Throughout the year, we’ll be sharing works from Ione Thorkelsson in this exciting retrospective event. On launch evenings, we’ll have a cash bar and light snacks for you to enjoy along with gorgeous glass pieces to shop. There will be 5 releases over the course of the year with works dating back to the 1970s to present day.
October’s series of glassworks from the 90s will focus on metal-based colour. Shoppers will also see several ‘modular’ pieces that incorporate pre-cast and mould-blown elements.
Expect a variety of works, with prices based on the original selling prices, adjusted for inflation. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop pieces from one of the longest running glass studios in Canada.
We’re open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm, and until 9pm on Fridays.
The next launch date is:
October 26, 5-8pm
WAG-Qaumajuq has accompanied Ione on her 50-year discovery of glass. When she first attempted to put a dollar sign on her work and present it to the world back in 1975, it was at the Polo Park Art Fair, which was sponsored by the Women’s Committee of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. That same year, the Gallery Shop began handling her work, a relationship that continued throughout her career as a glassblower.
Thorkelsson’s work, both blown and cast, has been included in ten group shows and two solo shows at the Gallery between 1976 and 2021. Her solo 1998 show, Unwilling Bestiary, was part of the Gallery’s very early and ground-breaking acceptance of craft as material-based sculpture. The Gallery also nominated Thorkelsson for the Bronfman Award in 2000 and again in 2009. On the strength of this last nomination, she was presented with the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts/Saidye Bronfman Award in 2010.