“ Hidden Inspirations “
For many years, I had been admiring a painting on the wall at my brother- and-sister-in-law’s home. I did not know the Artist’s name, as there was no signature to be found, but I knew I loved this particular painting. A few years ago, my teacher and mentor, Milos Milidrag, mentioned that my artistic style reminded him of a German painter named Franz Marc. Unfamiliar with this artist, I proceeded to research him. While looking at paintings of his, I stumbled across the very same piece I had been admiring all those years. In delving further, it became apparent that he and I had more in common than artistic style; we shared a strong affinity for animals and art. Franz Marc has been an inspiration to me for many years, despite having only recently learned about his work.
This show is dedicated to an artist who has long passed, yet remains alive in spirit and influence.
Three artists and a pack of dogs and a clowder of cats. Debora Cardaci, Bibiana Vidal Curell and Alison Taylor do a little dog/cat whispering with paint. Opening on Oct. 5th, it takes a look at the intertwined lives of humans and dogs, and a few cats, presented in three varied styles of the artists.
Dogs and cats have been a part of human existance since the first dog stole a scrap from an ancient human camp and from then on they have lived with us, hunted with us, protected us, entertained us, humoured us and made our lives livable.
This upcoming show is an acknowledgement of the vital connection that has enriched our lives.
Warehouse Artworks will be transformed into the studio of self taught Winnipeg-born artist Carrie Bryson.
Adorned with houseplants, home baking, her own record collection and other personal effects, you will have the opportunity to enter her world and witness her work in a most intimate setting.
Visitors are encouraged to interact with the artist, ask questions about her process, and suggest subject matter as it changes throughout the night.
Two Eyes One Soul is a solo show, featuring the artwork of Jo Smoley and hosted by Warehouse Artworks at 222 McDermot Avenue. Opening reception is on First Friday in the Exchange District, September 7th and runs through to September 21st.
Jo will be showing her brushwork paintings which celebrate nature through a contemporary format and her fluid art pieces where she pours paint onto large canvases and wooden circles. Her paintings are hidden treasures to the eye and are strongly influenced by the Chi and spirits she feels around her.
Jo grew up in the Wolseley area into an extremely creative family who taught her everything was possible if you wanted it bad enough. All you have to do is work at it until you get it right and so through classes, networking and perseverance, she is doing just that.
“I believe becoming an artist takes a lifetime,” Jo says. “Along this journey you rediscover and reinvent your technique, always searching for your own personal perfection.”
Her work has found its way into homes across Canada, the USA, Germany and Trinidad. She has artist connections all over the world through social media.
Jo creates a monthly newsletter for LCAG (Local Colour Art Group) to keep their 100+ members informed on the clubs events. She has participated and been involved in the forming of the Artists of East St. Paul Art Tour and creates the brochure and poster for the event. As well, she coordinates an evening, where once a week, artists in the East St. Paul area can paint and share their ideas and knowledge. She is excited to have been juried into Winnipeg’s premier art show, Art Expo, this October 26th – 28th at Assiniboia Downs. Jo sells her art and prints through local art shows, Fine Art America and does commissions regularly. Her web-site which shows a timeline of her artistic journey can be seen at: http://joanne-smoley.pixels.com . You can find her on Instagram @jos__art and on Facebook: Jo Smoley.
Thursday, March 1st: First day of exhibition
Friday, March 2nd: Open until 9 PM for First Fridays in the Exchange
Sunday, March 4th: Opening reception
Thursday March 29th: Last day of exhibition
My new works are about places and events in Winnipeg and the province that strike a deeply personal and emotional connection with me. Pouring paint on canvas and moving it around to capture the feeling of being there, of bringing it to life and hopefully, connect the viewer to share the experience with me. Like skating on the river in winter, canoeing in summer, ice-breakup on the lake in spring, the rocks of the Canadian Shield, or just the light on the river at sunset. Mostly acrylic on canvas with some smaller watercolours on paper. Also included in the show will be some of the portraits of my animal friends. The polar bears and cows that always seem to intrude on my imagination...