Compendium Artist Market presents Viaticum, a one night pop-up art show featuring local talent, for what might be Compendium’s final hurrah. Click here to go to the Facebook event page.




As many of you are aware, the opening of Compendium has been delayed several times. You’ve probably also been wondering what’s been going on. Well, in the spirit of transparency and general knowledge we’re going to share a point form history of the past 4 years with you.

-We began writing the business plan in November 2010.

-The business plan took two years to complete, which included the initial financial plans.

-Initial financial plans were based on a retail space that was of interest to us.

-The retail space was leased to someone else before we could put in an offer, even though we requested to be informed of such a situation.

-With the way business plans work, we had to more or less start over again.

-We found a new space, and after talking to what seemed like every bank in the city, we found one that said they would finance the project.

-The bank said they could provide us with a loan, but that we needed to lease the space to move forward.

-To avoid the previous situation, and because we had promises from the bank, we leased the space.

-We were to receive several loans from the bank, which included two through government programs.

-As to tap into all resources available, we also applied for as many grants as we could, but most grants only apply to not-for-profit businesses. In any case, we never received any of the grants we applied for.

-After several months, we were finally approved for our loans.

-The bank then made us jump through hoops for the next two years to receive these loans. They told us time and time again that we’d have the funding after we provided them with one more thing.

-Finally, after bringing the delay to the attention of the bank manager, and other higher ups, we received some of the loans. However, we did not receive the full amount that we were promised, which has left us in quite the predicament to say the least.

-Due to the fact that the bank required us to lease a space, and then took two years to provide the loan, we’ve had to cover building expenses for this period of time. This has cost us tens of thousands of dollars that were supposed to cover other expenses. On top of that, we now have to make payments on these loans with no way of opening, being able to create revenue, or being able to pay them.

-Jumping back to the beginning of the business plan process, we had approached an organization that helps young entrepreneurs with financing. They work in conjunction with a bank to provide a substantial amount of financing that we were hoping to receive.

-After working with this organization for a year, and signing the final papers, they told us we didn’t qualify.

-The reason we didn’t qualify was because there was a chance of nudity being in the art we’d show.

-Back to present date, we were talking with the bank that the previously mentioned organization partners with. We mentioned the nudity issue from before, and they told us that it wasn’t an issue.

-They told us to talk with the organization again in hopes of being able to provide us with some funding.

-We contacted the organization again, applied for the funding again, and were approved again.

-A few months later, they once again told us that they wouldn’t be able to provide us with funding, after initially approving us.

-The nudity wasn’t an issue this time around, but instead the complicated loss of funds caused by the bank made the project something that they didn’t want to touch.

-Meanwhile the bank had created another situation for us to deal with.

-The banks policy was to give our contractors the full amount of their invoices upfront before any work was complete. This amount came out of our account from the loans they gave us, and was held by the bank so they had total control of it.

-This has led to complications with one of the contractors, who hasn’t done any work for almost a year now, but has been paid in full.

-It has also put the entire project at a stand still, as nothing else can be started until a portion of their work is finished.

-We’ve met with the bank several times to reconcile these issues, but they won’t take responsibility for anything that has happened.

-We’ve even talked with the bank manager, the business advisor for the prairies, and tried to contact the ombudsman. None of which helped.

-There is currently an investigation being conducted into the issues with the bank, and hopefully for once things work out in our favour. However, this is another timely process.

Hopefully this gives you a better idea as to what we’ve been up against, and why we aren’t open yet. While this quick history points out the main events, there have been many small occurrences that didn’t help things either. Not to mention the fact that living through these events was much worse than our simple explanation of them. Even still, after all these incidents and more, we are trying to move forward. It hasn’t been easy, and we’re deeply sorry for not being open yet. We continue to get requests for events, and are always saddened when we have to turn people away and can’t help them. However, we are hopefully that everything will turn out eventually.

Please continue to support us, as your interest and excitement for Compendium has been a huge factor that has helped us push on. We appreciate your patience, and look forward to throwing you all a huge party once we open.

If anyone has any interest in supporting us financially you can always send us a donation through PayPal to Or if you’d like to donate a substantial amount of money, we’d be more than happy to meet up with you and give you a big hug.

We look forward to serving our community in the future and helping to make Winnipeg a better city.

Thanks everyone!

Online Art Fundraiser Sale

As many of you may remember we had an art fundraiser in March. The turn out was great, but we were still left with quite a few donated pieces. In case you were unable to make it, are new to Compendium, or didn’t have the money at the time, here is your second chance. You can now get in contact with us and purchase some truly amazing art at half the regular selling price. Just like the fundraiser, any money raised through these sales will help us with start-up costs.

