Art show and sale is a labour of love

This spring there will be more than one opportunity for local art lovers to enjoy and even buy some of the wonderful artworks produced by artists of the St. Vital Art Group.

The organization’s annual Group Show and Sale will be held Fri., April 26, from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sat., April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Church in Meadowood, 1111 Dakota St.

The St. Vital Art Group is comprised of 35 wonderful artists who meet on Wednesday mornings, and the annual show and sale is its main event, giving members an opportunity to display and sell their work and locals a chance to buy a unique piece of art.

Members use a variety of media, such as oil, watercolour, acrylics and resin, and styles range from still life to landscapes to abstracts and collages, so there is something for everyone. Past favourites have included landscapes and wild animals, and buying local art is a great option for business owners to support and stay connected to the community.

Pauline Korol, president of the St. Vital Art Group, says the sale offers lots of options for anyone who is interested in buying something for their home or business, or as a gift.

Pauline Korol
Pauline Korol, president of the St. Vital Art Group, is pictured with one of her paintings. Photo by Abigail Byle

Korol first began painting in 2001 but said that at first she found that “it was hard to know where to start.”

Her daughter bought her some watercolour classes with Leona Brown, a Manitoba artist, and she now uses a variety of media, such as watercolour and acrylic, but says her recent favourite technique is using resin, which creates an iridescent shimmer.

Korol joined the St. Vital Art Group when she moved to Winnipeg in 2002 and, for her, painting is truly a pleasure.

“You lose yourself in it, and you forget what time it is,” she says.

Korol will show a number of her paintings, as well as beautiful, abstract, resin coasters at the show and sale, and Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano on Corydon Avenue will be hanging some of her acrylic and resin paintings for sale in its small dining room.

Eight St. Vital Art Group members, including Korol, will also be showcased at Artarama at Mary, Mother of the Church, 85 Kirkbridge Dr., from March 29-31. They will be among 44 Manitoba artists, who participate by invitation only,whose work will be part of that event.

For more information about Artarama, contact Peter Lodewyks at pglods@mymts.net or Walter Berry at wcberry@planetnine.ca.

For more information about St. Vital Art Group or the St. Vital Art Group Show and Sale on April 26 and 27, contact Pauline Korol at paulinek1@shaw.ca.

This article was originally published on March 13 , 2019 by Winnipeg Free Press.

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