About Finch Gallery Workspace
Finch Gallery Workspace came about through a vision Dani Finch and Tara Davis both shared. Our tagline says it best: Art. Community. Collaboration. Our mission is simple: promote art, actively participate in our community, and work in collaboration with those who share our vision. A part of CentreVenture's PUSH Program, and in partnership with Tara Davis Studio Boutique, Finch Gallery Workspace is, ultimately, the community's space.
We represent the work of an eclectic group of emerging, mid-career and established artists in a variety of styles and mediums. Our commercial gallery provides a venue for these artists to display their work and interact with clients and each other, and we work to actively promote their artwork to a diverse Winnipeg audience.
Finch Gallery Workspace also provides event and workshop space to local makers and clients, and we welcome a wide-range of workshops and events into our gallery. From painting workshops, to artist talks, to beading classes, our workshop space is conducive to learning and collaborating!
Additionally, our front gallery offers an alternative workspace to the community – we welcome anyone who is studying, holding small meetings, or simply just taking some quiet time to themselves to come and be inspired in our space!
We hope to see you soon.
Contact us with any inquiries about artwork, running a workshop, or space rental.
About Dani and Tara
Dani Finch is a communications graduate, who has worked in arts communications for nearly seven years. Growing up, Dani was immersed in Winnipeg’s arts and culture community and she quickly realized that it was where she eventually wanted to make her living.
Prior to graduation, Dani spent her university years running youth drop-in centres in Winnipeg's Point Douglas neighbourhood. She's always felt strongly about contributing to her community in a positive way, and has always felt the need to tie her desire to make a difference in her community and her love of the arts together. Her work in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's marketing department, and then management of a small commercial art gallery in Winnipeg's Exchange District, has allowed her to begin to do that.
It was at this gallery Dani was able to build strong personal relationships with the artists and clients. She also sat on the First Fridays in the Exchange board, where she was able to connect with artists and business owners in the Exchange. This is how she met her now dear friend, and business partner/mentor, Tara Davis...
Tara Davis Studio Boutique
As a little girl, Tara always loved to dance and sing to Madonna songs. She knew what the material girl knew – style always belongs to your own self, but it can also be your gift to the world. As soon as she was old enough she took off from her hometown of Winnipeg and set out into the world; traipsing across a city, a country, and an ocean – all to learn how to create in a seriously fun sort of way.
Through all of Tara's adventures, as well as making her living in the service industry, she found it challenging to find the right balance between working and creating. When she moved to Nelson, BC in 2010, the concept of a studio boutique was born out of her desire to create, and her love of being connected with people who also share this passion. As an artist, weaver, and jewelry maker, she didn't like being tucked away, isolated in a studio. She likes to be around people who love the creative process and delightful goodies as much as she does.
She returned home to Winnipeg in January 2012 after having spent two years in Nelson operating the smaller, original version of her shop. She had missed Winnipeg... especially its people. The Exchange District felt like a natural home for her Winnipeg location as an artistic and commercial hub in the city. It was also the area in which she’d previously had studio space at Artbeat Studio, The Edge, and Cre8ery.
Tara has successfully run her shop in the Exchange for 5.5 years, and her support for local artists has been unwavering. She holds rotating artist exhibitions each month, which open during First Fridays in the Exchange.