Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Artists In Plain View!

Two new artists not yet up on the website are KEVIN FRIEDRICH and HELGA SCHULTE-SCHROEER.
Here are images of their work. Kevin's is at the top and Helga's below.

Visit Kevin at:
300-68 Higgins Ave. (shares studio with Andrea von Wichert)
Phone: (204) 786-1451

Kevin Friedrich was born in Meadowlake Saskatchewan and attended his first 2 years of art school at Red Deer College before completing his BFA in painting at the U of M and making his permanent home in Winnipeg. Kevin’s work has been described as ‘Prairie Surrealism’ and includes an evolving repertoire of personal symbols and styles. Through many stylistic avenues, such as folk and absurdist, his paintings give rise to charismatically inconclusive statements that are engaging and highly thought provoking. 

And Helga at:

Helga Schulte-Schroeer

1611 Pritchard Ave.




Helga focuses on the old craft of handfelting. She specializes in the nuno technique, highlighting the natural affinity of wool and silk combinations. Her functional and decorative work reflects the inherent beauty and variety of the materials.

These artists are joining us for the In Plain View Winnipeg self-guided Studio Tour that takes place next weekend, Nov. 5& 6, from noon till 5 pm.

They look forward to meeting you and showing their studios and their work.
Please add them to your tour route.

To discover all the other artists who are going to be on the tour go to our website for the line-up and maps.

Wayne Arthur Gallery
186 Provencher Blvd
Invites you to
Manitoba Works
Wildlife and Landscapes by Cheryl Gilarksi
Opening Friday, November 4
Artist reception, Friday, November 4, from 7 to 9 PM
Additional hours: Saturday, November 5, 11 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, November 6, 12 PM – 5 PM
Web site:
For more information
Call Bev at 477-5249

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn In Plain View


Lots of new stuff to talk about and look at.
The last post introduced a video about Jo'Anne Kelly and her art.
Since then, In Plain View Winnipeg has to offer more videos of artists who are part of the organization. Watch the videos at the links below. (each one is only 3 1/2 minutes or so). Here you get a glimpse into the studios and worlds of:
Ann Tyre, Jordan Van Sewell, Jane Wood, Ray Christopherson, Kathleen Noelle Black, Steve Jorgenson, and Jo'Anne Kelly:
Kathleen Black is having an exhibition of her work and invites you to attend.
Chasing Spring
    new paintings

October 16-29, 2011.
Medea Gallery 132 Osborne St.

Artist's Reception Sunday October 16th from 1-4 pm
Music by Elowen
Harp by Lynn McClure

Come for good conversation, great music, good eats  and some great art.
The annual 

Former Costume Museum of Canada, 
109 Pacific ave

20 Oct - 5 Nov 2011
DAILY 11am - 7pm

opening  gala:  Oct 20th  7 pm

Live Art Auction:  (Closing gala)  Nov 5th   7 pm
The annual fall/winter In Plain View Winnipeg Artists'
Studio Tour
will be happening on the first weekend of November - the
5th and 6th of November
Check out our website to find the artists  their work and maps to the studios.
Some artists will not be showing this time around. They are as follows:
Aliza Amihude, Nancy Blokland, Katharine Bruce, Mary Anne Rudy, Annette Chabidon, Pat Bragg.
But not to worry - we have a whole bunch of new artists who would dearly like to have you meet them and view their work. Here they are:
Tom Roberts
Clifton Studios
587 Clifton St., Winnipeg, MB
(2nd. floor / 1/2 block north of Portage Ave.)
Colleen Chamberlin Pottery
126 Kingston Row
Kristina Karlsson
 Clifton Studios
587 Clifton St., Winnipeg, MB
(2nd. floor / 1/2 block north of Portage Ave.)

Andrea von Wichert
300-68 Higgins Avenue (shares studio with Kevin Friedrich)
Kevin Friedrich
301 - 68 Higgins Ave (shares studio with  Andrea von Wichert)
 Helga Schulte-Schroeer 
1611 Pritchard Ave.

These people will soon be up on our website.


