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

100 Masters: Only in Canada

May 10 to Aug 18, 2013 Winnipeg Art Gallery Works by some of the world’s greatest artists will be gathered under one roof for the Winnipeg Art Gallery's 100 Masters: Only in Canada! This blockbuster exhibition of "One hundred masterpieces to commemorate the WAG’s one hundred years" includes paintings by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, and Warhol from thirty museums across Canada and the U.S.See this special exhibit before it's too late! (Closes August 18) 100 Masters: Only in Canada

Catharsis

Aug 8 to Sep 28, 2013 Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba Doug Smith’s series of monumental drawings build on ideas of spectacle and transmigration. Smith's use of easily recognizable and ever-present images and symbols, such as  commercial aircraft, military helicopters, human and bird figures, or references to architectural draftsmanship, create a simultaneous push and pull between accessibility of the drawings and absence of a fixed meaning. Catharsis by Doug Smith

Roy Ascott: The Analogues

Jul 5 to Sep 27, 2013 Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg Roy Ascott: The Analogues explores a small but crucial body of work by English inter-media artist and theorist Roy Ascott. The works in the exhibition were largely created in England between 1963 and 1970. They form a small but crucial part of the artist’s “Analogue” works – non-digital, two-dimensional and non-representational wall works that pre-?gure his later artwork and theories relating to computer networks, viewer interaction, and telematics. Ascott was the ?rst to coin the term “telematic art” to describe the use of online computer networks as an art medium.  Roy Ascott: The Analogues

POETREE…and other Delta Stories

Aug 13 to Sep 28, 2013 Portage & District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie POETREE…and other Delta Stories is an exhibition of vibrant and expressive brushwork by artist Karen Robb. The POETREE series is comprised of several large-scale acrylic paintings, each with a story.  Her work often has an interesting twist, be it through hidden imagery, bold colour or humour. This show brings Karen’s artist talents full circle, with some of her earliest memories of drawing at her grandmother’s dining room table on Strathcona Road, not far from the PDAC gallery. POETREE…and other Delta Stories

Leo Mol Garden

Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to sunset Assiniboine Park Combining artistic beauty with a natural setting, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden offers a quiet retreat to view and enjoy the magnificent works of master sculptor, Dr. Leo Mol. The garden was created as a result of Dr. Mol’s generous gift of many of his wonderful bronze pieces and works of art to the community in which he lived. Leo Mol Garden at Assiniboine Park

Essence of the Moment

Aug 1 to 30, 2013 Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg Essence of the Moment showcases the work of Winnipeg- based artist Betty Dimock. At 97, Betty is Manitoba's Elder stateswoman for the arts, with a rich and diverse career. Artist and nurse, Betty served in World War II. She trained at the Pratt Institute in New York City in her late teens, and later served in the military during World War 11. Betty later graduated with a B.F.A. from the School of Art, University of Manitoba, at age 63, taking summer sessions in printmaking and studying printmaking in Japan.  Essence of the Moment by Betty Dimock

Forsaken Manitoba: Abandoned Life on the Prairies

May 24 to Sep 30, 2013 Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach Forsaken Manitoba showcases Federico Buchbinder's works taken in Manitoba towns such as Carberry, Anola, Ste. Elizabeth, and Piney. Reflecting in his work, Buchbinder says, “I think of my photos as visual documentation of a face of the province that is rarely seen, a face that is disappearing as abandoned rural buildings get older and collapse. It’s my way of preserving this bit of Manitoba’s history for posterity. I can’t think of a better venue than the Mennonite Heritage Village to show these photos.” Forsaken Manitoba: Abandoned Life on the Prairies

Cultural Impressions Contemporary Art from Winnipeg to Nunavut

May 21 to Sep 2, 2013 Pavilion Gallery Museum & Conservatory Foyer Gallery, Assiniboine Park In anticipation of the Journey to Churchill Zoo exhibit opening in 2014, this exhibition works in partnership with other galleries and museums in Manitoba to explore contemporary art & Inuit sculpture. The cultures of the Inuit, Cree and Dene are highlighted in a representative and powerful collection.  Cultural Impressions – Contemporary Art from Winnipeg to Nunavut