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Inside South Osborne’s art studios

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Artist Tom Roberts is pictured in his home pottery workshop. Roberts claims his stoneware will last 2,000 years.

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Artist Tom Roberts is pictured in his home pottery workshop. Roberts claims his stoneware will last 2,000 years. Photo Store

Reymond Pagé is an artist who works out of his character home on a tree-lined street just off of Osborne.

Along with the nine other artists who make up the South Osborne Arts Group, he opened his home and studio Mother’s Day weekend to show and talk about his work.

"My trip was really huge," he says, telling a story from an almost year-long trip through 11 countries he went on with his family. "You see so much, it’s so upside-down from how we live. I like to create work that makes people think beyond themselves and feel empathy. but also think about their environment."

About a block away is Tom Roberts’ home and pottery workshop, where he produces stoneware. He describes his work as "decorative functional pottery," and his card says it will be good for 2,000 years.

Just down the street is the home of Helen Lyons, who works in jewelry, pottery and paint. She only really focused on fine arts after retiring, specifically taking to painting animals, but she’s able to work in most modern styles.

Around the corner is the home and studio of Dave Maddocks, who went to Japan to become a landscape painter, but ended up producing mostly still lifes. His favourite landscapes are the ones he painted in open air on long canoe rides in the Canadian wilderness. His works also vary in style, showing his evolution as an artist.

Two blocks down lives Solange Chabannes Award winner Pam Rayner Moore who has painted portraits of everyone from Joyce

Bateman to Obby Khan. She showed off her newest conceptual art, called "lumpies," made from the lint out of her clothes dryer — a material she describes as the remnants of humans who are the remnants of star dust. She’s also currently working on a series of local landscapes.

Winnipeg isn’t the centre of the art world, and the SOAG isn’t a guild or a movement. It is an intentionally small and informal group of talented artists who have been putting on tours for about a year and a half to show and market their art to neighbours and the broader community as an alternative to galleries or shows.

"I suspect you could toss a dart at our city map and find several artists within a stone’s throw of that point," Pagé says.

"We want Winnipeggers to know that whether you are just beginning to collect art, or are an avid connoisseur, you will undoubtedly find what you are looking for in Winnipeg, and perhaps in the South Osborne neighbourhood."

Andrew Braga is a community correspondent for South Osborne.

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