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‘Yarn Storming’ Blows into Winnipeg Art Gallery

October 24, 2015 9:30 AM | Entertainment

By David Klassen

WAG Yarn Storm

Joyce Berry (left) and Hennie Corrin (right), co-chairs of CRAFTED Show + Sale, tie knitted scarves to frames in anticipation of being hung over the Mezzanine at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Friday afternoon. The yarn storming will be on view throughout the CRAFTED event November 6 & 7. (TAMMY SAWATZKY / WAG)

The Winnipeg Art Gallery looked more like a yarn storm rolled through on Friday.

That’s the look they were going for to prepare for the inaugural CRAFTED Show + Sale. “Yarn storming” or “graffiti knitting” is a type of street art using colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response from the craft community,” said Sherri Van Went, WAG manager of retail operations. “It hasn’t been an easy task to select just 50 artists, but the result will be a diverse array of handcrafted originals like no other!”

Those 50 artists will showcase their wares November 6-7 for the first-ever juried craft show at the WAG.

The art gallery’s four floors are being transformed into havens for knitters. Funds raised will support Manitoba and Nunavut craft artists through programs and initiatives that elevate and promote craft at the WAG.

CRAFTED Show + Sale is being presented in partnership with the Manitoba Craft Council (MCC) and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA).

Tickets are $5 online, at the WAG front desk or at the door.