The 2013 art scene is starting to heat up and what better way to spend an afternoon or evening than by enjoying some of Manitoba’s diverse arts offerings. Here are a handful of great exhibitions you don’t want to miss this month.

I like to believe I am telling the truth

Jan 17 to Mar 16, 2013 Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba I like to believe I am telling the truth at AGSMI like to believe I am telling the truth presents new work by Brandon-based artist Chris Reid. The exhibition includes large-scale pastel drawings, Ukrainian Easter eggs, and sculptural installations through which Reid invents lush visual narratives containing a sundry cast of characters – from folkloric symbols of her Ukrainian heritage and her husband's African heritage to idiosyncratic anthropomorphic cats, dolls, bunnies and bread – that play out their actions in surreal prairie landscapes and unsettling domestic environments.

Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art

Jan 25 to Apr 14, 2013 Winnipeg Art Gallery Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art at the WAGThe 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 as it marks this important milestone. Organized chronologically, the exhibition shows the genesis and evolution of contemporary Inuit art from 1949 to the present day.

My Winnipeg: The Artists’ Choice

Feb 9 to Mar 17, 2013 PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art My Winnipeg: The Artists’ Choice at Plug In ICAMy 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.

Drawn and Fired: Recent Vessels by Robert Archambeau

Feb 15 to Apr 28, 2013 Winnipeg Art Gallery Drawn and Fired: Recent Vessels by Robert Archambeau at the WAGRobert 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. Always one to sketch and develop ideas on paper to investigate later in his vessels, with this body of work he explores drawing as an independent art form rather than a preparatory exercise.