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.

The Stafford Collection of Inuit Sculpture

The Stafford Collection of Inuit Sculpture at the WAGAugust 25, 2012 to January 25, 2013 Winnipeg Art Gallery | 300 Memorial Boulevard

The Stafford Collection of Inuit Sculpture is a selection of Inuit sculptures acquired over the past twenty years by Winnipeg collectors Bob and Marlene Stafford. The WAG has the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art, numbering over 11,000 pieces, and it has organized more exhibitions and published more books on Inuit art than any other museum in the world. While you are at the gallery, check out The WAG Century.

The Lake by Louis Bakó

The Lake by Louis Bakó at Martha Street StudioSeptember 7 to October 19, 2012 Martha Street Studio | 11 Martha Street, Winnipeg

The Lake is the latest exhibition by Winnipeg based, Hungarian born, artist Louis C. Bakó. The exhibition is an homage to the SX-70 Polaroid camera and part of the exhibit is about recontextualizing the Polaroid. Since the 1960s Louis Bakó has been traveling to, and marveling at the sheer vastness and beauty of, Lake Winnipeg.

My Winnipeg Project

My Winnipeg at Plug In Institute of Contemporary ArtSeptember 8, 2012 to March 17, 2013 Plug In | 460 Portage Ave, Winnipeg

My Winnipeg is a groundbreaking project that features the work of more than 100 artists, who have worked, lived or had an association with the city of Winnipeg. The project, which is part of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art’s 40th anniversary, focuses on recurring themes, images and aesthetics that coalesce, creating an all but momentary coherence of this place — as the artists vary widely in age, background, and media. For the complete artist list, additional programs, events, and talks on My Winnipeg, visit Plug In.

Picks From the Rabbit Hole by Bill Lobchuk

Picks from the Rabbit Hole by Bill LobchukSeptember 7 to 29, 2012 Gurevich Fine Art | 200 - 62 Albert Street

Picks From the Rabbit Hole is a collection of work based on artist Bill Lobchuk’s interpretations on the Canadian landscape and reflections on the impermanence of a place. The paintings are memorials to icons of a country – its trees and lakes, agriculture and industry – that are constantly threatened. Nature is no longer a force to be endured but one that requires protecting.

Prairie and Beyond by Mike Grandmaison

Prairie and Beyond by Mike Grandmaison at Pixels 2.1September 7 to 29, 2012 Pixels 2.1 Gallery + Studio | 217 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg

Prairie and Beyond is a collection of 38 large scale images by Canada's award-winning photographer Mike Grandmaison. The collection is based on Mike's newly released book “Prairie and Beyond,” which just received the 2012 PIA Certificate of Merit in the Art Books category at the 2012 Premier Print Awards.
"Mike Grandmaison’s passionate quest to capture the essence of this great land and his tireless effort to create meaningful, relevant images of lasting beauty have resulted in a truly remarkable, award-winning body of work.” Robert L. Peters, Circle Design Incorporated
Viewing these award winning images in large scale is a feast for the eyes and will undoubtedly captivate your prairie souls.