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Rosser painter Dolly Dennis’ home studio is the first stop on this year’s South of the Lakes Art Tour.
The 15th annual tour is planned for Sat., Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. and coordinated by the Prairie Oak Regional Arts Council.
Dennis, a longtime featured artist who helps to promote the tour, is happy to be back as ill health prevented her from taking an active role last year.
"A lot of what I have to show this year is retrospective plus a few newer works," she said.
She primarily paints in acrylic but will also be displaying pieces created with oil and watercolour paint and watercolour pencils.
Dennis saw she’s always on the lookout for subject matter. Her paintings include depictions of scenes from her travels to the Pacific Northwest, Caribbean and Hawaii as well as rural landscapes.
"Even when I’m on a trip, I have my watercolour pencils and sketch pad," she said.
She said this year’s tour includes a wide variety of artistic styles and handmade crafts. Group shows are being held at the Grosse Isle Recreation Club (117 E Road 72N), Stonewall’s Heritage Art Centre (166 Main St.), Grande Bazaar in Stonewall (310 Main St.), Teulon Green Acres Art Centre (50A-8th Ave. SE), Selkirk’s Gwen Fox Gallery (250 Manitoba Ave.) and the Gordon Howard Centre in Selkirk ( 394 Eveline St.).
Rosser wood and bark carver Loris Barsanti is participating in the Grosse Isle group show. He said he enjoys the company of the other group members.
Barsanti uses cottonwood bark to produce unique carvings. "I basically do what I call wood spirits and their houses," he said.
His interest in carving began during visits with an uncle in Michigan who was an expert carver.
Barsanti said he hopes that younger people who see his work will also consider trying wood carving.
Dennis said she’s pleased to have more area artists join the tour this year to show their work.
"I’m always amazed at the new work and the people," she said.
"It’s not about the sales for me, but having my work acknowledged."
For more information on South of the Lakes Art Tour, see https://www.facebook.com/southofthelakes/
Maps show the tour stops are available at the RM of Rosser office (77 PTH 221), Hallmark stores in Winnipeg and Artist Emporium (1610 St. James St.).
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