CAA Manitoba Fall 2018 - Page 59

Chasing symbols at the Manitoba Legislative Building Autumn adventures by the lake, around the city and in the country ARTS & CULTURE Legislative Legends There’s more than meets the eye at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Opened in 1920, the building symbolizes the province’s strength and commitment to democracy. It’s embedded with icons related to ancient and occult traditions. Look closely and you’ll spot sphinxes, hidden hieroglyphics, numerological codes and Masonic signs scattered around its corridors. To find out more about the mysterious features, join academic and author Dr. Frank Albo on a guided Hermetic Code tour. During the two-hour evening walk, you’ll learn the identity of the Golden Boy, the meaning of codes concealed in the architecture, and answers to the building’s other puzzling mysteries. Weekly on Wednesdays until Oct. 24 We the North Nunatsiavut, the Inuit region of Canada that achieved self-government in 2005, produces some of the continent’s most distinctive artwork. Living in regions both above and below the Arctic tree line, artisans have access to a wide range of materials. Historically, they used stone and wood for carving, fur and sealskins for textiles, and seagrass for Indigenous art on display in Winnipeg weaving. Modern artists also utilize photography, video and printmaking. SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut is the first major exhibition of their work, hosted by the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The show features 85 pieces spanning seven decades and four gener- ations of talented Nunatsiavut artists. Ongoing until Oct. 14 First Fridays Long considered an architectural gem by academics and locals alike, Winnipeg’s Exchange District has evolved from a stuffy commercial centre to a buzzing hive of creativity. The area, encompassing 30 square blocks and more than 150 buildings, originally featured turn- of-the-century warehouses and early boom-time sky- scrapers. Now recognized » CAA manitoBa Fall 2018 59