Terra Botanica – Nov. 17

November 17 – 25, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 7 – 10pm


Cre8ery Gallery

125 Adelaide St, Winnipeg, MB R3A 0W4, Canada


Terra Botanica

Terra – Earth; Botanica – Plants

Terra Botanica is a creative synthesis of clay/earth, plants and the human element to experience and appreciate a more natural holistic existence in our living/work environments. We are not designed to thrive in sterile environments void of all the plant and microbial/probiotic activity that has evolved along with us and within. The natural calming scents and sounds of earth, plants and water evoke and awaken our own biological innate affinity to the natural world.

Current scientific research is proving that soil microbes/bacteria have an important role in maintaining our physiological/psychological well being, facilitating a deeper symbiotic relationship with our environment. Exposure to soil bacteria has natural mood enhancers, activates brain cells, reduces anxiety, and functions as an antidepressant.

When we bring these natural elements in creative ways into our homes, we infuse the scent of earth, plant life, beneficial microbials and natural visual stimuli into the environment we call home.There is a mind/body microbial earth connection when working with clay/soil and plants. Bringing these natural elements into the interior of a studio, home, work space and our bodies has an innate grounding calming therapeutic presence similar to when were in our gardens or walking in the forest. Merging the dynamic energetic quality of plants with clay and earth helps to replicate these environments . Terra Botanica is about bringing these natural elements into consciousness and reassembling them indoors.

Teaching pottery and continuing to garden has always been a learning, sharing, inspiring process and experience. Both soil and clay have dynamic properties and the potential to manifest in an infinite amount of ways. I enjoy the art of merging subtlety, minimalism and aesthetics in crafting functional/ utilitarian objects.

“Nature doesn’t belong to us, we belong to nature”



Heather Komus is a Winnipeg based artist who works in mixed media, sculpture and installation. Drawing upon a deep interest in science, she investigates our relationship to the natural world with a wide variety of materials including: embroidered fibres; animal matter and found objects. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art Honours from the University of Manitoba in 2009. Heather has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Travel greatly informs her work and she has participated in residencies in Quebec, Newfoundland, Florida, Nova Scotia and Manitoba. Her work has been supported by the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Crystal Nykoluk:
 We are what we perceive  Our experiences shape our life.
My practice has always been aimed to shape the experiences of others in a way I feel is grounding and thoughtful.
I graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree in Ceramics and have been involved with the arts community ever since then.  I have taught pottery classes at The Winnipeg Art Gallery and at The Edge Clay Centre as I feel knowledge is power.  I continue to maintain my studio practice.  My work for ‘Terra Botanica’ is an installation piece which is made up of many ceramic components.  Each component can be taken home and in this way I hope to disperse my idea as a dandelion scatters it’s seeds.



Jessica Hodgson:
 is a ceramic artist from the farming community of Hartney, Manitoba. Moving to Winnipeg in 2006 to attend the University of Manitoba, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours in Ceramics in 2012. In 2014 Jessica completed a 6-month artist in residency term at The Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where she developed the body of work, The Stratum Series. Jessica currently lives in Winnipeg, Canada, where she teaches ceramics through The Edge Gallery and works out of her ARTlington studio. Jessica is passionate about making work that questions our relationships with nature and nourishment.





Bernard Ferguson:  After graduating from University Of Manitoba with BFA in fine arts, and studying at UW, sustainability /permaculture and plant based foods became an interest and passion. A deeper fascination with plants and the microbial world was inspired during 5 years of Organic farming in various places in US and Canada. Living and working outdoors and witnessing the daily activity of nature’s progressions, patterns, cycles and impermanence from the microbial world to plants and migrating deer was inspiring and evocative. This amazing alchemy and synthesis of elements beneath my feet and beyond offered a deeper insight into the natural world.





Erika Hanneson is a Winnipeg artist who not only allows people to touch her art, she encourages it. Erika specializes in ceramic art forms evocative of the nature around us. She uses a variety of unique surface techniques and alternative firing methods to reimagine everything from shells to pods, seeds to trees, flowers to vines. Through scale, shape and especially texture, her work is an imitation, but not a duplication, of the world around us. Erika received her BFA from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. She currently maintains a private studio at ARTlington Studios and works in the Education department at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

A continued study in ceramics at UM during the winter months between farming gradually weaved new holistic perceptions in understanding clay/earth/ceramics and plant dynamic similarities.



