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Hot Art: March and April

Exhibits worth seeking out over your stay.

"Blood Clots" by Diana Kletke, courtesy of MB Craft Council

“Blood Clots” by Diana Kletke, courtesy of MB Craft Council


MAR 3-31 What do a neuroscientist and a craftsperson have in common? It’s not a punchline; Neurocraft, an exhibit authored by the Manitoba Craft Council explores just that. The pieces on display, all inspired by the brain, are the result of a two year collaboration between nine neuroscientists and craft artists. The resulting work blends accessible media, like fibre art and sculpture, with the complex forms of the brain and intricate ideas behind contemporary scientific research. John Buhler Research Centre Atrium, 715 McDermot Ave, manitobacraft.ca

"This Fragile Dwelling-Place" by Janet Shaw-Russel, photo by Kevin Bertram

“This Fragile Dwelling-Place” by Janet Shaw-Russel, photo by Kevin Bertram


MAR 10-APR 15 Janet Shaw-Russell’s series of drawings, prints, and sculpture, entitled Within, without, began with a medical booklet on lung cancer, a sewing pattern, and her graphite pencils. Exploring the body’s intricacy and fragility, the resulting juxtapositions at Martha Street Studio prompt the viewer to consider such issues as health, medicine, women’s rights, and the plight of garment workers. 11 Martha St, 204‑779‑6253, printmakers.mb.ca


Mar-Apr: A collection of portraits by Michel Saint-Hilaire observes and questions our social environment, showing that we all have a story to tell. La Galerie, Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd, 204‑233‑8972, ccfm.mb.ca
Mar-Apr: Nature Rearranged: A Century of The Still Life features Canadian and European art from the past century that depict images of flowers.Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, 204‑786‑6641, wag.ca
Mar-Apr: See Rodin’s The Thinker up close. Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, 204‑786‑6641, wag.ca
To Mar 11: Wally Dion blends traditional craft with modern technology, drawing connections between quilts and circuitboards.Urban Shaman, 203‑290 McDermot Ave, 204‑942‑2674, urbanshaman.org
To Mar 11: Barry Ace’s Niibwa Ndanwendaagan (My Relatives) is a suite of Anishnaabe bandolier bags (or ‘friendship bags’) adorned with electronic components and a tablet screening historical photographs and archival film of Indigenous peoples. Urban Shaman, 203‑290 McDermot Ave, 204‑942‑2674, urbanshaman.org
Mar 11-24: Object and Complement features three Winnipeg artists whose work explores the relationship between object, subject, and response. Cre8ery,2nd floor, 125 Adelaide St, 204-944-0809, cre8ery.com 
To Mar 17: This Must Be the Place is a collection of work inspired by Winnipeg. Lisa Kehler Art & Projects, 171 McDermot Ave, 204‑510‑0088, lkap.ca
To Mar 31: Station is a meditation on the situation of the radio operator, and the individual’s role as communicators, information gatherers, and distributors. Aceartinc, 290 McDermot Ave, 2nd floor, 204‑944‑9763, aceart.org
To Apr 13: The Frontier School Division Juried Art Show features a selection of artworks by students from Manitoba’s northern schools. Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Ave, 204‑667‑9960, graffitigallery.ca
Mar 3-30: James Culleton exhibits drawings, watercolours, and sculptures from his residency at the nearly-century old McCanna House in North Dakota. Wayne Arthur Gallery,186 Provencher Blvd, 204‑477‑5249, waynearthurgallery.com 
Mar 10-Apr 15: Vital by Darian Gordon Stahl blends photographs and medical scans in a reflection on chronic illness and bodily perception. Martha Street Studio, 11 Martha St, 204‑779‑6253, printmakers.mb.ca
Mar 10-Apr 29: A Piece of Work centres around the scrap material assemblages of Seth Woodyard, while Timothy Joel Dyck’s Workday explores the banal components of work. Street art interventions are featured in Ulmeus Communitas/Elm Community, by Frank Livingston, with wheat pastes of trees in Winnipeg’s Wolseley neighbourhood. Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd, 204‑888‑6781, gallery.mennonitechurch.ca
Mar 24-26: The annual Over The Top Art Auction and Cupcake Party is the art scene’s sweetest event. Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, 611 Main St,
204‑949‑9490, mawa.ca
Mar 24-Apr 22: This Must Be the Place (Home Pt 2) features works by three Montreal based artists exploring ideas about home. Lisa Kehler Art & Projects, 171 McDermot Ave, 204‑510‑0088, lkap.ca
Apr 1-26: Coddiwomples by Helma Rogge Rehders takes inspiration from an Old English word meaning to travel purposefully toward a vague destination. The exhibit shows pieces that reflect two decades of work based around marsh and lake landscape. Wayne Arthur Gallery, 204‑477‑5249, waynearthurgallery.com
Mar 2-Apr 8: Cafeteria II is a collection of paintings, photographs, and mixed media sculptures by Elvira Finnegan and Lisa Wood that examines the culture of the University cafeteria. Gallery 1C03, 
1st floor, Centennial Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, 204-786‑9253, uwinnipeg.ca/art-gallery
Starts Apr 14: You Can Never Go Home Again features paintings by Matthew Gardiner. Aceartinc, 290 McDermot Ave, 2nd floor, 204‑944‑9763, aceart.org
Starts Apr 15: Performance artist Ray Fenwick waits behind a curtain for a visitor ready to have a conversation in A Greenhouse. The Valley. Never-Ending Evening.Plug In ICA, Unit 1-460 Portage Ave, 204‑942‑1043, plugin.org
Starts Apr 15: Patrick Cruz claims space and disorients the viewer with his series of maximal floor-to-ceiling paintings, awash in vibrant colour and bold use of line. Plug In ICA, Unit 1-460 Portage Ave, 204‑942‑1043, plugin.org
Starts Apr 20: Collective Voices features an eclectic group of Manitoba artists who vary in medium, style, and point of view. Cre8ery, 2nd floor, 125 Adelaide St, 204-944-0809, cre8ery.com


