Arts West: Artist's Retreat, June 14 - 19

Call for Submissions


June 14 – 19, 2020

Clear Lake, Manitoba

This annual five-day event provides students with an opportunity to concentrate on developing their artistic skills and goals under the direction of experienced professional instructors. All courses are 6 hours/ day for 5 days.

Emerging artists interested in participating in this retreat, but are unable to attend due to financial constraints, are invited to apply for a Darren Gusdal Memorial Bursary. The successful candidates will have their full registration of $650.00 covered. This includes accommodation, standard meals, instruction and GST. They will also receive $75 for the purchasing of art supplies.


- must be 18 years or older, consider yourself to be an emerging artist and

in need of financial assistance

- must indicate if you are an emerging rural or urban artist

- must submit 10 still images

jpg files only

maximum size of each jpg: 1024 x 768 pixels

RGB or greyscale colour mode files only

- include an accompanying image list stating title, year, medium

and dimensions (eg. 01. Winter on the River, 2016, watercolour,


- submit a short paragraph on why you want to attend the retreat and

another paragraph describing your history as a practicing artist.

-submissions must be emailed to with Darren Gusdal

Memorial Bursary as the subject

-deadline for submissions: April 1, 2020

-notification will take place by April 15, 2020

For more information on the retreat, please contact Esther Vermeer <>

For more information on the Darren Gusdal Memorial Bursary, please contact Diana Thorneycroft <>

Members of the 2020 jury are Michael Boss, Annette Lowe and Gerry Oliver.

Michael Boss is an artist and educator living in Winnipeg, Canada. His artwork ranges from drawing and painting to photography, sculpture, installation, performance and writing, and has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally. Boss has taught at Lakehead University, Brandon University, Mount Allison University and other post-secondary institutions. He was Head of Education at The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon for 7 years and Head of Studio Programs at The Winnipeg Art Gallery from 1998-2014.

Annette Lowe graduated from the University of Manitoba with a double major in printmaking and drawing. While operating a restaurant; first the May House Tea Room, Stonewall and then The North Star Drive-in, Winnipeg, she continued working in her studio located in Winnipeg's Exchange District.

Based on her travels between Winnipeg and Norris Lake in the Interlake,

Lowe produces large figurative drawings in pencil and small oil paintings on canvas. Both art forms equally focusing on the dark and mysterious. Her paintings are in private and Province of Manitoba collections.

Gerry Oliver has spent most of her life working in some form of art. Her background in botany, animal science and ecology is evident in many of her water colour and colour pencil drawings. Several years ago, the acquisition of a herd of sheep brought fibre back into her practice. Currently she straddles the line between wool and paint. For eleven years, Oliver served as coordinator of the Arts West Artist Retreat and continues as chairperson for the Arts West Council.