Wanda Koop Exhibition - Media Release

October 1, 2010

Works by internationally-acclaimed artist Wanda Koop featured in exhibition and sale and Mayberry Fine Art.



WINNIPEG – Art lovers who have been enthralled with Winnipeg artist Wanda Koop’s works currently on exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery will have the opportunity to view and purchase select pieces from her own collection when a complementary exhibition of Koop’s paintings opens Thursday, October 7, at Mayberry Fine Art.

To share in the on-going celebration of this incredible artist's career, the Mayberrys collaborated with Koop to hand-select some 50 pieces painted throughout her career for the show and sale at their Exchange District gallery.  The works, including a collection of small acrylic paintings, several watercolours on paper from her Mask series, and two major pieces from the 1980s, are priced from $700 to $70,000.

Wanda Koop - Decades, which continues until October 23 at Mayberry Fine Art, is a mini-retrospective of artworks produced over a span of three decades -- from the late 1980s into the 21st Century. Many offer a glimpse into the process that culminates in the creation of the large-scale pieces Koop produces for major installations, including the 26 now on display at the WAG and destined for exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada and, then, a national tour.

“It gives me great pleasure that people in Manitoba have the chance to experience and enjoy my work in such diverse venues – on a grand scale at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and in the more intimate setting of the Mayberry gallery,” said Koop, whose life has been a whirlwind of activity before and since the opening of Wanda Koop… On the Edge of Experience at the WAG.

“As an artist and a life-long Winnipegger, I am very touched by the interest shown by people from all walks of life in my visual translation of how I see and interpret the world,” said Koop, noting that the WAG exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of her work to date.

Koop will attend the October 7 opening at Mayberry Fine Art, 212 McDermot Ave., 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no charge for this event or for viewing the exhibition. The gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Wanda is the most beautiful dreamer,” gallery co-owner Shaun Mayberry said of Koop, whose contemporary paintings reside in museums and private collections around the world.

“Her art has less to do with individual objects and more to do with the experience. For Wanda, art is about the process and not about one thing, but about how everything comes together,” he added.

Koop’s On the Edge of Experience retrospective will head to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa after closing at the WAG on November 21. The exhibition in Ottawa (mid-February through mid-May, 2011) will be followed by a national tour which will see the retrospective collection exhibited at public galleries across Canada.

Koop, 58, is one of the most significant and prolific artists of the last 20 years in Canada. She lives and works in Winnipeg while her paintings and video works have been shown in Great Britain, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Japan, and the United States.

Mayberry Fine Art opened in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District in 2002. Located at 212 McDermot Avenue, the gallery represents a select group of contemporary Canadian artists such as Winnipeg’s Koop, Andrew Valko and Don Proch, Surrey’s Robert Genn, Saskatchewan’s Joe Fafard and Wilf Perreault, and Toronto’s Celia Neubauer, in addition to its significant activity in the historical art market.

The Mayberrys opened their semi-virtual, satellite gallery, featuring touchscreen technology, in Winnipeg Square in 2008 and just recently purchased the Hollander York Gallery in Toronto which is now operating as a division of Mayberry Fine Art. 

To learn more about Wanda Koop, her work, and Mayberry Fine Art, visit www.mayberryfineart.com