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Medea Gallery to close Osborne Village location

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AMONG the usual artwork adorning the display window of Medea Gallery is a new addition: a for lease sign.

The gallery will close its doors at the end of October, ending a 35-year stay at 132 Osborne St.

One of Canada's oldest artist-run co-ops has seen its rent in Osborne Village steadily increase while sales lagged and membership slipped, says president Susan Mitchell.

"It's sad certainly and heart-wrenching for some. I'm trying be pragmatic about it. The handwriting has been on the wall for some time," she says.

The plan is move to a new, cheaper location, but the co-op is already finding rent elsewhere will not offer much of a financial break.

"Commercial real estate is high in Winnipeg," says Mitchell, an artist. "Maybe we will stay without a storefront for a while."

Mitchell says the foot traffic in the village was not as heavy as they thought, except on special occasions.

"We did well on Canada Day, but we need a Canada Day every month," she says.

Medea is planning a fundraising lunch called Pasta, Present and Future at Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano on Corydon Avenue Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include silent art auctions and the opportunity to network with co-op artists.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 11, 2013 C2

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