Showcase opportunities for area artists 0
By Lorne Stelmach
Artists often have trouble promoting themselves, but two exhibits this summer have offered them great opportunities to get their work out there.
And the two back-to-back exhibitions being featured at the Pembina Hills Gallery in downtown Morden offer viewers a great variety of works to enjoy.
The Central Region Juried Art Show is featured here throughout June, then it is followed by the annual members exhibit for July and August, and they can be a chance to include artists who might not often be exhibited otherwise.
"Many artists don't have the volume of work to exhibit their own show or they just don't have the means to have a show themselves," commented Monica Friesen, director of the Pembina Hills Gallery. "So this is a great opportunity for them to be featured in an exhibition."
The Central Region Juried Art Show is in its 31st year and again brings together artists from all over the central region - from Portage to Morris and Pilot Mound and Manitou to Morden, Winkler and Altona.
From well over 100 pieces that were submitted - allowing up to three from each artist - 40 were chosen to tour southern Manitoba with the show going next to the Tiger Hills Gallery in Holland as well as to Portage, Carman and Winnipeg.
And a bonus for the people's choice award winner is that their work as selected at the opening will be featured on the cover of next year's brochure.
"It's a great opportunity for artists within the central region to get really good feeback from the jury as well as have the opportunity to tour," said Friesen.
"They are all given positive critiques about their work, which is very helpful for them and inspires them to keep going."
Many of the artists are young and emerging talents, she noted, while some have been entering for years and years and are very experienced artists.
"So it's also a good opportunity for artists to get to know other artists within the region," she said. "And I really think this is a great representation from a wider range of artists.
"They could be not only inspired by them but could connect with them. Because art can often be a very isolating thing to do, it's great for artists to be able to collaborate and to meet fellow artists."
And the annual Pembina Hills Gallery members exhibit to be featured in July and August offers similar benefits for the artists and viewers alike.
"The theme this year is In The Good Old Summertime, so anything that has to do with summer, they are welcome to submit," said Friesen, who added there will be diverse media and styles represented - from multimedia to quilting to photography, painting and pottery.
"It's a great attraction for the tours that come in. We have probably close to 4,000 people who come in over the two months. They love to see what local artists can offer and what they bring, and we have tours that come from all over."
For more information, call 822-6026, e-mail email@example.com or stop in at 352 Stephen St. in downtown Morden. You can also go online to the www.pembinahillsarts.com website. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 - 5 p.m.