Turning The Page

Jordan Miller,

March 28th to April 22.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm.

First Friday, April 4, 4-9pm (closed 11-4pm)

last day of the exhibition: April 22, 11-3pm.

Jordan Miller has worked in the arts and culture sector for 23 years with a strong focus on visual arts. This will be her last exhibition at cre8ery as she plans on writing a book, “If the Walls Could Talk: Stories from an Artist and Art Gallery owner.” Not having a clue as to how to write a book, she is jumping in and turning a new page.

This mixed media exhibition will be a collection of new works from 2024 & 2025. She is very excited (and scared) of what the next chapter will be.

Please join in, in celebration.

More Info & Images TBA.

Crossed-wires: Painting through a synesthetic lens

Jan Rogers

March 6 to March 25, 2025

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm.

First Friday, March 7, 11am to 9pm.

Meet the Artist Times: TBA

Bio, Statement & Images TBA.

Primavera

by Ana MRC

February 13 to March 4, 2025

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm.

Meet the Artist Times: TBA

Bio, Artist Statement & Images, TBA

Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Retrospective

by Earl Rina.

January 9 – 21, 2024

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm.

Meet the Artist Times, TBA.

Biography: Earl Rina was born in 1987 in Cebu City in the Philippines. They started their journey as an artist in 2010, two years after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. They worked as a nurse and as an artist in the Philippines until 2018, and are now based in Winnipeg, Canada. Currently, they are enjoying further studies after receiving their Art Program Diploma from the Stratford Career Institute, and they are now pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Studio Degree at the University of Manitoba.

Earl Rina works in a variety of media and techniques ranging from painting, photography, and mixed media as they explore the often-complex connection between humans and their social environment, mental state, and nature. Blessed with both a male (Earl) and female (Rina) name by their Filipino family, Earl Rina is a strong new voice sharing their exploration of emotions with the world.

Artist Statement: The goal of my artwork is to explore and share emotional experiences through my visual adventures in painting, photography, and mixed media. I aim to show the connection between our daily encounters with our natural, social, and mental environments.

When engaging with my artwork, I am inspired by the details of nature, social issues, and the mental state that provide me with a sense of wonder and capture the exploration of emotion in my art. I am also inspired by Florence Nightingale’s environmental theory, which is based on the concept that a healthy environment is essential for healing.

This environment is a connection between our daily encounters that directly affect our physical and mental healing through tackling and exploring environmental, social, and mental issues. Experiencing nature, engaging in society, and exploring mental issues to the fullest have allowed me to capture emotions and stories through my range of works.

I continue to learn from the beauty, wonder, and complex nature of our environment as I share this exploration of emotions with the world.

Full Circle

Artists: Dave Colvin & Leon Pewarchuk

Developing from an unexpected reunion after 45 years without contact, an art teacher and his student have come together for a joint exhibition. This unique showcase, not only highlights their individual talents but also celebrates the enduring bond of friendship, shared creativity, and the power of reconnection.

November 28 to December 17, 2024

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Evenings by appointment.

First Friday, extended hours, December 6, 11am to 9pm.

Meet the Artist times, TBA.

Exhibition Statement, Dave’s Bios & images, TBA.

With a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, Leon Pewarchuk became a teacher of Art, Advertising Art and Graphic Design. In his 25 years of retirement, he returned to painting with oil on canvas for his own pleasure, inspired by his years at the cottage in Northwestern Ontario and his love of the outdoors.

Through his paintings, he expresses his creativity with vibrant, colourful landscapes drawn from his imagination and his real life visual experiences. The resulting work is both evocative and compelling.

Linear Threads

A mother-daughter exhibition

Kathleen Black & Elowen Megan

November 14 – 26, 2024

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm.

Meet the Artist Times, TBA.

Bio, Statement & more images TBA.

You won’t believe how much this matters

Exhibition by Stephanie Westdal

October 17 to 26, 2024

Meet the Artist times TBA

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Evenings by appointment.

Artist Statement & Bio TBA

Artisthood

Paintings by Jamie Plummer

September 26 to October 15, 2024

Regular Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm, evenings by appointment.

Open later for First Friday, October 4, 5-9pm.

Meet the Artist times, TBA.

Artist Statement: As a child I always felt I was able to express myself with art. Words were never my friend. Reading was never as enjoyable as it was to others, math and most sciences were tolerated, French and physics class were suffering. The only time I felt like I was intelligent, confident and truly myself was when I was creating something. Over the years I have done a little bit of everything. I took up beading in high school and even sold my jewelry in some craft fairs. I studied and practiced photography during my undergrad and ventured into wedding photography. Theatre design allowed me to explore a large cross section of skills, technical drafting, model making, costume rendering, sculpting with form and even light. During the pandemic I sold paint poured coasters with a good friend. But all of these practices eventually turned into a chore. I enjoyed the process of creating and expression, and still do. They truly brought me joy. But the product of my work was for others. The jewelry was made for others to wear. The photos were taken to celebrate others special days, the set and costume designs were for others to act on and to wear, the coasters were sold as a means during the pandemic. And that was enough, for a while at least.

