Once again a visual art show will be coinciding with the the Reel Pride film festival. The Park Theatre will feature works of LGTBQ+ artists on display in the lounge for patrons to view freely the duration of the festival.
Some of the contributing artists include :
Jillian Bagan – Jillian Bagan is a graduate from the University of Manitoba, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has completed a Diploma in Marketing and Management at the Art Institute of Vancouver. She has worked with different programs, including Artbeat and Art at the Bedside, promoting mental health through creation of art. She recently moved to Montreal to pursue her Masters of Creative Art Therapy at Concordia.
Jillian loves working with pen and ink or in oils whenever she gets a spare moment. She values artistic expression, social responsibility and equal rights.
Cory Derksen – Cory Derksen, born in Winnipeg, says he’s always been creative. He got his first camera at age eight, and says he soon began altering photos to make them his own. He has always loved puzzles – “shifting, assembling and moving elements around. Cory’s art often reflects “resetting one’s frame of mind or paradigm”. He studied photography formally and cites Andy Warhol and filmmakers John Waters and Tim Burton as influences. An alumnus of Artbeat Studio Inc., Cory has recently supported local community through facilitating art workshops for adults and children with Family Dynamics, Studio Central, West Alexander Residents’ Association and Artbeat Studio.
Benden Fortescue – Brenden Fortescue is an artist and illustrator originally from Winnipeg but currently resides in Vancouver, BC. He likes to explore various subject matter; from queer culture to personal experiences. His education background in Graphic Design and love for all things print has inspired his current work, with combines traditntal and digital mediums.which combines traditional and digital mediums
Krista Lawson – Krista graduated from Red River College with a diploma in graphic design. She’s been in love with design for the last 14 years, and is currently working as a freelancer but has never stopped creating art. She is always drawn to portraits, and is most strongly influenced by the Impressionist movements. She works mostly in acryllic and oil paints, but also does oil pastels and ink drawings.
Burgess Mertens – Born in rural Manitoba Burgess fell in love with art at a very young age. He took art lessons as a child and took over teaching the classes as a teen until moving to Winnipeg. Burgess graduated from Red River College with a diploma in graphic design. He works in various traditional mediums including pencil, charcoal, oil, and pastels but has also moved into digital media since his graphic design studies. Using surrealistic imagery to depict nature, he is influenced by the connection of humanity and the natural world in a modern era.
Kylie Stomp – Kylie Stomp studied art at the University of Manitoba School of Art, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree in Graphic Design. The majority of the paintings are based on personal experiences captured in photos taken over the past 18 years. Each portrait is symbolic of a certain time/travel experience in her life. However, she anticipates that the viewer will make their own connection and relate to the expressions in each portrait.
Chantelle Tokarz – Chantelle has been painting and drawing since she was a child. Her art conveys a mystical ambiance. The inspiration for her artwork is derived from living in Winnipeg which has allowed her to experience many beautiful views of the sky. We have wide open fields in which we can see the horizon line extending out with decorative clouds and at night with the Northern Lights.
Also featuring : Sarah Geres, Kristian Gallinger, Choi Yuen