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    September 26, 2014
    'Riding Mountain National Park' - Manitoba Series (Notecard and Photographic Print)

    Located in southwestern Manitoba, Riding Mountain National Park is where the aspen parkland meets the boreal forest. Surrounded by farmland, it includes large tracts of boreal forest, a section of deciduous forest to the east along the Manitoba Escarpment as well as sections of meadows and rough Fescue prairie to the west where a captive herd of plains bison roams. This wilderness area is home to wolves, black bears, moose, whitetail deer, elk and the great gray owl to name a few of its most commonly seen denizens.

    Riding Mountain National Park is a pristine place where countless lakes abound like Whirlpool Lake, captured in the warm, dramatic evening light of a passing storm.

    Notecards retail for $ 6.95 each

    Photographic Print retail for $ 74.95 each

    Available at WOW Mabuhay Gift Store in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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    September 24, 2014
    'Great Gray Owl' - Manitoba Series (Notecard and Photographic Print)

    The great gray owl, Stryx nebulosa, also known as The Phantom of the North, is a very large gray to grayish-brown owl found throughout the northern hemisphere. Great gray owls breed in the dense coniferous forests of the north and feed primarily on small rodents. They can locate mice under the snow through their excellent hearing and then plunging down through the snow to capture them. While mostly active at night, they can also be seen during the day.

    Great gray owls are long-lived birds, with captive individuals reaching 40 years of age. The great gray owl is the provincial bird of Manitoba.

    Notecards retail for $ 6.95 each

    Photographic Print retail for $ 74.95 each

    Available at WOW Mabuhay Gift Store in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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    September 23, 2014
    For the entire month of October, Winnipeg will come alive with PHOTOGRAPHY. FlashFest, the brainchild of photographer Leif Norman, will feature over forty photographers in thirty three venues throughout the city - cafés, shops, public spaces and galleries. Winnipeg has a long and established reputation as a leader in visual arts within Western Canada and this inaugural FLASH Photographic Festival will showcase the diverse range of artists working in the photographic medium.


    Personally, I will be involved in three separate events. The first event will feature my photographic exhibition 'Prairie and Beyond ll' at Aspire Studios (289 King Street). The exhibition will run the entire month of October. On Friday October 3rd, I will be involved in an 'Art Talk' starting at 7:30 PM. Rose-Anne Harder, Director of the Manitoba Arts Network, will be on hand to introduce the exhibition. This exhibition, along with 'Prairie and Beyond l', has been traveling to Manitoba communities for the last two years. Leif Norman, Director of FlashFest, will then interview me about my work.

    On Saturday, October 25, from 2-5 PM, I will be signing books at the WOW Mabuhay Gift Shop in the Johnston Terminal at the Forks. This new store opened in July and features a number of my photographic prints on display, along with copies of my books.

    I will also be participating in a group exhibition that will hang at The Winnipeg Art Gallery's Storm Bistro foyer on the 4th floor. This show will feature one photograph from each photographer participating in this year's photo festival for the entire month of October.

    An Opening Reception takes place on October 1, 2014 at 8pm at the The Winnipeg Art Gallery (300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg). Mark your calendar now and plan to see as many photo events as you can during Winnipeg's very first FlashFest. It promises to be an exciting event!

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    September 23, 2014
    'Lake Winnipeg Dawn' - Manitoba Series (Notecard and Photographic Print)

    Lake Winnipeg is the sixth largest lake in Canada and the eleventh largest on Earth. It is fed by three major rivers: the Saskatchewan River to the west, the Winnipeg River to the east and the Red River to the south. In turn, Lake Winnipeg flows into the Nelson River where it eventually empties into Hudson Bay.

    Along both eastern and western shores, mainly in the southern portions, many cottagers enjoy the beautiful beaches along its shores. In the southwestern section of the lake, the iconic ‘stick piers’ can be seen jutting out into the lake. These piers are unique to the area and are made of local aspen trees that are erected each the spring and taken down again each fall.

    Notecards retail for $ 6.95 each

    Photographic Print retail for $ 74.95 each

    Available at WOW Mabuhay Gift Store in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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    September 22, 2014
    A colleague and friend, Dion Manastyrski, is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the printing of his first book 'Prairie Sunset: A Story Of Change'. The book will be printed at Friesens in Altona, Manitoba - a place I know very well as I have published all of my books with this great printer. Indiegogo is a crowd-sourcing mechanism for people all over the world to join forces to make ideas happen. Dion has been working hard on his idea to produce a quality book about the vanishing prairies for some 10 years now.

    I had the privilege to meet Dion this past summer as he traveled to Manitoba to gather information from The Manitoba Archives and to create a few more images for the project. We also spent a day together photographing in the Pembina Valley. 'Prairie Sunset: A Story of Change' is a book of beautiful photographs of the Canadian Prairies to be sure but it's also a book about how the prairies have changed. Based on more than 70 interviewers that Dion has conducted himself with 'prairie settlers', this book will be one to cherish for years to come.

    “In my search for understanding, as I roamed the homesteads of a vanishing era, I photographed the abandoned structures, and talked to the people of the prairies. I listened to their memories of the past and their feelings about the changes, and gathered some of their thoughts and anecdotes. In these writings and photographs, the story of the homesteaders emerged. Collectively, they have a remarkable story to tell, and I would like to share this with you in an upcoming book” says Dion.

    Following is a quote from an interview that Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine published recently in my 'Prairie Giants' piece for 'Discovering Canada' (Issue #30):


    “In 1938, my dad drove a horse and sled to the nearest phone, 4 miles away, and phoned the doctor. The doctor came by snowplane, which is an enclosed cabin on skis, powered by a gas engine with a large propellor at the back. I remember being afraid of the noise when the snowplane approached the house, and I thought the noise and blown snow might break the windows” remembers Helen Manastyrski of Ponass Lake, Saskatchewan.

    If you're interested in the prairies, consider supporting Dion's venture by pre-ordering a book or making a donation.

    You can see more of Dion's images as well as read more about the project at: www.prairiesunset.ca

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