Shorter days make for longer nights, and what better way to spend those evenings than by enjoying some of Manitoba’s diverse arts offerings. Here are a handful of great exhibitions you don’t want to miss this season.

Re-configuring Abstraction

Nov 13, 2012 to Jan 11, 2013 School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba Re-configuring Abstraction with Derek Dunlop, Dil Hildebrand, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, and Holger KalbergRe-configuring Abstraction features the work of prominent artists who are, or have been, associated with the School of Art. The majority of the works were created in 2012 and some are so fresh they were finished just days before the installation. Although each of the paintings are unique and created in a different manner they all share a common quality. These abstract works are based off of representational (figurative) imagery creating confusion between what is the subject and what is the object.

My Winnipeg: Winter Kept Us Warm

Dec 15, 2012 to Jan 20, 2013 PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art My Winnipeg: Winter Kept Us Warm at PlugIn GallerySocial, political, and libidinal experiences consort and co-mingle in My Winnipeg: Winter Kept Us Warm. The exhibition includes a curated section by Noam Gonick—a contained installation referencing the back-door entrances of video, sex-stores, and 19th century drawing rooms. The exploration of Winnipeg’s fevered underworld continues in the ?lm Cowards Bend the Knee by Guy Maddin. Presented for the ?rst time in an updated version of the nickelodeon peepshow, it re-frames the ?lm’s salacious, chaotic, and of course, hockey-related plot line.

Winnipeg Now

Sep 29 to Dec 30, 2012 Winnipeg Art Gallery Winnipeg Now at the WAGWinnipeg Now is a pulse-taking exhibition in which equal weight falls on both words in the show’s title: it is a measure of what art-making looks like in this city in 2012. Whether the artists are living here – like Sarah Anne Johnson and Guy Maddin – or whether they live in Brooklyn or Montreal – like Marcel Dzama and Daniel Barrow – a spirit of risk-taking and invention permeates the work. While you're at the gallery, check out The WAG Century.

Emotional Extensions

Nov 14 to Dec 19, 2012 Steinbach Arts Council, Steinbach Emotional Extensions by Mark GiesbrechtEmotional Extensions features the work of local artist Mark Giesbrecht. Mark believes the best way to express his deepest and purest emotions is through painting and drawing. "Living life should be about inspiring people, or at least doing your best to do so. We have so much to learn from one another. When we actually take the time to listen to each other, we find out that we're not so alone in this world... and that's what makes progress possible."

Eaton’s Fairytale Vignette Display

Nov 17, 2012 to Jan 6, 2013 Children’s Museum, The Forks Eaton’s Fairytale Vignette Display at the Children’s Museum Go on a cuteness binge and explore the last original Eaton’s Fairytale Vignette Display at the Children’s Museum – a Winnipeg holiday tradition for all generations! Be delighted by the 15 fun, fairy tale vignettes that make up this classic favourite including Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice and more.  

Art Show & Sale

Nov 26, 2012 to Jan 6, 2013 Conservatory, Assiniboine Park Art Show & Sale at Assiniboine Park Conservatory The Art Show & Sale features artwork and prints from a variety of Manitoba artists including Daria Mudryj, Keith Levit, Clarence Tillenius, Walter J. Phillips, and more.