The ‘mini WAG’ (the Wayne Arthur Gallery on Provencher Blvd) annual group show opened on Sunday and runs until Dec. 31. Fifty artists displayed their works in this year’s show.
Gallery owner Bev Morton has a theme for her group show every year; the artists’ assignment is to produce a piece of art inspired by the theme and write a short paragraph about how the theme relates to the piece.
This year the theme was ‘If I won the lottery…’ Last year’s was ‘It came from a book I read.’
This is not your typical group show. It’s quite interesting to see the different ideas that are inspired by the same topic. This year a lot of the artists depicted the idea of travelling in their work. Some shared how they would use the winnings to help others.
Other artists dreamed of just being able to set up a nice studio where they could carry on doing what they love… making art. There was art of various mediums from paintings and photography to clay work and fused glass.
Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? The Wayne Arthur Gallery is your one stop shop – they even carry greeting cards. Many artists’ work of various disciplines is featured in the gallery year-round and there’s always new work being added every month.
Each month a new artist is featured in one corner of the quaint little gallery in St. Boniface. There are some amazing pieces which are very original and would make wonderful gifts. Most of the artists are local, so by buying some of the art here, you’re not only supporting a local artist but you’re also purchasing something original.
Another annual event at the gallery is a poetry reading, where entrants are asked to come into the gallery and write a poem about a piece of art. Shortly thereafter the poets gather at the gallery and share their poems. This original idea is from the mind of artist/owner Bev Morton. The gallery is named after her late artist husband Wayne Arthur.
The Wayne Arthur Gallery is located at 186 Provencher. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All photos by Doug Kretchmer