inter- + rumpere to break. The breaking of the glass lead to an interruption of the fun. Interrupting others – We do it – but don’t we hate it when it’s done to us?


Gail Sawatzky

There’s never a dull moment in the work of acrylic landscape painter, Gail Sawatzky. Each piece is ignited with a luminous, bold color palette that pulls the viewer in for a textured, multi-layered and colorful experience. Heavily influenced by the prairie landscape of Manitoba. Sawatzky captures the colors behind each sunset and sunrise while also adding a level of dimension. Her process of using texture to sculpt shapes creates a pleasurable adventure that invites her admirers to walk the prairie landscape right along with her. Sawatzky currently resides in southern Manitoba and has her own at-home studio where she is always learning, exploring and expanding her vision and skill for her next artistic endeavor. She is constantly inspired by the landscape that surrounds her and doesn’t need to go far to reach motivation to paint. Gail has been recognized for her many years in gaining skill and technique. She earned her first solo show, “Guilty Pleasures of a Farmer’s Wife” held in March 2008. She also received the Best of Professional Award at the Creative Arts Extravaganza in 2010. In 2011, Gail together with Bev Friesen won the Manitoba Day Award, presented by the Manitoba Association of Archives for their show “Mennonite Women Evolving.” Many of her paintings are currently held in private and corporate collections across Canada, the United States, England, Austria and Hong Kong.

Tree of Life

Jake Goertzen

Jake Goertzen lives in Horndean in a renovated former rural school in which he and his wife Junita operate a gallery of his work and the grounds are being developed into a sculpture garden.  Jake works in many media: clay, plaster, steel, bronze, stainless steel, snow, and stone.  His spacious studio there is located in Horndean at a separate location.

My pieces in this exhibit are ones I have not exhibited here before but, unfortunately, they do not conform to the theme. This is due to the fact that I produce what clients ask of me or what I think will sell, and so I did not have time to create work relating to the theme as well.  Much of my time this winter was spent on a bronze sculpture of St. Francis of Assissi. The equine pieces shown here reflect the interest of a client which may turn into a commission. The bust “Elmer Goertzen” was a commission, and the owl maquette was a study done for a commission of an over-life steel great grey owl that I built  some time ago.

Elmer Goertzen

Jill Ferris 

I fell in love with painting when I was getting my Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal.
I loved using other media such as metal and handmade paper so the Studio Program was the best fit for me.
I learned how to weld, make video installations and cast with the paper that I made.
The last nine years or so, I have been working with batik on cloth. This wax resist method reminds me of working with water colours and it captures the colour palettes that I love using in my paintings.
I have shown my work in Winnipeg, Montreal, and various places in Southern Manitoba

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Ken Loewen

I am a metal sculptor, transforming everyday scrap metal into abstract works of art. I believe that in everything there is beauty, function, and creative potential. My work says something about who I am and where I come from, and my roots and faith play an important role in creative expression. Being a collector, the challenges and possibilities of discovered objects always excite me. My work becomes thought-provoking, disturbing, political, social, enlightening, and humorous. I like to stimulate, cause laughter, and create awareness through my art. Out of a discarded past comes harmony and balance.

Ken Loewen -

Lloyd Letkeman

I had the privilege of teaching Visual Arts at Mennonite Collegiate Institute for eleven years, exploring drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media with a vibrant community of teenage artists. In recent years I find myself dabbling in acrylic paints more than any other medium. I’ve always been interested in textures and landscapes. And I enjoy challenging myself by trying different styles, brush strokes or palette knives to create a variety of visual effects. The theme of the Spring show has lent itself well to style-variety and exploration in my pieces. Prairie landscapes often contain grain fields set against panoramic skies. There is little that interrupts a Prairie view besides grain elevators or the occasional bluff of trees.  A profound beauty is treasured in the endless grass blades and their kernels responding to the wind and sun like waves on the ocean.  We can get lost in the vastness, yet desire to find ourselves in it somehow. I’ve attempted to explore a variety of visuals embracing some of these themes and allowing the viewer to be interrupted with the variety of my styles. 


