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.


Compendium Interview with local artist Gabrielle Funk

Not too long ago we got a chance to sit down for some tea with Gabrielle Funk. We talked to her about her life as an artist, co-founding a magazine, and what the future might hold for her as an artist.


Tell us a bit about your history as an artist.

Art has been a very important part of my life for all of my life. I’ve practiced art for as long as I can remember, but for the last few years have become very serious about it. Currently I’m in school. Art school is something I always wanted to give myself the chance to do. My strength is in painting, but I enjoy exploring multiple mediums.

At school I want to take courses in areas that I am not as familiar with like using a dark room or screen printing or papermaking in order to create a more well rounded practice.

Are you a full time or part time artist?

I am working at Graffiti Gallery as an instructor, which I love, but I actually have a few jobs right now as well as school.  I try to put in fulltime hours making art every week if possible.

What has been your greatest achievement as an artist?

There are a few things this past year that have happened that have felt really amazing. I got a chance to hang some of my work at Deseo Bistro and it will still be hanging there until March or April. I sold my first original piece of art because it was hanging in their space. There was also a lot of positive and encouraging feedback that I received as a result of that opportunity. But I think the most exciting part of these past few years has been getting the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other artists. An example of a memorable collaboration was myparticipation in the En Masse Project at the Graffiti Gallery with a collection of other local artists. 

How has your artwork evolved over time?

Slowly my art has evolved technically just because of all the hours of practice that I put in. I feel like right now my art is in the process of evolving. It’s gaining more meaning because it has become less personal and is starting to engage more with the world outside myself. I think school is part of this because as soon as you start engaging creatively with your community then the evolution of your practice just snowballs because you start taking things from other people you never thought of before and are able to learn faster. Also by engaging more with your community, different things start to become meaningful. If you are just in your own head for 8 hours a day working alone, I feel like your world becomes very small and your art can only access a few people or just exists for you. The more you expand yourself and collaborate, the more your practice will grow and the more digestible and exciting your artwork will be to more people.

Tell us a bit about your new magazine rip/torn.

This is a new project that a friend of mine, Natasha Havrilenko and I started about a year ago because we felt there was a need for a new platform for artists and writers in Winnipeg. We are almost finished our 2nd issue. It’s coming out on February 22nd. We’re hoping to have one every season (a quarterly). 

The point of it is to be as inclusive to creative people as possible and create a very supportive platform where people can collaborate and grow and express themselves in a safe space. We encourage people to share a side of themselves that they feel most nervous to express. I believe that many artists have one side of themselves that they are maybe scared to show. Maybe it is because they are not sure if they put something out there how people will perceive them. So rip/torn is a space for that. In our call for submissions we say, “We want to hear the voice you use the least.”

For every quarterly edition we host some sort of event. For our next launch, the one that is happening in late May or June we are collaborating with Synonym Art Consultation, so their artists are going to be featured in our magazine and their show opening will coincide with our launch.

You draw, paint, collage, photograph, and write. Is there one you enjoy the most?

I really love to paint and I love to combine painting with collage. Over the summer I collected a bunch of flowers as they bloomed and pressed them and now I have books and books filled with pressed flowers that I’m going to use to collage into my paintings.

Who or what inspires your work?

Anyone who is brave enough to practice art openly and pursue that in their life no matter what. Anyone with elements of that kind of attitude really inspire me. I have a few friends in this city who have been such an encouragement to me because they have been faithfully practicing their craft for years solely because they love it and it doesn’t matter to them what they gain from it.

Some specific local people who have this spectacular and inspiring energy about them, are strong in their craft, willing to share their wisdom and mentorship, encouraging and open to collaboration are Andrew Eastman and Chloe ChafeChristian ProctorAndrew ValkoCarlen JupiterKenneth Lavallee, and Elise Nadeau. All of these people have comparable strength and drive about them and have been important to me on my path as an artist in various ways.

Professionally, what are your goals?

I would really love to continue to produce more issues of rip/torn. For the Fall I really want to be a part of Nuit Blanche with the magazine. I would also really love to create a big body of work that I could represent myself with. For the next little while I just want to spend my time learning and honing my skills in order to do that. I’d also love to finish school.  I’m not in a rush to do so. I’m about a third through my degree. It’s been a leisurely pace because I feel like I should enjoy it. And I would love to eventually support myself through my art practice.

How many shows do you do a year?

I’ve done probably too many shows this last year. I felt like I slightly overburdened myself, but it was just so exciting to get those opportunities. I have another show in March that I am preparing for. It’s a solo show at Tara Davis Studio. And then I still have those 7 pieces showing at Deseo

What is your advice for aspiring artists?

Do not limit yourself. Say yes to every opportunity you possibly can. You will prematurely stunt yourself if your say that something is not “your thing”. Participating in the En Masse Project was like that for me. Painting giant murals seemed really intimidating to me and like nothing I did before but so many opportunities have come through that. Finding your niche is really important eventually, but in the beginning it shouldn’t be your priority. Putting yourself out there and getting to know your creative community and supporting other people is really important.

Swan & Moon
Beauty School
A Fine Line
Fighting Foxes
Praire Solstice
Dam Square

Call To Artists and Photographers For Compendium’s Grand Opening Exhibition

Compendium Artist Market is inviting local artists and photographers to participate in our grand opening and first ever gallery exhibition!

Compendium is a brand new arts center in Winnipeg’s Exchange District scheduled to open in May of 2014. Compendium is committed to supporting the local arts community and will offer innovative exhibitions, performances, artist talks, and more. 

