A flurry of opening nights

November’s First Friday saw a flurry of activity in the Exchange District. /PHOTO: Greg Petzold

Art. Coming soon to a wall near you.

First Friday for November saw the usual flurry of art openings in the Exchange District, just in time to beat the snowfall.

The monthly walkabout remains a great opportunity to hit gallery openings, talk to the artists that fill the heritage buildings, and shop or eat in the District.  It’s hard not to miss something.

Printmaker Miriam Rudolph (centre) holds court at the Martha Street Studio. /PHOTO: Greg Petzold

Miriam Rudolph’s disPOSSESSION opened at the Martha Street Studio.

The works are not the cozy views of My Winnipeg. Rudolph is concerned about the environment in her homeland and globally.

In her artist statement she explains that the work “explores the accumulation of wealth of few and the displacement of many with a focus on the expansion of soy and beef production, ensuing environmental, social, and economic consequences, as well as connected indigenous land rights and peasant food sovereignty issues.”

Rudolph was born in Paraguay and moved to Winnipeg in 2003 to study Fine Arts. Most recently, she has been living in Alberta while she completed her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking.

Closing:  the exhibit runs till December 9th.

Live art, live music: Josiah Koppanyi paints on site at Finch Gallery Workspace on First Friday. /PHOTO: Greg Petzold

At Finch Gallery Workspace on Princess, it was out with their opening exhibition and in with the new. All new work hung on the walls. Artists included Andrew Beck, Tim Schouten, Keith Wood, Takashi Iwasaki and more. Visitors enjoyed live music by Willem Pops and live painting by Josiah Koppanyi.

Tim Schouten, The Reverend J. Semmens, Inspector of Indian Agencies in his canoe.

There were no ill effects evident from the recent windstorm that literally blew off a section of cornice on the 133 year-old building at 72 Princess.

Closing:  up till the last week of November.

Winnipeg architect/painter/sometime fiddle player Mohan Tenuwara at Cre8ery. /PHOTO: Greg Petzold

Cre8ery saw the opening of Inclusivity, Celebrating Diversity. Artist Mohan Tenuwara has returned with a series of landscapes.

In his artist statement, Tenuwara says, “The artist attempts to highlight the parallel nature between the forest and human society – how its composition and balance can impact its sustainability, evolution, and longevity. Each subject chosen for the exhibition has its own story, telling us how and why inclusivity matters.”

The artist was born and raised in Sri Lanka and moved to Canada in 2005. He works in acrylic, and capturing the prairie landscape (and Winnipeg) has been a constant in his work, although this exhibit wanders into the mountains occasionally.

Tenuwara’s next show will be at Fleet Galleries, where he promises more architecture, less nature.

Closing: the exhibition closes on November 14th.

Sleep Tight for Me, by Reymond Page, a truly large-scale sketch with coloured pencil. /PHOTO: Greg Petzold

Reymond Page’s The Shores of Each of Us, an exhibition of drawings, paintings and photographs, opened at Warehouse Artworks. Check out that enormous pencil sketch in the window.

Page is a triple threat with pencil, brush and camera. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Fine Arts program, but not before spending three years in the Faculty of Engineering.

After a 275-day trip around the world with his family, his work evolved to include acrylic and oil painting. The journey was a stimulus to learn his way around a camera too. The weathered historic buildings of the surrounding Exchange look fabulous in the exhibit’s photographs.

Closing:  the exhibit runs till November 17th.

Migration of Nitrogen, by Ewa Tarsia

Winnipeg artist Ewa Tarsia opened a large solo show of her distinctive vibrant textured abstracts at Mayberry Art. Very. Distinctive. Work. See it and you won’t forget it.

Tarsia studied Fine Arts in Poland before moving to Canada in 1991 and worked as a graphic designer in the 1990s. Since 2000 she has been a versatile full-time artist in many media: painting, printmaking, drawing, and spatial installations. She also lists herself as an Art-Gardener. You might have seen her large sod orbs next to the Inn at the Forks.

Closing:  the exhibit runs till November 24th.

The Big One: a “striking” installation on Market Avenue. /PHOTO: Greg Petzold

On the “far side” of Main, the corner of Market and Lily was glowing in the dark. This week saw the formal unveiling of a large installation commemorating the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, and it was its inaugural First Friday under the lights. The weathered steel monument was created by Monteyne Architectural Works after a design competition.

Some of the bloody battles of the legendary strike took place just around the corner, in what was termed Hell’s Alley.

Monteyne is a Winnipeg firm. They have worked on the Half-Moon Drive-in and Tall Grass Prairie Bakery – how Winnipeg can you get?

Closing:  after seeing the I-beams that went into this structure, it might be good for a century. No need to rush down.

The next First Friday falls on December 1st.


Photographer and local historian in spare time. Hiked Sinai, kayaked Superior, capsized on the Nahanni. Tracing (slowly) the Trans-Canada Trail across Manitoba by bike.

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