3rd Online Manitoba Rural Northern Juried Art Show

Apr 3, 2024 | Press Release

Celebrate 3rd Online Manitoba Rural Northern Juried Art Show

Manitoba Arts Network is excited to announce that our 3rd annual online Manitoba Rural Northern Juried Art Show will open online October 5th, 2022.

WINNIPEG – September 19, 2022


Manitoba Arts Network is excited to announce that our 3rd annual online Manitoba Rural Northern Juried Art Show will open online October 5th, 2022. This year, the show features 36 artists from various regions including Central, Northern, Parkland, and Westman areas. This exhibition will be hosted entirely online on MAN’s digital gallery from now through December 2022.

The Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show (MRNJAS) is an annual exhibition held through the Manitoba Arts Network. It creates an opportunity for artists and their art to be valued and admired across geographic and cultural boundaries, nurturing artistic exchange. With the success of last year’s virtual exhibition, more than 900 visitors from all over the world joined us online, MAN and our member organizations have decided to continue the online exhibition for 2022. The show is a valuable opportunity for us to learn more from the artists about their work. There will be three awards selected by a jury to be presented to the artists at the Art Show Exhibition.

Artworks this year cover a diverse range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and textiles. Our guest artist, crafter Katrina Craig will open the celebrations with a presentation on the importance of play and experimentation for artistic practices. Katrina will speak about her art practice and the importance of play and experimentation within our creative endeavors, and how play can allow us to grow our creative practice in new and sometimes unexpected ways. As the Programme and Outreach Coordinator at the Manitoba Craft Council, Katrina works with artists and craftspeople to build and shape their career. She will discuss some insights on career building she has learned from her role at the Manitoba Craft Council, and from her own professional art career.

Katrina Craig is an artist, craftsperson, and art administrator currently residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Katrina’s work incorporates textile techniques and traditions with mixed media materials, hand lettered text, deconstructed objects, plants, and organic materials. Her work often uses process, labour, memory, and time as a vehicle to explore how our close connections, experiences, and physical environments contribute to the shifting nature of personal identity.

Shelley Dyck finds that the connection to the world around her, “The quiet and more easy-going life we found in Manitoba has improved my painting.”

Doug Dmytriw thinks this program is great for all artists: “Times like we live in need communication to pass along ideas, warnings, suggestions for the advancement of our species, making the world a better place with what you can represent. Shapes, sounds, colours, media of all types gives each of us a voice. Why waste words, why beat around the bush. More horsemen can happen anytime, anywhere.”

Lauren MacLean’s art is a practice of deep listening at the intersection of the body, mind, spirit, heart, and soul. When painting with acrylics, she strives to capture the essence of a subject while also making it look realistic. However, she always wants to push the envelope further and invoke deeper questions about how the viewer sees the world by changing the traditional form. The Coin does this by showing what is going on behind the subject’s smile, as well as the shallow box through which we may perceive it.

The MRNJAS Opening Reception will be held via Zoom October 5th at 7pm, where the audience will have the opportunity to talk with artists part of the exhibition. Three artworks chosen by an external jury will be given a cash prize. We will announce the winners at the opening reception.

Please follow below zoom link to join us Wednesday October 5 at 7pm for the opening reception when we celebrate the accomplishments of artists across the province:


Join Manitoba Arts Network for this year’s Manitoba Rural Northern Juried Art Show at https://artgallery.manitobaartsnetwork.ca/.

Stay updated on MAN’s Facebook and Instagram pages for more details.

Capturing nature through many mediums in art has been my life-long passion for 50 years! Most recently I’ve come to enjoy charcoal drawing, both its gentleness and its grit! With each piece I try to achieve that ‘WOW!’ factor – that extra ‘something’ that causes the viewer to stop and take a second look, allowing themselves to be drawn in, and to connect with the piece in their own intimate way. I strive to do that through hyper-realism charcoal. If I can invite someone into the world, I’ve created for them and hold them there, then I’ve achieved that ‘WOW!’ factor.”

Betty Sawatzky from the Westman Region shared her interesting thoughts.

Media contact:

Nicole Shimonek
Visual Arts Coordinator,
Manitoba Arts Network

E: visualarts@mbartsnet.ca
T: (204) 943-0036

Sarah Brereton
Program Coordinator,
Manitoba Arts Network

E: admin@mbartsnet.ca
T: (204) 943-0036