Project Description

Are you an art lover? Then come on down to Eastern Manitoba! You would be surprised how many talented, hardworking artists we have creating breathtaking art in our region. From carefully painted masterpieces, detailed sculptures and pottery, thoughtful wood carvings, and more, you’ll enter a world of art and passion at its finest. 

Pinawa Art Gallery

Located in the picturesque town of Pinawa, the Pinawa Art Gallery showcases the work of local artists from Pinawa and surrounding areas. From woodcarvers to sculptors, painters to drawers, fibre artists to photographers, and more. There is a bounty of beautiful, diverse art pieces that will make you say, ‘Wow! How do they do that?’. 

Artists range from novice to emerging and established artists, all of whom share a piece of who they are and their stories with visitors to the Gallery. The Gallery itself is run by artists who volunteer their time to manage and staff it, so all can enjoy this wonderful destination. 

The volunteer team behind the Gallery is Pinawa Art 211, an organization dedicated to assisting in strengthening arts in rural communities in Eastern Manitoba, marketing artists, creating art, and teaching art through a variety of classes, just to name a few things this incredible organization does. 

Since opening the Gallery in 2013, Pinawa Art 211 has offered area artists a membership that has an option of both exhibiting and selling their art through the gallery and a website. Pinawa Art 211 also runs programs in “Just Art Talk (JAT)” Education Centre in the Gallery. Classes, workshops, lectures and demonstrations have included painting, sculpting, flower arranging, card making, calligraphy, art therapy, children’s art, seniors art, photography and other topics as led by the community and guest artists.

Here are just some of the many artists that they showcase.

Kelly Klick is a rural artist based in Pinawa, Manitoba. Klick’s inspiration springs from her 20 years as a Midwife and childbirth educator. 

Klick grew up in Northern BC. Her experience as a child of a homesteading family, a student of women’s health, and her work as a midwife has laid a solid foundation for her art. Klick uses familiar women’s handicraft mediums of lace and rug hooking along with ceramic sculpture and domestic found objects to create assemblage sculpture. She pairs this in exhibition with traditional oil paintings. She is a strong advocate for rural art and artists and has recently taken on the role of Pinawa Art 211 Vice President and Gallery Assistant.

Shirley Kurian is a photographer and painter based in Lac du Bonnet. Her love of nature inspires her passion for capturing and creating art photography while finding beauty in all things. 

For Kurian, the purpose of photography is to make something creative through the blend of seeing, experiencing, interpreting and expressing her view of the world. She creates framed art, prints, canvases and notecards with her photos and has recently started dabbling in fluid art. 

Iris Bidinosti’s love of wood carving began in 2005 when her brother (a renowned artist on Vancouver Island) gave her a carving knife and instructions on carving a cowboy boot. Then came classes in bird and animal carvings. A three-day class in cottonwood bark carving had her hooked. Carvings of whimsical houses, trees, lighthouses, fridge magnets, Christmas tree ornaments, or all combined “in the round” carvings have her imagination fired up.

She carves with two great groups, Catfish Carvers in Selkirk and Bear Country Carvers in Lac du Bonnet. She has competed at the Prairie Canada Carving Championship in Winnipeg and the Red River Valley Woodcarvers Competition and Exhibition in Fargo, ND, with ribbons in Novice, Intermediate, and Open levels.

When you visit the Gallery, it’s more than just experiencing art. It’s learning about the artists and art itself; it’s enjoying a cup of joe while conversing with intriguing, talented people; it’s discovering that breathtaking, inspiring piece to add to your home, wardrobe, or collection.

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Masagana Flower Farm & Studio

Art with flowers? Sign me up! Masagana Flower Farm & Studio is a small-scale flower farm and dye studio near La Broquerie where they cultivate, create, and collaborate. So, what do they do? At Masagana Flower Farm they believe that creating magic and growing joy is right at our fingertips, no matter who and where we are. They advocate for an eco-conscious lifestyle and inspire others to turn their lawns into garden beds. Aside from growing seasonal blooms, they also cultivate dye plants to make handmade, small-batch, naturally dyed textile goods at their second business, Tinta Studio.

Not only can you enjoy unique textile accessories tinted with prairie-grown flowers and natural dyes, but you can even be part of the process of creating your very own! Introducing the Dye Your own Wearable Art Experience. 

