Artist Bios

KIANNA GIESBRECHT
COURTYARD ARTIST

Kianna Giesbrecht is 21 years old, and lives West of La Broquerie with her parents and 3 siblings. She has been creating art for as long as she can remember – she enjoys drawing faces and painting from nature or anything that pops into her head.

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ROANNE PLETT
ABORIGINAL BEADING & DREAM CATCHERS

Roanne is an Aboriginal Arts instructor at the Steinbach Arts Council, teaching workshops on dream catchers to adults, teens, and our Arts4Tots Preschool Program. Look for Roanne in the artist’s tent, demonstrating her craft!


DONNA GAROFALO
COURTYARD ARTIST (POTTERY)

Donna is a potter from St. Malo.  She is an energetic instructor at the Steinbach Arts Council in their pottery program with children and adults.  Donna was involved with Summer in the City last year, and will be demonstrating works of wonder from the pottery wheel.


BECKY MENDELSOHN

COURTYARD ARTIST (POTTERY)

Becky Mendelsohn is a potter from Ste. Genevieve. Becky is a long time talented Steinbach Arts Council pottery instructor. She is a returning artist to the Visual Artist Tent at Summer in the City, and will be demonstrating beautiful vases and wheel work right before your eyes.


KEVIN FRIESEN

COURTYARD ARTIST (PHOTOGRAPHY)

Kevin Friesen is an accomplished nature and portraiture photographer from Steinbach, Manitoba.  Kevin’s favorite time to shoot is early morning or late evening.  Seldom venturing out far, his wife has referred to him as “the 10 mile photographer”.  With a cup of Tim’s and his favorite tunes playing, he heads out and about to capture the surrounding landscape, often with a fellow photographer.


ARLENE ENNS

PAINT PARTIES & COURTYARD ARTIST

Arlene has loved producing arts and crafts all her life. She likes to play with a variety of mediums and surfaces. To date she has commissioned and sold a number of pieces, and is proud of her accomplishments. Though she has had no formal training to speak of, she does enjoy pushing herself out of her comfort zones by taking and teaching the occasional art classes, entering juried exhibits, as well as holding her own exhibits. Arlene’s motto is “affordable ORIGINAL art” as she believes everyone should be entitled to beautiful works that speak to them.

COLLEEN WATCHORN
COURTYARD ARTIST

Colleen Watchorn has been an artist in the Steinbach area for nearly 20 years – she is known for her acrylic abstracts, but has worked with many different mediums. She is passionate about teaching and passing her love of art on to children and adults in schools, private lessons, and paint nights in Steinbach and the surrounding areas!

 

DAWN SCHMIDT
BANNER ARTIST

Dawn Schmidt is a local painter who is looking forward to being a Planter Artist at Summer in the City 2017. Dawn was a top-three finisher in 2017’s Southeast Open Judged Exhibit, and is a member of the Southeast Artists Group.

 

EDMUND RAGUINDIN
BANNER ARTIST

Edmund Raguindin enjoys creating art that reflects his background and culture. His painting style is impressionism and semi-realism, and he enjoys turning his own photography into paintings. Hailing from the Philippines, Edmund has previously made signs, and has recently started a silk-screen printing business in Steinbach. At Summer in the City, you’ll find Edmund as one of our Banner Artists!

 

LAUREN PETERS
BANNER ARTIST

Lauren is a young and upcoming artist. She has lived overseas most of her life and this exposure to the world translates into all of her artwork. She spends most of her time making art, reading, and singing Broadway tunes at the top of her lungs. Lauren is currently studying fine arts at the University of Manitoba.

 

RAY HEIDINGER
BANNER ARTIST

Art has been an important part of Ray’s life since grade school.  Like every child, he started out with drawing, using crayons and pencil crayons, but over time evolved using many different mediums.  He has started to work with acrylic paint and will eventually progress to oil and water colour. He is currently enjoying different art forms with the use of Sharpie markers, as well as working with window markers on glass.  Since 2010, Ray has been tattooing as another art form.  He also enjoys playing music (accordion and guitar).

 

LISA DELORME MEILER
COURTYARD ARTIST

Métis artist, Lisa Delorme Meiler’s work is imaginative. She draws from her life experiences and is inspired by nature, moods and memories, which are transformed into atmospheric landscapes and abstract depictions. She is able to translate her work into a visual form of storytelling that is vivid and expressive. Using pigment, paint and light into a visual window of an infinite moment in time.

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