WAG Opens the Door to Modern Design with 8th Annual Home Tour

August 26, 2014: The Winnipeg Art Gallery announces that the 8th Annual Home Tour on Sunday, September 14, 2014, will feature modern homes. Organized by the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, this fundraising event sheds light on some of Winnipeg’s most fabulous houses by local architects and designers. All proceeds support the WAG and its mission to help people see and experience more through art.

“The 2014 Home Tour celebrates modern architecture, allowing us to highlight Winnipeg’s thriving design community,” says WAG Director & CEO Dr. Stephen Borys. “Since its inception in 1948, the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery have contributed thousands of dollars to support exhibitions, art scholarships, the purchase of works of art, and more. I thank those members who have worked hard to plan this exciting event, as well as the homeowners who have welcomed us into their houses.”

The self-guided tour allows access into those wonderful angled, glass façade structures that stand out from the crowd of old homes that line the streets of Crescentwood, River Heights, and Tuxedo neighbourhoods. Designed by Peter Hargraves of Sputnik Architecture, Renfrew House (51 Renfrew Street) in River Heights carefully exhibits the lives of the homeowners in an open, airy environment that frames the prairie sky. Down the street at 59 Renfrew, vast expanses of glass walls and windows bring outside spaces into the home office of Dovide E. Secter (Secter Associates Limited).

The Tuxedo home at 315 Bower Boulevard is designed by Clayton Salkeld (Design-Built) to flow seamlessly from interior to exterior, providing an active space for a young family. Further east, G House by George Cibinel (Cibinel Architects Ltd.) at 104 Harvard is a suburban oasis in Crescentwood, accommodating a very private lifestyle, while providing ample space for entertainment. Last but not least, 1 Palk Road was designed in 1973-74 by John Patkau, then a recent graduate from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture, and Denis Jesson. The house was predicated on a desire to preserve over one dozen mature Elm trees that existed on the property.

“Winnipeg is rich with architectural jewels,” remarks Home Tour 2014 Co-Chair José Koes. “And the voyeur in all of us loves to see how other people live, particularly those in spectacular homes. Now we will have a chance to view their interiors as well.”

The Home Tour will take place on Sunday, September 14, from 10am-4pm. The self-guided tour invites visitors to start their tour at any home. Tickets are $35. Space is limited. Reserve online at wag.ca/hometour or in person at the WAG, McNally Robinson Booksellers, or blue hills design. Don't miss this rare opportunity to peek inside some of Winnipeg’s most interesting modern homes!

2014 Home Tour Committee: José Koes (Chair), David Carr, Catherine Maksymiuk, Jenni Joorisity, Pat McCullough, Marian McLennan, Carla Pienaar, Esme Scarlett, and Ellie Topnik.

The WAG is grateful for the support of the following Home Tour sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, Doowah Design Inc., Esdale Printing Company, Academy Florists, The Camel Studio, Oak & Lily, Purple Peony Wedding and Event Florals.

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For more information, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media and Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.



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