Rural Arts Mentorship Program: Interlake Region

  • September 2012 – March 2013

The Manitoba Arts Network is partnering with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) to deliver a mentorship program to rural artists in the Interlake Region of Manitoba. This program is taking place over a six-month period from September 2012 through March 2013 with a break over Christmas. A group of four mentees, Wanda Kopec, Audrey Lute, Michael Cherlet and Rosemary Dzus, are being co-mentored by professional artists Diane Whitehouse and Linda Fairfield.

The program will culminate with an exhibition of new work by the mentees, produced during the mentorship program. The exhibition will be showcased at the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli in March 2 2013, and run until March 30. The exhibition opening will be March 2nd at 7pm.

  • Diane Whitehouse studied fine arts (painting) at Birmingham College of Art and Bergen Kunsthandverkskole, Bergen, Norway. After immigrating to Canada in the sixties she taught at the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba School of Art. Diane has exhibited nationally and internationally, and was the subject of a solo, retrospective exhibition held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1999. She has served on many boards, including the Canada Council and Plug In ICA, and was one of the founders of MAWA.