Monday, September 19, 2011


In two weeks - from Sept. 30th to Oct. 2nd - all Canada will be celebrating Culture Days - a nation-wide celebration of the Arts.This is what it's all about here in Manitoba:
 Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
When is it? The last weekend of every September.
What is it? Three days of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.
Why? To showcase the arts in Manitoba and inspire more support and participation throughout the rest of the year. It is also a great opportunity for artists and arts groups to get exposure through our intense communications and public relations campaign and through our media partners
For more information about the events (many, many events) and the artists (many, many artists) participating, go to

A number of In Plain View Winnipeg artists are participating. I'm one of these and the image above will be one of the sculptures in my "Garden of Earthly and Other Delights".
Please come and share Culture Days with me at my place at 1106 Wolseley Ave. 
The following artists are also participating with open studios on Culture days:
Helen Lyons, Ray Christoferson, Cre8ery Gallery/Studios, Ann Tyre , Gloria De Neve, Wayne Arthur Gallery , Kathleen Black, Monica de Jong, and  Jordan Van Sewell. You can find all these artists by going to our website (maps are supplied):
On another note, I invite you to visit me in advance of Culture Days by going to the following link and watching a video of Jo'Anne Kelly, artist:

Wayne Arthur Gallery
186 Provencher Blvd
Invites you to
"Eclectically Random"
A Mixed Media Exhibition with interloping themes
by Gina Roth and Gloria De Neve
Opening Sunday, October 2, and continues to Wednesday November 2
Artist reception, Sunday, October 2, from 1 to 4 PM
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11AM to 5PM
Web site:
For more information
Call Bev at 477-5249
And a reminder, The next In Plain View Winnipeg tour will be happening on the first weekend in November, the 5th and 6th.
Go to our website for a list of participating artists and maps to their studios and galleries:


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Artists In Plain View Within 100 Miles

We’ve all heard about the hundred mile challenge. Folks restrict their diet, to include only foods grown within 100 miles of their residence. This incentive has grown legs and has become a continent-wide food movement – endorsed by  foodies everywhere who have pledged to help save the environment by restricting their diets to locally grown foods, thus fighting against pollution and global warming caused by its transport, and against corporate agribusiness over family farms.

Well - In Plain View Winnipeg is raising its own 100 mile challenge. It makes just as much sense to restrict your gift, craft and art buying to the work of local artists. 
Too often have local artists had to persuade local buyers that their work can have as much merit, value and creativity as anything coming out of Toronto, New York or Beijing.
So support your local artists. Help them survive in an ever-worsening economic era.

A Winnipeg artist whom it is well worth-while supporting  is 
Jordan Van Sewell.
Jordan is a well-known and celebrated ceramic sculptor, whose iconic sculptural personae provide an amusing, on-going commentary on contemporary culture.

We would like to introduce you to Jordan, his works and his ideas through this fabulous video, recently produced by Ivan Hughes of Compass Digital Media.
Check out this video at:

Wayne Arthur Gallery
186 Provencher Blvd
Invites you to
Contemporary Works by
Michele Campbell and Lori Zébière Opening Thursday, September 1, from 7 to 9 PM
And continues to September 28 Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11AM to 5PM
Web site:
Don't miss our beautiful, new website, designed by Charles Shilliday:

and watch this space for more upcoming artists' videos.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Phoenix In Plain View

Enjoying our wonderful, sadly brief summer outdoors on my deck, I watched butterflies cavorting. I think they were Painted Ladies. Probably also Painted Gentlemen, because there seemed to be some courting going on.
They seemed attracted, in addition to one another, to the blooming flowers on my rejuvenated basswood tree.
I've mentioned this tree before - it has a place of honour in my backyard and in my life. Once a gorgeous  tall spreading wonder, it met with ill fate a few years ago in the shape of a windstorm. I had to have it cut down. But I decided I wanted a memento from it and asked the tree surgeon to leave a tall stump, which he did - a good 6 feet high.
Every winter I spread birdseed on this stump, which gets kicked around by birds and squirrels alike, so that every summer there is a profusion of grasses and other little plants growing up around the roots and on the treestump itself. 
But the most wonderful thing - mirabile dictu! - is that the lovely old roots have put forth many shoots, which by now are small trees in their own right, growing up around the stump. 
Some of these have reached a respectable height of 25-30 feet or so and can truly be called young trees.
And in the early summer, they bloom profusely. Their small white blossoms attracting hordes of bees and butterflies and perfuming the air with their sensuous smell, adorn the branches. I relax in my gazebo under these branches, and breathe in this heady opulent scent.
Indeed, this hoary old basswood is my own local version of a phoenix, rising from its ashes.

This is a seque into a joyful announcement that In Plain View Winnipeg is also performing a  version of the phoenix story.  
              WE HAVE A NEW WEBSITE!
We proudly invite you to check it out. Look in all the rooms, admire all the artistic accoutrements, and vow to return again and again.
Wayne Arthur Gallery
186 Provencher Blvd

Invites you to

Open Minds presents Images ‘11

By David Cooper, Omer DeWandel and Bill Lucenkiw
From Friday, July 1 to August 3, 2011
Artist reception: Friday July 15, 7 to 9 PM
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11AM to 5PM
The gallery will be closed July 8th and 9th.

