You don’t have to go far to see beautiful art, and when it is made up entirely of local artists, it makes this outing something you don’t want to miss. Melita is one of nineteen Southwestern Manitoba communities hosting the 39th Arts West Travelling Gallery. With a start on April 21 at the Westman Art Show hosted by the Souris Art Club, a total of 92 entries from 54 local artists were received with a final 20 pieces of art chosen to be part of the travelling collection. The show will conclude in Brandon in May, 2019. In between, the display will be seen in a number of communities including Hartney, Deloraine and Pierson, with Melita Library on right now.
The Arts West Council is an organization of volunteers dedicated to promoting the development of the visual arts in the Westman Region. It is made possible and sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Government and Lasting Image located in Brandon. The collection includes a variety of mediums including watercolor, oil, scratch art, mixed media collage, 2D fiber art, acrylic, pen, ink and colored pencil.
An excerpt described Ruth Eislers painting Musical Memories. “Ruth is mostly self-taught. Oil is her favourite medium, “still life” her favourite subject. This particular “still life” was set up in her studio box in her studio.” Her work Musical Memories won the Peoples Choice Award. She also entered two paintings into a group show in Birmingham, Alabama, and had a solo show at the Hamiota Art Center.
The majority of the art is available for purchase ranging from $75 to $500. The travelling art show is on display at the Melita Library until July 14. If you miss it, the collection will be in Reston July 26-28. For other upcoming locations, visit http:// www.artswestcouncil.ca.