Urban Art Gallery

 

Urban Art Gallery

Urban Art Gallery is an annual competition that supports downtown businesses by integrating curated art galleries with their store frontages.

2015 Information

Building on the success of the first loved theme Urban Art Gallery at 295 Portage Ave (a 2014 partnership of Gendis Inc and the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ), the BIZ is now calling on creators to submit photos, drawings and / or poetry for a HOME themed facade on
Portage Place (393 Portage Ave). To keep the conversation going and visually fresh, the Urban Art Gallery contest will be held annually, adding a new gallery to the series of other themed galleries. Each themed gallery will be in place for two years.

Special thanks to Portage Place.

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Photos from the Urban Art Gallery launch (Portage Place) – September 29, 2015

Artists Bios

Blaise Lachiver

Art piece – “Skating on the River Trail”

Blaise Lachiver is a born and raised Winnipegger and Franco-Manitoban. He is currently a Landscape Designer with Manitoba Parks, where he is able to explore the vast Manitoban landscape. A graduate from Collège Louis-Riel and the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture, Blaise holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design, and is currently completing a Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba. His current research, entitled Mapping Digital Landscape Narratives: Exploring the use of social media as a form of community engagement, focuses on the participatory power of social media and its ability to connect complex communities via the Internet. Blaise is a Landscape Architectural Intern with the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects.

Blaise’s art is highly inspired by his surrounding landscape; the places, people and elements that make up his home and the lands that he visits become the subjects of his art. The minutest changes in the landscape can be the inspiration for an artistic moment. He begins with a photograph, and proceeds to manipulate the qualities of the picture, such as lighting and hues, to expand our understanding of the landscape and the forces the affect it. Or, he pushes the photograph into the realm of digital art and asks you to reconsider the places around you by changing the real into vectors.

Genevie Henderson

Art piece – “Home, HeART and Soul”

My art is visual imagery; a narrative of a single moment in time, circumstance and place. My work aspires to be a vision of beauty captured on canvas defined only by my imagination and through the use of glorious colour- beautiful, bold, dancing colour. I strive to take the viewer on an artistic and visual journey be it to a place in nature, a celebration, a cultural and historical experience, a foreign country or a place in my imagination.

This is always an evolving and emerging vision.   My hope is to create a legacy of my very essence through my art. Each piece of art created on canvas, wood and plexiglass in acrylic, ink and collage is designed to be beautiful, vibrant, meaningful and above all, joyful.

As a visual artist, I am a juried member of the Manitoba Society of Artists. My artwork has been shown in numerous gallery and community exhibits and can be found in Pulse Gallery at the Forks, Birchwood Gallery, Oseredok Gift Gallery, and Sam’s Place, all in Winnipeg. My art has been welcomed into homes in Manitoba, Ontario, B.C. and Nova Scotia. I donate to many charities to support their fund raising.

“Art is integral to my state of mind, my soul and my spirit. It is a creative force that arises deep within me and takes my breath away. In many diverse ways, my creativity gives voice to an unfailing belief that art makes a difference in our world. Art bears witness to our world, leaves a legacy and has the power to connect us to each other, to our lives, our community, and our world. Art is a universal language that unites us as human beings, helps to identify our culture, beliefs and our collective identity- the enduring value of art in one’s life.”

Ildiko Nova

Art piece – “Polar Bear”

I’ve enjoyed doing art in my entire life, such as watercolour; pencil sketching, oil painting, lino, pen and ink, photography, jewellery, wire-work and mosaic art. My main interest is city scenes, portraits and illustrations.

I was born and raised in Hungary. After I left, I lived in Germany for four years and then Toronto was my home for 19 years. Winnipeg has been my home since 2011.

I graduated from the Community Worker program at George Brown College in 2011.

I am also interested to find connections with communities through art. I facilitated my own art class in a homeless shelter in Toronto. I’ve been involved with many art organizations in Winnipeg as a participant or volunteer.

Isabelle Lafreniere

Art piece – “My Old Shirt”

Isabelle Lafrenière was born in Saint-Boniface, Quebec in 1975. With a Masters in French Literature, she has worked as a French teacher, librarian, and government linguistic coordinator. She has been drawing and writing since she was a small girl. She relies on instinct, going directly from brain to paper with no studies or sketches. Isabelle describes herself as deeply sensitive, and believes she could not have survived without her art. “When I can’t find the words,” she says, “I can still draw to communicate, to reach people’s heart, to help us all realize we are not alone. We need art to begin the discussion, open doors, help people for real.”

