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Pigcasso, a rescued pig, paints on a canvas at the Farm Sanctuary in Franschhoek, outside Cape Town, South Africa February 21, 2019.

Painting sow Pigcasso hogs the limelight

South African swine has carved out a career as a commercially successful painter

Step aside Francis Bacon. Brandishing a paintbrush in her snout, Pigcasso enthusiastically tosses her head to create bright, bold strokes across a canvas propped up in her sty. The sow was rescued from an abattoir as a piglet and brought to an animal sanctuary in Franschhoek, in South Africa’s Western Cape region in 2016, where

Arlene Thickett works on a piece in her studio at her rural home between Binscarth and Russell.

After 30 years it’s on to a second career

Retired teacher feels creativity is important to mental wellness

After a 30-year teaching career, a Binscarth-Russell wife and mother has turned to a second career focusing on art — creating and teaching pottery and children’s art classes. “There is no aspect of our lives that doesn’t involve art,” says Arlene Thickett, a member of the local art group, the Prairie Arts cARTel. “Creativity and


Ariel Gordon is trading food for poems.

Peony for your thoughts?

Food-for-art exchange aims to change how people think about food and poetry

Ariel Gordon has a proposal for you. The Winnipeg-based poet and urban edibles aficionado is offering to write an original poem in exchange for food as part of her Poetry Barter Project, which is in its second season. Last summer she bartered for dandelions, lilacs, rhubarb, nasturtiums, hyssop, deer sausage, grape leaves, zucchini flowers, cherries,

Merle Tomyk, secretary treasurer and Doug Pickell, chair of the Stonewall-Rockwood Kurelek Tribute Citizens Committee hold a calendar with “The Manitoba Party” painting of William Kurelek. Their committee will unveil a monument in honour of William Kurelek August 23. The monument was designed to look like the tent in the painting.

Hometown artist William Kurelek honoured near Stonewall

Few know the world-famous artist grew up on a dairy farm near the community north of Winnipeg

Some know a great artist grew up on a farm near here and was inspired by the Interlake landscape around them. But not many. Later this month, a small local citizens’ group hopes to begin to change that by unveiling a monument dedicated to Canadian artist William Kurelek. The site is at the corner of

Marcel Debreuil Dec. 27, 1943 — Aug. 18, 2011

Marcel Debreuil loved working with budding artists.photo: Susan Crawford-Young He built tunnels to house his angel sculptures and tried new fun techniques to make canvases for his paintings. He is known for his round canvases and he set some of them on fire to give unique background textures for his exquisite drawings. His main summer



House For Rent — For A Song

Wait! Don’t throw out those old seed catalogues or colourful magazines. Use them to decorate a birdhouse. Since this project requires neither measuring nor cutting, it is something people of all ages and abilities could enjoy doing. I used a birdhouse I had purchased, but maybe someone you know who is good at carpentry would