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James Allum, MLA Fort Garry - Riverview
June 20, 2013

South Osborne Arts Groups Spring Open Studio Tour

Mr. Speaker, among the many beautiful places in my constituency are the wonderful Lord Roberts and Riverview neighbourhoods. Indeed, South Osborne is a unique, vibrant community full of strong schools, incredible community clubs, fabulous restaurants, wonderful recreational amenities, and very progressive residents who work extraordinarily hard to make our neighbourhoods strong, safe and sustainable.

This past Mothers’ Day, our beautiful neighbourhood was on display as were the artistic skills, abilities, and sensibilities of several of our residents when the South Osborne Arts Group celebrated the long-awaited coming of spring by holding its second Spring Open Studio Tour.

Ten brilliant local artists in the South Osborne area opened their workspaces, giving area residents and visitors alike an opportunity to see a working artist’s studio and chat about their work.

The weekend was a great success. Approximately two hundred people came out to visit the studios, view incredible artwork, and learn about pottery, photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, glass work, jewellery and much, much more.

My wife Susan and I had the chance to bike through the neighbourhood to visit many of the home studios and we were delighted by the warm reception we received at and the incredible works of art we saw.

Mr. Speaker, neighbourhoods thrive when local residents are dedicated to making it a vital, lively community. I want to thank the South Osborne Arts Group - Colleen Chamberlin, Steve Jorgenson, Tom Roberts, Lesly Dawyduk, Joan Kakoske, Dave Maddocks, Judy Jennings, Helen Lyons, Pam Rayner Moore, and Reymond Pagé - for bringing the arts to life in our neighbourhood and for contributing to the vitality of the South Osborne community.