Anita Schewe Drabyk – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #10
For February, Winnipeg River Arts Council features Anita Schewe Drabyk, who lives in Pinawa but grew up on a farm near Beausejour where her interest in art, nature and agriculture was nurtured and where making your own art cards was the norm. A great aunt treated her and her sister with various art supplies and encouraged their love of art. Drabyk’s interests, education and career in biology influence her art; flowers, plants, mammals, birds and the natural landscape are dominant themes in her work.
Drabyk enjoys photography, watercolours and various other painting media. Her art has incorporated the advice and expertise of photographers and painters from across Canada. Her work was particularly influenced by Courtney Milne, a photographer from Saskatchewan. Drabyk was chair of two artistic groups, Pinawa Art 211 and of Pinawa Association for Photographic Art, for many years. Here she enjoyed the company and peer review of many talented artists and photographers.
Drabyk lived in China for two years and visited the country a few more times and these sojourns have modified how she looks at art and photography. Here again she enjoyed viewing and interpreting rural life, gardens, birds and the physical landscape. In China, she also taught art for the local Canadian students.
In the 2012 Art in the Forest project at Sandilands Provincial Forest, her work, “A Walk in the Forest”, depicted different aspects of forests: the small, the large, the real, and the spiritual. She has participated in various local art shows and has won first place in photography for an Eastman Juried Art Show and has won other awards for her art. Her work has been published in Manitoba Naturally by Bill Stilwell, a Manitoba Model Forest Annual Report, Pinawa marketing brochures, Eastern Manitoba Travel Guide, and The Manitoba Co?operator. She is currently working for ACI Manitoba as a mentor in a Rural Mentorship program, mentoring three Pinawa students in photography.