September 15, 2013
My print exhibition 'Prairie and Beyond' is currently showing at two locations in Manitoba: Portage La Prairie and The Pas.
'Prairie and Beyond 1', the larger of two exhibits, is showing in The Pas, MB at The Pas Reginal Library for the month of September. It comprises of twenty-six framed photographs in sizes ranging from 16” x 24” to 30” x 40”. It is designed for medium and larger galleries and exhibition spaces.
'Prairie and Beyond 11', the smaller of two exhibits, is showing in Portage la Prairie, MB at the Fort la Reine Museum from September through October. It is a slightly smaller show than its counterpart above with twelve 30” x 20” framed photographs, designed for smaller-scale exhibition spaces.
The photographs in each of the two exhibitions are different.
The two exhibitions, sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Network, travel throughout Manitoba communities from September 2012 through until December 2014.
My travelling print show entitled 'Prairie & Beyond II' is now on exhibition at the Fort la Reine Museum, in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba from August 1 until September 30, 2013. The Fort la Reine Museum is pleased to have this travelling exhibition on loan from the Manitoba Arts Network which produced this exhibition of custom printed photographs selected from selections of my most recent coffee table book, 'Mike Grandmaison’s Prairie and Beyond'. The book was published by Turnstone Press and is available for purchase at the Fort la Reine Museum.
"Grandmaison’s beautiful collection of Prairie images takes you on an intimate, colorful journey across our vast and rugged landscape” wrote The Winnipeg Free Press.
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!
Reporter Tara Krzysztofik of PortageOnline.com published the following story about Mike's exhibition 'Prairie and Beyond' currently showing at the 'Portage and District Arts Centre' in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. The exhibition is sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Network and based on Mike's latest book of the same name, published by Turnstone Press.