Welcome to the Winnipeg River Arts Council

Auction

Winnipeg River Arts Council will be holding an art auction as a fundraiser for our organization.
The art can be viewed at the Allard Library, which is located at 104086, MB-11, St-Georges, MB.
Our sincerest thanks to the talented artists who donated their artwork for this worthy cause!
Please have a look and if you wish to bid, please follow the instructions below. We will update the current bids on Facebook as they come in.

Mission Statement

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

Services

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

Joyce Shaw – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #136

November 2023

Joyce Shaw

For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features multi-talented visual artist Joyce Shaw. When describing her artistic skills, it’s hard to find the words; intrepid, playful, spiritual, and versatile spring to mind. She has mastered oils, pastels, and watercolours. Although she admits she doesn’t do much pottery and sculpture these days, she has previously created numerous works in these forms. As well, she’s written and illustrated beautiful children’s books for family members. Of special note are her detailed and realistic portraits of animals and people.

Her employment history also reflects her lifelong willingness to try new things. She has worked as a model, clothing designer, aesthetician school manager, hairdresser, boutique clothing store operator, and massage therapist. Also, for years, she was actively involved with Interlake Art Board.

Originally from Shoal Lake, near Brandon, she has lived in various other places, including Teulon, Winnipeg, Ste. Anne, and Sioux Narrows. Her husband’s job with the railway meant they moved around a few times. Despite all the relocations, they built a cabin at Lee River and, in 1995, she retired there. In 2000, her husband also retired and came to live full-time at the cottage. She now resides in the town of Lac du Bonnet.

When asked she learned how to make art, she said, “One day, I told my husband I thought I’d be able to paint, so he bought me a cheap paint set and I started.”

Over the years, Shaw has explored various medium, and numerous taken random classes. The Forum, located in Winnipeg’s Canadian Pacific Railway building, was a special place where she learned a great deal and found mentors. Although she hasn’t done any paid formal instruction, she taught her friend, Charmaine Watt, how to make extraordinary art, and led informal art classes with women friends, getting together in homes.

Along with Charmaine Watt, Shaw exhibited her art at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory. Her work has also been exhibited at The Forum and in a Teulon massage parlour. She’s sold many pieces of commissioned art, for clients in wide-ranging places. She said, “My paintings have been purchased by people all over, as far away as Ireland, and even by a princess in Bali.”

Her inspiring words for making art: “Follow your passion. Believe in yourself, and do what you can do.”

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