It's clear that the days of the grain elevator are numbered! As I traveled across the Canadian prairies over the last 35 years, I have always kept an eye out for photo possibilities. As I drive closer and closer to the elevators, I begin to consider how I might capture this particular one, from which direction should I photograph it from, from which vantage point, what should I include as part of my composition, etc. Often, the lighting would be dictacted by the time I happened to drive through but, at other times, I would make an effort to explore the elevator at different times of the day. This included photographing elevators at night with stars trailing and northern lights dancing, some times also accompanied by the howling of coyotes. I have captured many of the sentinels on film and as digital captures. While my collection is far from a complete document of their existence, my photographs represent some of my favorite experiences with grain elevators.
"As 'Prairies North, the magazine of Saskatchewan' marks its fifteenth year, we tip our hat to the wooden elevator, its concrete replacement, and the farming life behind it all" states editor Lionel Hughes. 'Prairies North' is a very fine and important magazine. In last year's Summer 2012 issue, 'Prairies North' also featured images from my latest book 'Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond' (published by Turnstone Press). View the Summer 2013 issue of 'Prairies North' for more of my favorite photographs of these vanishing 'prairie giants'. And if you happen to be traveling through a Manitoba town this next year, keep an eye out for my print exhibition 'Prairie and Beyond' which also features one of these prairie giants.
It was a pleasure being at the Golden Prairie Arts Council gallery in Carman, Manitoba on Thursday July 4th to open 'Prairie & Beyond ll'. I enjoyed discussing the works with the folks who came out to celebrate, as well as sign a few copies of the accompanying book, 'Prairie and Beyond' (published by Turnstone Press). The event coincided with a 'renovation celebration' filled with wonderful local music featuring, amongst others, the 'Train Gang' which also boasts as one of its members the Golden Prairie Arts Council's Director, Brenda Major. A ribbon cutting ceremony signified the beginnning of renovations to the 100-year old train station now serving as the home for the Golden Prairie Arts Council. The exhibition, sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Network, consists of 12 large format photographs and runs from July 3 to July 28.
Check out more photos of the exhibition as well as the courtyard murals by clicking on the photo!
October 14, 2012
It was an honour to be part of SHOWCASE MANITOBA 2012. The 3-day event is sponsored each year by the Manitoba Arts Network. This year, Virden, MB hosted delegates from community arts and cultural organizations from all parts of the province for a weekend of performance showcases, visual and literary arts programs, workshops, seminars and more...
October 10, 2012
Each year, the Manitoba Arts Network produces its Showcase Contact event. This year, Virden, MB will host delegates from community arts and cultural organizations from all parts of the province for a weekend of performance showcases, visual and literary arts programs, workshops, seminars and more...
At 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2012, I will open my exhibition of photographs, 'Prairie and Beyond' at the CP Station Gallery in Virden from October 11 to 31st.
January 5, 2012
Turnstone Press is pleased to announce an exhibition of 10 fine art prints by Winnipeg artist Mike Grandmaison. The images displayed offer a glimpse of the upcoming photographic book 'Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond'. The book will be available in late March.
The exhibition may be seen at the Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg from January 6 - 31, 2012 at the Blankstein Gallery, skywalk entrance, 2nd Floor.
For the official announcement, visit: