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.

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.

My Winnipeg: Maps and Legends

Oct 27 to Nov 25, 2012 PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art My Winnipeg: Maps and Legends at PlugInMy Winnipeg: Maps & Legends explores private and public occurrences that build upon and question the city’s multiple, subjective histories and identities. As this exhibition unfolds, the artworks’ individual readings and connotations recede – catalyzing multiple works to collectively create new narratives and ideas of “Winnipeg.” For the people who live, have lived, and are yet to live here, these artworks provide both re?ections and maps to the unique cultures that thrive within this city. These encounters and struggles are shaped by the city’s legends, realities as well as a co-mingling of both fact and ?ction.

S*OIL

Oct 4 to Nov 24, 2012 Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon S*OIL at Art Gallery of Southwestern ManitobaS*OIL, by Maria Michails, is a human-powered installation that examines the history of industrialization and energy-use in relation to farming. The installation, powered by participation, will entrust you with operating a handcar mechanism, thus controlling an irrigation system for living plants. Borrowing simultaneously from the Earth's living systems and industrial processes, the installation is made up of mechanical, electronic and organic components that together create a space that is part laboratory and part farm.

Painting Is History

Nov 2 to 24, 2012 Gurevich Fine Art62 Albert St. Painting is History exhibition at Gurevich Fine ArtPainting Is History, by Christian Worthington, features representational images of figures, with a focus on portraiture, and equestrian images. Process plays a large role in this show and the works are displayed at various stages of completion. Worthington begins a painting intuitively; at first generously applying layers of glaze and color, then stripping away the excess and sharpening the image. Showing pieces in development stages is aimed to engage you with the tradition of painting and to draw attention to technique.

Fields

Oct 26 to Dec 8, 2012 Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg Fields at Martha Street StudioFields is a print-based retrospective highlighting Leo Simoens’ particular relationship to landscape, meditation and contemplation. Preoccupied with how "forgotten corners" of the landscape can evoke, on the one hand, feelings of sadness and melancholy and on the other, hope and well being, Simoens strives "to produce images that communicate an aesthetic awareness of our places." This exhibition offers the rare opportunity to experience a major selection of Simoens' work, representing the breadth of his career.

Exhibition – Yellow

Oct 27, 2012 to Mar 24, 2013 Pavilion Gallery Museum, Assiniboine Park Exhibition – Yellow in Pavilion Gallery MuseumExhibition – Yellow explores the use of yellows and ochres in Ivan Eyre’s paintings and drawings.  You will see his masterful use of yellows in paintings spanning the breadth of his career. While you are at the gallery, check out their other exhibitions.