We walked into the front door and stood astonished at the overwhelming sight of all the art displayed so dramatically before us. There was a little bit of everything. Paintings of many styles, monochromatic art, sculptures in several mediums and so on.
We delighted in meeting both artists and guests. The live music was flowing and mysterious. It was a "jewel" of an evening, art wise and literally as we each got a blue stone upon arrival.
My favorite was the sculpture you see pictured below entitled "Aurora." It speaks to me of things I hold in my hands, things I am responsible for. What am I doing those things?
Below, I have highlighted some of the art and artists. I would recommend going to see the show which will go on to the end of the month. You will be inspired.
50 LOCAL CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
OCTOBER 16 - 30, 2013
ART AUCTION: 30 OCT 7-10PM
ANDY KEY AUCTIONEER
GUEST ARTIST from CHICAGO
FRAME ARTS WAREHOUSE
318 ROSS AVENUE
My paintings continue to progress along different and varied paths at
least in terms of subject matter. The goal in all work is the same though – to produce an artwork that captures the attention of the viewer and communicates something, perhaps only a feeling or memory, on a non-verbal level.
I have organized my work into three categories; landscape, figure and invention.
George Tanner was born in Winnipeg and has lived there nearly all his life. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba where he majored in Graphic Design. He has worked for many years in this field, notably for the Department of National Defence and for Winnipeg Transit. He continues to do some graphic design through his own company, Tanner Graphics
Inc. although his time is increasingly taken up with painting, drawing and the business of being a visual artist, which is his preference.
He is a long time member of the Winnipeg Sketch Club and has held every position on the club's executive, including president. He is also a member of CARFAC Manitoba and held the positon of vice-chair with that artists' advocacy organization for two years.
His subject matter comes from two distinct sources. One is nature,
particularly the landscapes and settings of the south Whiteshell Provincial Park where he has spent considerable time and maintains a residence at Falcon Lake. The other source is imagination. He has composed a number of striking and
memorable paintings and drawings by creating characters and placing them in scenes based on dreams, memories and possibilities.
George has held a number of solo exhibitions of his work as well as regularly participating in groups shows. His entries have won several awards at the Winnipeg Sketch Club's Annual Juried Exhibitions and his painting "Artifacts" was chosen Best of Painting at the 2010 Red River Exhibition. His artwork is
included in several corporate and individual collections. His work can be seen at the Medea Gallery at 132 Osborne Street,Winnipeg, Manitoba or on the website above.
Art is a search for the visual voice, the light, the spirit, the sounds or the aromas, the tensions of the moment. I search for a way to make a social statement, a way to challenge the viewer through my art.
Art for me is a language, a visual narrative challenging the viewer with the visual experience. Subjects explored include family matters, moral philosophies, cultural and social issues.
I enjoy working with mixed media using a large variety of
materials such as sand, grains, cloth, threads, lace, paper fibers, tissue paper, natural products and paint. Texture and colour, contrasts, elements of surprise, humor and pleasures are important to me.
My works often reference nature. Found objects, and discarded materials provide entry into ideas that I am attempting to communicate. My current works encompass sculpture,
assemblage, and installation - at times viewer inviting participation. My aim is to "Aurora"
investigate an existing source and build upon it to develop a visual narrative that ponders adversity in life's complex cycle - beginning, evolving, and ending.
Margaret was born in Regina, Canada and lives in Winnipeg,
She has attended Red River College for Advertising Arts and also has taken advanced
oil painting lessons at the Winnipeg Art Gallery under renowned Canadian artist Wanda Koop.
She has received past awards and honorariums and her work has been exhibited in solo/group shows locally, nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Canada, USA, Europe and Brazil.
Gloria's work reveals a personal exploration of the human condition at all levels: the physical, psychological, social and spiritual.
All of Gloria's work is hand-sculpted, smoke fired and Raku fired, a method which dates back to 16th century Japan.
Clifton Studios 587 Clifton St., Winnipeg, MB
(2nd. floor / 1/2 block north of Portage Ave.)
Phone: (204) 489-9795
Photo by: Cliff Derksen