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Manitoba Arts Network hosts Showcase Manitoba in Morden

By Lee Beaton, Special to the Graphic



Each year the Manitoba Arts Network hosts an incredible conference called Showcase Manitoba in a different region of the province. Last weekend it was held in Morden, which is in the Central Region, next year it will be held in Russell, which is in the Parkland Region. Why might I be telling you this? Well, the Portage and District Arts Centre along with other Arts Councils and Community Centre’s across the province are able to book art exhibitions and performers, through the Manitoba Arts Network.

This year’s Showcase featured five new art exhibitions that have been added to the touring schedule along with 15 performing entertainers. The weekend was not only about the showcases but was packed with workshops and opportunities to speak one-on-one to an expert in several different areas. The networking and shared conversations, along with the camaraderie among fellow enthusiasts is amazing. I had a sneak peek at some of the incredible acts that I hope you will come and see in the William Glesby Centre in the future!

Tonight is the opening reception and artist talk by Ben Davis for his exhibition, “(re)drawn”. The exhibit is part of the Manitoba Arts Network, Touring Exhibition Program and is on display at the Portage & District Arts Centre until Nov. 26. The reception tonight will start at 7 p.m. we hope that you will help us welcome Ben to Portage la Prairie. Several people have asked about the purpose or reason behind the exhibit and hearing from the artist directly will give you a better understanding of his motives.

There is no fee to attend an opening reception and it is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with others who have a shared interest. If you have never been to an opening reception or viewed an art exhibition, I hope you will come and take a look. PDAC would love to see more people come out and view the incredible artworks that are on display in the PDAC Art Gallery. After the introductions and artist talk you are welcome to help yourself to a cup of coffee and a snack.

Also on display in the Boardroom Gallery until Oct. 29 is Memories, by the Portage Camera Club. Up next in the Boardroom Gallery is a sampling of art from the Prairie Ripples Art Tour Group. 

Tomorrow night at 5 p.m. the Prairie Ripples Art Group is hosting their 8th Annual Art & Crafts Sale in the William Glesby Centre. It is on again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. admission is free and there will be numerous artists and artisans set up selling their unique artworks. This event is a great way to start your holiday shopping.

How much do you know about tea? Would you like to learn more? On Nov. 5, Michael Case will be presenting a Chinese Tea Appreciation workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. He has just returned from a trip to China and will share lots of ideas and knowledge. Call us to register or to find out more information, visit our website.
There are still spots available in our upcoming workshops, Nov. 12 and 13 we are having an image transfer class where you will learn how to transfer a photograph or drawing onto a canvas using a gel medium. The Quilting Class with Pat Crandell, has been moved to the Nov. 18-19 weekend and there is still room to register. A supply list is available once you register.

Nov. 8 is the next screening in the Reel Event season, featuring the film “Genius”. Season passes are still available or you can purchase a single movie ticket at the door for only $10, cash only. 

Do you have your tickets for the upcoming Manitoba Hydro Holiday Tour with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra? Tickets are available in the PDAC Gift Shop and are going fast. Call us at 204-239-6029 to reserve your seats. General Admission is $45; PDAC Members $40 and Students under 18, $25 dollars.
Do you have an idea for a class or workshop? Maybe you are thinking about instructing a class or workshop for the winter session? To find out more, contact, Paul Legris, PDAC’s executive director.

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