If you have ever wondered where your favourite colours come from and what the process of creating these works of art is, then this experience is definitely for you. Masagana Flower Farm offers a different kind of workshop that will leave you inspired to try something new. It’s an exclusive experience for participants ready to engage all their senses in creating wearable art, a piece to adorn an empty wall or keep in a cedar chest with the rest of one’s heirloom pieces.

It starts once you get to the farm, where you will meet your guide by the firepit that offers a full view of the flower farm, the family home and the workshop. Awakening our senses starts here. You will be welcomed by Lourdes, founder of Masagana Flower Farm and Tinta Studio. She began as a self-taught flower farmer and natural dyer but has since trained on a small scale, high intensity cut flower production through Floret Farm and furthered her knowledge of natural dyes at Maiwa’s School of Textiles. Tinta is a passion of hers that deepened her connection to the natural world. 

After the introductions, you’ll head on over to the newly-built workshop and acquaint yourselves with what this experience entails. You will also grab your flower buckets and snips and then head into the garden.

As your group walks in between the flower beds that used to be lawns, you’ll meet the colourful and diverse species of blooms and pick the ones vying for your attention. Notice how the stems dance gracefully, swaying non-stop that seems eager to feel your touch. Engage all your senses and hear the background music that birds sing. Lourdes will guide you while naming flowers and the stories of how they came to be. Cut the flowers you like and gather them in your bucket with water. Let the beauties drink and hydrate. Once your bucket is full, you’ll then head back to the workshop.

Inside the bright, natural dye studio, you’ll make yourself comfortable and take a seat at the table. Acquaint yourself with the textile material you want to work with: choose from a silk scarf, cotton bandana or a long shawl, sourced through Maiwa, a Vancouver-based company that buys directly with artisans. Draw inspiration from Lourdes’s previous work that adorns her workshop walls. Let your mind imagine and wonder about how the flowers will leave a permanent reminder of this moment through the wearable art you’re about to make. See, feel, and touch the fabric and the flowers. Hear and listen. This is a shared experience. Ask, participate, converse. Stories enrich lives. Lourdes will be guiding you every step of the way and answering questions you may have. 

The experience comes to a close soon after the group lifts their bundled pieces off the simmering pot of water. Memories of this experience are imprinted on them. Prairie-grown flowers preserved, handmade by you.

Leo Mol Murals at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church

This hidden gem, located in Beausejour, is simply magnificent. St. Mary’s Catholic Church is home to the ceiling and wall paintings of the famous and now deceased internationally acclaimed Manitoba artist Leo Mol. Since their completion in 1952, the paintings have been appreciated by both parishioners and visitors alike. They have gained immense value with the growing recognition of Leo Mol as an accomplished artist.

Leo Mol was a prominent sculpture and painter in Manitoba. Born in Ukraine in 1915, Mol worked with clay from an early age, his father teaching him. He studied at the Leningrad Academy of Arts and later continued his studies in Berlin and the Hague.

In 1948, Mol and his wife emigrated to Canada and later, in 1949, moved to Winnipeg, where he began working as a ceramic artist, church painter, and stained-glass artist. Over the years, Mol would design and build over eighty stained glass windows for Manitoba churches. Notable churches he worked on were the Westworth United Church in Winnipeg, where you can view the Last Supper scene through the stained glass; and the Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral, where views of Ukrainian history were used in his art. Other churches featuring his work include St. Patrick’s and St. Jude’s Anglican Church, and Shaarey Zedek Synagogue.

He became prominent as a sculptor, producing bronzes of such subjects as Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, William Stephenson, Tom Lamb, Frank Dojacek, Pope John Paul II, Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Diefenbaker, and Queen Elizabeth II. 

Not only was Leo Mol a talented artist, but also considered a role model for Ukrainian Canadians. From the 1970s to the ‘80s, he served on the board of Oseredok, the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre in Winnipeg. In recognition of his many contributions to the arts, Mol was inducted into the Order of Canada (1989), Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame (1990), Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1997), and Order of Manitoba (2000). He was given honorary degrees by the University of Winnipeg (1974) and the University of Manitoba (1988).

Experiencing Mol’s detailed and breathtaking murals is something you don’t want to miss out on. The mural expanding from wall to ceiling is not something one gets to experience every day, offering a truly awe-striking sight to take in.

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