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!
December 3, 2013
'Prairie and Beyond' ll Exhibition returns to Winnipeg's Millennium Library for a second showing. The smaller of the two exhibitions will run from December 2 - 31, 2013. It has been touring throughout Manitoba since September 2012 and continues until December of 2014.
The exhibition is based on my latest book 'Prairie and Beyond' and features 15 large format prints. The show was sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Network. For a schedule of future exhibitions, please visit the Manitoba Arts Network web site.
Click on Photo to see more images presented in the exhibition.
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.