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 month.

My Winnipeg: Winter Kept Us Warm

Ends Jan 20, 2013 PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art My Winnipeg: Winter Kept Us Warm at PlugIn GallerySocial, political, and libidinal experiences consort and co-mingle in My Winnipeg: Winter Kept Us Warm. The exhibition includes a curated section by Noam Gonick—a contained installation referencing the back-door entrances of video, sex-stores, and 19th century drawing rooms. The exploration of Winnipeg’s fevered underworld continues in the ?lm Cowards Bend the Knee by Guy Maddin. Presented for the ?rst time in an updated version of the nickelodeon peepshow, it re-frames the ?lm’s salacious, chaotic, and of course, hockey-related plot line.

Manitoba Menagerie

Ends Jan 26, 2013 Portage & District Arts Centre The Portage & District Arts Centre presents Manitoba Menagerie by Mary LoweManitoba Menagerie features the work of artist Mary Lowe, a sculptor and painter. Mary captures the beauty she sees in rural life, of the countryside landscape and its ever-changing hues and temperatures.  Her love of domesticated farm animals is communicated through her sculptures as she defines their elegant forms and beautiful faces.  With over 20 sculptures and 18 paintings this exhibit is sure to delight those with rural connections and animal lovers alike.

Snapshot: Selections from the WAG's photography collection

Ends Feb 9, 2013 Winnipeg Art Gallery Snapshot: Selections from the WAG's Photography CollectionSnapshot features the WAG's collection of photography. The images range in subject matter and context, from landscapes to portraiture to social documentary critiques. To strengthen the breadth and significance of the collection, works which are international and historical in scope have been acquired; in particular 180 photographs dating from 1914-1981 by American-Hungarian André Kertész (considered to be the father of modern photography).

Frank Shebageget

Jan 17 to Feb 16, 2013 Gallery 1C03 at the University of Winnipeg Frank Shebageget exhibition at University of WinnipegFrank Shebageget is a self-titled solo exhibition of two new sculptural installations by this respected Anishinabe artist. Frank uses modernist forms and repetition to critically investigate symbols of cross-cultural contact that have personal historical resonance. The show includes a new iteration of his acclaimed large-scale work Cell, originally produced in 2010 for a solo exhibition at Carleton University Art Gallery, as well as a series of smaller works titled Castor’s Castoreum.

Horror Fables

Jan 17 to Mar 16, 2013 Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba Horror Fables by Howie TsuiHorror Fables features the work of Ottawa-based artist Howie Tsui. In his latest work, Howie explores themes of subversion and cultural assimilation through a blend of traditional Asian imagery and Western underground aesthetics. Horror Fables presents his new paintings, made on paper in the form of Ming Dynasty scrolls, which conjure a phantasmagoria of beasts, ghosts, demons, and gods (and the occasional everyday human) who populate imagined landscapes.