WAG Calls for Knitters and Crocheters as part of Inaugural CRAFTED Show + Sale

Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 28, 2015: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is calling for volunteers to help yarn storm part of the WAG! “Yarn storming” or “graffiti knitting” is a type of street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre. The yarn storm project is part of CRAFTED Show + Sale on November 6 and 7, 2015, the first-ever juried craft show at the WAG.

Presented in partnership with the Manitoba Craft Council (MCC) and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA), CRAFTED celebrates Craft Year 2015.  CRAFTED will present unique handmade work by 50 craft artists and artisans from Manitoba and beyond. All four floors of the WAG will be bustling with craft activity from displays to sales opportunities to workshops. Funds raised will support Manitoba and Nunavut craft artists through programs and initiatives that elevate and promote craft at the WAG.

“The Winnipeg Art Gallery is thrilled to partner with the Manitoba Craft Council and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association to host the inaugural CRAFTED Show + Sale,” says Sherri Van Went, WAG Manager of Retail Operations. “We have been overwhelmed by the response from the craft community. It hasn’t been an easy task to select just 50 artists, but the result will be a diverse array of handcrafted originals like no other!”

CRAFTED is working with Chase the Chill in Winnipeg to not only raise awareness of the event, but also benefit a very worthy cause. The public is invited to knit and crochet scarves, which Chase the Chill volunteers will assemble to create amazing backdrops to the CRAFTED event. After the show, these banners will be disassembled, and the scarves will be washed and distributed to shelters in Winnipeg for those in need.

“Thanks to Chase the Chill, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will be yarn stormed with a unique philanthropic twist,” explains Hennie Corrin, Co-chair of the 2015 CRAFTED Volunteer Committee. “Not only can the WAG promote the art and beauty of the handmade, but at the same time we can help care for those in need in our community.”

Those interested in contributing are asked to knit or crochet a 12" x 60" scarf in any pattern or colour, and drop off at Wolseley Wool at 162 Lipton Street or Ram Wools at 989 Portage Avenue by September 15, 2015. Scarf donations have already been received from as far away as Washington, DC and Australia.

Tickets to CRAFTED Show + Sale are just $5 and available at wag.ca/crafted, at the WAG front desk, and at the door on November 6 and 7.

CRAFTED 2015 Organizing Committee: Joyce Berry and Hennie Corrin (Co-Chairs), Jan Bones, Lila Goodspeed, Betty-Ann Hershfield, Teresa Lee, Elaine Margolis, Karen Menkis, Esme Scarlett, Tammy Sutherland, CJ Tennant, Adele Wortzman. Advisory & Staff: Rowena House (NACA), Tammy Sutherland (MCC), Doren Roberts, Judy Slivinski, Sherri Van Went (WAG).

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & 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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