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Tour making waves in art community

 by Kelsey Schaefer, Interlake Publishing

Gayle Halliwell showcases one of her paintings during the Wave Interlake Artists’ Tour in 2017.

Gayle Halliwell showcases one of her paintings during the Wave Interlake Artists’ Tour in 2017.

The WAVE Artist Studio Tour showcased the talent of artists from around the Interlake in their very own studios. The tour took place June 9 and 10, with the second event running Sept. 1 and 2, as has been tradition every year for nearly 18 years.
 
Participating artists invited the public into their personal workspaces to share their creative pieces and processes. The tour was a self-guided adventure, enabling visitors to speak with each artist within their artistic environment.
 
“It’s always an amazing weekend, every time,” said Susanne Barrow, a long-time participating artist in the tour. “I’ve probably had about 270 people come through my place in previous tours. This experience is so unique because this tour really has a lot of heart in it.”
 
The tour has earned numerous awards throughout its years of operation, including the Manitoba Co-operative Achievement Award, the Interlake Tourism Association Partnership Award and the Uniquely Manitoba Rising Star Award. 
 
Barrow’s paintings and pottery pieces were displayed in the Gimli Gallery, the tour’s only gallery, during the June show. Her home will be an open gallery for the upcoming show in September. 
 
“People get a sense of our lifestyle as artists and get to see what we do everyday,” said Alan Lacovetsky, who has participated in the show since its inception. “It offers people a first-hand experience to see the artists in their own studios. People are always interested to see the tools I use.”
 
Lacovetsky has been practicing the art of pottery for over 40 years and currently owns a large studio near Oak Hammock Marsh. He uses traditional methods and tools such as a foot-powered potters wheel and an ancient-style, wood-burning kiln. His finished products include cups, bowls, vases and much more.
 
“I think this is really the one that started it all,” said Barrow regarding art shows in the Interlake.
 
For more information on the tour or to learn how to become involved, visit watchthewave.ca.
 


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