First Friday in August still offered some possibilities – in the galleries or in the alley – for people with neither cottages nor Tragically Hip tickets.
This month the new Alleyways Market came along for the ride, scheduled the same night as First Friday.
For its August incarnation, the mobile market moved to one of the more “upscale” alleys between Market and James, behind the Concert Hall complex. Every building on the alley has been converted or is under renovation for residential use.
Some of the old spur line rail track still runs down the alley among the new lockstone and concrete.
In the Alley: You could get your vegetables at the latest Alleyways Market. Monique Buckmaster, well known from both her Red River General Store and Vintage Veruca Antiques, was on hand with some “summer in jars”. She said she first started selling excess produce to keep her young son busy.
In the Alley: The Lake Winnipeg Foundation was on hand to promote their work for a clean and healthy Lake Winnipeg. They showed off some of their fundraising products.
They include limited edition Henry Bergman prints. And Love, Lake Winnipeg: A tribute to the songs of Sol Sigurdson. It features select tracks from Riverton singer-songwriter Sigurdson’s 1970 album, The Lake Winnipeg Fisherman, redone by Scott Nolan, John K. Samson and others.
At the Gallery: Over at Warehouse Artworks, at McDermot and Albert, Kevin Fawley offers The Remix City. Fawley uses archival photographs to assemble film noir remixes of Winnipeg’s architecture.
It’s a confused black and white world where zeppelins are tethered to the new Hydro building and streetcars are back from the dead.
Fawley has a graduate degree in Architecture and was on hand to explain how his collages are constructed with charcoal, graphite, acetone transfers and hand cut Xerox prints. The show continues till Aug. 18.
In the Alley: On the sunny side of life – Broken Forest’s Lynsey Sable offered truly unique arrangements of wildflowers and even prairie grasses. These are sustainably harvested and spray-free. Sable also does garden design and yes, she said, she does a lot of weddings.
In the Gallery: 474 Years of Clay Experience: The Stoneware Gallery is at Cre8ery until Aug. 16. The 13 artist members of this co-op are marking 38 years in existence. Each potter has selected an early piece to accompany the new work created for the current exhibit.
In the Gallery: Soulful Poet Dolls at Tara Davis look like they missed the party and didn’t get to buy any tomatoes. Pieces by more than 50 Canadian makers fill the McDermot boutique, ranging from jewelry to baby items to artwork.
Winnipeg artist Melanie Wesley creates these one-of-a-kind art dolls. Arms and legs are button jointed, allowing the doll to sit and raise her arms. These dolls are not meant as toys for young children.
First Friday in the Exchange returns Sep. 2.