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Currently, Mr. Jack Hassard is ably instructing painting classes, and mention must also be made of Prof. Elliason of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Manitoba, for his interest and guidance.
Each year an Open House is presented to the public where Portagers are invited to see a display of work, and to register for the following term. An exhibit is held at the Portage Fair, and members have also shown their work at the Manitoba Artists' Exhibit in Polo Park.
Leisure time is a growing thing and people have need of the opportunity to learn to use it productively. During the years since 1957 many hundreds of residents of Portage and surrounding area have taken advantage of the numerous educational services offered by the Portage Allied Arts.
Directors of this worthwhile organization are: Mr. Jack Hassard, Mrs. Grace Hamlin and Mrs. Wanda Ryder.
Harvey D. Sparling, in his earlier years, made quite a name for himself in the entertainment field. His presence was in demand over many parts of the Province, and seldom was a concert program or amateur theatrical in the city or wide surrounding district complete without his contribution.
After the Armistice in 1918 in France, he was drafted from his unit to a Canadian concert party called "The Dumbells", and he played in theatres in many parts of Belgium, France and England, including Brussels, Paris and London.
He was in large part responsible for organizing the first Portage Little Theatre under the name of "The Portage Permanent Players". For several years this organization functioned successfully under his directorship and with his participation. The profits from performances were donated to the Christmas Cheer Fund for the underprivileged of the city.
After the introduction of radio, Mr. Sparling participted in several radio programs from Winnipeg and Brandon.
The Portage Theatre Guild entertained the public with two very successful productions, "Come Blow Your Horn" and "Tunnel of Love" during 1968.