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31.05.13

Flashback Fridays :: Narratives in Clay

Her name and work looked so familiar, I knew I had seen it somewhere recently.  A quick Google search jogged my memory; yes, it was at the WAG’s “Feast” exhibition in late 2012.   Reclaimed from the MCC archives this week are a few clippings about Marianne Gopalkrishna.

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From the Winnipeg Free Press, sometime in 1989.

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This image from the catalogue “The Narrative Return: the Painted Ceramics of Marianne Gopalkrishna” from her exhibition at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, April 9-May 22, 1993.

Marianne continues to be active in the Manitoba arts scene where you can find her as part of the Wave Studio Tour and the Artist in the Schools programme.

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24.05.13

Flashback Friday :: A fragile art

Looking through our member archives box today, I was again reminded of how much things shift over time.  So many file tags show familiar names, but just as many are a mystery to me.  Who are these craftspeople?  What was their contribution to the life of craft in this province?  And where are they now?

Today I was drawn to the work of Susan Barton Tait.  The images of her work in exhibition catalogues and invitations show delicately crafted, intimate, fragile and haunting paper pieces.  We offer up this little glimpse into Susan’s paper work from the 1990s, and invite you to think about those artists who have made Winnipeg their home for a significant period and have since moved on, leaving a bit of their work, and spirit, behind.

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17.05.13

Flashback Friday :: Ceramic Artist to the Royals

Combing through the MCC archives this week,  I came across a file marked “Barbara Balfour.”  The folder seemed a little thicker than most, and indeed, it contained a number of pictures and newspaper clippings about this well-known ceramic artist.  Particularly intriguing was theBarb 2Scan Barb 1newspaper clipping below:

And below we have some images from Barbara’s studio, circa 1980s – obviously a happening place to be!  Barbara continues to practice ceramics and is one of many long-time members of Winnipeg’s Stoneware Gallery.  You can find out more about Barbara and her current work here.

Happy weekend all!  Keep out of the rain and make something amazing!

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