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Eastman Juried Art Exhibit 2021

Winnipeg River Arts Council is pleased to announce it will be hosting the Eastman Juried Art Exhibit 2021. For 2021 the exhibit will take place online, with no in person events.

Artists and artisans of all skill levels, ages 15 and older who are residents of the Eastman Region for a minimum of 2 calendar months per year, are given the opportunity to submit pictures of up to three pieces for this juried exhibition. If selected, their work will be displayed in an online gallery hosted by the Manitoba Arts Network for the months of July & August.

Ten pieces will be selected from the juried entries to participate in the Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show held in Winnipeg. The Manitoba Rural & Northern Juried Art Show is a provincial level exhibition that celebrates the artistic achievements of artists from Manitoba’s rural and northern communities. The exhibit introduces Winnipeg audiences to the artistic work generated by visual artists from beyond the perimeter (Eastman, Westman, Central, Parkland, Northern and Interlake Regions). A diverse range of media (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and textiles) is exhibited. All selected artists are sent registration information from the MB Arts Network and can register to participate if they so choose.

Mission Statement

The Winnipeg River Arts Council Inc. enhances quality of life in north eastern Manitoba by advancing arts and culture.


WRAC looks forward to serving residents, visitors, artists and arts groups within the Winnipeg River corridor (east of Highway 11 and north of Highway 317). The region is culturally diverse and home to many talented artists and arts organizations that provide opportunities for arts and culture. WRAC’s regional structure will help community arts organizations, schools and recreation services work together to plan larger regional arts initiatives by facilitating the sharing of resources, information and talents. WRAC seeks to contribute to economic grow by promoting the region’s arts and cultural assets to residents and tourists.

Artist Of The Month

Ann Brough – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #108

April 2021

Ann Brough

Ann Brough

For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features writer Ann Brough.

Born in Staffordshire, England, she moved to Canada in 1967, one year after she married David, her husband. In 1970, after her father’s untimely death, they moved back to England and lived there for seven years. In 1978, they returned to Winnipeg with their three small children. Twenty-three years ago, they bought a cottage in Lester Beach, a scenic community on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, and, fourteen years later, they built a year-round residence there.

When asked what prompts her to write, Brough said, “I’m inspired by the stories of strong women in my family’s past, who led interesting and often courageous lives.”

During her time as a student, English literature and creative writing were always her main focus. As well, she studied higher level English at night school for six years, while she worked during the day. She said, “I was fortunate to have a wonderful teacher, who encouraged my storytelling and helped me develop writing skills.”

Since 2017, Brough has published three novels: The Prussian Captain, The Welsh Guardsman, and The Bitter Sweet Life of Annie Jenkins. The first two novels have been recently recorded as Audio books. The response to her stories from all over the world has amazed her. She said, “I’ve even found distant cousins who I now correspond with regularly.”

These days, almost everybody she meets tells her their family stories, and they often ask how they might begin to write them down. Her son, also an author, gave her the best advice. “Just start writing. Don’t worry about organization, grammar, spelling, or time lines. Write your thoughts down and all the rest can be sorted out later.”

His suggestions helped, although they did cause a great deal of trouble with the chronological order in her third novel. Now she always works on a time line graph, before beginning a new project.

Her final words on her art: “I love to write. It’s my number one hobby, and gives me great joy.”

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