Margruite Krahn

“Margruite Krahn, whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, has lived and worked in her current studio in Neubergthal, Manitoba since 1998…she immediately became interested in the history and roots of that small Mennonite community and has been actively involved in restoring its built heritage. A teacher, she studied both fine art and commercial art with chosen mentors. Observant of the people and life around her, Krahn portrays the depths of personal relationships in community life as she witnessed them. Her interest in people and their affinity with the land, each other, and their history permeates these large works. Krahn uses bold colours in many of her works and tempera and oxides (which she got when visiting Zimbabwe and Roussellion, France) in others. Her use of oxide stains gives a veiled sensibility to those works, forcing a different kind of engagement of the viewer. She also often tilts her compositions so we are included in the specific setting… her work is respectful and reflective; it is about personal engagement, yet it is objective.”

– Patricia Bovey, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts

Margruite Krahn - Swan (1 of 1)

Norman Schmidt

Having retired from a professional design career, which kept him in the city most of his adult life, Norman and his wife, Sharon, now live in Altona, the place of Norman’s birth. Interest in things artistic began at an early age. He cannot remember a time he was not “tinkering” to make something or draw something. But a passion for the integrated expression of ideas in various forms, literary and visual, began during undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba, and were further developed in graduate school at the University of Alberta, when he realized what writer, Leo Tolstoi, meant when he said that anything which stirs the emotions might be turned into art – might be. For Norman, art is quintessentially humanizing, uniquely individual, but divinely inspired and universal; everything man-made lies within its domain – without art, life is bereft of glory, like the world becomes when earth, air, water, and fire are not held as a sacred trust. Over the years his ideas have been realized as prints (book arts), quilts, and kites.


Peter Cole

Peter Cole is a semi-retired lawyer who has been living in Altona and practicing law there for the last 38 years. His personal interests include vintage computers and photography. He is particularly interested in the technical aspects of making photographs, from darkroom chemistry to exploring the different methods of creating digital pictures. He has an extensive collection of vintage digital cameras, backs, and scanners which ties in well with his interest in vintage computers and software. In only two decades digital photography has gone from cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars to the ubiquitous phone camera. Along the way it has been automated to the point where the true art of photography is now little understood even by so called professionals. Automated exposure systems and Photoshop can work miracles in the right circumstances but it still takes intelligent decision making behind the camera to create great pictures in all light conditions. A good photographer should not have to take a thousand pictures to get one right by pure luck! The knowing eye of the beholder is still the key to great photography.




Manitoba Society of Artists

Group of 8

August 8th – September 27th

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Manitoba Society of Artists

Group of 8

August 8th – September 27th


MSA110 Years 1902 – 2015

The Manitoba Society of Artists was established in 1902 originally as an organization to recognize the merits of Manitoba’s outstanding artists,  to promote and encourage visual artists in Manitoba and to provide a western equivalent to the Ontario Society of Artists. In addition to showing work by its members, the society campaigned for an art gallery and art school in the province and arranged for touring exhibits from institutions outside Winnipeg such as the Chicago Art Institute..

After going through several periods of organizational change a new Manitoba Society of Artists emerged in 1925 with an executive consisting of Alex J. Musgrove as secretary and Walter J. Phillips as president. In 1926 the first annual exhibition was held in the Richardson Brothers Gallery on Main Street in Winnipeg. Since then, except for a few years, the society has sponsored an annual open juried exhibition in various locations including at the Eaton’s and Hudson’s Bay Company stores, the Pool of the Black Star Gallery at the Manitoba Legislative Building, the Winnipeg Civic Auditorium, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  Other programs have included annual juried exhibitions, lectures, art history conferences and other member events.

Today, the purpose of the Society is to promote and encourage Manitoba’s emerging and professional visual artists. Members of the Society exhibit together, enjoy social events and participate in educational ventures, such as lectures, slide presentations and workshops. However, the important event of each year is the Provincial Annual Open Juried Competition and Exhibition, which allows both emerging and professional artists an equal opportunity to participate in a major exhibition.

This show is to promote art and artists from Manitoba. Showcase the diverse and talented creative community and celebrate the creative places we come from.

Red Sky at Evening  30x30 acrylic paint, glass, and resin  finished 2015

Red Sky at Evening – Kathleen Black