Heritage home opened up as gallery

Colleen Watchorn teaches a young artist how to paint at the newly opened Loewen Green House.




By Marianne Curtis

Patrons of the arts have a new place to work and visit now that the Wilbert C. Loewen family recently opened their heritage home to artists. The heritage home located at the corner of Reimer Avenue and Elmdale Drive is now open to artists for use as a studio and a gallery to display their finished masterpieces.

Rick Loewen, landlord for the Loewen Green House says the gallery has been very busy since it opened in the middle of June. Arts can use the heritage space to paint, as a studio or performance space free of charge.

“Artists come in and paint and people can walk in and watch,” stated Loewen. “Artists can also display their artwork on the walls, some can be purchased.”

Paintings have been selected from Steinbach Arts Council Buy or Lease Art Program and from members of the Southeast Artists’ group, featuring a variety of art by local artists, available for lease or purchase.

Arts can use the heritage space to paint, as a studio or performance space free of charge.

Local artist Colleen Watchorn will also be teaching free art lessons at the heritage gallery. Children and adults of all ages are invited to stop by on the last three Wednesdays of July and August in between 11:30am-2:00pm. Perspective artists need to bring is a canvas, brushes and paints, and Washorn will be there to encourage and instruct.

The site also includes plenty of picnic tables to enjoy, then peruse the art and watch artists painting live on-site, or catch a performance by local musicians. The gallery is open from June until August.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Loewen Green Art Scene, please call Rosalita at 346-1077 or email events@steinbachartscouncil.ca.

The Loewen family has opened this heritage home into a free studio, gallery or performance space for artists.


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