Calls for Submissions

Attention all local artists and craftspeople! Our two annual local exhibitions are coming on fast, and we welcome contributions from any local people, whether you are an experienced artist or have never shown your work before. Previous exhibitions have included things such as woodworking, painting, quilting, miniatures, lacemaking, clay sculpture, fused glass and many other types of art—as long as you crafted it and it can be shown in the gallery, we don’t want to put limits on your creativity.

June 29–July 31

HANDS ON is our annual showcase of local arts and crafts, this year held from June 29 to July 31 in the Manawaka Gallery. You are welcome to submit up to three pieces of art, in any medium, to the exhibition. Artwork must be dropped off at the VCC by June 26. [ Download application ]

2nd Annual Outdoor Art Expo
Saturday, July 25, 2015

In conjunction with its inaugural JamFest, the VCC will be holding an Outdoor Art Show on Saturday, July 25, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Local artists are invited to submit pieces to this exhibition, particularly those which are large scale and not necessarily suited to smaller exhibition spaces, including but not limited to sculpture, fibre arts, metal work, found object art and painting. Artists are responsible for their own insurance for the duration of the exhibition, including transportation and storage. Submission forms should be received by July 22, and art should be delivered and picked up on the day of the show. [ Download application ]

General update

First of all, the good news! A couple of our events are right around the corner: our annual Beer Fest on Friday, April 17, and the Choraliers/Fine Arts Festival Highlights concert on Sunday, April 19. We’re obviously very excited about both of those events, as well as all the ones that come after. Check out our calendar to see what’s happening! A lot of our spring classes are starting this week as well, so if you haven’t already, don’t forget to check them out too.

Now for the bad news. The VCC was broken into over the weekend, and while we were very fortunate that there was no damage to the artwork or anything else in the building other than the point of entry, the intruder did make off with the contents of our cashbox. This is obviously a real blow for a non-profit (and I’ll admit I put off saying anything about it in a public space until I could be sure I wasn’t going to use some highly inappropriate language). A portion should be covered by our insurance, but if you ever thought about getting a VCC membership to support the organisation, or donating to our general fund (as a registered non-profit we can give out receipts for tax purposes), now would be a great time!

Quick spring update

Long time no see, mes amis! I haven’t been diligent enough about keeping you updated over here, but hopefully you’ve been checking out our Facebook page and Coming Events Neepawa and Area for all the goings-on here (and elsewhere in town as well)!

Just a quick note about some upcoming events and then I’ll start populating this with all our new spring information.

March 5 & 12 – Canada Reads event at the Margaret Laurence Home. (That’s THIS week and next, come on out for readings from the nominated books, musical entertainment and refreshments.)

March 13-15 – Stained Glass workshop here at the VCC

March 11, 18, 25 – Cooking workshops! The 11th is spring rolls, the 18th is sushi and the 25th is pie making.

March 21 – There will be a benefit social at the Yellowhead for the families of the Home Hardware fire last week. (I’m just passing this message along to make sure it gets to as many people as possible. Tickets will be available soon!)

March 26 – Woman’s Health Give and Get: come explore health and relaxation techniques, here at the VCC.

And that’s just March! Our spring newsletter will be out in the next couple of weeks, with music, dance and other classes, not to mention special events, starting in April!

Anyone who ever says there’s nothing to do in Neepawa, well, they’re just plain wrong. :)

December announcements

December 19 already? Really? Really?

Good thing we’ve got our winter newsletter done! You can see it here online, or in various locations about town. Lots of great courses starting up in the new year!

On that note the VCC will be closed for the holidays at 5 pm today (December 19) and reopen on the morning of January 6. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!