Cre8ery Gallery Celebrating 10 Years with Artists & Art Lovers.

April 9, 2016

By Shondell Orinthia Babb

Looking to attend a FREE art exhibit this week because you missed First Fridays last Friday? How about supporting an artist with your tax return and bidding $50 on some art?

Cre8ery Gallery & Studio’s 10th year Anniversary and Strength by Numbers (2) Fundraiser will be held this Thursday, April 13, at 7:00p.m.-11:00p.m. There will be a line-up of musical and lyrical performers that evening, including Broms the Poet.

List of Performers for Strength by Numbers (2) Show

“We are actually celebrating 10 and a half years, since we moved into the space in November 2006”, said Jordan Miller, the executive director of Cre8ery Gallery & Studio.

Accessible through the building’s side entrance on Adelaide street, once upstairs, you can sneak a peek at the latest treasures and the selection is vast and varied.

For the April 7 First Fridays installment, Cre8ery held a pre-fundraising silent auction evening, where early bird art lovers came to bid on their favourite pieces before the party crowd. Bid sheets are posted on the wall beside the auctioned pieces.

One artist that grabbed our attention was John Royce Izzard, who featured a mold of a pregnant lady with images of the earth and hands painted onto her belly it, so of course this piece projected from the wall. You’ll have to go to Cre8ery this Thursday to see it for yourself.

The artists featured every month is always changing and keeps things fresh, which makes the space so intriguing.

Congratulations and continued success in showcasing artists in the Winnipeg scene.

The Arts – one soul connection to another.



99 pieces of art on the wall

Winnipeggers support local artists in droves, despite cold weather

Shondell Babb, CONTRIBUTOR
January 23, 2017  By The Projector

99 Pieces of Art on the Wall, The Projector

img_8172First Fridays, 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall Exhibit on Friday, January 6, 2017. Lorial Todd, 50, and Anthony Kenny Charles, 60, contemplating the sunset in Kerry Knudson’s Gone Fishing portrait, 2016.

img_8182First Fridays, 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall Exhibit on Friday, January 6, 2017. Jennifer LaBella, 63, (left) and Shirley Myren, 70, admiring The Shield of Shaka Zulu vase, by artist C. Wawruck-Hemmett.

Showcasing various artwork since 2010, First Fridays in the Exchange District has become one of the best days of the month.

The first First Fridays of the New Year took place on Jan. 6. There were dozens of events happening throughout the Exchange District that included some new exhibits.

Jennifer LaBella was one of 40 First Fridays feature artists at the packed Cre8ery Gallery & Studio’s opening reception for the 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall exhibit and sale. LaBella saw the vase called, The Shield of Shaka Zulu, by C. Wawruck-Hemmett, and said the vase distinguished itself as something that should belong to her.

“I was admiring the vase. I’ve been to East Africa, in Kenya and Tanzania a number of times and so that piece really spoke to me,” said LaBella. “I like the motifs that she put on the vase: she put zebra print on it, which is a favourite animal of mine I saw in Africa.”

“This is the first 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall that has been juried, where three members are chosen as ‘anonymous jurors’ that select the best 99 pieces of art for the exhibition, out of the 140 pieces that applied to be part of the event,” said Jordan Miller, the executive director of Cre8ery Gallery & Studio.

Through the First Fridays exhibits, various artists get more public exposure by being featured in a permanent gallery like Gurevich Fine Art, or they can be part of an artist-run centre like aceartinc.

Sue Gordon is one of the co-founders of First Fridays who saw the shows on a trip to Kansas City and decided to bring the First Fridays concept to Winnipeg. There is a $50 membership fee to have your event included on the monthly brochure.

In February, First Fridays will host the Art Talk/Art Walk event at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café. Artist Derek Brueckner and curator Andrew Kear will discuss “Art and Tears,” a talk about emotional responses to artwork.