Winnipeg, city of art

If Paris is the city of love, New York the city of dreams, then Winnipeg is in the works of becoming the city of art! Now, I don’t know much about art, but if it’s bright, fun and interactive, I’m sold! And with the chilly throwback to winter blowing against my face on this morning’s commute, I think us Winnipeggers can use all the bright and warm we can get.

Artbeat at Portage PlaceIn case you missed it, last Friday afternoon the fine folks at Artbeat Studio filled Edmonton Court at Portage Place with alumni artists and some paint-flinging fun! Yours truly even stopped by for a moment or two to let those creative energies flow from paintbrush to canvas.

And that’s just what Artbeat Studio is all about, promoting healing and empowerment through creative endeavour. They also own and operate Upbeat Artworks the awesome little gallery-boutique in Portage Place promoting mental health awareness. You can keep an eye out for Artbeat this Friday at First Fridays in the Exchange.

Art Show & Auction 2016 final-poster_rev4

What I love about Winnipeg, it’s not just art for the sake of art. It always has a tie to the underdogs and the up-and-comers. The 14th Annual Forks Market Art Show and Auction happening this weekend is no different, with all proceeds benefiting Winnipeg Harvest and the Red River College Graphic Design Students’ Graduation Fund.

Best of all, you can watch the creative process in action! Graphic Design students from Red River College will be at The Forks this Friday and Saturday, 9:30am to 6pm creating original works of art. Then Saturday night you can have a chance to bid on their art and meet the artists themselves at the Wine and Cheese Reception & Live Auction. Tickets are only $10, include wine and cheese, and can be purchased on site at the door.

Another artsy trend that has picked up in the Peg over the last year is Paint Nights. Those get-togethers with your gals where you pay and flat fee, occupy a restaurant or coffee shop, and paint the night away with a glass of wine in one hand and a brush in the other. Now those are great! But from time to time I want to be creative from the comfort of sweatpants and a grungy oversized sweater—and I’ll be damned if I’m seen in public in my #athomeclothes.

EO's canvasesMy alternative: do it yourself paint night at home. ArtsJunktion on William is great for painting supplies or really any obscure art project you can think of. And stores like Dollarama, Giant Tiger and Dollar Tree have great deals to find canvases and paints for cheap. Last weekend I dug out my painting clothes and went to town.

My advice: just get out there, get started, and get creative. And if it turns out terrible, just call it abstract art and everyone will think it’s genius.


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