Leslie Franklin

Art piece – “Broadway and Smith”

Art piece – “Portage to Main”

Leslie Franklin is a Manitoba artist who works in watercolour, ink or mixed media using vibrant free flowing colour.

Leslie’s artistic abilities were recognized early with one of her paintings winning first place in a province wide art competition entitled, Festival of Life and Learning, hosted by the University of Manitoba. Similarly, the City of Winnipeg selected one of her animal portraits to hang in the Assiniboine Park offices and to use in promotional documents for their Painting in the Park Program. Some of her more notable commissions were for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, the Canola Council of Canada and the Dutch Military Representative to NATO.

Leslie’s work was first exhibited in Eaton’s Gallery of Fine Art, Smith Gallery of Fine Art, Warehouse Artworks and Wasagaming Community Arts.   She was soon invited to participate in selected artists shows, two-artists shows and solo shows. For a few years, raising a family took time away from painting although at every opportunity, she was motivated by her children’s poses and antics and enjoyed capturing them in her artwork.

She is a versatile artist and over the years has worked in many different mediums. Possessing a Bachelor of Science from the University of Winnipeg, she enjoys experimenting with new reactions, combinations and techniques. Her style has evolved to combining elements of realism with loose, free flowing colour to produce expressive, unconventional results. She does not limit her subject matter although her work primarily explores the interaction of humans and/or animals with their environment. Fostering dogs and cats for rescue groups has provided an endless resource and motivation in painting companion animals.

Leslie has studied portraiture extensively and has a Certificate in Forensic/Composite Drawing for Law Enforcement.   She continually expands her artistic knowledge and techniques through courses at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, although she finds her biggest inspirations come from studying under world renowned artists for whom she has great respect.

She is a selected member of the Manitoba Society of Artists, the Assiniboine Group of Artists Cooperative and the St James Art Club.

Lesley Nakonechny

Art piece – “Home is Horizontal and Unobstructed”

As a child growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lesley Nakonechny was fascinated by the unique things she’d find in her natural surroundings. That sense of and love for the uniqueness of her home province is often a driving force behind her work. She believes that drawing upon her connection with nature makes for art that isn’t just meaningful to her, but to the people who view it.

Lesley is trained as a Graphic Designer from Red River College (2004) and currently works at a Winnipeg-based marketing and publishing company. Her artistic work is a mix of linoprint printing, use of alternative photography such as creating cyanotypes, digital, mixed media techniques.

Svetlana Russco

Art piece – “The Warmest Home of our life”

Svetlana Russco was born in Moldova into an artistic family. From early childhood, she was exposed to fine arts and creativity. Her father and grandfather were both artists, and Svetlana has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember.

Her early works were influenced by her family, as well as nature and beauty of the world.

In 2008, Svetlana moved to Canada and fell in love with this country. Since then, her work has been re-inspired. Over the last few years she has created a number of georgous paintings, which have been purchased by many private collectors.

Her paintings are created with oil and acrylics, and her preferred themes are perennial including love, beauty, nature and the realm of fantasy – something that we might see in our dreams.

Somewhere in our hearts there is a wonderful world that is hiding. We strive to find this world and to show its beauty to others. We all feel these emotions, but sometimes we cannot express them. Svetlana hopes that her paintings help people to release these emotions and touch their hearts.

2014 Information

This summer, the Downtown BIZ and Gendis Inc called on artists and creators to contribute artwork, photographs and/or poetry based on a theme of LOVE for this first exhibit – the frontage of 295 Portage Avenue, owned by Gendis Inc. Each creator or team of creators will be paid an honorarium of $500 for each winning submission selected.

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Photos from the Urban Art Gallery launch (295 Portage Ave) – September 23, 2014

Artists Bios

Svetlana Russco

Art piece – “Golden star of Winnipeg”

“Svetlana Russco was born in Moldova into an artistic family.  From early childhood, she was exposed to fine arts and creativity.  Her father and grandfather were both artists, and Svetlana has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember.

Her early works were influenced by her family, as well as nature and beauty of the world.

In 2008, Svetlana moved to Canada and fell in love with this country.  Since then, her work has been re-inspired.  Over the last few years she has created a number of georgous paintings, which have been purchased by many private collectors.

Her paintings are created with oil and acrylics, and her preferred themes are perennial including love, beauty, nature and the realm of fantasy – something that we might see in our dreams.

Somewhere in our hearts there is a wonderful world that is hiding.  We strive to find this world and to show its beauty to others.  We all feel these emotions, but sometimes we cannot express them.  Svetlana hopes that her paintings help people to release these emotions and touch their hearts.”

