WAG Gallery Shop Presents Maureen Watchorn Landscapes
Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 20, 2016: Featuring stunning cliffs and valley landscapes, the Gallery Shop at the Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of work by Winnipeg-based artist Maureen Watchorn. The exhibit focuses on paintings created from 2008-2016 and opens April 21 with a reception to follow.
“Maureen Watchorn’s love of the prairie landscape is reflected in her work,” says Sherri Van Went, WAG Manager of Retail Operations. “The Gallery Shop showcases Winnipeg and Manitoba artists and we are thrilled to feature Watchorn’s beautiful paintings with this new show.”
Watchorn is dedicated to the advancement of equality and opportunity for women. Proud to call Winnipeg home, she is constantly impressed by the incredible sense of community demonstrated by the people of Manitoba, and the cultural vibrancy that infuses the Prairies.
“Landscape has always been an integral part of my paintings and drawings,” says Watchorn, who studied graphic design in Watford, England. “Ten years ago, I decided to focus on the complexity of color, form, and beauty of the Prairies. The skyscapes are as magnificent as the landforms and both are unique in their endless variety. My love of gardening and long experience with the Lake Winnipeg basin have forever influenced my artistic expression.”
Watchorn obtained an honors degree in English literature from the University of Toronto before moving to Winnipeg. She enrolled in several courses at the WAG and soon met Aliana Au. The two began to share studio space in 1983 and have since collaborated on numerous exhibitions. In 2003 Watchorn held her first solo show at the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery. Her exhibition at the Gallery Shop runs until May 6.
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