Web site:

For more information
Call Bev at 477-5249


Monday, June 20, 2011

Sumer Is Icumen In Plain View

Sumer is icumen in
Lhude sing cuccu!
Groweth sed and bloweth med
and springth the wde nu.
Sing cuccu!
Florrie contemplates summer cumen in.  The river is still in flood and probably will be all summer. She doesn't hear cuckoos, but lots of crows again.
And certainly the wood does spring anew. The air is full of gossamer seeds from the cottonwood trees on the riverbank, celebrating life, though their roots are deep in the water.
Congratulations to:
Maureen Miller ( photographer from Wolseley ) who won the IPV gift certificate for $100 towards an art piece by an In Plain View Artist
Here's what sounds like a truly fun and great cultural event in Morden, MB.

~ An event like no other ~

 July 4th – 6th Art Show & Workshops 
July 7th “Evening at the Stones”

This one of a kind event is open to the public.  However, the primary goal and mission is to link artist to artist to art lovers, who will come together for a three day, 1st in Manitoba totally Free Art Show and Workshop.  All art enthusiasts have the option of attending one day up to all three days, should the various workshops match their interests. 

There will be an incredible array of artists; the internationally known, to the proudly unusual, facilitating workshops/demos in stone sculpture, textures and air brushing, Zombies art?, aboriginal art and dance, cartoon creation, hand building with clay, raku firing, photography, hands on a pottery wheel; one of the finest pastel artists in Manitoba will do a workshop; plus we have delightful surprises on copper,  computer images on clay, oil techniques, ink abstract (with a few artists  - to many artists with the same medium, demonstrating in each medium aforementioned, and much more.  For example: we have 11 potters doing workshops plus10 pastel artists and the variety of art mediums will expand daily.  We invite you to sign up to conduct a workshop or demo and share your own favorite art medium.

Web site:


Two artists are joining In Plain View Winnipeg:
Tom Roberts and Kristina Karlsson
Both Tom and Kristina work out of Clifton Street Studio, (joined there by Gloria de Neve) 587 Clifton Street - 1/2 block north of Portage. And as you can see, both work in pottery.
 Welcome aboard!!!
Here's Karen Johannssen showing work at the recent In Plain View Winnipeg tour. 
She joined Gloria de Neve at Clifton St. Studios.
And here's some of Gloria de Neve's new work shown during that
June studio tour at Clifton St. Studio.

 Jolanta Sokalska won 'Best in Mixed Media" for Theta = Prosperity at the recent Red River Exhibition Art Extravaganza. 
 Here is the winning piece:
Congratulations Jolanta!!!!!
Enjoy a new painting by Jane Gateson

and here's some of my recent work. Do you remember who I am?
Jo'Anne Kelly

And here's a recent photograph by Pat Bragg:
 To see work by In Plain View Winnipeg artists, go to:

Sunday, May 29, 2011



come and visit us next weekend
In Plain View Winnipeg Artists and Galleries are hosting
our annual June open studio tour
Visit to download map locations, and check out the various artists' pages to see what we do and 
where we do it.

there will be a few changes in the locations of some artists and times: 
The following artists will not be participating in our June tour:
Pat Courtnage, Katharine Bruce, 
Briony Haig, Bob Hanley
*Gloria De Neve will be showing at her new studio space at
Clifton Studios
587 Clifton St.
( 2nd floor - 1/2 block north of Portage )
Phone : (204) 489-9795
 Gloria will be sharing her studio with Batik artist Karen Johannsson,
and guest studio clay artists  Tom Roberts and Kristina Karlson, for the June Tour.
 (Karen Johannsson is listed on our website under Lipton St. Studio)

Nancy Blokland is hosting Pat Bragg Photography 
and a line of locally made soaps and skin care products at 273 Enfield Crescent during In Plain View for the June tour. 

Pat Bragg has moved from her residence on Camden Place.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Artists In Plain View at the Wolseley Arts Festival

Several In Plain View Winnipeg Artists were showing their stuff at:
Envision: Wolseley’s Arts Festival! 

Envision is a festival that celebtrates the huge amount of artistic talent that lives and works in our Wolseley-West Broadway community . The festival showcases all forms of the arts; visual, literary and performing. We encourage all levels of artistic endeavour; professional, aspiring, young and old to show our community and the rest of Winnipeg what you are doing with your talent.

This festival took place at Robert A. Steen Community Centre in fabled Wolseley this past weekend. Check out the video showing our work.

  (It's been a challenge figuring out how to upload this video; but now the world's my oyster, so watch out for more, and please forgive the learning curve. I won't be producing any great flics anytime soon.  - Jo'Anne.)