Svetlana Russco website: https://sites.google.com/site/svetart2013/

Ildiko Nova

Art piece – “Butterflies”

I’ve enjoyed doing art in my entire life, such as watercolour; pencil sketching, oil painting, lino, pen and ink, photography, jewellery, wire-work and mosaic art. My main interest is city scenes, portraits and illustrations.

I was born and raised in Hungary. After I left, I lived in Germany for four years and then Toronto was my home for 19 years. Winnipeg has been my home since 2011.

I graduated from the Community Worker program at George Brown College in 2011.

I am also interested to find connections with communities through art. I facilitated my own art class in a homeless shelter in Toronto. I’ve been involved with many art organizations in Winnipeg as a participant or volunteer.

Connie Bart Hamel

Art piece – “Love of Nature”

Connie Bart Hamel is Winnipeg; MB. Based with strong rural background drawing on nature and women studies as inspiration. Cultural curiosity and an effort to bring light to the often overlooked enriches Bart-Hamel’s endless drive of continued learning, social collaboration and enrichment with art.

Extensive travels including Africa, Europe, and USA, Cuba as well as across Canada shape and influence the love for the wonders of the world and her people.www.artographycanada.com

Link Phillips

Art piece – “Big Love”

Born on the west coast, Link Phillips grew up in Saskatoon, moved to Winnipeg and has lived as far east as Parker’s Cove on the Fundy coast of Nova Scotia before Winnipeg drew him back in.

He worked in the television industry for many years in a variety of capacities, has co-owned a bookstore, and now devotes his time to making art and working with the written word.

His work is concerned with patterns, the actual, the imaginary, and the invisible, that ceaselessly flow through and among all human perception.

Louis C. Bako

Art piece – “Spring over love under”

Hungarian born artist Louis Bako attended University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1966, followed by a diploma in Production Design from the National Theatre School in Montreal in 1971.  He was employed by the City of Winnipeg as Planner and Urban Designer.  He has produced set designs, public art works, sculpture, paintings and drawings.  He has had numerous exhibitions in Europe and Canada; his work is in private and public collections in Canada, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Budapest and Vienna.

Peter Tittenberger (photographer)

Art piece – “Jenny Said”

I walk the sidewalks, streets and backlanes of my native Winnipeg. My goal is to walk all of them.  It is an obsessive activity born of a curiosity to know more about the place where I have lived my whole life. I view the houses and the yards of people I will never know. At night, when lights are on, I can peer through windows and look at a living room or a kitchen – sometimes a bedroom. I try to dispassionately observe on these walks, to make no judgements. I carry a camera with me on my walks but rarely use it anymore. I have taken many photographs, maybe too many, or maybe too many of the wrong kind.

I collect errant objects that have been dropped, discarded, or given up for dead, but that still seem valuable to me in some way. I bring these objects home thinking they may find a place in the things I make. Sometimes they do, but more often they become part of an inventory of shelved experiences.

Per Brask (Writer)

Art piece – “Jenny Said”

Per Brask is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg where he has taught since 1982.  He has published essays, poetry, short stories, drama and literary translation.

Katherna Vermette

Art piece – “pieces”

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs (Shillingford Press) won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies, including Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Genevie Henderson

Art piece – “Love”

My art is visual imagery; a narrative of a single moment in time, circumstance and place. My work aspires to be a vision of beauty captured on canvas defined only by my imagination and through the use of glorious colour- beautiful, bold, dancing colour.  I strive to take the viewer on an artistic and visual journey be it to a place in nature, a celebration, a cultural and historical experience, a foreign country or a place in my imagination.

This is always an evolving and emerging vision.   My hope is to create a legacy of my very essence through my art. Each piece of art created on canvas, wood and plexiglass in acrylic, ink and collage is designed to be beautiful, vibrant, meaningful and above all, joyful.

As a visual artist, I am a juried member of the Manitoba Society of Artists. My artwork has been shown in numerous gallery and community exhibits and can be found in Pulse Gallery at the Forks, Birchwood Gallery, Oseredok Gift Gallery, and Sam’s Place, all in Winnipeg. My art has been welcomed into homes in Manitoba, Ontario, B.C. and Nova Scotia. I donate to many charities to support their fund raising.

“Art is integral to my state of mind, my soul and my spirit. It is a creative force that arises deep within me and takes my breath away. In many diverse ways, my creativity gives voice to an unfailing belief that art makes a difference in our world. Art bears witness to our world, leaves a legacy and has the power to connect us to each other, to our lives, our community, and our world. Art is a universal language that unites us as human beings, helps to identify our culture, beliefs and our collective identity- the enduring value of art in one’s life.”

Download the program guidelines / application form here.

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Artwork by William Eakin