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School Gallery Tours

The Portage & District Arts Centre is offering Gallery Tours for School Groups of all ages. This is a excellent opportunity for students and faculty to see a variety of art forms from Regional Artists and is a great addition the the current Arts curriculum. Students will be fully engaged learning the artistic process of how each piece was made and will be encouraged to interact with the Artist or Docent. Tours are available Tuesday through Friday. Bookings are accepted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the tour. Donations to the Gallery are welcome. Contact the Portage & District Arts Centre at 204-239-6029 or email pdac@mts.net to book your tour today!


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November 14 to December 22, 2017


Acrylic on canvas paintings by Don McMaster.


For many years, I have painted large prairie landscapes with sweeping vistas and wide open spaces. Then, a few years ago, an encounter with the work of the French artist, Benoit Trimborn, made me realize that I had overlooked my daily close association with the forest on our land. New techniques were obviously required, and the ensuing experiments forced me to paint larger, and in a more abstract fashion.


Don and Ardythe McMaster, retired school teachers, moved from Winnipeg in 1996 to live in the Lavenham area. Don converted his hunting cabin to a studio, and they built a new home on the ridge overlooking the Assiniboine River Valley. Over the following years they helped to develop a 33km cross country ski system. The Bittersweet Ski trails continue to keep them busy in all seasons. Don continues to paint landscapes, working daily on various projects.

The Pop-Up Gallery is located in the PDAC Classroom



November 21, 2017 to January 6, 2018


Mixed media, oil on canvas & sculpture by Colleen Granger.


All individuals create personal attachments to place

through various emotional and physical avenues. Horizon:

Rhizome explores this process of connection guided by my

own experiences on our family farm and the formation of

my own sense of place on the land. It is a relationship that

has shaped my identity over time and allowed the

landscape to move from existing outside of me to within.

In search of this transference, a formative line travels

its way throughout Horizon: Rhizome manifesting itself in

three main elements: map, horizon and rhizome (roots).

Maps signify humanity’s need to transform unrelatable

spaces into places of belonging. The horizon is ubiquitous

on the prairies and this meeting point of earth and sky

leave an indelible mark upon the psyche. And roots, like

plants, visualize connection to the land where our

movement upon it is not constricted but instead, exists in a

complex tangle of emotional and energetic rhizomes. Carl

Jung’s states, “Life has always seemed to me like a plant

that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in

the rhizome… What we see is the blossom, which passes.

The rhizome remains.”


Born and raised in Manitoba, Colleen Granger

graduated high school in Brandon and went on to train as a

laboratory technologist. Trading in the lab coat for a pair of

steel-toed boots and oven mitts, she married her high

school sweetheart and settled onto a farm to help raise

crops and a family. Once her children both reached grade

school, she decided to seek out a life long passion and

returned to school to attain her Bachelor of Fine Arts

(Honors) degree from Brandon University’s Visual and

Aboriginal Arts department. Her part-time status extended

her time at school but allowed the preservation of her

sanity and room for much needed introspection and

development of artistic concepts. Granger graduated as a

painting major but the themes of her thesis influenced a

shift into the fiber arts.


Thursday, January 4 at 7:00pm



November 21 to December 22, 2017


Pouring medium & alcohol ink by Jordan Leigh Miller.


In these pieces, strong, complementary colour blends of primary, secondary and tertiary colours occur naturally, building form into the works. Figures and forms emerge through slight manipulations to the alcohol ink and pouring medium, using tools to sweep and swirl the paint. This intuitive abstract painting style creates a continuous through-line in which the elements of colour and form speak to each other across very different works. In the careful addition of mixed media, mark-making, and the striking of a harmonious balance between artist and artistic medium, these pieces invite the imaginative collaboration of the viewer to mine the forms and further interpret the relationships within the art.


Jordan Leigh Miller, a Winnipeg artist, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (University of Manitoba, Honours, ’02) with majors in Drawing/Painting & Mixed Media. She also holds a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management (University of Winnipeg, ’08).Current memberships include Creative Manitoba (formerly ACI), Mentoring Art for Women’s Art, and Portage & District Arts Centre. She has mentored artists in both the creation and the marketing of art. She has exhibited extensively in many group and solo shows in Winnipeg and in Manitoba.  In 2011, Jordan was the recipient of the 35th Annual Woman of Distinction Award, in the Arts Category. The Province of Manitoba recently purchased “Finding Home” which made its permanent home at “Canada House” on Donald Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2015 Jordan was one of three finalists for the Future Leaders of Manitoba. Jordan paints in an abstract style with pouring medium, acrylics, and alcohol inks. Sometimes she enhances her pieces with mixed media and image transfers. She is currently working on her next solo exhibition and is accepting commissions in addition to her position as an Art Consultant, Art Instructor, and Owner/Director at cre8ery gallery & studio.


Boardroom Gallery is closed Wednesdays, 12:30pm - 3:30pm