Art

Art & Animation Program

Discover art, music, games and other group activities right in your own Folk Fest backyard. Check out all the activities that make our Festival Campground a unique experience! These projects can only be viewed in the Festival Campground.

Big Games’ Big Tent of Fun

Enter the extravaganza of gameplay, festivities and fun when you walk into the world of the Big Games Tent. Filled with all of our traditional games, carnival inspired games, and newest arrivals!

Carousel

Come one, come all, experience “Carousel,”
Where children and adults come out of their shell.
Inviting you in are bear, beaver, goose and pike,
Before you move on towards the pope’s hill hike.

Juke Joint

When the festival is done for the day, we’ll be dancin' and hootin' and stompin' into the night. With nightly shows after Mainstage ends, come see some of the best musical talents the campground has to offer.

Mini Ramp in the Camp – By Scam Skate

A modular mini-ramp for skateboarders, bikers, and curious hippies! Swing by and get your shred on. All skill levels welcome!

Mondegreen Lyric Board!

Share your Mondegreen! What songs did you think you knew the lyrics to, only you were wrong? Come complete the words, make a microphone and we will all sing-a-long!

Muisiriún Illuminé

'Swoon to the shroom! Muisiriún Illuminé is the creation of fungi, which spores unlikely connections and alights the colourful path of friendship.

Rise and Shine! Morning Yoga

Wake up and set the tone of your day with an all levels class focusing on movement and breath.

Sacred Sircus

A Community Collaborative Creative Consensual Circus Camp! A nightly cabaret featuring spoken word, circus arts, and engaging interactive activities with a focus on mindfulness and awareness. A creation station for puppets and artistic expression. As well as the beloved Campground Parade, this year as an opening and closing event.

The Electric Magpie Nest: A Hanging Garden

A handmade chandelier casts waves of coloured light through found objects and lost trinkets hanging under a 22’ geodesic canopy.

The Folk Fest Herbitts

Come and meet the Folk Fest Herbbits! These forest fauna have wandered out to mingle with all campers that have flocked to Birds Hill for this special weekend in July.

The Folk Fest Sundial

The Folk Fest Sundial an interactive timepiece that requires a camper to be complete. Stand on the platform and where your shadow falls will reveal the time and let you know different events happening at the Festival. 

The Great Pyramid of Folk Fest

This four-tiered pyramid is the perfect place to meet up with friends new and old to sing, laugh, jam and reminisce.

The House of Koz

A hippie home away from home, open 24 hours a day. Get out of the sun and create your own fabric posters or enjoy daytime workshops with special instructors. Come by for a late-night jam with all instruments provided. The House of Koz welcomes everyone.

The LED Gallery

Let the LED Gallery guide your way when the sun goes down with a unique and fun lighting experience.

The Wardrobe Revival

Dress yourself and have some fun, please bring it back when you are done!

The Yurts

Enjoy over 200 square feet of sheltered space from the elements - with room to relax, jam, practice yoga, or hang with friends. Join us on Wednesday and Friday for giant Twister gamesAt night, swing by the fortune teller booth for some unpredicted fun! 

Vintage Flash Tattoo Parlour

Vintage Flash Tattoo Parlour offers free, temporary, rubber stamp and hand-drawn tattoos to Folk Festival campers. Stop in and try on some ink during the day and return for late night party time!

Vinyl Village

Music intertwined with discovery, community, expression, and celebration. All are welcome all the time. Inspiration flows as spectators become jammers, dancers, performers, friends and eventually flow back into the crowd.

The Pirate Ship

Serving as a beacon of fun as well as a relaxing shade structure, the Pirate Ship intends to draw folks to come explore and create. Swing by for a Tarot card reading, join the sea shanty jam night, or bring some shareables to the Captain’s dinner potluck on Wednesday night.

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 very proud of the wonderful art installations that are part of our Prairie Outdoor Exhibition. Our theme for 2019 is Folk Fest Fauna – so keep your eyes open for creatures throughout the site.  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 festivalgoers young and old.

Creatures of the Forest by Christine Rouleau & Jimmy Hodges

Come and immortalize yourself as a creature of Folk Fest! Transform yourself into different creatures, sprout wings or a tail and take a picture, be sure to use your imagination. 

Christine Rouleau and Jimmy Hodges have been creating art for almost 20 years. They master in leatherwork. By combining different media, they create wearable art and interactive exhibits.

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Dancing Fairy by Ursula Neufeld & Ian Neufeld-Larue

Photo: Joey Senft

See if you can find the dancing fairy in the butterfly garden. She was created from the depths of the Artists imagination.

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 the interplay between composition and materials. 

