From farm to art: Winnipeg artist thinks outside the cereal box

Gerrard incorporates prairie grains into her artwork, celebrating the importance of agriculture. SUPPLIED

It’s safe to say we have all heard of the nutritional goodness of the many grains grown on the prairies. But when Winnipeg artist Naomi Gerrard began thinking outside the cereal box, it ultimately led to the next Main Gallery exhibit at Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment gallery. Who could have guessed what these crops could be repurposed for?

“Multi-grains of Energy” exhibit opens Aug. 13 at the Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment gallery at the William Glesby Centre.

Gerrard incorporates prairie grains into her artwork, celebrating the importance of agriculture. A mixed media collage artist she uses canola, flax, wheat, oats, buckwheat, sunflower seeds, rye, alfalfa, clover, mustard seeds and many more. She is inspired by the potential surging life of the individual grains planted annually in our prairies. Each individual grain has its own inherent personality, range of colours, shape and beauty. These grains collectively change the vast landscape of our prairies annually from the planting season to the harvest season. They spread energy, hope and beauty as they develop into nourishing food for us all. In this exhibit, she has created approximately 50 unique artworks that include a variety of grains.

“Art is a search for the visual voice, the light, the spirit, the sounds or the aromas, the tensions of the moment. I search for a way to make a social statement, a way to challenge the viewer through my art,” Gerrard said.

There will be an opening reception and artist introduction at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 in the main gallery at the William Glesby Centre at 11-2nd Street NE in Portage la Prairie.

Admission is free to the exhibit and opening reception. Multi-Grains of Energy by Naomi Gerrard is sponsored by Portage Vision Services

For more information about the gallery and this event contact Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment (www.portageartscentre.ca).

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