The purpose of the first exhibition is to show Winnipeg the incredibly diverse and unique talents of our local artists and photographers, as well as to show the type of work that can be expected at Compendium in the future. As such, this exhibition will include varied work in many different mediums, styles and levels of expertise.

If you are a local artist or photographer interested in participating in our first show please see the submission details below. Or if you’d like to book a show for the future we’d be happy to book you in advance. We look forward to exhibiting your work and meeting every one of you.

Compendium Artist Market Grand Opening Exhibition Submission Details:

This current call to artists and photographers is open to the entire community. Artists/photographers working in any medium, at any age, at any skill level, and/or without any previous experience showing their work are welcome to enter. However, due to limited spacing for this particular exhibition, we are only accepting work that can be hung on the wall. 

All entries will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. Our gallery offers 164 running feet of exhibition walls, however for the grand opening only 90 running feet will be available, so space is limited. It is recommended that artists/photographers submit their entries as soon as possible to ensure a spot in the show.

Each artist/photographer is permitted to submit one piece or print. All work must have a hook, a wire hanging system, or otherwise be easy to hang. All work will remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition (2 weeks). It is the responsibility of the artist/photographer to drop off their work at least 4 days before the grand opening and pick up their work within 2 days following the end of the exhibition. Please understand that Compendium has very limited storage space, so your punctuality is required. Artists/photographers will be paid for any sales of their work at the end of the show.

Entry Deadline: All entries must be received by April 1st, 2014.

If you wish to participate in Compendium’s Grand Opening Exhibition or any other exhibition there after please contact us by email at for an entry form/application and more information.


Call to All Local Crafters

We’re working hard finishing all the beautiful renovations here at Compendium. In preparation to open our doors in April we are currently accepting applications from local crafters to rent tables in our permanent weekend craft market.

Compendium is proud to be Winnipeg’s first and only year round crafters market. The craft market will be open every weekend within the following hours:
Fridays from 4pm to 10pm including First Fridays.
Saturdays from 10am to 4pm
Sundays from 10am to 4pm 

Compendium is ideally located in Winnipeg’s Exchange District at 564½ Main Street, just across the street from the Planetarium. 

A vibrant, eclectic community of artisan entrepreneurs dedicated to creating unique, quality products for sale. Any local artist or crafter is welcome to participate.  We have room for 20 vendors each day.

The craft market will sell an ever-changing variety of local handmade goods like stunning artwork for your home, photographic prints by local photographers, and hand-made designer clothing and jewellery. As well as vintage goods, home décor, delicious preserves and baked goods, all natural bath and beauty products, creatively up-cycled items, and so much more.

Why Sell? Compendium’s craft market offers a great opportunity for artists, designers and crafts people to build repeat buyers and grow their business and their brand presence in a permanent store-front gallery that houses unique one of a kind items. As well, participants in the craft market will benefit from: 
- Full sales staff support.
- Customers from each weekend knowing they can come back and find your items.
- Economical rental fees for young entrepreneurs to have store presence without the huge overhead.
- Added social media and promotional support from Compendium.
- Being a part of a friendly, enthusiastic, and professional environment.

Why Buy? There are so many reasons why it is important to buy locally handmade products, but some of the big ones include:
- Support: You help a local artist or crafter to grow their business and their dream as opposed to supporting a big-box store. In doing so you are also contributing to make the local economy and community better.
- Unique: Handmade items are one-of-a-kind.
- Quality: Handmade artists and crafters pride themselves in providing quality with every item they sell.
- Custom: Handmade artists and crafters are most often very happy to customize any piece for you.
- Green: Handmade items aren’t made in a waste-producing factory and shipped halfway around the world. Buying handmade greatly reduces your carbon footprint.

Becoming a vendor in Compendium’s craft market is both easy and affordable, but space is limited and demand is high so you will want to secure your table well in advance. We are currently accepting applications from local crafters for May, 2014 and onward. If you are an artist, crafter or designer interested in renting a table please contact us by email and request a Craft Market Application Form.

If you have any other questions or comments regarding our craft market or how to participate, please call 204-232-4506 or email


Now Accepting Advanced Event Bookings

Construction is well underway here at Compendium and we couldn’t be more excited to open our doors in March of 2014. Aside from the regular programs and services that will be offered at Compendium (the art gallery, the crafters market, the photography studio, and the juice and coffee bar), we would also like to make our beautiful gallery space available to rent for special events.

We are now offering discounted rates for advanced event bookings.

Compendium will be one of the most unique spaces in Winnipeg’s Exchange District that will make any event a truly memorable experience. Our building is being completely remodelled and redesigned from floor to ceiling in early 19th century style, with 11 foot wood ceilings and thick plank hardwood flooring. The beautiful ambiance of this old world design style and surrounding artwork will make for a stunning backdrop for any event.

With 1350 square feet of gallery space we can accommodate cocktail events (approx. 100 people) and seated events (approx. 75 people).

Our large gallery is the perfect space for your special event which could be any type of cultural, social, or corporate event such as:

– Film screenings
- Launch parties
- Pop-up dinners
- Intimate concerts
- Theatrical events

– Business meetings
- Fashion shows
- Cocktail parties
– Lectures

– Workshops (crafting, art classes, sewing, writing, etc…)
- Meditation, yoga or other fitness classes
– Photography and film shoots
– Small weddings or receptions

Please contact us for more information about availability and pricing at 204-232-4506 or send an email to

We understand it may be difficult to rent a space that is currently still under renovation, so we have provided photos for you below that we have used exclusively as our design inspiration. You can be confident that the space will be very similar to what you see here. As well, you can “Like” us on Facebook or “Follow us” on Twitter to receive updates and photos of our ongoing construction.