Riverview Montessori Presents
Grown Ups Get Out - Riverview Montessori Annual Art Auction
with Riverview Montessori, Reverend Rambler, Suzanne DuPlooy, Holger Kalberg, Dominique Rey, Marlene Roy, Cyrus Smith, Russ Smith, M.E. Sparks, Jannetje Van Went
18:30 pm CDT
$40 plus fees Buy Tickets

Riverview Montessori Presents

Grown Ups Get Out - Annual Art Auction
Wednesday, April 26th 2023
630 - 930 pm
Tickets $40 plus fees advance
Funds raised will directly support the creation of a new outdoor classroom at Riverview Montessori (on the grounds of Ashland School in the Riverview neighbourhood).

The event will feature a live art auction hosted by auctioneer Dan Wachniak with works by Suzanne DuPlooy, Jenny Eaglesham, Holger Kalberg, Lucas c Pauls, Dominique Rey, Marlene Roy, Destiny Seymour, Cyrus Smith, Russ Smith, M.E. Sparks, and Jannetje Van Went.
Each artist worked in collaboration with Riverview Montessori students, ages 3–5, to create a variety of original art pieces.
Plus, a silent auction, appetizers by Chef Ben Kramer, and a special live performance by Reverend Rambler and Karli Colpitts.

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On the night of the show, your tickets will be waiting at the ticket window anytime after door time.  Please note that these are e-tickets, so if you have purchased multiple tickets, your entire party will need to be there at pick up.  Please have your ID ready, and your ticket’s up on your phone.


Reverend Rambler

The Reverend Rambler (AKA Matt Colpitts) might not be an ordained man of God, but his passionate rhythm and blues-inspired tunes will have you feeling the spirit something fierce. Catch him performing as a one-man band or with his 4 piece The Wicked World. Either way, The Rev's live shows are guaranteed to have your foot stompin' all night long

Suzanne DuPlooy

Suzanne is a visual artist working in several media with an interest in landscape, portraiture and figure drawing and painting. She has been involved in group shows in various towns in Southern Manitoba, Winnipeg, and Brandon. She received the 2015 Honourable Mention Manitoba Society of Artists. This is her fifth year participating in the Montessori Art Auction.

Holger Kalberg

Holger Kalberg, born in Germany, lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from Emily Carr University in 2001 and received an MFA from Chelsea School of Art in London in 2007. Exhibitions include “Poetics of Space ‘ Vancouver Art Gallery (2015)” Reconfiguring Abstraction” at the School of Art Gallery (2013), “Paint” at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2007), as well as shows at Agnes Etherington Gallery at Queens University, Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver, Clark and Faria in Toronto, Gallery Bertrand & Gruner in Geneva, Switzerland, Bark Gallerie, Berlin and Gallerie Hellebrand in Duisburg, Germany. He was shortlisted for the RBC Painting Competition in 2002, 2004 and 2005. He received a Canada Council Production Grant,BC Arts Council grants, and the University of Manitoba Creative Works Grant Kalberg’s work can be found in numerous collections in Germany, Switzerland, US, UK and Canada.
Holger Kalberg is represented by Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver.

Dominique Rey

Dominique Rey is a multidisciplinary francophone artist whose work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including Tabacka Art Center (Kosice, Slovakia), Galleri Box (Goteborg, Sweden), Art Center/South Florida (Miami Beach), National Galley of Canada (Ottawa), MOCCA (Toronto), Remai Modern (Saskatoon), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie), Gallery TPW (Toronto), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), and Centre Clark (Montreal).  Her art appears in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Remai Modern, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Scotiabank, and the Province of Manitoba. Dominique Rey is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and La Fondation Ricard. Her work has been reviewed in the Globe &; Mail, Border Crossings, Frieze, Canadian Art, Black Flash Magazine, Flare, and the Winnipeg Free Press. She holds a MFA in Photography from Bard College (NY) and a MFA in New Media from the Transart Institute (Berlin).  Rey was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts International Artist Residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2016. What connects her various works is “the tension of being outside one’s own desires, a palpable absence of certainty and longing for connection – both from within and without” (Sandra Fraser).

Marlene Roy

Marlene Roy has been painting for over 35 years and lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has participated in several group shows and has paintings in private collections in Canada and the United States. 

Roy paints semi-abstract and abstract paintings of landscapes and florals. She does smaller ‘en plein air’ mixed media on paper at the lake where her cottage is located and larger oils, acrylics and mixed media on canvas and paper in her city studio.

Cyrus Smith

Cyrus Smith (b. 1976) is a Canadian visual artist residing in Winnipeg, MB. Having an extensive background in street art, Smith borrows from popular culture and addresses several themes throughout his work. He has been involved with numerous exhibitions, public art, and performance projects throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Smith has given lectures and workshops detailing the risk of alienation and suppression of Graffiti Art. His work is included in collections worldwide.

Russ Smith

Russ Smith graduated Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba in the 70s with every intention of living alone in an attic somewhere, slaving over giant canvases for years until discovered. But then he fell in love and decided to have a family, so he switched his avocation to computers and programming, still painting in acrylics on a part-time basis. His biggest influences are Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and the greatest comic book artist of all time, Jack Kirby.

M.E. Sparks

M.E. Sparks is an artist and educator currently living in Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1 Territory. Sparks works primarily with paint and canvas. Through a practice of pulling apart and recombining borrowed forms, both art historical and autobiographical, she looks for the moment an image loses its representational solidity. Recently, she has been exploring material possibilities of unstretched painted canvas. Paintings are cut apart, layered and draped in an effort to obstruct and reimagine both the pictorial space of painting and its historical narrative. Sparks holds an MFA from Emily Carr University (Vancouver) and BFA from NSCAD University (Halifax). She is a recipient of project and research grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Winnipeg Arts Council, BC Arts Council, and Arts Nova Scotia. She has participated in artist residencies in Canada, Germany and Finland, and was a finalist in the 2016 and 2017 RBC Painting Competition. Recent exhibitions include and a Rag in the Other at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (Kelowna, 2022), We can only hint at this with words at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art (North Vancouver, 2022) and A Fine Line at Trapp Projects (Vancouver, 2021).

Jannetje Van Went

Jannetje is the owner and artist behind Inkfluence of Art. As a mother of two amazing daughters, I knew that I wanted to raise them with the empowerment that they can do whatever they dream of in this world. I believe strongly in the saying that creativity takes courage. Embarking on this journey, using my passion for art to open up Inkfluence of Art in my hometown Winnipeg. As a women-owned business, we strive to always encourage women.

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