Mar Desmet has always been involved in art and her keen interest and unique style have carried her to the forefront of her field. Characteristically drawing and painting with pen, ink and stick, Mar’s unique style is featured in the homes and offices of many happy art appreciators. Although Mar mostly shows her work at her Art Studio at Victoria Beach, MB, she also has work exhibited locally at Country Concepts in Powerview/Pine Falls, MB, at the Birchwood Motor Hotel in Traverse Bay, MB, and at the Municipal Offices for the R.M. of Alexander, MB. She has also had several of her works of art on consignment at the Tombstone Art Gallery in Tombstone, Arizona.
As an art educator for the Winnipeg School Division #1, Mar was instrumental in introducing school division youth to art appreciation at the Winnipeg Art Gallery during her teaching years where she taught children from Kindergarten to grade 12. Mar taught art for ten years after she graduated from the University of Manitoba, Wpg, MB, with both a Bachelor of Education and a Fine Arts Honors Degree. While she was a student at the U of M, Mar had regular art exhibits, at the Faculty of Art Gallery as well as the Faculty of Education Art Gallery. She has also had successful exhibitions at various art galleries in Winnipeg. Mar still enjoys her membership to the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Mar was instrumental in the development and continuation of the Sun Country Arts & Crafts Group acting as vice, president and past president over the past 35 years. Sun Country Arts & Crafts has several shows throughout the summer season in communities along the south eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg.
Mar has travelled to many distant places including Mexico, USA., France, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Barbados, and Hawaii always with pen and pencil in hand. Much of Mar’s work and style depicts her travels and moments that she has captivated on canvas.
Mar is married and has three adult children and six grandchildren, some of whom have taken up her love of drawing and painting. Mar and her daughter, Pamela Desmet Franklin, will be exhibiting their love of art together with the exhibit, “Reflections and Imaginings” at the Fleet Gallery, 65 Albert Street on June 2, 2015. The opening reception will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015, 7:00 – 10 pm which is also a First Friday in the Exchange District in Winnipeg. She hopes to see you there.
Mar Desmet C.V.
Exhibitions and Professional Affiliation:
2012-14 Past President Sun Country Arts & Crafts
1995-12 President of Sun Country Arts & Crafts
1980-95 Vice-President Sun Country Arts & Crafts
1985 Selkirk Art Gallery
1975-80 Yearly Exhibitions in University Of Manitoba, Faculty of Art Gallery & Faculty of Education Gallery, as well as at various art galleries, Wpg
Gallery/ Alternative Gallery Venues:
- Mar’s Art Studio at Victoria Beach, MB
- Tombstone Art Gallery in Tombstone, Arizona
- Country Concepts in Powerview/Pine Falls, MB
- The Birchwood Hotel in Traverse Bay, MB
- The Municipal Offices for the R.M. of Alexander, MB
1980-81 Bachelor of Education Degree, University of MB, Wpg, MB
1975-80 Fine Arts Honors Degree, University of MB, Wpg, MB
1953 High School Norwood Collegiate, Wpg. MB
1970-76 Winnipeg Art Gallery classes
1952 Comptometer Operator Program Business College, Wpg< MB
1981-90 Art teacher for the Winnipeg School Division, grades kindergarten to grade 12
1975-80 Swimming Instructor City of Winnipeg Pools
1970-75 Swimming Instructor and Life Guard Victoria Beach
1970-72 Volunteer Swimming Instructor for Norwood School Division
Canada, Mexico, U.S.A., France, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Barbados, and Hawaii