~ an exhibition of 22 Paintings by Winnipeg artist Ray Dirks
~ a project of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Winnipeg
In art and words, Along the Road to Freedom tells the dramatic stories of Mennonite women and their families who fled the Soviet Union in the decade after the Russian Revolution and during World War II. Despite the despair, horror and loss each of these families faced, at its core, this exhibit is about love, courage, humility, determination and faith.
Along the Road to Freedom developed out of the desire of the project’s committee members to honour the women responsible for bringing them to Canada. Artworks are sponsored, for the most part, by families. Artist Ray Dirks interviewed sponsoring family members, collected research material and cobbled together memories into images to create the paintings.
After the tour the artworks will be permanently installed in Winnipeg as lasting reminders that we should remember our stories, and pass them on to our children and grandchildren.
This exhibit is on display at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, ON from September 8, 2014 to January 18, 2015. For more details regarding hours and map to the location visit the website.