Elly on the Arts: Full slate ahead with art show, folk music readings

As per usual, there is lots happening on the Flin Flon and area arts and culture scene in the next couple of weeks!

On Thursday, May 18, the Northern Juried Art Show 2017 opens at the RH Channing Auditorium. This visual art exhibition, the 41st edition, is the oldest continuous art show in Manitoba and will showcase northern artists still working in the North.

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The categories span the gamut of artistic expression, from painting in acrylics or oils to video and performance art.

Jurors will choose one piece as Best of Show. The viewing audience will submit their votes for the People’s Choice honour throughout the show.

This year’s theme for the Northern Juried Art Show is Boreal Canada. There is a separate award for the winning in this category artists; the winning piece will be chosen by consensus of the three artist judges when they have completed their critiques.

The judges are artists who have established professional careers in Winnipeg.

Kegan McFadden is a writer, curator and artist. His work “projects blur the line between cultural research and storytelling.” He is also known as an activist so is sure to bring an interesting perspective.

Ufuk Gueray was born in Germany and holds a BFA and an MFA. He is a painter who won honourable mention in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2014.

The third juror is Amy Karlinski, who has expertise in Inuit art and has lectured extensively. She will stay on in Flin Flon for the weekend to provide a workshop for local artists.

The Northern Juried Art Show runs from Thursday, May 18 at noon to Saturday, May 20 at 4 pm. The opening ceremony will be at 7 pm on May 18.

On Saturday, May 20, the Flin Flon-Cranberry Portage Folk Music Society presents Kevin Roy in Concert at Johnny’s
Social Club.

Many remember Kevin from the wonderful concert he played with Logan McKillop last year. This new concert will feature a full band playing fantastic alt-country music, written largely by Kevin.

He has released his album Heartworn Highways since he was last here, and it is so good. One tune from the album, “Mighty River on the Rise,” was released as a single with all proceeds going to the Red Cross to aid in flood abatement programs in this flood season.

The band is full of Winnipeg all-stars, including the amazing Gilles Fournier. Tickets for this event are available at The Orange Toad. Come out and see this fantastic show.

Last week, the Ore Samples series kicked off at the Flin Flon Public Library. Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate, our own Brenda Schmidt, welcomed writers Glenda Walker-Hobbs, Kevin Imrie and Garry Thomas Morse to share their work.

The next opportunity to meet and hear an author is Friday, May 26, when Lorri Neilsen Glenn, an essayist and poet who was born in Manitoba but lives in Halifax, will present her works.

Lorri has published several books of poetry, creative non-fiction, ethnography and memoir/life-stories. She was appointed poet laureate of Halifax in 2005.

Lorri’s latest volume will be released in the fall of 2017 and is a historical memoir of her indigenous grandmothers and their contemporaries in 19th century Rupertsland / Red River, Manitoba, according to Wikipedia.

The Ore Samples evenings are multifaceted and are truly ‘events’ in our community. Come out to experience it!

The Flin Flon Arts Council will present the first show of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, June 3. They will bring something brand new to the region in Flipside Opera.

This is a genuine opera company that is the brainchild of two women who have Master’s degrees in music, Judith Oatway and Dawn Bruch. The program they are bringing to Flin Flon is Greeriad, the songs of John Greer.

The singers and pianists who will be coming to Flin Flon are a mixture of known and unknown entities. Soprano Judith Oatway is a founder of the company while soprano Jessica Kos-Whicher, mezzo Elizabeth Surdhar, tenor Aaron Hutton and baritone Matt Pauls are unknown to regional audiences.

The pianists, Dr. Laura Loewen and Lisa Rumpel, have both graced our stage in the past. Laura has been here several times, notably with basso Mel Braun to perform and work with the Flin Flon Community Choir. That particular duo performed at the Wild Rice Cabaret a couple of years ago.

You can use your season passes, which are now available for purchase at the Arts Council office, to get your tickets.

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