2016 WAG Gallery Ball Spreads Joy of Art to Thousands of Youth

Arctic-themed gala highlights Inuit art

Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 14, 2016 – This Saturday, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will be Arctic-inspired as it hosts its annual black-tie fundraiser. Gallery Ball 2016 takes its cue from the WAG’s collection of Inuit art and the Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic exhibit, showcasing rarely seen treasures from the Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collections. The Ball benefits the WAG’s youth programs, enabling more children to broaden their horizons through art and art making.

Last year 25,000 youth took part in one of the WAG’s many art programs: art classes, summer camps, school tours, Family Sundays, Family Fusion days, and Through the Eyes of a Child, a vibrant celebration of student work. By engaging in these programs, children from across the city and province see and experience more through art. Just one Gallery Ball ticket makes it possible for 43 kids to visit the WAG.

“Children’s creativity and imagination flourish through WAG Youth Outreach and Education Programs, and funds raised at Gallery Ball help make that happen,” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Art education is at the heart of the WAG mission, and continues to be a priority as we work towards the creation of the Inuit Art Centre.”

Guests at the Gallery Ball will be treated to a delicious dining experience surrounded by the WAG’s renowned Inuit art collection. A dessert gallery curated by local bakeries includes a chocolate Sedna goddess of the sea, and a Nespresso coffee bar. Live and silent auctions will feature extraordinary artwork by prominent Manitoban and Canadian artists, exquisite jewellery, and luxurious travel excursions. Auction items range from Woman Face, a stunning soapstone carving by Inuit artist Jaco Ishulutaq, to a Hamam mud party for eight at The Fort Garry Hotel’s Ten Spa. 

“Youth Outreach and Education Programs at the WAG is an investment in our future,” comments Ida Albo, Chair of Gallery Ball 2016. “Young participants experience new and different worlds through art, and that’s what we’re supporting with the Gallery Ball.”

Gallery Ball 2016 Committee: Ida Albo (Chair), Joanne Abbott, Vivian Albo, Scott Gillam, Stephanie Lockhart, Sandra Lorange, Lindsay Mackenzie, Melissa McRae Harrell, Maria Mitousis, Tony Mitousis, Charlene Petrash, Kathleen Reid and advisory members: Joyce Berry, Hazel Borys, Hennie Corrin, and Scott McCulloch.

For details, visit galleryball.wag.ca, and for the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram #galleryball.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful to Presenting Sponsor 1832 Asset Management; Art and Gallery Partner Gurevich Fine Art; Host Bar Sponsor Storm Catering; Gallery Sponsors The Fort Garry Hotel, Cisco Systems Inc., and Michael Nesbitt; and Corporate Table and Event Sponsors Adesa Auctions, Akman Construction Ltd., Asphaltec Paving Ltd., Banville & Jones, BMO Bank of Montreal, Border Glass & Aluminum, CGM Engineering Ltd., Cholakis Dental Group, Cibinel Architecture Ltd., Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd., De Fehr Foundation Inc., Doowah Design, Esdale Printing Company, Fierce Affairs, Florists Supply Ltd., Interior Illusions, Johnston Group Inc., Paterson GlobalFoods Inc., Planned Perfectly, Power Corporation of Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Push Design, RBC Royal Bank, RD Sales, Richardson International Limited, Sysco Food Services Inc., Tummillo Investments Ltd., Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc., Winnipeg Building & Decorating Ltd., Winnipeg Free Press, and all of this year’s floral and dessert sponsors, and auction donors.


For more information or to prearrange 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.

The WAG holds in trust the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. Breaking ground in 2017, the WAG is creating an Inuit Art Centre to celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit. The Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making.



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