Wanda Slawik and the Late Willi Richardson to Exhibit Their Work at the Hall Gallery

The exhibit opening for Wanda Slawik’s “Manitoba – My Love” and the Late Willi Richardson’s “Off the Wall – A Tribute Exhibit in Memory of Willi Richardson” is set to open for viewing on Friday, March 1, 2024.

Wanda Slawik’s “Manitoba – My Love” promises to transport viewers to the heart of Manitoba through a series of evocative pieces that capture the essence and beauty of Manitoba. Slawik’s artist statement offer further insight into her inspiration and love of art. “We are living in a world where speed and instant communication shape our way of relating to each other. This leads to the dangers of alienation, conflict, and human suffering. My mission is to bring you the beauty inherent in the moment; to open your eyes to the brilliant and diverse reality of our lives. Through my art, I connect with the rich visual and spiritual mosaic that is in Manitoba.”

The late Willi Richardson’s “Off the Wall – A Tribute Exhibit in Memory of Willi Richardson” will be showcased alongside Slawik in a touching tribute to Richardson’s enduring love for the arts. This exhibit serves as a poignant homage to Richardson’s legacy, showcasing different works from her collection that will forever continue to inspire and move audiences. Richardson’s previously exhibited “Manitoba Treasure” at The Steinbach Arts Council Hall Gallery in 2022. In an interview published by the Carillon, Willi said “I have a very different way of looking at things,” she said. “Art is not just something to do…it’s a passion and a gift…I don’t want to be one of those people that’s known only because people say, ‘oh, she does great work.’ I really do firmly believe that the only way to make a difference is to be that difference.”

“It is a true privilege to collaborate with Wanda and Willi’s daughter Candis Richardson. This upcoming exhibit holds a unique significance that resonates deeply with me. I have affectionately coined this showcase ‘Heart on a Sleeve’ as it beautifully encapsulates the heartfelt connection both artists are generously sharing with us.” says Camila Funes-Giesbrecht, Assistant Arts Instructor Coordinator at SAC. “This exhibition not only honors the artistic brilliance of both Slawik and Richardson but also serves as a testament to the enduring power of art to connect, inspire, and transcend. Join us in celebrating these two remarkable artists and their profound impact on the arts community”.

The exhibit opening will take place at The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, located at 304 Second Street, from 7:00pm-9:00pm with opening remarks commencing at 7:30pm.

A huge thank-you to our Hall Gallery Sponsor, Good N’ Natural. We could not do this without you! Our sponsors help us provide our community with new and diverse art for the public to enjoy, provide a new platform for local and guest artists to show and sell their works and provide emerging artists with an opportunity to experience and learn how to prepare for, facilitate and exhibit. 

Contact: Camila Funes-Giesbrecht, Assistant Arts Instructor Coordinator Email: camila@steinbacharts.ca