If you’d like any of the pieces below please email


Brett Howe

Brett Howe. Untitled. Framed photo print. 15″x21″. Originally $150. Selling for $75.

Chantelle Dione

Chantelle Dione. The Beholder. Photo print on canvas. 24″x16″. Originally $150. Selling for $75.

Gagan Design

Gagan Design. Polo Lamp. Wood, fabric, and glass. 4′ with 15′ cord. Originally $245. Selling for $125.

Judy Russell

Judy Russell. Acid Rain. Photo print. 16″x20″. Originally $45. Selling for $25.

Cori Jaye

Cori Jaye. Pulse Hands Forming Heart. Print on paper. 11″x17″. Originally $20. Selling for $10.

Jonas Van Niekerk

Jonas Van Niekerk. Dino. Screen print on fabric. 18″x26″. Originally $80. Selling for $40.

Jonas Van Niekerk 2

Jonas Van Niekerk. Zombies!!! Screen print on fabric. 18″x26″. Originally $80. Selling for $40.

Jonas Van Niekerk 3

Jonas Van Niekerk. The Dragon. Screen print on fabric. 18″x26″. Originally $80. Selling for $40.


Krista Lawson. Floral Woman 1. Oil on canvas. 40″x40″. Originally $500. Selling for $300.

Graeme Brown

Graeme Brown. Out of the Darkness. Print on wood board. 3’x3′. Originally $300. Selling for $150.

Kal Barteski

Kal Barteski. 30,000 Feet: Fire. Acrylic enamel on canvas. 36″x24″. Originally $1100. Selling for $600.

Elena El

Elena El. Simply Tuesday. Print on canvas. 11″x14″. Originally $40. Selling for $20.

Nick Iskierski

Nick Iskierski. Wine Muse. Acrylic on framed paper board. 54″x30″. Originally $300. Selling for $150.

Natasha Lowenthal

Natasha Lowenthal. Sirens. Limited edition giclee print. 11″x14″. Selling for $25.

Terry Mellway

Terry Mellway. Pastel Daylily. Print of coloured pencil original. 7.25″x10.25″. Originally $30. Selling for $20.

Terry Mellway - Queen Midas

Terry Mellway. Queen Midas. Print of coloured pencil original. 8.5″x11″. Originally $30. Selling for $20.

Little Feather

Little Feather Design. Baby package. Originally $190. Selling for $100.

Cut Really 2

Cut-Really Design. Cutlery Earrings. Originally $30. Selling for $15.

Terry Mellway Cards

Terry Mellway. Card prints of coloured pencil originals with envelope. 6 available. 7″x5.75″. Originally $5.95 each. Selling for $2 each. 

Urban Peasant

Urban Peasant. Layered wool scarf. Originally $50. Selling for $30.

Jamie Gauthier

Jamie Gauthier. Untitled. 17″x21″. Selling for $50.

Nyco Rudolph

Nyco Rudolph. Dino Matrix. Print on paper. 24’x18.5″. Originally $35. Selling for $20.

Kira Koop

Kira Koop. From the Root. Gelatin silver photo print. 8″x10″. Originally $100. Selling for $50.

Elise Nadeau

Elise Nadeau. Pink slipcast porcelain teapot and cups set. Originally $100. Selling for $50.

Kristen Lourie

Kristen Lourie. Day of the dead skull. Originally $20. Selling for $10.

Behind Closed Curtains

Pam McCartney. Behind Closed Curtains. Waxed photo on wood canvas. 8″x10″. Originally $65. Selling for $35.

Old Mod

Clint McCartney. Old Mod. Wood framed painting on canvas. 17.5″x22″. Originally $250. Selling for $125.

Steven Mathew

Steven Mathew. OSiS prize pack. Originally $250. Selling for $125.

Etsy Team Captains’ Summit 2014

Hey everyone! It’s Ryan! Last week I attended an Etsy conference in Toronto. The main objectives were to learn how to better use Etsy, and to get more information on Etsy: Made in Canada Day. This is an event that is happening all across Canada on September 27th 2014, which brings Etsy shop owners together to sell their work in person.

Compendium is working together with W.E.S.T. (Winnipeg Etsy Street Team) to bring Winnipeg an amazing event with crafters from all over Manitoba. We’ve already started working out the details which will follow soon. In the mean time we’re looking for new local crafters who aren’t on Etsy, and asking them to create an online store and take part in the event on September 27th. We have promo codes for anyone that wishes to launch a new Etsy store. Just go to here, and get started now! You’ll get 20 free listings, which is a saving of $400!

