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Margruite Krahn, holding a copy of Resurfacing a field journal containing samples of floor designs, is a well-known Manitoba artist who lives in Neubergthal in southern Manitoba. The village is a national heritage site and was founded in 1876 by Mennonites who came from Prussia.

Folk art reveals a lesser known side of Mennonite life, says Manitoba artist

Artist Margruite Krahn says vivid designs are a reminder of the value of bringing more colour into our lives

Like most Mennonites, Margruite Krahn knew women on southern Manitoba farms once hand-painted their homes with lively and colourful designs. But it wasn’t until the Neubergthal artist became involved with a local housebarn preservation that she began to truly see these floors for herself. That was several years ago, while serving as chair of the

Colleen Granger presented her bachelor of fine arts thesis exhibition at the Glen 
Sutherland Art Gallery at the Brandon University on March 17 to 25.

Art down on the farm

Colleen Granger says inspiration for her art exhibit comes from her experience on the family farm

You know a place has become very special to you when you find yourself making art about it. That’s the position Colleen Granger, who lives on a farm south of Brandon with her husband and two teenage daughters, finds herself in. Over the past eight years, she’s been pursuing a degree in fine arts from



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

a man sculpting

Uniquely Manitoba helps artists connect to buyers

Since 2004 non-profit association Uniquely Manitoba has been helping 
Manitoba artists and crafters develop, promote and sell their wares

You might say it was a uniquely Manitoba moment that brought together Jake Goertzen and a non-profit association helping artists. The sculptor from Horndean, Man., was hauling a nine-foot, 2,000-lb. metal bison on a flatdeck down Winnipeg’s Pembina Highway, when the marketing manager for Uniquely Manitoba caught up with him. Since 2004, the organization has