- Education & Outreach
Prairie Outdoor Exhibition
Discover this sprawling outdoor art gallery across the Festival grounds that will inspire, engage, challenge and amuse! As a tribute to our 40th Festival and all the people who have joined our Festival community in that time, each piece in the exhibit was designed with the theme “connecting generations” in mind.
KC Adams – Illumination
40 semi-translucent porcelain sculptures with images of many generations to represent the Festival’s 40th anniversary. They will light the way along the entrance path.
Carrie Bryson - Gold Memories
This sculpture tells a story for every participant at the Festival. Carrie took inspiration from memories of sound and music from her childhood. You are invited to share your memories and stories and learn about others in the Festival community.
Ken Cade – Giant Robot
Toys bridge the gap between young and old. Vintage tin toys appeal to “kids” of all ages as well as speak of the 50s optimism for the future.
Andrew Courtnage & Mandel Hitzer – The Gnome Project
The gnomes are back! These whimsical spirits of the earth wish to celebrate the summer with you. Some gnomes have become discombobulated and can’t find their way back to their gateway. Help them, and you will be rewarded with one wish.
James Culleton – Labyrinth
Designed as a tool for healing, meditation and contemplation, the labyrinth is made up of one continuous path leading to its centre. The journey into the labyrinth can be a metaphor for a journey of self-discovery in the search for wholeness of body and mind.
Alison Doerksen – Manitoba Rangoli I, II, III
The act of creating temporary designs on the ground using flowers and sand as a palette is a ritual art originating in India. It marks special occasions and places and is an ancient symbol of devotion to living in the present.
Brook Drabot Ryan Lacovetsky, Tyler Allanson – Prairie View Windows
Inspired by the 17th century Japanese landscaping concept, Shakkei: the idea of creating a frame within a garden to incorporate the surrounding landscape and bring the viewer closer to their environment. Use the sculpture as a photo frame to capture your own experience and beautiful backdrop of Birds Hill Provincial Park.
Glen Knapp - Flexion Reflection
This sculpture represents the passage of time and the portal as a gateway where the two polarities offer an opportunity for those suspended in the moment (the present) to reflect on the past or look forward to the future. Sydnee McLeod – A playful collection of photography inspired by Sydnee’s passion for nature and music.
Kelly Ruth – Family Threads
Using a back strap loom, one end attached to a tree and the other end wrapped around her back, Kelly will use a single warp to weave three distinct cloths over the period of three days. The cloths will reflect her ancestry and the wisdom passed on from the women in her family.
Elyse Saurette – Cognitive Encounter
Elyse explores the way in which ideologies can be subconsciously passed down through generations. Her abstracted white sculptures create the opportunity to observe something intentionally abstracted is a way to rediscover how it can be recognized, and how predisposed ideologies influence what we choose to see.
Helga Schulte Schroeer – Late Bloomers
Natural spun, carded and raw fleece inspires to explore limits in order to broaden perception beyond the traditional. Instead of enchanting, Helga eliminates, keeping the bare essentials and thus highlighting the inherent simplicity and beauty of the fibres.
Moneca Sinclaire & Osani Balkaran – 40 Trees – 40 Years
Trees are thought to have magical healing powers. Armed with fabric and festivity, textile graffiti has transformed forty trees interwoven with ruby red into works of art that pay homage to the 40th anniversary.
Martha Street Studio - Meet the Press: One Stop Print Shop
This year Martha Street Studio will present the 2nd annual Meet the Press: One Stop Print Shop. See how traditional lino-cut prints are made and try your hand at creating your own fine art print. The workshop is open to all ages, children under the age of 10 should be supervised. Open noon to 3:00 PM, Friday through Sunday near the Folk School tent.
Rick Unger & Gilbert Detillieux – Phineas Farnsworth’s Phanto-graphic Stereo-morpho-scope
Over a century before 3D plasma TVs, and decades before “stereo” was about playing music, 3D enthusiasts were making amazing photos that jumped off the page! Journey back several generations, to see the Festival though the eyes of the visionary Victorian, Phineas Farnsworth.
Green Ash “What’s Your Frequency?” created by ML Kenneth
Spruce Hollow “Blue Morning”created by Julia Dennis
Snowberry “Wildflowers” created by Alison Froese
Little Stage in the Forest “Box Car” created by Ian August and Temperance McDonald.
Shady Grove “Sitting In Sunhats Up Close In The Grass” created by Dan Saidman
Bur Oak “Band” created by Elizabeth Yonza
Chickadee Big Top “Oak Tree” created by Alison Froese & David Foster
Photos from the 2012 Prairie Outdoor Exhibition