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Winnipeg’s Top 10 Selfie Spots

As any teen will tell you, there’s an art to the perfect selfie. Take your insta-game to the next level at these spots perfect for taking in the city and scoring some likes.

Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge


In order to capture this 57-metre engineering marvel, park yourself at the bridge’s east end. Flanked by the city’s skyline, the massive structure connecting the Forks to Winnipeg’s French quarter makes a memorable backdrop for a self portrait. Grab a food shot while you’re at it at Mon Ami Louis on the bridge, where the sweeping view of the Red River complements French bistro favourites like indulgent frites fried in duck fat.
Photo courtesy of Rivers West Brian Gould

Manitoba Museum


The province’s natural history is on display at the Manitoba Museum, meaning you can share the frame with everything from a towering dinosaur skeleton to a bison frozen mid-stampede. While exploring the galleries, stop to snap a time-travelling selfie on board the Nonsuch, a replica of the famous ketch that sailed the high seas in 1668.
Photo courtesy Manitoba Museum

“Imagine” Sculpture


Show off your flair for the dramatic while touring Winnipeg’s theatre district. Set outside the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s mainstage, outdoor public sculpture “Imagine” was commissioned to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary and features founders Tom Hendry and John Hirsch sharing some inspiration. Strike a pose between these two visionaries for a star shot.

Oodena Circle


The convergence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers has been a meeting place for thousands of years. The Oodena Circle at The Forks celebrates the area’s longstanding Indigenous influcences and teachings, and features a sundial, naked eye observatory, and a ceremonial fire pit. Stand in the center of the circle for the perfect snap.
Photo courtesy theforks.com


“Emptyful” Sculpture
Located in the Millennium Library Plaza, “Emptyful” was designed by Vancouver-based artists to represent both Winnipeg’s empty and open landscape and the fullness of its people and creative energies. The best time for an artsy selfie is at night, when the beaker-shaped sculpture’s colourful lights and cascading waterfall come alive.


Manitoba Legislative Building


Home to Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly and Winnipeg’s beloved Golden Boy, this early 19th century limestone building is an object of fascination for architects and scholars due to the plethora of Masonic symbols hidden in its design. Tour the grounds and be camera ready at the massive stained glass rotunda, or snap a pic with one of the life-sized marble Bison that flank the Grand Staircase.
Photo courtesy Nilo Milano

West End Murals


One of the city’s most vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods, the West End is also home to an ever expanding collection of murals. Stroll up and down Sargent and Ellice Ave and pick your favourite piece of public art to act as a backdrop for a sunny selfie.

Winnipeg Art Gallery


At over a century old, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is looking picture perfect. Snap a portrait next to the impressive exterior architecture before journeying inside for some aesthetic inspiration. Changing feature exhibits supplement a permanent collection that includes the world’s largest collection of Inuit art.

Assiniboine Park Zoo


Where else can you take a selfie with a polar bear? Arctic animals get up close and personal inside the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Journey to Churchill Exhibit, where interactive displays like an underwater viewing tunnel and the Wapusk Lowlands (tundra-mimicking enclosures without visible barriers) will have you turning the camera outward to capture bears, seals, snowy owls, and caribou.
Photo courtesy CTC/William Au

Human Rights Museum Tower of Hope


Cap off an eye-opening and inspiring journey through the Canadian Museum for Human Rights with a stop in the Inspiring Change gallery, where visitors can share their vision for the future by filling in “I Imagine …” cards. Share your dreams with a photo, then move on to the Tower of Hope, where an exhilarating panoramic view of the city provides a sunny backdrop for memory-making.
Photo courtesy Dan Harper