Crafted @ the WAG – Nov. 3 + 4


Friday, Nov 3, 12-9pm +

Saturday, Nov 4, 11am-5pm


The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), Manitoba Craft Council (MCC), and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA), along with this year’s new partner, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL), are thrilled to present the third annual juried craft show at the WAG. This one-of-a-kind event highlights over 50 artists from Manitoba, plus a select number from Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, and the Northwest Territories; and features DIY workshops and live craft demonstrations!


Tickets $5/day • Kids under 12 free • Includes admission to WAG galleries • Tickets available at the door


The Stone Diary Project – Oct. 6

Exhibition runs October 6th – 20th

Opening reception: Friday, October 6th 6 – 9 pm

Cafe Postal
202 Provencher Boulevard
Winnipeg, MB
The practice of ceramics and book binding are both rooted in ancient methods. The book, as an object, is a container for life’s meanings; a way to record, learn and remember.  Ceramics have long been used for the safe storage of sustenance and have fulfilled spiritual purposes.  Both are functional objects that serve to feed us in different ways.  The Stone Diary Project connects one  book binder with sixteen Manitoba ceramic artists to create stone vessels in which to store your thoughts and ideas.  Precious and safe, yet ultimately fragile, these objects are meant to invoke connection and foster a sense of contemplation.

Culture Days at ARTlington – Sept. 30 + Oct. 1

Culture Days at ARTlington Studios

September 30 & October 1, 2017


Culture Days Manitoba is a collaborative cross Canadian volunteer movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The 7th annual national Culture Days weekend will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities.

The ARTlington studios house an amazing selection of Winnipeg’s talented artists. From ceramics to photography, painters to jewelry, and not to forget the amazing building itself, ARTlington is a hidden gem that has something for everyone!

Nuit Blanche at ARTlington – Sept. 30

Nuit Blanche at Arlington Studios

Saturday, September 30th  |  7pm – midnight


ARTlington Studios and Gallery is once again hosting a visual feast for your art senses at this year’s Nuit Blanche 2017! The 20+ artists of ARTlington are coming together for this annual free all-night celebration of art and culture that is happening worldwide and we invite you to join in!


Art Talk/Art Walk – Aug. 4

 First Fridays ART TALK / ART WALK
The Winnipeg Free Press News Café
237 McDermot
Dinner and a lively, informal talk followed by a guided walk through the Exchange Galleries and Studios.
Email wfpnewscafe@gmail.com or phone 204.697.7069 to book your seat!

At this month’s Art Talk, First Fridays in the Exchange will be celebrating the new C2 Centre for Craft with artists Seema Goel and Jessica Hodgson, whose work breaks down and blows up the old barriers between art and craft. Looking at issues such as the relationships between humanity and the environment, food and sustainability, and the links among art, science and creativity, we’ll be discussing what craft materials and craft techniques can do in this new expanded field.
Presented by  First Fridays in the Exchange, The Winnipeg Free Press News Café  & with the generous support of  The Winnipeg Arts Council & The Manitoba Arts Council

Full Spectrum – May 26, 7 -11pm

Full Spectrum

Friday, May 26, 7 – 11pm

618 Arlington, 2nd floor gallery


In conjunction with Doors Open Winnipeg on May 27 + 28, 2017, the ARTlington Studio artists will once again be putting on a Full Spectrum gallery exhibition celebrating our building full of great art. Join us at the ARTlington Gallery on Friday, May 26, 7 – 11pm for an evening of inspiring art and conversation.

Following Full Spectrum, the artists of ARTlington will have their space open for shopping and studio tours on May 27 and 28 for Doors Open Winnipeg. Come see what ARTlington is all about!


Doors Open Winnipeg – May 27 + 28

618 Arlington

May 27 + 28, 11 – 5pm


This free annual event celebrates Winnipeg’s unique spaces, architecture and history, showcasing more than 80 remarkable buildings and sites.

The artists of ARTlington will be opening up their studios in the wonderful building that is 618 Arlington during Doors Open, allowing visitors to shop while learning the history of many of the city’s architecturally stunning and historically significant buildings.


ARTlington Pop Up Market – Nov. 19


ARTlington Studios Pop Up Market

618 Arlington St.

November 19, 2016

10am – 4pm


Red River General is hosting a popup art, vintage and local market at the ARTlington Studios!


Follow @redrivergeneral and @artlingtonstudios on instagram for more updates and a sneak peek at vendors!