2018 Prairie Outdoor Exhibition

Art at Folk Fest comes in all shapes and forms – from the music on stage to the creative wardrobe of the crowd – we welcome it all! We are especially proud of the wonderful art installations that are part of our Prairie Outdoor Exhibition. This year we have some returning artists, who will be putting a new spin on some of our favourites; as well as some incredible new projects that will inspire and delight festival-goers young and old.


Truth by KC Adams
In my Ojibway culture, the turtle represents truth, making wise decisions, leading a good life and walking the path of truth. Along the entrance pathway, folkies will be greeted by a family of turtles. They can learn more about the teachings by finding small ceramic turtles that will be placed around the festival site. Once they are found, viewers can take a picture with the turtles and post it on social media using the hashtag #WFFTurtles.

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Prairie Dome by Grace Boyd
The Prairie Dome is a whimsical woven structure inspired by the soul of the prairies. A welcoming and magical space made of grasses, willows, reeds and branches for prairie folks to rest, play, story tell, dream and celebrate the magic of Folk Fest.

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Labyrinth by James Culleton
A labyrinth, unlike a maze, is made up of one continuous path with no obstacles, it’s designed as a tool for healing, meditation and contemplation. The labyrinth can offer its participant insight to unanswered questions. This has become a tradition at the Winnipeg Folk Fest!

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The Geometry of Fruit by Alison Doerksen
Alison will be arranging flowers and flower parts on beds of sand to create giant designs. This year in celebration of the beauty and geometry of fruit, a traditional and longstanding snack of choice for festivalgoers in the summer heat to stay hydrated and keep you up on your vitamins! These ephemeral works of art have become an annual favourite to see throughout the festival site.



Seeds of Intention by Laura Lee Harasym & Andre Peloquin-Hopfner
Our intentions for the future are rooted in our traditions, beliefs and experiences. Reflect on your intentions for the future, write them down, and plant them in this box. Spin the box to set them in motion. As our diverse intentions mix, we collaborate for a better future. Plant your seeds and watch them grow.

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Spirits of Nature by Mandel Hitzer & Stephanie Porrior
Spirits of Nature draws on a conglomeration of fantasies, folk tales and mythologies. They stimulate the imaginations of the festival goers of all ages in an interactive way and bring wonder to the festival grounds. Gnomes have passed into the festival grounds through a magical gateway. Forest-dwelling creatures such as Bigfoot, a centaur and even the elusive unicorn have also been sighted. Keep your eyes open!

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The Prairie Booth by Nicholas Iskierski & Natasha Lowenthal
The Prairie Booth is becoming a festival tradition of its own. Stop by for an interactive visit to see how it’s evolved for this year’s festival. Not only will we bring back the I-spy challenge, we will introduce a quiz with fun facts about the history of the festival that span four and a half decades. Check it out for a fun look back at the origins of the traditions of the Winnipeg Folk Fest.

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Strumming Through the Years by Glen Knapp
The guitar represents melody, contentment, happiness, peace, self-realization, and familiarity with the spiritualistic attributes and positivism of life. The spirit of this is captured within the body of the guitar as represented by imagery evoking reminiscences of festivals past with a nod to the present and the future.

Happiest when engaged in anything creative independently, collaboratively and collectively no matter the means or methods of execution taken to best visually illustrate and communicate my experiences, and philosophies on life, living, and the world around me.

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Bio-luminescent Spiders by Ryan Lacovetsky, Matthew Lew & Robert Brosi
Bio-Luminescent Spiders is an exhibit by the artists at Shine Glassworks. Artists Ryan Lacovetsky, Matt Lew and Robert Brosi have created several of these glowing arachnids, which can be viewed in their natural habitat up in the trees. During the day, these spiders display beautiful translucent patterns, but after dark, they glow a beautiful phosphorescent green.



Dance before the music is over… by Ursula Neufeld
Look for this life-sized dancing figure adorned with clothing made out of Folk song sheets. Ursula is a Mosaic Artist whose community/school mosaics can be spotted throughout the world. She loves to create by experimenting with unusual materials and techniques and exploring the infinite possibilities for interplay between composition and materials.



Zigzag by Gwendolyn Penner
Where you are standing changes what you see. From some angles, you may recognize a Folk Fest tradition. From other angles, you may find a spot waiting for your artwork. So, drop by, draw on a block of wood and hang it on the wall to make your mark! Zigzag is a collaborative art project that uses the lenticular art form where two images are painted onto an accordion type surface. The images are revealed to the viewer depending on the angle they are viewing it from.



Traditions of The Prefab by Cyrus Smith
The Prefab provides a moment of contemplation and wonder outside of the gallery setting. It serves as a visual interruption in the observer’s regular course that is not corporate advertising. The Prefab is a rare treasure that a person can take at face value with no strings attached. Now that is a wonderful thing.

The remnants of prior Prefab installments still live throughout the festival grounds, and making new additions year after year creates a growing, ever-changing work of art. The 2018 theme of “Traditions” will inspire pieces that feature facts about the land that is Birds Hill Provincial Park and its history, memorable moments of the festival and other quirky rituals of attendees.

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solis musica tempore by Rick Unger
Sun, music, time: three aspects shared between Folk Fest and this sundial. Born from the remains of a cremated piano, this restrung frame casts its shadow onto the 16 instruments necks arrayed around it, marking the movement of the sun and the subsequent passage of time.

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Crocus Tent by Karen Wardle
From day stages to Main Stage, to campgrounds, pitching a tent is a tradition at the festival. In honour of this tradition and inspired by Manitoba’s provincial flower, the Crocus Tent is a hand painted floral haven for festival goers. This cheerful sculpture will provide a small patch of shade to rest under.



Stage Murals

Green Ash
What’s Your Frequency? by ML Kenneth

Spruce Hollow
Blue Morning by Julia Dennis

Wildflowers by Alison Froese

Little Stage in the Forest
Box Car by Ian August and Temperance McDonald

Shady Grove
Folks in the Front Row by Dan Saidman

Bur Oak
Band by Elizabeth Yonza

Chickadee Big Top
Oak Tree by Alison Froese and David Foster

Big Bluestem
Untitled by EN MASSE