Video by Ivan Hughes, Compass Digital Media
"It's quite remarkable that in this age of technology I'm working almost in the stone age. The technology virtually has not changed," says Allan Geske, a Winnipeg printmaker and engraver.
Allan Geske is one of more than thirty artists and artisans who will open his studio doors to the public this weekend as part of In Plain View. This is an opportunity to actually watch art in the making, whether it's a painting, a sculpture, jewellery or an article of clothing.
And it's a chance to meet and chat with the artists in person, to ask questions, to find out what makes them tick - their beliefs, their inspiration, their hopes and their dreams.
"The making of art defines who we are," says Geske. "The whole notion of creation to me is one of self-expression, self-realization. It's just essential."
"I think even people who aren't artistic appreciate art," says Jane Wood, a local fabric artist. "I think art keeps you grounded. It just reminds of us where we've come from and who we are. And it's very soothing and comforting to see things that are being created by lots of different people from lots of different walks of life."
Artsts will open their studio doors Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th from noon to 5 p.m. The In Plain View website includes maps so you can make a circle visit of a number of studios in an afternoon.
pictured above: Allan Geske at work in his studio (Ivan Hughes)