Photographs by Thompson's Meagan Van Drunen will be among the works of more than 70 of the province's artists at the 10th annual Rural and Northern Art Show in Winnipeg from Sept. 4-24.
A trio of photographs by Van Drunen, 13, – entitled "Surprize," "Mom and Mini-Me" and "Turkey Kisses" – that won her third prize in the youth division at the Northern Juried Art Show in The Pas April 26-28 will be on display in the Conservatory Gallery with the works of other younger artists who represent Manitoba's up-and-coming artistic talents while the main portion of the exhibition, consisting of pairings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and fibre will be in the second floor Pavilion Gallery Museum at 55 Pavilion Cres.
All the works on display won awards at juried art shows in the Central, Eastman, Interlake, Norman, Parkland and Westman regions of the province.
A preview of the youth show will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 followed by an opening reception, attended by many of the artists with works on display, for the main exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m.
Van Drunen is one of nine artists from Northern Manitoba whose work will be presented in the show and the only one from Thompson. Four of the other award-winners came from Flin Flon, three from The Pas and one from Denare Beach.
Van Drunen told the Thompson Citizen in June that it was her mother Nina, who appears in all of the award-winning photos along with Meagan's younger sister, who convinced her to submit them to the Northern Juried Art Show.
"I didn't want to enter them at all," said Meagan. "i was like, 'Oh, I'm not going to get anything.' They called the honourable mentions first and then they're like third place and the called my name and I was like, 'What?'"