Artist Joy Laking believes art changes lives and perceptions. An award-winning professional whose gallery is situated near Great Village in rural Nova Scotia, she‘s been painting scenes of rural coastal life in communities in Atlantic Canada and around the world for many years.
After closely following the activities in the community of River John over the last few years, Joy was impressed by their ongoing, positive resilience despite several closures and she has long been aware of the beauty of the landscape. Before leaving for Africa last winter, she reached out to community members and asked if there was something she could offer and organize this summer to celebrate the village and support this community in its efforts to forward a brighter future.
The community said yes!
River John: Through Our Eyes is a weeklong artist colony starting August 11, 2016. Joy and six of her professional artist friends will reside in River John during the week. They will paint, sculpt, compose, and photograph scenes and images throughout the village and area.
This generous and first time art initiative in River John will culminate in a reception and art exhibition on August 19 from 4 to 7 at the River John Community H.U.B. Center. (The former school.) The program begins at five.
A portion of the proceeds of art sold that evening and for three weeks following the event will go back to the community. The other celebrated professional artists participating with Joy Laking include Bill Rogers, Susan Paterson, Chris Gorey , (painters), Rosalee Peppard , (songwriter and performer), Laurie Gunn, (photographer) and Dawn MacNutt, (sculptor). Local writers including Linda Little and Monica Graham will give readings. MC for the event is Sheree Fitch.
All are welcome to come view the works created that week in River John, meet the artists and celebrate rural, coastal and community.