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June 12, 1926 – April 29, 2012

Painter Mannie Gonsalves, AFCA, IWCA, having had a productive and interesting life as an artist, mentor and father, nearing 86 years old, died peacefully on April 29, 2012, after a mercifully short fight with cancer.

Mannie, along with Roland Gissing, revealed through art the beauty of the Alberta landscape. Mannie showed Alberta to much of the world as the author of the internationally best selling educational painting book Winter Landscapes published by Walter Foster Art Books of California. Though known as a landscape artist his talent enabled him to paint figures and wildlife equally well. His art has been represented by galleries throughout Canada, Europe, South Africa and the USA. He received awards from the prestigious Charles Russell Museum in Montana, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Calgary Stampede Western Art Showcase, which he participated in over many years.

Art was always a calling for Mannie. Starting in his teens he studied at the Art College in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was born June 12, 1926. Always practical, he also studied accounting as an alternative career. In 1955 Mannie came to Calgary from South Africa. Mountains, ranches and the plains, the perfect place for a painter, he was lured to Alberta by the diversity of the landscape. Nonetheless, he first worked as an accountant in the oil industry. While with Mobil oil he was posted to Portugal where he continued to pursue his art studies at the Escola de Belas Arts in Lisbon. Back in Calgary he studied at the Alberta College of Art and joined the Calgary Sketch Club where he came under the influence of renowned landscape artist Roland Gissing, who became his regular sketching partner. Continually drawn by the arts in 1961 he opened his own gallery, Chinook Art Gallery, which was renamed to Heritage Galleries when moved to more commodious quarters.

As a skilled painter he gained acceptance from many of the top American artists including his good friends and mentors Robert Lougheed, CAA and California artist Sergei Bongart, NAWA. He in turn influenced other artists like W.L. Stevenson, and saw the talent in a young Harley Brown. Mannie sought out Harley and brought him into his circle of influence where Harley steadily rose to the high international regard he now receives. Mannie with the reputation as a fine teacher was revered by younger painters, including Doug Swinton, Robert E. Wood and many other promising young artists whom he accompanied on frequent sketching trips to the mountains. He was generous with his vast knowledge of painting; in his eyes a good painting, one worthy to be called art, was without hard edges.

Mannie is survived by his two daughters and son; Tobi Hetherington (Kelly Hughes), Nina (Keith) Rogers and Michael Gonsalves; his two granddaughters, Tedra and Miranda Rogers, all of Calgary; his two younger sisters, Tess and Delores, of South Africa and numerous nieces and nephews in both Canada and South Africa.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Mannie Gonsalves, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Griffin Lloyd

    My condolences to the family of Mannie Gonsalves on this sad occasion. I have a nice collection of his paintings including a large one of Mount Rundle in my bedroom which always reminds me of him. So every day I think about him and his painting concepts. What a great legacy! Submitted with respect.

    Griff Lloyd

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  2. On behalf of the family of Roland Gissing, please accept our sincere condolences. Mannie met my grandfather the year I was born and became his last sketching partner. I had the good fortune to re-connect with Mannie 12 years ago and we developed our own special friendship. He would come for dinner or I would go to his house. We shared many a glass of red wine and I am grateful to have known him.
    Kori Gregory
    The Gissing Collection

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  3. We were saddened to hear of Uncle Mannie’s passing. He was such an interesting and talened character who brought intelect and intrigue to many a family gathering. He appreciated so many beautiful things and brought them to eternal life on canvas. We will always be grateful for knowing him. Please accept our condolences at this sad time in your lives.
    Jim and Linda Brown

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  4. Harley Brown

    Mannie was like a dear brother through many of my years in Calgary. Our adventures together were the stuff of many light hearted stories. Back a ways, Mannie got my art career going with a most generous partnership through his Heritage Gallery. He was the best in so many ways. But I must mention his passion for art and in particular landscapes. They were brilliantly painted with the skills and emotions that inspire the viewer. During many of our painting trips, his memorable spirit passed on to me; he helped many of us grow as artists. He will live for all the years to come through his magnificent art. Thank you so much, Mannie. Your friend, Harley Brown

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  5. Harley Brown

    If I may add this: I felt very close to Mannie Gonsalves’ family through those years that we worked together. My heart is with you and I join you in memories and tears. Love, Harley

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  6. Sorry to hear of Mannies passing. I remember seeing him when we were young at Murn and Cecil’s house. He was such a character and so talented. His memory will live on in his paintings.
    Susan Webb

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  7. Jan Chalupnicek and Matthew Chalupnicek

    My deepest condolences to the family of Mannie Gonsalves on this sad moment. We painted together many times and my son Matthew also a few times. Mannie had a great humor. What a pitty, he is not here any more. Chalupnicek’s family.

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  8. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Nina and all Family.

    Thinking of you in Friendship.

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