About Wah-sa Gallery

The Wah-sa Gallery, which closed its retail operation in 2017,  is devoted to Canadian Indigenous art, more specifically the Woodland School in its contemporary mode started by Norval Morrisseau and joined by such artists as Daphne Odjig, Carl Beam, Jackson Beardy and Arthur Shilling.

The Wah-sa Gallery first began in 1976 at 331 Donald St. in Winnipeg when we purchased the gallery begun by Daphne Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. The original owners of the gallery were Janice Cardigan, Arlene Rosine and Gary Scherbain.

The Wah-sa Gallery has continued the tradition initiated by Odjig who wished to highlight the works of Canadian Woodland Aboriginal artists. Our main emphasis continues to be the Woodland Tradition, centred in Manitoba and Ontario.

The Wah-sa Gallery has also published Canadian Woodland Aboriginal limited editions and art cards which we retail through our own gallery and a number of other galleries and outlets across Canada.

In November, 2006, the gallery moved to the Johnston Terminal at the Forks in downtown Winnipeg.

We also present handicrafts. giftware and souvenirs.

It was Daphne Odjig. herself, who suggested the name Wah-sa, which in Ojibway literally means “far away” but in the vernacular of the mid-seventies means “far-out”.


We closed our retail operation in 2016–we have limited originals remaning in inventory, but still off limited editions and art cards. The most convenience way toorder is through PayPal.