Festival art on display in the gallery

Visual Arts entries are on display in the Gallery of the CPR Historic Centre. Visual Arts convenor, Kathy Welsh, organized the adjudication and display of all 140 entries which includes work from a pre-schooler, school students K- Gr. 12 and adult entries as well.

Joan Trott of Hamiota adjudicated the 140 entries, recommending two pieces for the Youth division of the Westman Juried Art Show.

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Joan Trott has worked extensively with youth in a number of capacities - as lead artist on a number of ArtsSmart and Artist in Schools projects throughout Westman, in schools specializing in arts integration in core curriculum, and as an arts teacher for youth and adults throughout Westman. 

Welsh said Trott’s educated referral attests to the quality of the entries. With that recommendation it is up to the artists to enter their work.  “It would be a great experience for them and provide feedback from another panel of judges.”

Of note, Trott has just retired as Administrator of the Mid-West Arts Council based out of Hamiota and is currently lead artist on a three-year Artist in School project with the Decker Hutterite Colony. In 2020 she was chosen as a recipient of one of Manitoba Honour 150 Awards for her outstanding role in the arts.

Festival entries were down this year by about 100 pieces. Former Virden Collegiate art teacher Rhonda Schindler has moved to Saskatoon, so her interest and influence, along with COVID interruptions to high school art meant fewer entries.

To view the art in person, the Gallery is open Monday through Thursday. It’s suggested that you call ahead to 204-748-3014 and make an appointment during COVID restrictions.

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