My Daily Art

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Insider: Portraits of Stephen Borys (CEO of the WAG) for an Insider’s ad taken in Ferdinand Eckhardt Hall. SEPT 20, 2017

My LAST Daily Art . . . Art is a Voice – and I’ve heard and seen countless voices over these days of isolation and reflection.

When I began My Daily Art posts 47 days ago I wanted to share some artworks from the WAG. That led to architecture, exhibitions, people, and the story of the Inuit Art Centre project. And while I sometimes veered off course it was always about the WAG and its circle of objects and friends.

But something happened that I didn’t anticipate – an outpouring of comments, shares, and likes. And by the second week, the momentum behind my writing was coming largely from the community. What started as a plan to share some art came back to me a hundredfold. It was just the encouragement I needed as I led the Gallery through its 52-day closure. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. And a big shoutout to Catherine Maksymiuk and her team at the WAG for helping get the posts out.

Tomorrow, the WAG reopens – carefully, respectfully, and thankfully. We are here for you – as a collection of art and stories, a source for learning and inspiration, and most of all – a place in the city where everyone is welcome. Our first two days are reserved for front line workers with free admission courtesy of Canada Life. Let’s never forget those who are putting their lives on the line every day.

While the WAG is temporarily closed, this series of posts from Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, shares a reflection every day until the Gallery reopens. Follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, or visit our stories section for this and more WAG@Home content.

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One response to “My Daily Art”

  1. Kurt Schwarz says:

    Dear Stephen,

    Thank you for your incredible leadership and vision! As a long-standing supporter of the arts and health-care worker, I have been comforted and reassured during these uncertain days, and the arts have really helped to give voice to some of my experience, as well as to “humanize” this crazy time that we are living in.

    You are maybe familiar with this already, but a series on You Tube has been particularly reassuring- “Art in Isolation” with Philip Mould. I think that you would really enjoy some of his series; his specialty is in early English portraiture.

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