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Fine art photography exhibit opens

By Lori Blight, Special to The Graphic

MacGregor Photographer Stan Wiebe will hold his “Almost Black and White” photo exhibit at the Portage and District Arts Centre from Jan. 7 to Feb. 14. (Submitted Photo)

MacGregor Photographer Stan Wiebe will hold his “Almost Black and White” photo exhibit at the Portage and District Arts Centre from Jan. 7 to Feb. 14. (Submitted Photo)

Join us for the exhibition opening of Almost Black and White, fine art photography by Stan Wiebe on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. in the gallery.


Stan farms in the MacGregor area as one of the owners of Beaver Creek Farms. He enjoys the privilege of farming, but ever more finds that challenging and stretching his creative side to be the most rewarding. Stan is rarely seen without his camera close by. His work is noted for his attention to detail; he sees the simple beauty in all that surrounds him.

Stan’s photographic vision is evolving and recently has been shifting away from colour to the monochromatic world of black and white.

Since he is not fully there yet, he has been inspired to create this collection of artwork entitled “Almost Black and White”, comprised of over 40 framed photographs each with their unique accompanying story. Stan has exhibited his work at the Portage & District Arts Centre and in galleries throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This impressive exhibition, Almost Black and White, will be in the gallery for your viewing pleasure until Feb. 14 and is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science, Mid-Plains Implements Ltd. and Munro Farm Supplies Ltd.

Register now for art classes and workshops

It’s a new year, a time to seek out new adventures and fun loving activities. The Arts Centre is starting our brand new winter session of classes and workshops; we have lots of fascinating activities for you to try. We have art classes for children as young as five as well as a variety of interesting and challenging art classes for the more mature student. We also have Pottery classes, for ages eight and up, Scripting Writing for Young Authors for ages 10 to 15 and Exploring Drama for ages three to six. Adult classes include Quilting, Life Drawing from a Model, Watercolour and Acrylic Painting as well as Social Dance, and Zumba classes. A new session of Filipino Martial Arts and Chinese Kungfu classes for ages eight and up starts on Jan. 10.

We also have several incredible workshops happening this winter. On Jan. 25 and 26, we have an Image Transfer Workshop, where you will learn to transfer a laser copy of your favorite photos, drawing, or magazine picture onto a canvas. To recharge your creative spirit, we are hosting a Discovering Your Creativity Workshop on Feb. 1. Instructor Lee Beaton is teaching a Palette Knife Techniques Workshop on Feb. 8. This is a fun and unique way to create an acrylic painting.

A new workshop that we are offering is a beginner Paverpol Workshop on Feb. 22, where you will create a weatherproof fibre medium sculpture. On March 29, we are hosting Northern Lights at Dusk, Oil Painting Workshop with instructor Julie Lamoureux.

To register for a class or workshop, drop by the Arts Centre or call 204-239-6029. For more information, pick up our winter programming brochure in the gift shop or visit our website at www.portageartscentre.ca. Become a member of the Arts Centre to save on registration fees and art supplies.

London in the boardroom

It’s cold outside, but it’s nice and warm in the gallery, so drop by to see John Nielsen’s current exhibition, London & Beyond, watercolour and fine art photography. John’s art will be in the Boardroom until the end of Jan.

The Reel Event presents … The Art of the Steal

Don’t miss our next Reel Event Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Cinema Centre featuring The Art of the Steal by director Jonathan Sobol and starring a stellar cast of Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp, and Jay Baruchel.

Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, a motorcycle daredevil known less for his death defying leaps than his catastrophic crash landings. Crunch also fancies himself something of a master thief, but winds up in prison when he’s double-crossed by Nicky (Dillon), his brother and partner in crime. Released after serving his sentence, the cash-strapped former stuntman is inevitably tempted to complete one last score, and reluctantly reunites with his scheming sibling. With a painstaking plan in place and the old crew reassembled, the million-dollar question becomes: can the Calhoun brothers pull off the job before their tenuous truce unravels? Walk-up tickets are only ten dollars at the theatre door.

Support your Arts Centre and become a member

Members can enjoy Open Studio on Wednesdays, just bring your art supplies, and join the group for a fun afternoon of creating and idea sharing. You will also receive our monthly newsletter and you can take advantage of a 10 per cent discount on art supplies in the gift shop.

The Portage and District Arts Centre Art Gallery & Gift Shop

Open Tues. to Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 11-Second Street N.E., Portage la Prairie , 204-239-6029, portageartscentre.ca


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