Spend an afternoon or evening enjoying some of Manitoba’s diverse arts offerings. Here are a handful of great exhibits you don’t want to miss this month.

Friendly Fire

Jan 17 to Mar 16, 2013 Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba In Friendly Fire, Howie Tsui draws on the history of health and medicine during the War of 1812. Produced in collaboration with the Kingston Museum of Health Care and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the exhibition combines drawing and installation, including a functional pinball machine  Musketball!  Through the use of satire as a response to Tsui's research into the brutality of war, the work becomes an unsettling commemoration of the war's overlooked and difficult histories. Friendly Fire at AGSM

Creation & Transformation -- Defining Moments in Inuit Art

Jan 25 to Apr 14, 2013 Winnipeg Art Gallery The WAG's collection of Inuit art is extraordinary by any standard: its geographic range, diverse media, and its size have brought international renown to the collection of 13,000 artworks. As the WAG celebrates its 100th anniversary, this major exhibition of 115 artworks reveals the scope of the collection and features many of the Gallery’s treasures. Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art at the WAG

My Winnipeg -- The Artists’ Choice

Feb 9 to Mar 17, 2013 PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art My Winnipeg was created as a joint curatorial exploration of self-deprecating humour and surrealist-inspired allusions to current revelations of Winnipeg’s troubled past, political tensions, and gothic histories. For its ?nal installment, the curators invited each participating artist to nominate a new Winnipeg artist and one artwork by that artist to partake in My Winnipeg: The Artists’ Choice. My Winnipeg – The Artists’ Choice at PlugIn Gallery

Drawn and Fired -- Recent Vessels by Robert Archambeau

Feb 15 to Apr 28, 2013 Winnipeg Art Gallery Robert Archambeau has been a force in Manitoba and Canadian ceramics for over fifty years. His functional vessels are immediately identifiable from their confident profiles, subtle wood-fired glazes, and meticulous finishes. Drawn and Fired explores a different direction in Archambeau’s art than previous shows—that of drawing. Drawn and Fired: Recent Vessels by Robert Archambeau at the WAG

Under the Same Blue Sky

Mar 1 to Mar 23, 2013 Gurevich Fine Art Under the Same Blue Sky presents the first series of gritty urban paintings by Andrew Beck, a scenic designer, accomplished painter and sculptor. Under the Same Blue Sky at Gurevich Fine Art

Journey by 6-7-8

Mar 2 to Mar 31, 2013 The New Iceland Heritage Museum Journey By 6-7-8 presents recent work by artists Michael Cherlet of Gimli, Rosemary Dzus from Warren, Audrey Lute of St. Martin, and Wanda Kopec from Stonewall, who have been busy creating new works for over the last six months during the Manitoba Arts Network's Rural Arts Mentorship Program. Journey By 6-7-8 at NIHM

Herstory -- Art by Women in The University of Winnipeg Collection

Mar 7 to Apr 6, 2013 Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg Herstory presents work by twenty-one Manitoba women artists represented in the University's collection. It is the first time in the collection's history that art created solely by significant female artists is being shown in the gallery. The exhibition traces the historical and contemporary contributions these women—all who, have at one point or another, have called Manitoba home—have made on the local, national and international art scenes. Herstory: Art by Women in The University of Winnipeg Collection at Gallery 1C03

Thaw -- An exhibition in celebration of spring

Mar 22 to Apr 21, 2013 Winnipeg Art Gallery Have you ever been on the Interlake's Wave Studio Tour? The Gallery Shop is giving you a preview with Thaw, an exhibition and sale of works by 30 artists from the Wave tour. It's your chance to decide whose studio you want to visit this year. Thaw -- An exhibition in celebration of spring