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July 12, 1999
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City Hall Hosts Art Show During Games

During the run of the Pan Am Games, City Hall will be transformed into Winnipeg House, an international gathering spot where visitors and residents can meet and mingle, get information and enjoy entertainment throughout the run of the Games.

As part of the special attractions at City Hall, the Council Building will be transformed into an art gallery for the Winnipeg House Art Show.

The idea for the exhibition was conceived by local artist Judy Jennings who has arranged for 22 artists to display their work at Winnipeg House from July 16 to August 13.

"Given the multicultural nature of the Games, we wanted to let visitors see the wide range of artistic talent that exists in our City," said Jennings. "In order to model the Games, we’ve arranged for a multicultural display with 22 artists representing a wide range of nationalities."

Mayor Glen Murray is very supportive of the exhibition. "When people are visiting your City for a short time they can only catch a brief glimpse of your culture," he said. "We’re represented by so many different cultures. By placing local art in public spaces, we make our art and visual artists more accessible to visitors and residents alike."

Mayor Glen Murray arranged the only international contributor to the exhibition. When the Mayor was in Monterrey, Mexico on a business trip, he met artist Socorro Martinez. Ms. Martinez and her family will be visiting Winnipeg as guest artist to install her paintings.

The remainder of the artists are all from Winnipeg and include photographer Sheila Spence who will be showing a new body of work - photographs taken of volunteers working at Winnipeg Harvest; Richard Condie, internationally acclaimed animation artist; and new Canadian artists Virgil Broodhagen from Barbados, Alfredo Coreas from Central America; and Pancho Puelles from Chile.

All of the works will be on display on the first and second floors of the Council building with the exception of artist Leslie Leslie’s courtyard sculpture titled "The Steel Family", four life-sized people seated on a park bench.

The Art Show is free to the public and will run from July 16- August 13 open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm including weekends during the Pan Am Games.

Winnipeg House Art Show List of Artists

July 16- August 13, 1999 - City Hall

Virgil Broodhagen - a native of Barbados now living in Winnipeg. Virgil is a painter who graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba.

Richard Condie - Winnipeg’s acclaimed animation artist will show an original production cell and laser copy taken from "The Big Snit" an award winning film shot in 1985.

Alfredo Coreas - Originally from Central America, Alfredo competed his Fine Art studies in El Salvador and studied painting in Nicaragua and architecture at the University of El Salvador. 

Gloria De Neve - working to weave materials through free- embroidery, Gloria creates sculptural forms that liberate the human spirit.

Stephen Fedun - Stephen, who has worked as a woodcrafter for 25 years, has created a hand crafted coffee table in a joint venture with his son Michael.

Marilyn Folson - Fascinated by the aging process, Marilyn creates dolls our of clay and cloth that record the physical changes that become evident as we age.

Eva Fritsch - Born in Goteberg, Sweden, Eva has studied art there and at the university of Manitoba. Her work has been shown extensively in many shows. The 1999 oil painting in this exhibition is titled "Cradled".

Bud Gillies - Bud is a Winnipeg ceramic raku artist whose highly acclaimed work has been featured throughout Canada and the USA. Rich in imagery and colour, his work includes one of a kind vessels, tiles, iconic enclosures and wall hangings.

Judy Jennings - Judy’s work, titled "Mariposas 11", is a stained glass screen containing the images of individual butterflies which have been cut and kiln-fused before recutting and leading.

Leslie Leslie - A self taught Winnipeg artist, Leslie’s sculpture titled "The Steel Family" shows four life sized people seated on a City of Winnipeg park bench in City Hall’s courtyard.

Michael Many Eagles - "Earth", "Air", "Fire", "Water", hand carved sculptures of soapstone collected by the artist from a secret site called Minestone in North-western Ontario.

Socorro Martinez - Guest artist from Monterrey, Mexico. Soccoro specializes in Pastel Art with a style defined as "magic realism", using deep colours and Latin topics.

Violeta Miramon - studied at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and Design. She works with clay sculptures and painting using the raku technique. 

Grace Nickel - well respected ceramic artist Grace Nickel has shown at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. One of her works in this show is a tribute to Winnipeg’s rich architectural heritage.

Pancho Puelles - Pancho is from northern Chile. He came to Canada as a refugee in 1976and he completed his studies in fine Arts and education at the University of Manitoba. His works are multi-media with a strong influence of his own personal life journeys from Chile to the present.

Janet Riddell- Janet paints the back sides of buildings in the downtown, the wall faces that are not meant to be seen. Her work in this show is titled, "The Kay Building".

Sheila Spence - a Winnipeg photographer, Sheila’s work is titled "Harvest Team", portraits of volunteers taken at the Winnipeg Harvest food bank. Most of the volunteers use the food bank themselves.

Marilyn Stewart Stothers - a noted crafter who has shown her work internationally, Marilyn’s work is titled "Today... and Tomorrow". Fabrics are cut and placed in a planned colour order, machine placed and quilted.

Edward Tabachuk - a wood crafter, who developed the interest in high school, Edward’s wood-turned ornamental birdhouses reflect in part the ethnic variety of the north end.

Ione Thorkelsson - Ione has worked as a glass-blower in Manitoba since 1974. She had a one-woman show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery this year. Her work is exhibited in galleries in Canada and the United States.

Jordan Van Sewell - Jordan is a popular Winnipeg clay artist whose fanciful and funny creations have found their way to many private and public collections.

Calvin Yarish - Calvin has a degree in Environmental Design and has taught design and drawing. He is a contemporary artist working in mixed medium. He was a finalist in the Main/Norwood Bridge sculpture competition.

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