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Winnipeg Art Gallery

Hot Art: May & June

Exhibits worth seeking out during your stay.

Dove with Olive Branch by pablo picasso, 1962, lithograph on paper. 55.1 x 75.6 cm. From the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2007-067. Photographer: Stephen Topfer ©Picasso Estate/SODRAC(2016)

Dove with Olive Branch by pablo picasso, 1962, lithograph on paper. 55.1 x 75.6 cm. From the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2007-067. Photographer: Stephen Topfer ©Picasso Estate/SODRAC(2016)



A pair of exhibits give a rare glimpse at one of art history’s most iconic figures at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Picasso in Canada features more than 30 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and ceramic works drawn from collections across the country. Also on display is a collection of 100 etchings and drypoints, presented in its entirety for the first time in 60 years. Named Picasso: Man and Beast, this exhibit showcases the artist’s preoccupations with the civilizing nature of art and the “beast within”. Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, wag.ca

Lakeside Ritual (bc) by Matthew Gardiner, 2013, courtesy of aceartinc

Lakeside Ritual (bc) by Matthew Gardiner, 2013, courtesy of aceartinc


MAY-JUN: Graffiti Gallery presents a retrospective featuring works by artists involved with the gallery since its inception in 1998. 109 Higgins Ave, graffitigallery.ca
TO MAY 19: Matthew Gardiner explores modern society’s relationship with the natural world in You Can’t Go Home Again at aceartinc. 290 McDermot Ave, aceart.org
TO MAY 28: Through the Eyes of A Child exhibits the work of young artists at WAG@The Park inside the Assiniboine Park Pavilion. 55 Pavilion Cres, wag.ca
TO MAY 30:
Love of gardening and painting runs in the family for Gerd Behrendt and Angela Lillico. See Floral Frenzy: The Love of Father and Daughter at the Wayne Arthur Gallery. 186 Provencher Blvd, waynearthurgallery.com
MAY 5-28: The MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) Artist Mothers Group shows a mother-child collaborative exhibit. 611 Main St, mawa.ca
MAY 5-16: See Sari Habiluk’s The Golden Hour, a collection of vibrant and abstracted acrylic paintings, at cre8ery. 125 Adelaide St, cre8ery.com
JUN 2-28: Turqoise Gem/Pale Blue Dot is a collection of mixed media works by Bonnie Taylor at the Wayne Arthur Gallery. 186 Provencher Blvd, waynearthurgallery.com

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Artist Spotlight: Wanda Koop

Photo courtesy of Wanda Koop

Photo courtesy of Wanda Koop

Wanda Koop is one of Canada’s most important and inventive contemporary artists, with a career spanning over four decades and more than 50 major solo exhibitions around the world. The Winnipeg artist is known for creating large scaled remarkable paintings. “I am constantly looking at the world as if it’s for the first time,” she says. Each painting is a part of a collection, a cohesive way of expressing a series of thoughts or ideas.

Wanda is also well known for her engagement in her community as the founder of Art City. This art centre has brought world-class visual artists and Winnipeg’s inner-city youth together to exchange ideas and create projects in a safe and accessible place for nearly 20 years. Guest artists host a variety of free programs that teach all types of art media such as film, photography and ceramics.

Photo courtesy of Wanda Koop.

Photo courtesy of Wanda Koop.

Wanda’s exhibition VIEW from HERE is a private collection of nine-by-eight foot paintings that blur the line between landscape and portraiture. Floating head silhouettes contain surreal facial expressions created by pieces of rural scenery. The title of each painting and its landscapes were inspired by specific works from her career. Flood Plain, for example, is similar to a painting from the Green Zone (2003-2009) collection, which was influenced by television coverage of the Iraq War. For Wanda art is inextricably connected to the social and political events happening in the world.

VIEW from HERE will be exhibited at the Winnipeg Art Gallery until May 2017. 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-789-6641, wandakoop.com

Hot Shopping: Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Collectibles

Contribute to a well-loved collection this holiday season by finding the perfect keepsakes from these fine Winnipeg boutiques, which all stock unique collectibles and many out-of-the-ordinary treaures.

Choo-choo-choose locomotives and rolling stock at Toad Hall Toys, including O-gauge, HO and Garden Rail trains. For the junior railroader, pick up a wooden train set ready for serious play. 54 Arthur St, 204-956-2195.

Add to a collection of hand-blown glassware and ceramics at The Gallery Shop at Winnipeg Art Gallery. Design fiends will prize Marcel Dzama’s melting snowmen canisters or a futuristic teapot (pictured). Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-789-1769.

At Banville & Jones, discover a precious vintage to age in a home wine cellar, or pick up a bottle to appreciate now. Choose from a broad selection of wine decanters. 1616 St. Mary’s Road, 204-948-9463.

Fans of football, baseball, hockey and basketball will find the perfect cap, T-shirt or bobblehead at Uptown Sports Cards and Collectibles. This wee shop is packed with trading cards from the 1950s onwards. Portage Place skywalk, 204-885-3377.

Step inside the walk-in humidor at Thomas Hinds Tobacconists for a whiff of cigars direct from the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Europe and Cuba. Put them in a leather case or add a cigar cutter to enhance the collection. 185 Carlton St, 204-942-0203.

Hot Dining: Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Scenes to Savour

Hu's Asian Bistro. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Some of the city’s most popular attractions are also home to popular eats. Enjoy these local food favourites while being entertained or taking in the jaw-dropping scenery:

Buffalo Stone Cafe at FortWhyte Alive serves dishes made with fresh, local fare. After hiking the trails, admiring the buffalo and exploring the interpretive centre, sit down for a hearty bison sandwich and fresh salad made with ingredients grown on-site at Fort Whyte Farms. 1961 McCreary Rd, 989-8370.

With a bird’s eye view of Shaw Park, home of the Goldeyes baseball team, catch gameday action with pan-asian cuisine at Hu’s Asian Bistro (pictured). Crispy battered chicken coated in sticky honey soy sauce and tossed with veggies is a must try. 1 Portage Ave East, 982-7426.

Sink your teeth into a nip, a local burger legend, at Salisbury House on the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge overlooking the rushing Red River. Inside this bustling diner chain, take in the spectacular scenery  of St. Boniface, downtown and The Forks, while tucking into fries, breakfast platters or a thick slab of red velvet cake. 237-8305.

Located next to the rooftop sculpture garden at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Restaurant features an incredible view of bronze sculptures created by Canadian and international artists. Wraps, sandwiches, soups and pizzas with creative ingredients are prepared fresh in this inspired space. 300 Memorial Blvd, 948-0085.

As the horses thunder around the race track at Assiniboia Downs, opt for one of the best seats in the house at The Terrace Dining Room, a tiered eatery overlooking all the excitement. An impressive international buffet, including an Angus prime rib carving station, features a plethora of classics. 3975 Portage Ave, 885-3330.