October 2, 2014
Last night I attended the launch of FlashFest, Winnipeg's First Photographic Festival at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. As the very first event of its kind in this city, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I was however very happy to see a ‘full house’ of very enthusiastic photographers! Leif Norman, the organizer of this festival, along with a handful of volunteers, deserves our praise for making this happen!
I found it particularly interesting that the vast majority of people who attended last night’s launch were very young. It is true that I have been creating images for 39 years now, albeit only for the last 20 years as a full-time professional. There were few ‘veteran’ photographers to be seen. Most of the photographers I know were noticeably absent. It was however a pleasure to chat with new folks. But it makes me wonder a little about how much enthusiasm remains with the veteran photographers, the camera club members, etc.
As photographers, we often work in isolation so we don’t often have opportunities to meet our colleagues, especially when there is no center for photographers to meet. I miss the Pixels 2.1 Photography Gallery as it fulfilled that community role so well. It’s too bad it could only go on for a couple of years. This town is ready for a permanent photography center. Seeing a roomful of such energetic and interested photographers last night gives me hope that perhaps it could happen here one day.
So Winnipeg's First Photographic Festival has officially begun. For the entire month of October, Winnipeg photographers will be displaying their work in various venues across the city, demonstrating interesting techniques and nearly forgotten processes, and talking about their work. Personally I will try and see as many of the exhibits and presentations as I can. Tomorrow evening (First Friday) starting at 7:30 PM at Aspire Studios (289 King Street), it will be my turn to chat about photography. Leif will interview me about my work and other things. My exhibition of color prints entitled ‘Prairie and Beyond’ will also be on display. Admission is FREE so … ‘come on down’ !
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!