August 5th, 2016    Gallery In the Park Altona, MB


Please join MSA as we celebrate the 84th Open Juried Competition & Exhibit which takes place this summer at Altona’s Gallery in the Park. The exhibit is ongoing to September 25th, showcasing more than 70 works by Manitoba artists.  Eleven awards of excellence have been awarded for outstanding works in various media.
 
This gallery is a jewel. It has a large sculpture garden with beautiful water features and magnificent sculptures by both Manitoba and international artists. The gallery is a heritage house that has been converted into a professional gallery with two floors of art. 
 
Altona is an hour and a half drive south of Winnipeg.  Enjoy the drive to see amazing prairie vista and skies, then stroll the sculpture gardens and water features graced with incredible works by Manitoba talent. 
 

The gallery hours are:
Tuesday through Sunday
12 – 8 pm

 


OJCE 2016 Award Winners

BARBARA COOK ENDRES AWARD FOR FIRST PLACE
Marilyn Craggs “Waiting” Oil $900

MSA AWARD FOR SECOND PLACE
Mildred Hammarback “The Bridge” Acrylic $1,000

MSA AWARD FOR THIRD PLACE
Luther Pokrant “Jake Pine – Belula Lake” Oil $2,200

LYNN SISSONS WATERCOLOUR AWARD
Bonnie Wrighton “Fish Eye” Watercolour & Ink on Mulberry $500

W. CLIFF PACKER MEMORIAL AWARD
James Dean “A Little Bit of Monica” Oil $1,200

BRIAN J. HYSLOP AWARD FOR PASTEL
Shirley Rayner “Spring on the Assiniboine” Pastel $325

MSA HONOURABLE MENTION
Gord Amirualt “Ted’s Barber Shop” Bass Wood NFS
Ann Bednar “Song of the Dove” Watercolour $200
Eleonore Esau “Diverse Uniformity III” Acrylic $295
Ruth Kamenev “Pure Energy” Watercolour $275
Manny Scuhlz “A Winter Walk” Acrylic NFS


JUROR’S COMMENTS

“First I would like to thank Bonnie Taylor and her team for the fine effort they made to organize the 100 plus submissions for the 2016 MSA competition and Exhibition. Congrats to all. As a practicing artist I understand the process of making art and preparing it for public display. It ain’t easy.

It’s a solitary process wrought with self doubt and many influences. One has to whittle this down to the image you deem the best way to reflect you and your personal messages. The quality of the submissions well exceeded my expectations and I thank you all for that.

Manitoba is blessed with many very talented visual artists, maybe it’s the long cold winters or our diversity. Being a juror for this exhibition was not easy, there was just too much good art.

I’m not big on or an expert on visual art theory. Encountering a painting or sculpture is an immediate thing. Reading about the visual art experience is like watching a train go by, word by word.

Having said that, there a re a few rules I have learned to trust over the years.

First, it must be a visual experience that makes one want to go to the next step and look a little deeper. Second, it must be honest, felt by the creator. Paintings reflect that.

Don Foulds and I encountered many pieces that fit these simple rules which made our selection process exciting and trying. Keep up the splendid work Manitoba Artists, we have a creative community here second to none.”    — Keith Wood

“In the studio we create artworks that satisfy our need to create, to make things, to be engaged with the creative process. Making the work is in itself fulfilling and gives us a sense of accomplishment; we have taken something on, accepted the challenges of striving to make it as well as we can. Often we feel excited and proud of what we have made and are driven to make another artwork and this time with something a little different, more personal or better. Making art is, for many of us, a way of developing personally and developing our vision of the world and our place in it. So when we put our work out into the world we are also putting our personal development, our vision, our point of view into the public realm and opening the door for viewers to step in, have a look around and have a peek at who we are, what we think and how well we can visually articulate our vision. We are open to such things as criticism or rejection and sometimes it just doesn’t work out. We go home wondering why we wanted to show our work. Well, we do it because there is also the possibility of positive things happening. Viewers can become involved with our work, unexpected and transformative influences can appear and affect us and our work in ways that we cannot imagine. An older artist one time told me to take every opportunity to show my work. This has proven to be good advice so I pass it along to you and commend you for your participation in this exhibition.

When we are in the studio we grapple with our influences, with the relationship of our past art making to our current work, with other art we have seen, and we come upon limitations of materials or money or tools and equipment. It is a personal and intimate time that is often focused on the one artwork in front of us. When we show our work in an exhibition we get to see it in relation to other people’s work and how they handled some of the issues that we might be struggling with. It is an opportunity for us to gain insight into our own performance and the practises we have chosen to follow. It is an opportunity to be criticized not just for how good a particular artwork is but also for how we make art, the  general art practises we have chosen, and how we have dealt with influences or opportunities.  Placing your private and personal creative experience into the public realm can challenge and affect the foundation of your art production.