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Dancing Together by Grace Boyd

A whimsical circle of impressions inspired by the footsteps of prairie fauna. This welcoming and magical space is made of prairie clays for prairie folks to dance, play, story tell and dream together as we create tracks, impressions and happy folk memories of our own.  

Grace Boyd is a land artist based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a prairie person, she is in constant connection to the land and the natural forces of nature. Using energies and the materials the prairies provide in her art practice give life and soul to the objects and spaces she createsShe is always seeking to build a stronger connection to this remarkable place she calls home. 

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Forest Guardians by Alexandra Ross

A series of ceramic slab tile medallions installed in the trees within the festival site. The five Forest Guardians consisting of Manitoba Elk, Canada Lynx, Northern Leopard Frog, Black Capped Chickadee, and the archetype of the Green Man and Green Woman representing the humans who take on the role of tending the wild.

Each of the animals are native to the prairies while the presence of humans in the installation invites the viewer to remember that they are also a part of the natural world and have a role to play as forest guardians. The forest is full of wild things. The trees hold clues to who might live here and share this festival with you. You are invited to find all five of the Manitoba creatures and see if you recognize any of them. You may be surprised who you meet in the forest!

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Juncture: The Flower People & Music by Nicole LeClair

With her paintings, Nicole LeClair hopes to capture the organic curves of nature and the spirit of animals through bright colors and strokes of intrigue. She tells a meaningful story behind the curves and gives purpose and connection to Mother Earth and Father Sky. 

Our society is caught up in efficiency and robotics. Our relationships are built on fleeting moments of data, networked to make contact for a trivial time. Nicole hopes she can change that, if even for a few minutes. Nicole wants people to see her artwork and remember what the warm grass feels like underneath their bare feet, the smell of dew in the early morning and the sounds of the animals chirping at dawn. Her work is an examination and celebration of our human relationship with our earth. 

Nicole's pointillism is an interpretation of her Métis Ancestors’ traditional beadwork. The graphic details of beading characterized style and Métis People were commonly referred to as the “Flower People”. 

What does Nicole want to say with her art? Treasure the white space as much as the matter. Acknowledge the space between the leaves on a branch, think differently. Only then can we appreciate a more lasting connection to people, nature, and earth. 

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Labyrinth by James Culleton

A labyrinth, unlike a maze, is made up of one continuous path with no obstacles. A labyrinth is made up of one continuous path, filled with twists and turns and is an ancient symbol of self-discovery. Upon entering the grass labyrinth, concentrate on a problem or question. By the end of your walk, you will find resolve. 

James Culleton is a designer, artist, and musician living in Winnipeg. He enjoys making public art that is interactive and mindful. His latest projects include snow furniture, light displays, and sidewalk murals.  

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Meet the Press: One Stop Print Shop! by Martha Street Studio

Martha Street Studio presents the sixth annual Meet the Press: One Stop Print Shop! Make a design, carve your linoleum and spin the wheel on the press: experience the tradition of relief printing by creating your own fine art lino-cut print. The workshop is open to people of all ages (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult). Visit us beside the folk school Saturday and Sunday 1-4.

Out of Woodwork, into the Woods by Nikki Kuentzle & Odessa Dobbie

Photo: Matt Duboff

Out of Woodwork, into the Woods is a typographical sculpture, which serves as a landmark within the festival grounds. The 8-letter sculpture acts as a confluence, or meeting place, referencing the intersection of two rivers. 

Prefab-opedia by Cyrus Smith

Photo: Jenn Kostesky

The Prefab provides for the Festival attendee, as it does urbanite, a moment of contemplation and wonder outside of the gallery setting. They are situated 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 2019 theme of ”Folk Fest Fauna” will inspire an Encyclopedia of sorts, cataloging all the various types of animals, mystical creatures, festival attendees, and so forth. 

Living abroad and travelling the globe during the past decade, Cyrus has increased his awareness of how graffiti and street art visually impact the public consciousness. The aesthetic of shared public space has always been the focus of the Prefab, and the outdated modernist view of the city is their point of access. These public installations raise questions of right or wrong, shared environments, appropriation vs. reclamation, and the changing tide of youth empowerment.

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Spirits of Nature by Mandel Hitzer & Stephanie Porrior

Photo: Dave McKnight

Spirits of Nature draws on a conglomeration of fantasies, folk tales and mythologies. They stimulate the imaginations of the festivalgoers 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. 

Mandel Hitzer is the Chef and proprietor of Deer + Almond who is also responsible and partakes in a multitude of community outreach programs. 

Stephanie Porrior is a freelance artist. 

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Flowers in the Sun by Alison Doerksen

Photo: Jenn Kostesky

As each living cell is a reflection of the whole, so these giant flower designs, upon closer inspection, are themselves made of flowers and flower parts. These ephemeral works of art have become an annual favourite to happen upon throughout the festival site. 