When I became a mother, that changed. Motherhood is hard. Motherhood during a global pandemic is even harder. I returned to work after 9 months of maternity leave with my first son. Four months later my father died. One month after that the world shut down and I was cut off from my creative outlet, my job. Needless to say, my mental health suffered. I didn’t realize how much I needed a creative outlet. It was during that time that I first picked up a pallet knife. I had always been intimidated by it, thinking it was beyond my skill set. But as I spread the paint across a canvas for the first time, it felt right. It felt like me. It is easy to lose yourself in motherhood and I definitely did for a while. Taking care of small humans consumes your identity and your time. In the rare instances when you do find time for yourself, you are exhausted. When I take the time to paint, I am taking back a piece of myself, remembering who I am as an individual, feeling at home, enjoying something I am good at. It is meditative, it brings me joy, it brings me peace, it brings me confidence. It is just for me.

There is nothing complicated about these paintings. There is no deeper meaning. I don’t have time for anything more than that. Ultimately what it comes down to is “I like to paint and flowers are pretty”.

“Colourful artwork can trigger the release of dopamine… leading to feelings of happiness and well-being” – Dr, Shivani Khetan, Expressive art therapist. 

Artist Bio:

Jamie Plummer grew up in East Africa with the Serengeti as her backdrop. Safaris with her family were a common occurrence, driving through the Serengeti looking for animals, but mostly enjoying the grass fields, endless skies and warm sun. Summers were spent in Winnipeg, with weekends at the lake with her sisters and grandparents. Driving through the prairies with vast infinite blue skies, its far away horizon, and vibrant yellow canola fields has always brought a smile to her face; a world away from the game drives through the Serengeti but the same sky, and a familiar feeling with the warm sun on her face.

Jamie always had an affinity for art. It didn’t really matter what she was creating, it’s where she felt most at home. In school she always found a way to bring her artistic side into what she was working on.

In 2000 Jamie and her family permanently moved back home to Winnipeg where she attended Grant Park for her last 2 years of high school. A difficult adjustment and missing her African home, she spent her art classes recreating African art styles that she grew up around, the artwork that her parents collected. After high school she attended the University of Winnipeg. Wanting to take some sort of art class, she took the only practical art class the university offered, Principles of Theatre Design. She was in love. She proceeded to take every theatre course the University offered, that wasn’t onstage. She graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Design and Backstage Production. She then found her way to the University of Alberta where she completed her Masters of Fine Arts in set, costume and lighting design. 

In 2013 she returned home to Winnipeg to marry her husband and start her career. She worked for several years as a gallerist at the Woodlands Art Gallery, where she was surrounded by established and budding Canadian artists. At the same time Jamie continued with her theatre life, designing shows for theatres across the city. In 2016 Jamie started in the Props department at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre as a prop buyer. It was a perfect fit. It combined all her knowledge of the backstage with her design eye, her love for creating and crafting, her knowledge of art, as well as her love of shopping. Over the next few years Jamie experienced the birth of her first son, a global pandemic, the sudden death of her father, and a promotion to the Head of the Prop Department at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. 

Following the birth of her second son in 2023, she is loving being a mom of two while also finding time to paint simple and beautiful things that remind her of the warm sun and beautiful big skies. 

Outside of the Box

Julia Penny

September 5 to 24, 2024

Interweaving imageries from the Interlake, a melding of the art of JoAnne Gullachesen, Julia Penny & Helma Rogge Rehders.

Regular Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm, evenings by appointment. First Friday September 6, 11-9pm.

Meet the Artist Times:

Opening day: Sept 5 – 2-5 pm

First Friday: Sept 6 – 3-9 pm

JoAnne Gullachesen

Joanne & Julia 2-5 pm: Saturday, Sept 7 & 14, & Wednesdays, Sept, 11 & 18, Friday, September 13, Thursday, Sept 19, Times TBA

Helma: 11-5pm Thursday, September 12 & Friday & Saturday, Sept 20, TBA Saturday, Sept 21, 11-5 pm

For evening appointments to see the gallery please contact: 204-944-0809 or jordan@cre8ery.com

Go down memory lane with JoAnne’s paintings, influenced by her Icelandic heritage and life on a dairy farm in the fifties. She is very connected to nature which determines her choice of subject matter.

