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.