swept away in the WAVE Interlake Artists’ Tour

I make it a habit on this blog to devote at least one post per year to my own backyard — Manitoba’s Interlake region. And there is no better time to salute the Interlake than during the semi-annual WAVE Interlake Artists’ Studio Tour.

If you live in Winnipeg or near the Interlake and haven’t yet been to the self-guided WAVE Interlake Art Tour, you’re really missing out. Each year, during the second weekend of June and the September long weekend, painters, sculptors, potters, metalworkers, jewellery and clothing makers, photographers, and creatives of many disciplines open their homes and studios to the public so that we can see where they work, how they work, and what inspires them.

I am fortunate to know many of these amazing people personally, but had only been to the studios of a couple of them. I found it really insightful to be able to see their work displayed in the space in which it was created. Now I know why people I know get a kick out of seeing my office and the place where I write my books and articles.

On a previous visit, I began my journey at the northern end of the WAVE tour with a visit to Loch Wood Estates and the Blue Door Studio of Marlene Van Helden, a writer, painter, and stained glass artist. I love Marlene’s stained glass fish made of bubbled and tempered glass and adorned with metal fins.


Linda Dorian of Sandy Hook is the photographer known as Raven

I also visited the home of Sandy Hook photographer Linda Dorian, who goes by the professional name of Raven. Linda is one of the most incredible photographers I’ve ever met. And why shouldn’t she be? The world is her canvas, so to speak. Linda lives on the shores of Lake Winnipeg in Sandy Hook and spends hours just watching wildlife and nature from her beautiful beach-front home. No one else captures local wildlife, flora, and fauna better than Raven. If you are a pelican fan as I am, look for Linda’s pelican prints and cards. They are delightful!


Gayle Halliwell of Studio 410 in Winnipeg Beach.

I was also impressed with Studio 410 in Winnipeg Beach featuring the work of artist Gayle Halliwell. I know Gayle to be a delightful person and a very talented artist. I like the way she explains her motivation and technique for each piece of art. It gives visitors the opportunity to get inside the head of this highly-creative individual.

That’s just a snapshot of some of the stops I’ve previously visited during the annual WAVE Interlake Artists’ Studio Tour. The 2015 WAVE tours will run Saturday June 13 through Sunday June 14th, and again on September 5th-6th from 10 until 6 pm.  Do yourself a favour and ride the WAVE. If you can’t make it, spend some time perusing the WAVE website. It profiles the various artists. You can make future appointments to visit them in their studios, and you can order custom artwork from any of them. Such talent, right in own own backyards!

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

18 Responses

  1. Thanks for blogging about the WAVE Doreen! I hope you can make it to my studio (#16) for a visit this weekend. Oh, and chocolate would be welcome!

  2. sewa villa says:

    thank you for the information you have provided, I hope you’ll visit our website, and you may want to visit us for a tour
    thank you

  3. Ah, that makes sense. We have clusters of artists and artisans here in the U.S., too. You obviously live in a beautiful community!
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  4. First off, I didn’t know there could be so many fine artists in Winnipeg! I just looked it up and the city has a population of 600,000+. Like most Americans my knowledge of what Canada offers is pathetic, although many years ago I was an account executive at Air Canada’s U.S. advertising agency. My personal experience is limited to the airport at Montreal and walking underground to the client’s office. Then back to the airport.

    The art work in your photos is beautiful and I DO know that Canada has beautiful foliage, lakes and ski resorts. So I’m glad, Doreen, that you continue to add to my education about your great country!
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    • Doreen says:

      Thanks, Jeannette. Winnipeg is indeed an interesting and vibrant city with many cultural options to explore and enjoy.

      However, my post was about the Interlake Region which specifically includes the Lake Winnipeg communities of Matlock (where I live) along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg north to Camp Morton. That’s an area roughly an hour north of Winnipeg, and we are pleased to say we (likely) have the highest density of artists and artisans compared to any other part of Manitoba. It really is a gem of a place. I hope you’ll visit some day!

  5. Oh I love art tours. Makes me want to be an artist He-he.

  6. Sandy Driscoll says:

    Thanks so much Doreen for including the WAVE Tour on your blog! Good to see you on the Tour.

  7. Studio 410 says:

    I had a blast being on the tour for my first year, but regret not being able to be a Wave tourist myself. Over the last decade or so, I have visited over 40 studios on the Wave and enjoyed every minute. Thanks Doreen for posting about us; your blog is one of my favourites!

  8. Geek Girl says:

    I like this kind of thing as well. This tour looks like a good one.
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    • Doreen says:

      Hi Cheryl: Yes, I’d love to compile a list of artists’ studio tours around the world where people can go and meet the artist in their own creative environment. It’s a really cool way to increase your appreciation and understanding of the creative process. And to discover some unique art along the way!

  9. Salika Jay says:

    I haven’t heard of WAVE Interlake Artists’ Studio Tour but it’s right up in my alley. Looks like there are some really nice work to enjoy and take home.
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    • Hi Salika Jay and Susan and thank you for your comments.

      Yes, art tours are a great way to get a look at the local culture of any place. I’ve seen them run in various locations and always try and take them in if I am able.

      I spent 2 days exploring the WAVE tour here in Manitoba and I still didn’t see all the venues as it takes tome to look at the art and speak to the artisans. So much fun!

  10. I love these kind of art tours. I agree with about seeing the environment where they create their work. It does give you some insight into their creative mind. I love the bird artwork. It would be very dangerous for my bank account if I have been there for sure.

    There is an art walk coming up in my area in the week or so. You have inspired me to make a point to go.
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  11. Doreen says:

    Thanks for your comment, Catarina.

    I now realize that I wrote about my area as recently as May of this year. I think I just keep discovering new things about the Interlake and am happy to share them. That’s what’s so great about having a blog.

    Would definitely love to visit Sweden and do some exploring in your neck of the woods. Cheers!

  12. Catarina says:

    Agree with you Doreen. That kind of artists tours are great fun. So it’s no surprise that they are popular not only in Manitoba’s Interlake region but in Southern Sweden as well.

    By the way, I like the fact that you write about the area you come from at least once a year.:-)
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