Julia’s championing of women artists through the ages comes from her feeling of their sparse representation in the art world. That’s why they are created in the form of portraits. She came to know their stories while she painted them in her studio that is surrounded by her companion trees.

Helma Rogge

Helma shelved her early career’s work. Her imagery in the past twenty years was dedicated to the water landscape and the large water birds. In the blink of an eye she began to explore the universe and left her representational art style behind.

JoAnne Gullachsen’s interest in art at a young age led her to entering into The Interlake Juried Art Show later in life where she obtained a first and second place award. Her work was then featured at the National Gallery in Ottawa in 1988 and a solo exhibition at Mayberry gallery in Winnipeg in 2011. Her show was written about in the arts section of the Winnipeg Free Press, “Never too Late to Paint”.

Julia Penny creates in her studio daily as a trained graphic designer artist. Her subjects are portraits – even as landscapes, still life, faces and figures. She is collected nationally and internationally with her portrait commissions being a mainstay of her art practice. She has participated in the WAVE Art Tour and numerous solo and duo shows in Selkirk, Winnipeg, and Regina. She has published a book of portraits and biographies called “From All Walks of Life”.

Helma immigrated to Winnipeg in 1966 from Germany. She moved to Winnipeg Beach in the Manitoba Interlake over 20 years ago. She creates, in the lee of the prevailing lake gusts, visuals of the marsh and lake landscape and writes poems and stories. She has undertaken many projects, one of which was the ambitious documentation of large waterbirds in the Interlake landscape with a Manitoba Arts Council major arts grant. She is also an award winning poet. 

Extra Ordinary

Juanita Klassen, August 8 to 20, 2024

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Evenings by appointment.

Meet the Artist times, all hours of the exhibition.

Flying down Winnipeg streets with the ever-present backdrop of space, seeing that nature has taken over in earnest in a gently apocalyptic neighborhood. Portrait-in-motion, created using multiple image transfers, acrylic and ink.

Art Statement | Extra Ordinary

Extra Ordinary is a story about a plain bike that accidentally changed everything, i.e. opened up a whole new world for Juanita, cruising through old Winnipeg neighbourhoods on a new-old bike, feeling like a kid at 55, seeing her familiar surroundings with new eyes. This show is about doing new things that are old, enjoying ordinary adventures, and it is about practicing how to get out of the house to breathe the air and look at the sky every day, appreciating a regular job and ordinary days where ordinary things happen.

Extra Ordinary is also about figuring out how to become visible while struggling with apocalyptic levels of anxiety because staying invisible feels so much safer. What surrounds you on these walls is her daily anchoring exercise, one manifestation of learning how to fight addiction and achieve balance, i.e to become ordinary. This is a quest for ordinary, to have as much ordinary as possible, to become extra ordinary. This is about practicing gratitude and juggling more of everything with less energy while the clock ticks faster into forever. This art is about THIS moment, right NOW, and it is about sailing on a bike (a.k.a. lifeboat) close to other people, making connections to make the journey easier, shedding unnecessary baggage to prepare for the home stretch.

The “home stretch” in this case is in Winnipeg, which is located within Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Anisininew (Oji-Cree), Dene, and Dakota, and it is the birthplace and National Homeland of the Red River Métis Nation. Awareness of other peoples’ historic and ongoing relationships to this land is part of cultivating a broader and more nuanced experience of place, learning how to see what we haven’t seen before from someone else’s perspective.

A plain bike is the central theme of constant movement through the spaces we call home. Other key themes are cats, trees, water, Winnipeg, birds, fishing spiders, and our beloved solar system. Smoke, fire, flood, and meteors are always present because they represent chaos, along with the Covid virus which is literally everywhere, including space. Sound is key, too, the hum of Winnipeg, the sounds of the clunky old bike and a neighbourhood filled with birds and people going about their days.

This was a labour of love, and it was a labour of dogged perseverance through trial and error, figuring out how to take photos while biking, then how to print them. The 20×20 inch wood panels required a lot of prep work and Juanita drew the background star-field, which she then printed and transferred to each panel, moving Captain James Kirk (the cat) around a central axis. After each star-field was applied, there were many layers of paint and layers of clear pouring medium that followed, embedded with objects that “move” from one panel to the next. Juanita wanted to create a 3D effect that works if the viewer moves past quickly or stops for a closer look. Above all, she hopes her work will be fun for you to see, a break from the heavy things we’ve all got to carry.

Biography | Juanita Klassen

Juanita Klassen is a Winnipeg-based artist who took the long way around to finally arrive at the cre8ery with her first solo show. Her quest for stability and mental health is a huge part of the process behind Extra Ordinary, along with a need to create a three dimensional body of work inspired by all of her wonderful slow summer bike rides, and a desire to make something beautiful that will live into the future.