The Selkirk Community Arts Centre
The Art Works of the Gwen Fox Gallery members

Workshops & Events

Events and Workshops taking place at the Gwen Fox Gallery

(Also see the Gallery Calendar)



JULY 2023

Each Saturday-Outside Gwen Fox Gallery: "Painting Al Fresco"

Time: Starts at 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (approximately)

Meet the artists painting, carving, sketching, weaving, etc. in the fresh air!

For more information, or to book a spot, contact Brenda at




Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Selkirk Community Art Gallery

Cost: TBD

Contact: Marie at (204) 482-9723 to register



September 11 - WORKSHOP "Resolving Painting Problems"

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 per person (+bring own supplies)

Contact Sharon Routley at, or ph.(204) 782-7861 for more information

September 21 - "Tales of the Homestead - Story Telling by Bill Massey"

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Contact Bill at (204) 467-9122 for more information

Tales of the Homestead

A story by Bill Massey and Dorothy Braun

Tales of the Homestead is a story of my grandfather’s life.  William Hatcliffe Massey, know as Will, was born in Merton, Oxfordshire, England on November 14, 1882.  Born in the home of an Anglican minister, Will was the third of seven children, four boys and three girls.  Will went to Pocklington  boarding school and was an accepted into the British navy at the age of 16 on the strength of his Latin exam.  He immigrated to Canada with his younger brother in 1903 settling on a farm near Trehearne Manitoba.  Here he learned the trade of farming.  He was married in 1912 to May Fowler, my grandmother of the Hullet district.

In 1918 he took over a homestead at Lonely Lake and together with his wife and four children they “proved up” in 1923.  Grandmother inherited land at Hullet and they moved back to that district.  In 1933 in the depths of the depression, they lost their farm and moved to a ¼ section in the Tiger Hills near Ninette, Manitoba.  Grandfather traded a team of horses for the land.  They farmed there until 1949 when they retired to a little house in Ninette.  Grandmother died in 1952 and when I was eight years old in 1957 I started staying with grandfather in the summertime. We became very close and he has been an inspiration to me all my life. He lived until 1970 when he passed on at the age of 87.

He wrote short stories and poetry and along with it the family folklore about his life in Manitoba.  I call the story ”Tales of the Homestead”.  My wife Dorothy provides grandfather’s voice in the narrative.  I have all of his unpublished works .  I have written a book that includes his writings, short stories and poetry as well as my own, which I call Poets & Pioneers.  Telling my grandfather’s story is one of the great pleasures of my life and I hope you enjoy hearing it as much as we enjoy telling it.



October 2 - WORKSHOP "Charles Reid Workshop"

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 per person (+bring own supplies)

Contact Sharon Routley at, or ph.(204) 782-7861 for more information




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