The art community and how artists participate in their community can have a huge effect on their own artwork and development and, it can also have an effect on other artists. Many of us have felt the benefits of arts organizations and of other influential artists working in the community. I would like to thank all of the volunteer artists from the Manitoba Society of Artists for all of their hard work in putting this exhibition on and in helping to build a strong and positive art community for artists to show their artwork and interact with one another.”     — Don Foulds

FULL LIST OF WORKS 2016 — OPEN JURIED COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION

FIRST NAME LAST NAME TITLE MEDIUM PRICE
Gord Amirault Helping Hand Bass Wood NFS
Gord Amirault Ted’s Barber Shop Bass Wood NFS
Jean Bachynsky Fused Clorite

$3,500

Jean Bachynsky Grooming Alabaster

$3,500

Madeleine Barg The Gully Pastel

$350

Ann Bednar Song of the Dove Watercolour

$200

Heather Boyd Pathway to Light Acrylic

$1,200

Heather Boyd Wild Fire Acrylic

$850

Nikki Braun Sandpipers Watercolour

$75

Nicholas Burns Golden Fall Acrylic

$1,850

Michele Campbell Messenger Acrylic

$1,500

Marilyn Craggs Waiting Oil

$900

Marilyn Craggs The Pebble Oil

$900

Kathleen Crosby Sunset Bliss Acrylic

$325

Kathleen Crosby Life Bridges Acrylic

$395

Sheldon Dawson Uncertainty Acrylic

$750

Sheldon Dawson Outburst Acrylic

$750

James Dean A Little Bit of Monica Oil

$1,200

Paulo Delgado Troops Acrylic

$500

Paulo Delgado Pride and Tradition Acrylic

$500

Peter Dumans Tanglewood Lake Acrylic

$785

Eleonore Esau Parapluis III Mixed

$1,250

Eleonore Esau Diverse Uniformity III Acrylic

$295

Rosella Farmer Koi Play – Part I Acrylic

$900

Rosella Farmer The Green Vase Watercolour

$500

Monique Fillion Contextualized Commercial & Acrylic Paint

$1,080

Leslie Franklin Fort Garry Hotel Lounge Watercolour

$550

Leslie Franklin Albert and McDermott Watercolour on Yupo

$495

Tim Froese Jacques Ceramics

$700

Jane Gateson Bullet Acrylic / Pastel on Paper

$850

Naomi Gerrard Multigrains from Our Prairies Mixed

$2,000

JoAnne Gullachsen Young Girl Clay (Terra Cotta)

$300

Mildred Hammarback The Bridge Acrylic

$1,000

Mildred Hammarback Friends Having Fun Acrylic / W/M Oils

$400

Genevie Henderson Dream Fragments Acrylic

$700

Andrew S. Hiebert Over Flow Acrylic on Board NFS
Bonnie Hildebrand My Shadow & I Watercolour

$300

Bonnie Hildebrand Ornamental Cabbage Watercolour

$250

Ken Hildebrand Anishinabe Power Gouache NFS
Craig Johnstone You Looking at Me Acrylic

$400

Ruth Kamenev Sunny Bird’s Hill Watercolour

$350

Ruth Kamenev Pure Energy Watercolour

$275

Danielle King Blue Watercolour

$500

Olga Krahn Good Morning Watercolour

$450

Olga Krahn The Dance 5 Acrylic

$450

Debbie Lawson Stoneway to Heaven Acrylic

$700

Emilie Lemay As the Days Keep Turning into Night Oil on Canvas

$900

Lorraine Macvicar Morning Rhapsody Acrylic

$300

Pat McCullough A Walk in the Woods Oil

$900

Pat McCullough Look Both Ways Oil

$800

Jo McKeever You Can Choose Your Friends Ink and Acrylic

$350

Jo McKeever Brushed Watercolour

$350

Andrew Mendoza Bamboo Series #2 Oil on Canvas Panel

$1,350

Aaron Nobess Torch Mixed Media Burlap Sculpture

$350

Luba Olesky Lexi’s Frustration Unleased Acrylic

$600

Rosemarie Peloquin Mirth Hand Needle-Felted Wool with Birchbark background

$350

Rosemarie Peloquin Gnarled Hand Needle-Felted Wool with Birchbark background

$350

Luther Pokrant Jake Pine – Betula Lake Oil on Canvas

$2,200

Shirley Rayner Spring on the Assiniboine Pastel

$325

Shirley Rayner Sturgeon Creek Spring Pastel

$275

Sharon Routley A Different View Pastel

$475

Kris Row Escape From China Acrylic NFS
Manny Schulz The Storm Before the Calm !? Acrylic

$1,500

Manny Schulz A Winter Walk Acrylic NFS
Hildegard Sen Refugees Acrylic

$390

Hildegard Sen Boy Fishing Oil

$490

Bonnie Taylor Into The Light Acrylic

$250

Janet Thompson H2O Woodcarving

$250

Janet Thompson Bastet Woodcarving

$900

Jean Wiens The Embezzler Mixed

$495

Jean Wiens Summer Wedding Mixed

$495

Bonnie Wrighton Fish Eye Watercolour & Ink on Mulberry Paper

$500

Bonnie Wrighton Cat & Mouse Watercolour & Ink on Mulberry Paper

$450