In closing, the Etsy Summit was great, I met a lot of awesome people, and I’m really looking forward to Etsy: Made in Canada Day!

Myself listening intently to a breakout session discussion.

Breakout session photo break with Ruth from Winnipeg, Emily from Almonte, Joanna from Fort McMurray and Krysthle from Gatineau.

Lunch break with some of the Etsy Canada staff and captains from other cities.

Ruth from W.E.S.T. (Winnipeg Etsy Street Team) along with Etsy Canada organizers Erin and Nada.

Chatting with Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson.

For the most part it was me and 40 ladies until Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson showed up.

For more pictures from the Summit check out this Flickr page.

Compendium’s Fundraiser Photos

Our fundraiser was last Friday, and everything turned out great! The support of the arts community was astounding, with people wanting to donate right up to show time. We can’t say enough how appreciative we are of the artists, volunteers, family members and friends who showed us their support in any way possible. In case you missed it or want to relive it, here are some photos by Dwayne Larson.


Movember Straight Razor Shave

Hi everyone! Today’s post comes to you straight from Compendium Artist Market owner Ryan Poworoznik.

At the end of September I started growing a beard, hoping to join the ranks of people like Ricki Hall, Luke Ditella and Chris Millington. I came a pretty long way after only a month, and was quite happy with my new look. However, something that out weighs the importance of my beard happens every November, and I was well aware of the sacrifice that I would have to make. Thus I decided that this November I would officially take part in the Movember movement, and start it off with a bang by getting my first straight razor shave. I made an appointment at local barber shop Hunter & Gunn, and requisitioned the help of my friend April Plett to photograph the experience. The following is the culmination of my experience. Enjoy!


And that’s it folks. I’ll be representing all Movember with my moustache in support of men’s health. If you’d like to do so as well, join the Compendium Moustache Crew.

We’d like to send out a huge thank you to Jeremy at Hunter & Gunn for the straight razor shave, and April Plett for commemorating the event with these amazing photo’s.

Introducing Vicki Anne Melo, Compendium’s New Creative Director

Compendium is happy to welcome the first new member of our team and our new Creative Director, Vicki Anne Melo.


Hi Vicki. Welcome to the team! Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.

Hmmm, what kind of details would you like to know? My favorite color? Turquoise. Where I live? A cute 100-year old home with a red door. I share it with my very handsome Latino husband. My age? I’m turning 29 this year. My hobbies? I love to draw and paint. My current obsession is working with watercolors and ink. My work? Freelance writing. Other random details? I speak Spanish. I take naps in my hammock almost on a daily basis. I can be a bit of a health nut at times which is hard because I loooove food. And I love art. Learning about it, exploring it, being surrounded by it.

How did you get interested in working in an art space and was a creative career always your first choice?

Not at all, I originally wanted to work for the United Nations. After living and working in Kenya and Uganda I returned to Winnipeg to study International Development. Following my degree, getting a job at the UN was not as easy as I thought. I ended up working as a Consultant for a firm that represented First Nation communities. It was rewarding work in that I felt I was really helping people who needed it. But I soon said goodbye to that job and to Canada when I got engaged and moved to Mexico for 2 years. It was in Mexico that I realized my creative passions could be more than just hobbies, but perhaps my career. My spanish wasn’t so good so finding a job wasn’t easy and so I decided to invent my own work. Almost entirely on my own, I spent a year planning and organizing a one day art and fashion festival in Mexico City. I realized then that I was meant to work in a creative field. It was the first time in my life where I really loved doing my job. And loving what you do is so important. For most of us, we spend the majority of everyday of our lives at our jobs. Imagine loving getting up for work everyday. I wanted that. So when we moved back to Winnipeg 2 years ago I decided that the only work I would ever do is work that I was passionate about, work that felt good to do. Being the Creative Director of Compendium is exactly that for me. I am so passionate about this space and working with so many other talented and creative people, and the potential to really help artists to develop their careers. It’s a dream job.

How did you get involved with Compendium?

I met Ryan, the owner, on LinkedIn and asked to meet with him to learn more about Compendium. We hit it off right away and quickly became good friends. I started volunteering my time to help him with various aspects of getting Compendium ready for opening day and I guess Ryan realized I had a real love and a knack for this kind of work. He hired me on almost immediately. We’ve been working together ever since and we’re both so excited to open the doors in January and do some good work.

Thank you Vicki! We feel very lucky having you on the team, and we look forward to sharing the future of Compendium with you.