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Find Your Path at Folk Fest

Find Your Path at Folk Fest

We are excited to welcome James Culleton’s popular Labyrinth back to the festival’s Prairie Outdoor Exhibition this summer.

James was born in St. Boniface and received his BFA from the University of Manitoba and has exhibited work at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Kozen Gallery in Montreal and The Label Gallery amongst others, and he was recently the professional guest artist at ArtCity, teaching kids and adults how to paint and draw.

Labyrinths have a long history in mythology, ancient architecture and indigenous culture. Not to be confused with a maze (get it?), a labyrinth is a single route, taking the traveller along a journey to the centre of the design, then back out again. Its purpose isn’t to confuse, but to serve as a metaphor for life, finding true paths despite obstacles. Often meditative, they are exercises for the right brain.

James was drawn to creating labrynth’s after reading Carol Shield’s novel, Larry’s Party, a novel about an ordinary man from Winnipeg who has an extraordinary career creating labyrinths around the world. Shortly after reading the novel, James organized a national exhibit of labyrinth artists at the Portage and District Arts Centre.

Regarding his ongoing relationship with the Winnipeg Folk Festival, James says “It’s been pretty amazing, over the years I’ve met a lot of talented people at the festival. I’ve drawn hundreds of musicians in the process. My kids are starting to get into it too, which is great!” 

James wouldn’t give away many secrets about the 2015 design, although he did mention that a gnome may or may not be making an appearance…

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