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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!



*Boardroom Gallery is closed every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm


Click HERE for the Upcoming Exhibition Schedule for 2017



January 24 to March 4, 2017


Acrylic paintings and pencil drawings by Faye Hildebrand.

“My early memories and influences are that of a farm family in

Western Manitoba; of pungent and soft fragrances, fresh cut

slough hay, cattle and horses, the decay in the fall woods; rough and smooth textures, of stones, water, grass and weeds; and especially the winds and the storms that cross our province.

The challenges that I face in creating new compositions,

exploring colour relationships and harmonies, shapes and forms, increase my craftsmanship as the images reveal themselves on the canvas. The use of small acrylic canvases allows me to complete each image in a reasonable time and not to belabour over it. The pencil drawings are studies in composition and form.

This show, Prairie Mountains, is about the vast prairie landscape and the beautiful and vigorous weather systems that envelop us. It is about the sensations of a youthful experience and an expression of why I paint.”

Local artist, Faye Hildebrand is a graduate of the University of

Manitoba, and holds degrees in Fine Arts, Arts and Education. She followed the path of an educator and taught at the Senior High Level. She was fortunate to be able to take on the teaching of art courses and programs as part of her teaching load.

While raising her children as a stay-at-home Mom, Faye was able to pursue her first love of painting and sculpture, and also volunteered her skills to several community organizations and events. This allowed her to explore large canvases and a variety of subjects and mediums including soft pastels, watercolour, oils, and wax resist.

In 1988, Faye was the recipient of a Manitoba Arts Council Grant and held her first Solo Exhibition at the Portage & District Arts Centre. Her work has also been shown in juried art shows in the Interlake and Northern regions of Manitoba.

Moving from Brandon to Portage la Prairie in 2009 enabled Faye to start painting again, this time in acrylics, the canvases which make up most of the images in this exhibit. The pencil drawings were completed earlier.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk, Thursday, February 2 at 7:00pm.

Click Invitation-Faye Hildebrand 2017.pdf for invitation


36 Annual Central Region Juried Art Exhibit


The registration package includes the following documents:

2017 CRJAE Call for Entry.pdf

2017 CRJAE Registration Form.pdf

Tip Sheet - How to Write an Artist Statement.pdf

How to Professionally Prepare Your Artwork - Packaging & Hanging.pdf

You can also visit us at 11-2nd Street NE, Portage la Prairie, to pick up your copy.


The Portage & District Arts Centre is hosting the 36th Annual Central Region Juried Art Exhibit (CRJAE) on April 27, 2017. The CRJAE is open to artists & artisans of all levels ages 15 or older who are residents of the Central Region. Work must be an original concept and completed since April 2016.


February 21 to April 1, 2017


Watercolour paintings by Bette Holliday.

Artist Statement

This body of works is reflective of the world around us. I hope that my work inspires the viewer to take a closer look at their surroundings and appreciate beauty in its simplest form.

Although watercolour is my media of choice I find that pen and ink enables me to present a subject in finer detail. Mixed media allows me to be whimsical when the mood demands it.

Inspiration for my work comes from my rural roots. My grandmother instilled in me a love of nature especially flowers. Abandoned homesteads and buildings trigger an abiding curiosity about, and respect for those who came before.

If my depiction of nature and rural scenes brings back a pleasant memory I have achieved my goal.

Click HERE to download exhibition poster.