ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIMÉ
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with ART EXPRESS’D, a coast-to-coast-to-coast adventure that is uniting the country this summer 2017. The Canada 150 Signature Project involves three six-metre shipping containers transformed into mobile art studios. ART EXPRESS’D will traverse every province and territory via train, truck, and cargo ship, stopping in at least 15 communities, ultimately converging in Winnipeg, the heart of the country.
Selected from dozens of applications from across the nation, Jessie Buchanan, Evin Collis, and Becky Thiessen are the artists travelling with ART EXPRESS’D. Jessie, Evin, and Becky will connect people all over the country by creating art with communities along the way. A fourth container stationed at Parks Canada Place at The Forks National Historic Site in Winnipeg is hosting free art-making workshops throughout the summer. Watch our events page for dates and schedules near you!
ART EXPRESS’D highlights this country’s unique natural geography and its linguistic and cultural diversity, while speaking to Canada’s deeply-rooted history of travel, transport, exploration, and communication. The movement of people, goods, and information over great distances and challenging terrain continues to define Canada today. How do you picture Canada in the next 150 years? Explore this site to learn how you can get involved!
Late Summer 2017
At the end of it all: Winnipeg’s role in ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ
Postcard from Notre Dame de Lourdes
August 25, 2017
C’est si Bon!
It was so lovely to be in a rural French community, of almost 700 inhabitants in southern Manitoba. I was situated in the centre of town in a park/campground, under a canopy of large old oak trees. It was a hot week, but the evenings were some of the prettiest I have seen, with the open field sunsets and the breeze to cool off the heat of the day.
Notre Dame de Lourdes is situated in the RM of Lorne, rolling hills of the Pembina Valley and windmills landmark the region. I met with several groups; Seniors, Aspin Winds, a day program for adults with special needs, the daycare in town, and children and adults signed up though the Lorne Recreation District. We also had many drop-ins over the weekend.
I had a great time using my French and creating with this community. Come to Nuit Blanche on September 30 to see what we did!
Postcard from Saskatoon
August 25, 2017
Saskatoon was a special place for me to visit, it holds much family history and pieces of me. Art Express’d was set up at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm, a large park on the east side of town, a favourite place of my grandmother’s long before I came around. The park was a lovely place to be with picnicking families and children all around. Many newcomers filled the park with celebration and I imagined my grandmother and her family celebrating; as they were also newcomers at that time.
I love to see families engaging in the art making process; parents allowing their children to explore and experiment without too much guidance, and then the moments of release when the parent delves into their own piece, remembering what it was like to create. I’m always encouraging experimentation, mistake making and learning from the process.
Postcard from Baker Lake
August 25, 2017
Purchased an original Becky Okatsiak while stopping over in Rankin Inlet. Beautiful contemporary Inuit artwork! So happy I can bring this gorgeous piece home! So happy to have met her and her artist father, Noah Tiktak. Thanks for sharing your beautiful knowledge with me and taking me out on the quad!
I am so excited to be in Baker Lake and hanging out with the folks at the Jessie Oonark Arts and Crafts Centre. Jessie Oonark was a beautifully talented Inuit printmaker and it is such a privilege to be running the Art Express’d workshops out of this space dedicated to her.
We had some great workshops in Baker Lake, Nunavut. These girls were a blast! The Jessie Oonark Arts and Crafts Centre is a place full of working studios that use printmaking, silk screening, carving, embroidery, jewelry-making and so much more! So lucky to be able to run workshops here!
I have learned so much on Art Express’d I don’t know where to begin! I am still learning much wisdom here in Baker Lake, Nunavut. I feel so lucky to be here and I spent some time with local artist and Inuit Elder, Jessie Kenalogak, during my workshop at the Jessie Oonark Arts and Crafts Centre. She remembers growing up in an igloo and travelling by dog sled as a child. Her piece, “Walking for Survival” is a reflection on the difficulties of living a nomadic lifestyle. Quanani.
Some beautiful paintings from the Art Express’d studio have been created in Baker Lake, Nunavut! (From top left to right) Ruth Burrill, Angela Cook, Ruth Burrill & Jessie Kenalogak.