Three Gimli residents, Rosalie Dixon, June Valgardson and Ann Rudd were the driving forces behind
the establishment of a group of local artists in 1969. It was their desire to establish a group of artists
that would create an environment of exploration, learning and support for one another while they developed their skills.
On April 14, 1969 the first meeting was held and 32 people enrolled as the first members. The first class was held April 21, 1969 in the Geo. Johnson Elementary School. In 1972 the R.M. and Town of Gimli Development Corporation donated the use of a small building on the waterfront area where the group met once a week. Membership grew steadily and the need for a larger building arose. Tremendous dedication and an exceptional amount of work done by the members and community volunteers made the addition of a new building possible. Fund raising and financial assistance from area Government agencies enabled the Club to build the addition and upgrade the old facilities. This extra space for the growing Club was opened in 1983.
The Gimli Art Club has endeavoured to enrich the lives of area residents by providing exposure and appreciation of the visual arts. In the beginning years each July, an art show was held in the building's Gallery. It attracted hundreds for the annual event. The Club has actively participated in local events contributing where they can to the advancement of the arts experience.
In 1997 the first strokes of paint were applied to the start of the 977 foot Seawall structure in the harbour. This was the beginning of a commitment from the member artists to beautify the harbour by painting colourful murals that portray histories and events from our Interlake area. With the donation of a total of 69 murals over the past 12 years, this Mural Gallery has become a unique and well-known landmark and is visited by tourists from around the globe. The long-awaited Seawall Gallery Book published in 2009, marked the Club's
It is the intent of the Gimli Art Club to leave a legacy to the residents through their community participation. Over 40 years of dedication and hard work have been rewarded with pride and the satisfaction of making a contribution to the community.
October 18th, 2009
The History of the Gimli Art Club & Members:
© 2012 Gimli Art Club Inc.
President / Vice President /Treasurer
Lavona Clarke, Brian Davis & Jan Payne
Secretary Debbie Einarson
Past President Gwen Harp
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.
The Gimli Art Club & Gallery is proud to be a vital part of the flourishing arts community of Gimli and the Interlake.
Sincere thanks to the past executive for their important work in 2015, including a dazzling new look for the Gallery (come in and see it!) and the very successful hosting of the Interlake Juried Art Show.
This year over sixty active members continue to produce an eclectic range of works including stone carving, jewellery, fused glass, painting, drawing, pottery, photography and more.
Our volunteer run organization is planning a very exciting and busy 2016, with new pottery programs for children, our continued participation with the ever growing Gimli Ice Fest in March, the 2016 WAVE Tour and the ongoing restoration of murals on the refurbished SEAWALL.
We are expanding our season by opening weekends through this fall until Christmas. Come see us at the Gallery on Saturday & Sunday between 11-4.
We welcome your feedback. Feel free to contact Brian Davis, Lavona Clarke, Jan Payne at our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gimli Art Club CoPositions - President, Vice President & Treasurer
Jan, Brian & Lavona