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.


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.

Bio, Statement & images, TBA.

Linear Threads

A mother-daughter exhibition

Kathleen Black & Elowen Megan

November 14 – 26, 2024

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

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Bio, Statement & 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

Outside of the Box

September 5 to 24, 2024

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

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm, evenings by appointment.

204-944-0809 or

Extra Ordinary

Juanita Klassen

August 8 to 20, 2024

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

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

Politically Drawn

Chris Chuckry,

July 25 to August 26, 2024

First Friday, August 2, 11am to 9pm.

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm.

125 Adelaide Street, 2nd floor., Winnipeg

204-944-0809 or

You may have seen his political cartoons online, now come and see Chris Chuckry’s ink and watercolour illustrations in person!

Dancing Skies

Dancing Skies: The beauty of the sky and beyond, to the wonders of the universe we live in. 

Featuring: Sandy Proulx, Patti Fernie, James Thomson

July 11 to 23, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Evenings by appointment.

125 Adelaide Street, 2nd floor

204-944-0809 or

James Thomson, “The Light From Distant Shores” – Watercolour on Paper, 22.25″ W x 7.5″ (Unframed)

Jim’s Artist Statement: Jim enjoys the contemplative and meditative nature of creating in watercolour compared to the creating a world for a video game. Images come from a delightful space of connection between artist, materials and imagery and includes thoughtful choices of materials, composition and colour as well as the, often accidental, results of working with wet-on-wet and spattered colour. There is a storytelling component in these images but in this show it is less whimsy and more of a dream.

James Thomson received his Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Architecture, 1983, U of Manitoba) in 1983 and his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Saskatchewan (1985). Jim had a solo show in Wasagaming (1989) and participated in group shows including two Manitoba Society of Artists shows. While working in the graphic arts as an illustrator and production artist and later as a supplier James became involved in computer graphics technology leading to a new career as a teacher of Interactive Digital Media at Kildonan-East High School. James taught students how to use technology as a form of storytelling, using art and code to produce animations, web sites, video games and VR experiences (2001-2021) After retirement, James returned to his traditional visual art with the exhibition “Infinite Horizons” in 2023 at cre8ery.

Sandy’s Artist Statement: Sandy’s first learning to paint with oil paints came from watching Bob Ross. Sandy paints mostly on black canvas, playing with transparent colour, which works very well with painting and exploring the Northern Lights’ beautiful dancing lights for “Dancing Skies”. Painting the aurora and mountains are what Sandy calls her “heart-happy” pieces. She feels great joy from imagining their shapes and movement.

Sandra (Sandy) Proulx Artist’s Bio: Sandy is a self -taught, rural Manitoba based oil painter who began painting 25 years ago. In the last 4 years, her creative inspirations grew.  While landscapes were her initial love, the desire to learn how to paint other subjects led to painting aircraft, animals, and people.  Due to Sandy’s occupation, she paints planes as she was a pilot for 22 years, with 18 of those years being a flight instructor. In December of 2022, Sandy accepted a position with Air Traffic Control and is currently undergoing training for that license. Sandy completed a collection of paintings for the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada permanently displayed in their multi-purpose meeting room. She has exhibited her work at both Cre8ery gallery in Winnipeg and Prairie Fusion in Portage la Prairie.

Sandy’s Artist Statement: Sandy’s first learning to paint with oil paints came from watching Bob Ross. Sandy paints mostly on black canvas, playing with transparent colour, which works very well with painting and exploring the Northern Lights’ beautiful dancing lights for “Dancing Skies”. Painting the aurora and mountains are what Sandy calls her “heart-happy” pieces. She feels great joy from imagining their shapes and movement.


Recently Patti Fernie found her niche and became known for her mixed media, textured canvasses, and alcohol ink paintings. She spent a lot of time experimenting with alcohol ink as it was a steep learning curve to become adept at ‘reading’ the movement of the ink instead of fighting it. She loves the beautiful, intricate details and the fact nothing can be recreated. She developed a distinctive style, inspired by her love of nature and the outdoors as abstract landscapes.

Patti Fernie Bio

Patti’s interest in art grew more serious after completing an Art Education Course at the University of Manitoba as part of her Bachelor of Education Degree (1999). Ann Stinner, her professor, suggested she consider a career in art education. As a result, Patti enrolled in some Fine Arts courses as part of her teaching degree, graduating in 2001 and starting her career as a middle school teacher and then a high school teacher.

As part of her Professional Development, Patti has attended countless Art Education conferences, workshops, and artist forums. She served on the Manitoba Association for Art Education executive for five years. She connected with many artists and learned more about the local art community.

Her work is featured in the reception area of the Reid and Miller chartered Professional Accountants office, in the St. James Assiniboia Teachers Association office, and she has been commissioned for several private works.

She has been featured in several news and magazine articles and has exhibited and sold works at the Cre8ery Gallery in both 2022 and 2023. She is a member of the Cre8ery Gallery, MAWA, Manitoba Association for Arts Education, and the National Association of Art Educators (U.S.).

Patti started selling under the name Lake Gal Artworks in 2015 to reflect her life-long love of the lake. It is also a nod to her Grandpa and her dad who established, then maintained, their family cottage in the Whiteshell for over 70 years. I am so fortunate to still enjoy summer days relaxing or creating there.

She is an active participant in art markets. Her art has travelled to China, Germany, Australia, the United States, and Britain. When she retires from teaching she will begin a full time art career.

Parallel Pathways

Pamela Desmet Franklin

by Mar Desmet & Pamela Desmet Franklin

A mother & daughter retrospective exploring recurring themes & imagery.

June 27 to July 9, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm, First Friday, July 5, 11am to 9pm, additional evenings by appointment.

Mar Desmet

Meet the Artist Times, TBA

125 Adelaide Street, 2nd floor; 204-944-0809 or

Exhibit Statement: Parallel Pathways: A mother & daughter retrospective exploring recurring themes & imagery.  Mar Desmet & Pamela Desmet Franklin.  Curated by Jeanne Downing.

Pamela Desmet Franklin
Pamela Desmet Franklin

Perhaps on life’s journey we travel along parallel pathways, moving toward a common destination, restricted by our similar biologies, maybe shaped by comparable upbringings, but never diverging from our paths.   The drive to create beauty, to make some sense of the chaos, to create something meaningful that wasn’t in the world before…Then,  although our paths never converge and despite all their similarities, we remain as far apart from each other at the end of our course as we did at the beginning.  This is our relationship: that across the chasm of our separate understandings, we have occasionally reached our hands across the void of our fragile and tenuous humanity and found a certain empathy.

Mar Desmet

My mother, Mar Desmet, was my first teacher about appreciating and creating  art.  Although our styles are quite different, I can feel her influence in my process, in taking risks and the importance of finding ones’ own truth.  As I am creating,  I may see her echo in the use of colour, line or focus or hear her voice in critique as we look over her works from art school for the day.  Separate, but always together, mother and daughter; I hope you enjoy and have some fun recognizing the nuances of relationship in our works.

Biography/Artist Statement Mar Desmet: Mar Desmet, B Ed, BFA Honours and Former Art Educator with Winnipeg School Division #1, has exhibited paintings at the Fleet, cre8ery, & MAWA galleries, and has shown her work at the Faculties of Fine Art and Education Art Galleries at the University of Manitoba, at her former home & studio at Victoria Beach and local businesses, as well as the Tombstone Art Gallery in Arizona.  Mar helped to develop the Sun Country Arts & Crafts group in the East Beaches area of Lake Winnipeg, acting as vice, president and past president for over 35 years and is currently a lifetime member!

Characteristically drawing and painting with pen, ink and stick, Mar’s unique style is featured in the homes and offices of many happy art collectors.  Mar has drawn inspiration from the various amazing natural landscapes that she has witnessed in her travels, always with pen and pencil in hand, to places across Canada and other countries including Mexico, USA, France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Barbados, and Hawaii.  Her vibrant mixed media and acrylic paintings allow the observer to feel the beauty and energy of her exuberant artwork in moments that she has captivated on canvas and paper.  Mar explains that a significant piece  in Parallel Pathways, Irises on Marion Street, ”Is a riot of color and exuberance for the place I first lived with my husband, raised our children and where I decided at the age of 40 to go to university for the first time and receive my BFA Honours and B Ed Degrees.”

Biography Pamela Desmet Franklin: Multiplatform Artist, Pamela Desmet Franklin, @pameladesmetfranklinart, combines inspiration and images from the natural world in photography, mixed media, found object sculpture, collage, watercolour & ink, acrylic painting and fabric arts including dyeing with botanicals & fibre reactive dyes.  Experimentation and the urge to create from materials at hand intrigues this artist who utilizes both traditional and novel processes for exciting outcomes.  Pamela has exhibited at Martha Street Studio, C2, Fleet, cre8ery, Buhler, The Pavilion at Assiniboine Park, MAWA, & Prairie Fusion Galleries. Her art can be seen @pameladesmetfranklinart & alternative gallery spaces: El Spa & Gordies’ Coffee House.

Pamela Artist Statement: In Parallel Pathways I have had the opportunity to select pieces from a variety of different mediums, hopefully complimenting the themes and imagery of my mother, Mar Desmet’s  work.  Many of my pieces are based on subjects from the area of the Lake Winnipeg watershed that continuously holds me in its thrall with its variety of  life in all its variable weathers and in all its torrent of seasons.  

I’d like to thank Jeanne Downing for curating this exhibit, for all her help with framing, painting and myriad acts to get our pieces gallery ready and on the wall.  Thank you, my friend for going above and beyond!