Alison is an artist and entrepreneur. She resides in Winnipeg and has a beeswax candle company 

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The Prairie Booth by Natasha Lowenthal

Photo: Jenn Kostesky

The Prairie Booth is becoming a festival tradition of its own. 2019 will mark five years of The Prairie Booth at Winnipeg Folk Fest! The booth plays on perspective through multi-layered stage set design. The colourful and playful nature of the images will be enhanced and embellished with consideration for this year’s theme “Folk Fest Fauna”. As always, there will be a community interactive component.

Born and raised in the heart of the beautiful Pembina Valley of Southern Manitoba, Natasha Lowenthal is a visual artist, art-educator and environmental advocate. Her commissions grace the walls of private collections and public exhibits throughout North America and abroad.

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TreeTalk: Birds Hill Park by Ariel Gordon

Photo: Michael Deal

Throughout the weekend, poet Ariel Gordon will be TreeTalk-ing, writing poems and hanging them from a tree on the festival site. Join Gordon as she creates a second set of leaves for the tree with paper and yarn. Sit in the shade and add your own thoughts, poems and confessions to the canopy.

The first installment of the project, TreeTalk: Winnipeg will be published in spring 2020 as both a hand-made chapbook and trade collection of poetry by finepress publisher At Bay Press and includes illustrations by Winnipeg visual artist Natalie Baird. Photographer Michael Deal will continue to document the TreeTalk project. 

What makes "TreeTalk: Birds Hill Park" different than other TreeTalk projects is the tree Ariel works with this time will be situated in a provincial park instead of being a boulevard tree on a busy street or part of a rural monastery. She’ll incorporate information about the species of tree/ecosystem, the history of Bird’s Hill Park/Birds Hill namesake James Curtis Bird, and the Indigenous people who once occupied the land. She will also incorporate research on how music affects the health of trees to reflect its location on the Winnipeg Folk Fest site.  

Ariel has spent her entire life attending the Winnipeg Folk Fest, first with her parents, then with her friends and now with her own family. She has attended as a festivalgoer, as an arts reporter, and as a volunteer, but being there working on this project will allow her to see the trees and by extension the Festival differently. What’s more, she and her partner Mike met at the Winnipeg Folk Fest and 2019 will be their twentieth anniversary and they're thrilled to be working together on this art project.

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Truth by KC Adams

Photo: Joey Senft

In KC Adams' Ojibway culture, the turtle represents truth, making wise decisions, leading a good life and walking the path of truth. Along the entrance pathway, festivalgoers will be greeted with a family of turtles. They can learn more about the teachings via 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.

KC Adams graduated from Concordia University in 1998 with a B.F.A. and has had numerous solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and has been in two Biennales. She has participated in residencies around the world and received several grants and awards from Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. KC is also proud Winnipeg Folk Festival folkie, attending since she was a little girl. 

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WOODland Creatures by Amber Green

These life-size creatures represent the animals found in or around Birds Hill Park. Aspen the Fox will be joined by his friends SnowBEARy, the Bear; Nimowin, the Deer; and Blue, the Racoon. Using wood species that originate from right here in Manitoba (Pine, Oak, and Cedar), each creature is carefully constructed from these up-cycled woods. These pieces feature rich grains that echo their origins from where they once grew. They are cut, shaped, and then stained giving each piece life again. Each piece is brought back to their natural habitat in the form of woodland creatures playing in the lush forest. 

Amber uses wood and materials that her father no longer needs for his cabinetry business. She takes pride in reclaiming scraps that would otherwise be tossed away to create beautiful, modern, everyday decor for one's home or office. 

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Spirits of Odonata (Dragonfly) by Karen Wardle

Iridescent wings flash and flutter as a swarm of dragonflies suspended overhead invite festivalgoers to pause and connect with nature. Come celebrate our friend, the humble Dragonfly (order of Odonata), symbolizes the power of transformation throughout the world. In some cultures, if a dragonfly lands on you it is seen to be good luck. Materials will be provided each day for festival folkies to draw a dragonfly of their own to take with them. All are encouraged to post pictures with hashtag #WFFdragonfly. 

Karen Wardle is a Winnipeg based sculptor and painter. Her work has exhibited in group shows and solo shows across Canada. Wardle maintains an interest in the complexities of human ecology and challenges associated with gender politics and the semiotics of the feminine.

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Stage Murals

Stage MURALS

GREEN ASH
What’s Your Frequency? by ML Kenneth

SPRUCE HOLLOW
Blue Morning by Julia Dennis

SNOWBERRY
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