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Ed Brown speaks, sings western lore.

Manitoba’s cowboy poet

Ed Brown of Oak Lake is an award-winning storyteller known throughout North America

Cowboy poet Ed Brown draws on his diverse experience as a rodeo cowboy, trapper and artist to paint scenes of western life through poetry and song. “My performances are an expression of a lifelong love,” said Brown. “It’s a way of life that stubbornly hangs on in the face of drastic global changes.” Brown, 73,



Monsanto versus Schmeiser to play out on Winnipeg stage

Prairie Theatre Exchange will host ‘Seeds’ as part of its latest tour

The tale of the Prairie farmer who fought the good fight for saved seed, or tried and failed to game a multinational agribusiness, or maybe both — or neither, is coming to the Winnipeg stage. Seeds, written by playwright Annabel Soutar, will run for 19 performances at Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE) in Portage Place from

Manitoba Agricultural Museum’s executive director Georgette Hutlet (l) and curator Tanya Wiegand display the museum’s new barn quilt sign, to hang on the fence of the Austin-area museum. 
The pattern is a version of the Log Cabin block and is emblazoned with one of the museum’s most popular artifacts, Big Roy, a Versatile Model 1080.

Let’s cover rural Manitoba with ‘barn quilts,’ say Ag Museum staff

Inspired by other barn quilt trails of southern Ontario and Iowa, staff with the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin hung out their own barn quilt on Mother’s Day and are working with other communities to piece together a map of where more will eventually be found

Eunice and Doug Pratt were heading south through Iowa for a U.S. holiday when they spotted the first ‘barn quilt’ — a brilliant-coloured quilt block affixed to the front of a barn. But it wasn’t made with fabric. It was a large, colourful wooden eight-foot-square painted replica of a quilt block, and one of many

This work of art by Judy Trefry of Manitoba depicts the former Manitoba Pool Elevator at Beausejour. It was still standing when Trefry was creating her rug. It was demolished in September 2012.

Rugs elevate bygone Prairie symbol

An exhibit of exquisite hooked art rugs by the Heritage Rug Hookers of Saskatoon on six-community tour of Manitoba

An art exhibit of the gone-but-not-forgotten Prairie grain elevator is helping revive a once common craft of Prairie homemakers, too. A collection of 40 hooked rugs, each depicting a grain elevator, is now on display in Carman. The collection — which has been displayed at about 20 galleries in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and, most recently Virden


Quilted Piano Bench Cover

DIY PROJECT By Myrlene Currie FREELANCE CONTRIBUTOR Supplies: ” Backing 17×39 inches (I used black so it wasn’t noticeable) ” Quilt batting 17×39 inches ” Many strips of different fabric ” Extra backing to secure cover to bench ” Narrow elastic ” Fabric for binding (2-inch width) I made a music quilt for my granddaughter

Community Art Gallery Gets Makeover

For an organization whose focus and mandate is to make things beautiful, it was ironic that its courtyard was not. The Golden Prairie Arts Council in Carman decided in 2009 that it was time to give its backyard a makeover. Members applied to MAFRI’s Hometown grant program for help funding the project. Hometown grants, started

Flower Sales Soar In February

Valentine’s Day will soon be here, and with it the annual rose promotion opportunity. While Old Man Winter is blowing icy breath at us, many of us take the most delicate of flowers home by the dozens. How long they last is anybody’s guess, but in the meantime, they have helped many a romance bloom.


Teddies For Tragedies

Eighty-five-year-old Mary Smith of Fisher Branch, Manitoba is one charitable and active grandmother, in spite of some life-changing obstacles. One year ago she suffered a stroke and she was no longer able to work in her large, well-tended yard and garden, and a broken wrist added to her forced inactivity. When Smith was told by

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or our 50th Anniversary party, I made a hanging guest book. This could easily be made for any theme. I started with our wedding picture and then our old farmhouse, continuing on to show the renovated house and the children. The graduation pictures came next and then came the spouses and the arrival of grandchildren.