 By the way, don't forget our next artist's studio tour is happening soon:

the first weekend in June:  

June 4&5 

from noon till 5 pm.

For more information check out our website:


Thursday, April 28, 2011

In Plain View Artists In Plain View

Karen Johannsson is hard at work here in Pat Courtnage's studio at 164 Langside at Sara.
Pat (in the background) generously offered Karen a place in her large studio after Karen lost working space in a fire at her house on Lenore St.
This has been a difficult time for Karen since the loss last year of her own well-known Lipton Street Studio, in which she worked and held classes for years.
We see Pat also at work here with Karen in the background, as she glazes a shoe for upcoming shows. (See Below).

They are both getting ready for the upcoming show at Wayne Arthur Gallery on Provencher which opens this coming Sunday, May 1st. And Pat is doing double duty, preparing for the Shoe Show in Kenora which opens next weekend.(see invitations below.)

All In Plain View artists - your friends and neighbours, invite you to join them this coming Sunday at Wayne Arthur Gallery at 186 Provencher.
If you can't make it to the opening, you have a month to check it out.
And Pat Courtnage's shoe is headed to Kenora for this upcoming show:

Medea Artists invite you to:
Kathleen Black shares an image of her piece that was selected for Make Stop Repeat the Juried Manitoba Craft Council Show.
Kathleen describes her work: 
"This piece was envisioned to fullfill the idea of make then stop and do it again! Nature makes snowflakes- each unique! Over and over again as Manitobans know. This glass pate de verre piece was made in stages with a layer over unique snowflakes -fired and the process repeated again and again to achieve the depth shown in the detail."
Does the term "Starving Artists" present a false image of those who devote their lives to creativity? - NO WAY!!
Here are some interesting statistics recently published in the Globe and Mail:

Earnings by most Canadian artists are hovering at poverty levels and the situation is likely to worsen as the worldwide recession deepens, according to a statistical profile of the country's artists released yesterday.

The findings of the 43-page study, prepared by Hill Strategies Research of Hamilton for Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, are derived from the 2006 census. It identified 140,000 Canadians as artists – defined as those who spent most of their working time in nine occupational categories, including actors, dancers, authors/writers, visual artists and producers/directors/choreographers.

The study reports that artists over all are working for near-poverty-level wages, with an average annual earnings in calendar year 2005 of just $22,731, compared with $36,301 for all Canadian workers – a 37-per-cent wage chasm.

In fact, of the 140,000 artists analyzed, 43 per cent earned less than $10,000, whereas in the overall labour force that percentage was 25 per cent. The study notes that the $22,700 average is only 9 per cent higher than the $20,800 that Statistics Canada has identified as the “low-income cutoff” for a single person living in a city with 500,000 people or more.

What makes the situation even more distressing is that artist earnings have been decreasing since 1990 – a decline likely to intensify over the next two years.

According to the Hill study, the poorest-paid Canadian artist category is that of female visual artist, with average earnings in 2005 of $11,421, closely followed by female artisan/craftsperson ($12,307)


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Flood - In Plain View

Back in business - just in time to monitor the flooding Assiniboine River at the foot of my back yard. I'm estimating how high it has to go before it gets into my studio, which is lower than my house. So far, so good.
Lots of news since I last blogged.
In Plain View Winnipeg had its AGM in February and we will be going ahead with our plans to hold an exhibition of members' work in May at Wayne Arthur Gallery.
And on the first weekend of June - 4th and 5th - we will be holding our spring artists' tour.

So two dates to look out for:

and .............


"Images in Glass with Roger Thomas"
September 1-4
Tuition $800 plus GST with all materials included.
      This 4 day workshop focuses on design and process for landscape in fused glass, as Roger Thomas from Portland Oregon will share his techniques and philosophy of his Glass Paintings. Roger is known to students of glass for his varied and unusual glass fusing techniques with which he creates his art. During this class the student will complete four landscape samples, as Roger discusses and demonstrates how he creates color, depth and translucency in his work. Students should have some glass cutting experience as well as having taken a beginner glass fusing course.
        To see some examples of Rogers art and techniques check out his web site We’re sure you will be as amazed as we are by his ability to capture amazing detail and depth in his art glass. 
Prairie Stained Glass and School of Craft/ 587 Sargent Ave/ Winnipeg, Mb R3B 1W6/204-783-1117    


Wayne Arthur Gallery

186 Provencher Blvd

Invites you to
The New Landscape:

A Continuing Series of Mixed Media on Rust Collagraph Prints

By Bob Hainstock

From April 1 to April 27,

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11AM to 5 PM
Web site: