Wayne Arthur Gallery and Connie Wawruck-Hemmett: Carnivalia Exhibition

Wayne Arthur Gallery

186 Provencher Blvd

Invites you to

Carnivalia: Art by Connie Wawruck-Hemmett

From Friday, September 3 to 29, 2021

Due to the Corona Virus there will be no artist reception and masks are to be worn.

Other virus protocols will be followed such as no more than 10 people in the gallery at once and staying 2 meters apart and hand sanitizing upon entry.

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM

Web site: http://www.waynearthurgallery.com

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Call Bev at 204-477-5249

About the show:

In the period leading up to Lent, people in many countries around the world prepare for the coming restrictive period by immersing themselves in joyfully musical celebrations of decadence and excess. In America it is called Mardi Gras and features the raucous jazz bands of New Orleans; in Trinidad and --Tobago, steel bands and calypso fill Port of Spain's Savannah during Carnival. In Venice, meanwhile, traditional costumes accessorized with fans and masks hark back to the history of the unique city of canals.

Other countries have similar celebrations, but during other times of the year, such as Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) held at the end of October. Japan, meanwhile, has two seasonal events, celebrating winter and spring with lights and flowers. Our own Canadian province also has two major annual festivals: in August Winnipeg is home to Folklorama, one of the country's primary multicultural festivals, and in mid-winter the Festival du Voyageur takes place in St Boniface," celebrating Manitoba's fur-trading past and unique French heritage.

Connie Wawruck-Hemmett's fifth solo show, "Carnivalia," was originally inspired by Wayne Arthur Gallery's group exhibition, "Celebration," in which her assemblage art piece "Queen Carnivale" made its first appearance. Working on that three-dimensional piece encouraged the artist to pay homage to a number of those carnivals and festivals that bring so much joy to so many people, with all of their glitz and glory, musicality and memorabilia. The pieces she presents in this show—whatever their art genre—are as colourful and diverse as the events that they celebrate.

About the artist:

Connie Wawruck-Hemmett is a mostly self-taught visual artist who credits local artistic legend Ted Korol for helping her to expand her artistic abilities during high school. Her plans at the time involved a future in costume design, but instead she ended up working in the new field of data processing.

Since that time--even while becoming a mother, travelling the world with her offshore oilfield-working husband, receiving two degrees in History from the University of Winnipeg (BA 1987, MA 1989), and working towards a PhD at Dalhousie University—she has always been involved in one type of art or another. Even Connie's doctoral work had to do with art, as she specialized in "reading" visual representation of women in graphic drawings to be found in a 1930s Soviet youth newspaper. Unfortunately, the discovery of two brain tumors in 1994, a very invasive surgery, and a lengthy period of recuperation brought her studies to an end, but she continued "making art," often using it as a form of therapy after being diagnosed with PTSD.

It is only during the past ten years, however, that Connie has devoted more and more of her time and energy to her artistic pursuits, from fine needlework and clothing design, to jewelry design, ceramic and assemblage art, and painting with various mediums on a variety of substrates. Building on her academic teaching abilities, she now teaches classes in different art styles and techniques and is a certified ceramics instructor. Her work has appeared in a number of multi-artist shows, as well as in four solo exhibitions, and often can be seen at Winnipeg's Cre8ery Gallery, Wayne Arthur Gallery, and the Edge Gallery, as well as at Gwen Fox Gallery in Selkirk, MB; it is also held in both private and public collections in Canada, Australia and the United States. Connie is a member of the East of the Red Artists.