We invite our members to view Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fishermen, Bay View, N.S by Nova Scotian Folk Artist Maud Lewis on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax from Tuesday, April 11 – Sunday, April 16. (Closed Good Friday). Gallery admission is free for members. Join us for a tour of the Scotiabank Maud Lewis Gallery on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 pm.
See press release below for more information.
With a new film about her life set to be released, and a recently discovered original painting, Maud Lewis is enjoying a renaissance. The famed Nova Scotia folk artist, who toiled in extreme poverty and with severe physical hardship, is one of Canada’s most well-known yet under-appreciated artists.
The recently discovered original – Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fishermen, Bay View, N.S. – found in a donation bin at an Ontario thrift store will be coming to Halifax courtesy of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The 11” x 13” painting on pulpboard is a rare find, and has generated interest from around the world. It will be on display in the Scotiabank Maud Lewis Gallery from April 11-April 16 when it will be returned to Ontario and auctioned off by the Mennonite Central Committee.
“As soon as we saw this newly discovered piece, we were captivated by it,” says Nancy Noble, the Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “It seems only fitting that it should come home to Nova Scotia, its inspiration, even if only for a short time. It’s just one more piece of the Maud Lewis story we are honoured to tell in the Scotiabank Maud Lewis Gallery.”
The timing is propitious. April also sees the release of the film Maudie which tells the story of Maud and her marriage to itinerant fish peddler Everett Lewis. Well known British actor Sally Hawkins plays Maud and is creating Oscar buzz for her portrayal. Hawkins, together with actor Ethan Hawke, star in the Newfoundland-Irish co-production which opens in Halifax on April 14, and across the Maritimes on April 28. The film, 10 years in the making, has received critical acclaim during its global festival run.
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is home to the largest public collection of Maud Lewis works in the world and also to Maud ’s original house, which features prominently in the film, and remains one of her earliest and most stunning canvases. For a limited time, a collection of photographs taken during the shooting of Maudie and costumes worn by both Hawkins and Hawke are also on display.
Maudie opens in Halifax at the Oxford Theatre on Friday April 14th. Please visit Cineplex website for screening times and more information.