Tamara Thomson – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #142

May 2024 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features visual artist, Tamara Thomson. Although she doesn’t consider herself a real artist, she works with plaster cast, driftwood, glass, light, rope and all the treasures she finds along the way. She said, “I’m someone who loves to play with different materials, given my current mood. … [Read more…]

Lac du Bonnet’s Fire and Water Music Festival – Featured Arts Organization – Issue #141

April 2024 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features Lac du Bonnet’s Fire and Water Music Festival. Held on the August long weekend, this annual event showcases a varied program of unique, high-quality performers, including some of the best music Manitoba has to offer. Along with attracting people from across the region and far-flung … [Read more…]

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #140

March 2024 Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Regional Tour in Pinawa On February 24, Winnipeg River Arts Council welcomed the touring production of “Mix Tapes From My Mom,” featuring the talents of renowned Manitoba playwright/songwriter/ musician Cory Wojcik. Joining him on the stage were Christy Taronno on keyboard and vocals, and Josh Bellan on guitar and … [Read more…]

George Tanner – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #139

February 2024 For this month, the Winnipeg River Arts Council features visual artist George Tanner. Originally from Winnipeg, he has lived with his wife Judy at their Falcon Lake cottage for almost nine years. Tanner already knew he loved “lake life.” Since 1961, after his uncle leased a lot on Block 14 and his father … [Read more…]

Melvin Vincent – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #138

December 2023 For this month, the Winnipeg River Arts Council features woodcrafter and visual artist, Melvin Vincent. A lifelong resident of St. Georges for more than six decades, he is a self-taught artist with a great fondness for wood. He loves depicting wildlife and fish on wood slabs of various sizes coated with oil or … [Read more…]

Stan Kelly – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #137

November 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features visual artist Stan Kelly. Over the years, he has worked in multiple mediums: everything from pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil paints, acrylic paints, stained glass, clay, wood, ink, gouache, as well as found objects ranging from computer parts to chains and rocks. He added, “I’ve also … [Read more…]

Joyce Shaw – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #136

October 2023 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 … [Read more…]

Alexa Hoerster – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #135

September 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features wood carver Alexa Hoerster, who is originally from Germany. Along with her partner, Walter Keller, another well-known local carver, she makes her home in Elma, and has lived in Canada for the past sixteen years. She credits Keller with initially teaching her how to carve, … [Read more…]

Jen Arnold – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #134

August 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features artist Jen Arnold, who creates miniature replicas of people’s most sentimental places. She gets commissions to construct tiny copies of first homes, local shops, heritage buildings, barns, grandparents’ homes, famous movie houses, and other structures. Arnold fabricates these pieces, which can be held in the … [Read more…]

Sarah Paquet – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #133

July 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features artist Sarah Paquet, who lives near White Mud Falls in the RM of Alexander, between St. Georges and Great Falls. She has lived there for almost 3 years, and, 10 years prior to that, she called the same place home for 3 years. During the … [Read more…]

Cathy Gregg – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #132

June 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features artist Cathy Gregg, who has agreed to serve as the new administrator for the arts council. She has extensive experience in human resources, and WRAC is glad to welcome her to their organization. The Lac du Bonnet Chamber of Commerce also employs her as a … [Read more…]

Pinawa Art Gallery – Focus on Local Organization – Issue #131

May 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features Pinawa Art Gallery, a prominent arts organization in the region, with members from Bird River, Lac du Bonnet, and other surrounding areas. Starting on July 14, Pinawa will begin celebrating its 60th anniversary and, in honour of the event, the gallery will be opening a … [Read more…]

Nancy Arnold – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #130

April 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features Nancy Arnold, a professional photographer. Her business, known as “Kiex Fotography,” focuses on creative commercial/content photography, and the unique connections of people through family photos, portraits, and wedding pictures. Arnold also works as a graphic designer, for print and website, and creates whimsical images, specializing in … [Read more…]

Hans Arnold – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #129

March 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features Hans Arnold, a landscape, nature, and wildlife photographer, and a digital artist. Born in Germany, he lived there the first 10 years of his life.  In 1959, his family moved to Winnipeg, where he still lives. In 1976, he built a cottage in the Lac … [Read more…]

Assassinating Thomson – MTC Featured Event – Issue #128

February 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s regional tour. Their journey began on January 30, and on March 4, it will have visited 24 communities from Snow Lake to Sioux Lookout. On February 26, the travelling show arrived at Great Falls Community Centre. After greeting folks who volunteered … [Read more…]

De-Ann Holmes – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #127

January 2023 For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features De-Ann Holmes, a carver who works with both wood and ice. She grew up in Winnipeg’s inner city, but now lives at Seddons Corner and has been a resident of the area for twenty-six years. Although she spends a lot of time on her carving, … [Read more…]