After a tremendously successful inaugural year in 2017, the Boreal Shores Art Tour is gearing up for another exciting event in 2018, and organizers say the public should prepare for an even bigger, better show.
A free, road-trip worthy, self-guided art tour, it features artist studios, artist group locations and galleries scattered throughout the beautiful and diverse boreal forest and shore regions of Eastern Manitoba. From the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg through the Winnipeg River System to the Whiteshell Provincial Park, the tour showcases artists from diverse communities throughout the region who love to explore all aspects of visual art.
“This year we expanded from just a board of four people to having a working group with people in charge of social media, promotion, graphic art and website, signage and Indigenous artist recruitment,” says tour organizer Janice Charko. “It’s going to be something to see.”
New artists have come on board this year, including Lac du Bonnet’s Pamela Habing. A mixed media artist, she currently works in tile mosaics and alcohol inks. Foregoing formal arts training, she studied informally under some of Winnipeg’s most talented artists.
“During the eight years I spent living in an artist loft above the Edge Art Gallery on Main Street, I was immersed in Winnipeg’s vibrant arts scene. During this time I experimented with many different mediums but ultimately found my niche as a mixed media abstract artist.”
A graduate of the Digital Multimedia Technology Diploma Program at Red River College, she initially began her artistic career as a New Media Designer in 2004. During this time she worked closely with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), developing and delivering hands-on training geared towards helping female artists realize their dream of showcasing their work online.
Her work has been exhibited in two shows at the Edge Gallery. One was a fundraiser called Healing Hands, Healing Art and another was a show she curated called Tree Stories. For info see p. 23, visit borealshoresarttour.ca and visit the tour’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BorealShoresArtTour/.