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McNally Robinson Booksellers' monthly art series in Prairie Ink Restaurant presents Jolanta Sokalska and Zbigniew Sokalski showing The Doubled Charm of Modern Glass Monday July 8-Sunday August 5, 2013.

Jolanta Sokalska and Zbigniew Sokalski have both been pursuing art for many years, beginning with their five years of study at the Lyceum of Fine Arts. They continued their art education for another five years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, both leaving with Master of Fine Arts Degrees.

Zbigniew believes that artists are injecting BEAUTY into the world. They learn the visual language of metaphors, symbols, meanings. They also learn mastery through the execution of their work. As a result, they are able to communicate their work to people. People, in front of ART are happier and more sophisticated. Therefore it is very important to governments and people to promote ART and CULTURE. And be surrounded by CREATION.

Jolanta’s study of Painting, Drawing, Graphics, Ceramics, Glass, Technology of Ceramics and Glass, Composition and Conceptual Arrangement, Art History, Politics, Social studies, Psychology, French, Russian, Polish languages, all contributed to her knowledge about ART and life. She started working as an independent artist in Poland, then in Germany, and, from 1990 on, in Canada. Jolanta COMMUNICATES through her art language in many solo or group exhibition in Canada, USA and Europe. Her recent work, tries to capture the character of the present time…where glass, aluminium, metals, bolts, screws, industrial cables, shackles play together, contribute to another. The ESTHETICS of our contemporary time promote: clarity, simplicity, sleekness; Jolanta tries to reflect this “spirit”.


We also have the pleasure of showcasing an ongoing exhibit, Surviving Subtlety: Archi-scapes Glimpsed Through a Literal Window, a set of seven leaded mouthblown-glass windows conceived, designed, supervised by artist, architect, and author koval of Winnipeg. A more extensive page dedicated to this can be found here.

Upcoming Exhibits:

* Rebecca Haverluck showing Prairiescapes of Winnipegosis (August 6-September 15, 2013)

Past exhibitors include Rae St. Clair BridgmanJill Brooks, Brigitte Dion, Shirley Elias, Holly Anne Friesen, Sue Gordon, Mike Grandmaison, Philip Hayes, Takashi Iwasaki, Charles Johnston, Gerry Kopelow, Margruite Krahn, Roger Lafrenière, Karen Martens, Martha Street Studio, Frank Mikuska, Milos Milidrag, Rita Nayar, Amanda Onchulenko, Don Reichert, Miriam Rudolph, Doug Smith, Jolanta Sokalska, Robert J. Sweeney, Jordan Van Sewell and Keith Wood.

Small Works Submission Information:

Accomplished artists interested in exhibiting their works in the Small Works Series in Winnipeg are asked to provide the following information electronically to

Starting in September, Small Works is to be curated in conjunction with Gurevich Fine Art. Please submit work with the knowledge that it will be shared with Howard Gurevich, the gallery representative.

* A biography and artist statement.
* Artist's curriculum vitae, outlining shows etc.
* 5 - 10 digital images of proposed work

The first evening of each show, McNally Robinson hosts a reception where the author will speaks about the works shown. Works will be on sale throughout the month but, when sold, will normally remain on exhibit until the show ends.

Each show consists of approximately two dozen works exhibited for one month. The Small Works Series display space is restricted to small works no deeper than 30".

For further information contact: