Art Show 2017

28 – 30 April

Theme 2017: The Road Less Taken

The Call to Artists is available:  call-to-visual-artists_21-oct-2016

Friday 7 – 10  Opening Reception and speaker Shawna Dempsey (8 p.m.)

Shawna Dempsey is one of Canada’s best-known performance artists. She and collaborator Lorri Millan have created pieces such as We’re Talking Vulva, a five-minute rap featuring giant female genitalia, and Lesbian National Parks and Services, a multi-media project in which uniformed Rangers protect the fragile lesbian ecosystem. Dempsey and Millan are also known for performance installations that engage the public, such as Grocery Store (a functioning grocery store in the Exchange) and Wild Ride (a carnival midway on Toronto’s Bay Street during the financial crisis). Their work has been featured in women’s centres in Sri Lanka and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. They have also published books (Lesbian National Parks & Services Field Guide to North America and Bedtime Stories for the Edge of the World), and curated exhibitions at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Dempsey is also Co- Executive Director of MAWA, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.

Saturday 12 – 5  Art Show

Artists Demonstrations: 1:30 – 4:00

Debora Cardaci – sculpture

Daniela Smith-Fernandes – leather work and textiles

Gabriela Aguero – mixed media painting and drawing

Josh Humphries – large painted maze experience


Artists Talk 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Shayani Turko The Art of Mindful Living: Creative Rest in a Busy World

I am a Spirit-taught artist, blogger,  and art-facilitator. I am also the Dreamer-in-residence at Dreams in between Spaces and the founder and facilitator of Awakening a Bold Love Story.  During a difficult time in my life, the Spirit taught me that “art is the compassionate alternative to healing soul pain” and introduced me to the process of intuitive creative expression.  Through this process I learned the art of self-compassion; I understood how to listen, name, explore and ultimately express emotions, thoughts and experiences in my life, with colours, and without judgement. When I started to paint, it was mostly to help myself navigate through pain. But as I continued, I was rewarded by the discovery of who I really am, which led me to identify incredible dreams for my life.

I AM ARTIST.  One of my dreams is to encourage people with beauty.  Dante said that beauty awakens the soul to action. I believe this wholeheartedly.  In the safe space of creative play, I facilitate others to discover the beauty in the cracks, and broken spaces of their lives. Through quiet creative evenings, I teach people to listen, name, explore and give voice to the pain and hope; the fear and faith; the expectations and the disappointments; the unresolved and the abiding realities of their hearts.   Giving voice to yourself and to others is an act of justice. I am alive the most when I am facilitating dreamers to awaken to who they are and to boldly give voice to their dreams through creative expression.

Singing you Home Saturday 12:30 to 2:00 and 2:30 to 3:45

There is an opportunity for patrons and visitors to receive the gift of ‘healing song’ during a 10-minute session. Sitting in the centre of a small circle of singers, the visitor will recline in a chair, perhaps wrapped in a blanket, and be enveloped in gentle song.   Research on the power of music has shown that music can reduce heart rate and blood pressure during the listening, and that music can impact a person’s mood positively, regardless if the music is ‘happy’ or ‘sad’.  Research on the power of singing together have demonstrated that those who sing together find their heart rate, brain waves and respiration begin to synchronize.  

Community Barbeque 4:00 pm:   All are welcome!

Sunday 12 – 3   Art Show

Speaker  12:30 – 1:30 pm.  Michael Boss  Art and Spirituality

Michael Boss is an artist and educator living in Winnipeg, Canada. His artwork ranges from drawing and painting to photography, sculpture, installation, performance and poetry. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, in the United States, Australia, Germany and Ukraine. Michael held the position of Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Mount Allison University and Lakehead University. He has also taught art at other post-secondary institutions in Manitoba and Ontario. He was Head of Education at The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon for 7 years and, from 1998 to 2014, was the Head of Studio Programs at The Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Speaker 2:00 – 2:30 pm  Ina Bass-Penner  Art and Healing

Ina Baas-Penner B.A, M.A., is a retired health care chaplain whose clinical areas included acquired brain injury, dementia care, geriatric assessment and palliative care. Ina’s long held interest in the interplay between spirituality and art, and how these support a person’s well-being, informed her spiritual care practice.

Ina’s personal artistic practice involves paper and pencil, sometimes paint; mostly she enjoys working with fabric and thread. Ina is also an avid reader who enjoys poetry. Ina is married to her best friend, Jim, who struggles to keep Ina’s feet on the ground (quite literally) as she works and plays on their little piece of Eden in the rural municipality of Ste. Anne.

Helene Vosters


TRC Report Reading & Sewing Circle

Wednesday, 3 May from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Register at Helene begins the session by teaching the embroidery stitch so no experience is necessary and she brings the supplies.

Helen facilitates a session which is open to group preferences for levels of engagement with the report itself. From her website: 

Reconciliation is a work in progress. To date, 33 of the 94 TRC Calls have been embroidered onto 16 Canadian flags (12 in. x 18 in.). The project’s unfinished status is critical to its meaning. It is a reminder that reconciliation, as part of a praxis of redress, requires ongoing, sustained labour. It is an invitation, a call, to community members to become participants in reconciliation’s incomplete labours of critical reflection and action.

Reconciliation: A Call to Action engages a labour aesthetic that brings together two necessarily care-filled and time-demanding tasks—embroidery and critical reflection. A work in progress, Reconciliation’s unfinished status is critical to its meaning. It is a reminder that reconciliation, as part of a praxis of redress, requires ongoing, sustained labour. All are welcome to come participate in reconciliation’s labours of critical reflection and action. Together we will read aloud from TRC’s 388-page summary report, embroider sections of the report’s 94 Calls to Action onto Canadian flags, and share reflections. for more details.

Intuitive Painting Workshop

led by Shayani Turko

3 May 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Participants slow down and listen to what’s going on within while learning how to express that through colour. It’s a fun de-stressing art activity and not about any artistic technique as such – so even people who say they can’t paint can join in and relax. Register at 

Quilt in a Day

13 May 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come together for a day of fun with others and make a quick quilt top.  Facilitator to be announced.  Register at

Artfest 2016 and Crescent Fort Rouge United Church would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsorship of the following organizations.



The City of Winnipeg

Jenny Gerbasi

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Winnipeg Presbytery

Church Development Inc.


Mission and Service Fund

Embracing the Spirit

United Church of Canada

Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage

Artfest 2016

23 May 2016:  Our Arts Festival for the 2016 spring season has officially drawn to a close.  We have had a terrific time engaging with community and playing with our theme of ‘intersection’.

In fact, we have had such a good time that we intend to hold a few events through the fall season this year.  Stand by for those announcements!


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