The 2017 Nonesuch Art of Paper Awards Parrsboro Exhibition has been extended to 30 October. Even if you have already been, come again as we have just received the 84th artwork featured in the 2017 Nonesuch Art of Paper Awards: Jim Holyoak’s “Book of Nineteen Nocturnes”.
The exhibition will be open ONLY BY CHANCE or BY APPOINTMENT. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a viewing or just stop in when you see we are open.
Shelley Freeman is a visual artist with family roots in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta, B.C. and England. She grew up in Hudson Heights, Quebec, surrounded by art created by her great-grandfather, grandfather, grandmother, mother and 2 brothers. For the past 18 years, Shelley’s painting has focused on interpreting empty spaces that exist within natural phenomena such as caves, rocks, water and ice formations, and man-made structures such as abandoned mines and tunnels. She is an active caver and combines hiking and travel with research into the underground.
“I am intrigued by the idea of the “underground landscape”: it is difficult to see, confined, absolute and claustrophobic, in contrast with a terrestrial landscape that presents itself to us as distant and limitless, extending laterally and heavenward with no apparent boundaries.”
Shelley states that it is not simply the visual representation of underground and underwater spaces that interests her. She is also concerned with illusion, ambiguity of scale, the juxtaposition of light and dark masses, and the combination of figurative and abstract elements in the same composition.
Shelley is currently working on a series of paintings depicting deep areas in pools of water. She says “the underwater world may be perceived as empty, even though in reality, it teems with colour and movement, sometimes too subtle to be visible at the surface.” She plans to use her time in residency to explore new ways of incorporating more abstract elements into her compositions.
For more information about Shelley and what she does, check out her site http://www.shelleyfreeman.ca
G. Scott MacLeod (MA, Art Education) is a multimedia artist and filmmaker with a special interest in peoples and histories — Montreal’s, Canada’s, the Scottish Highlands’, and the Vikings’. His work has been exhibited, screened and collected by cultural institutions and individuals around the world. In June of 2017 Scott attended the SIM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland: http://www.macleod9.com/iceland-series.html#bjarnarey-vestmann-islands-iceland
While Scott is in residency at Parrsboro’s Main & Station he will be working on a graphic novel of the Saga of Murdo MacLeod; developing a treatment for Ancestral Homes, a documentary on Scottish Immigration to Cape Breton; and presenting his film Water of Life at the Parrsboro Film Festival, http://www.parrsborofilmfestival.com , on Sunday 29 October at 10am.
The screening is free and will begin with a short introduction by Scott and be followed by a Q & A period.
You can also meet Scott at Main & Station on Wednesday 25 October for a presentation about his experience on residency in Iceland. The talk begins at 7:30 pm in the Nonesuch Café at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro.
For more information about Scott and what he does, check out his site http://www.macleod9.com
Sarah Beth Goncarova has returned to Parrsboro for a 2 week residency at Main & Station. You might remember Sarah Beth from her beautiful installation What Gifts the Rain May Bring which was featured in our secondfloor gallery in 2014.
While she is here Sarah Beth is working on a sculptural installation in West Bay and doing research for an upcoming commission at Still Waters Pond, an unplugged retreat in Voluntown, Connecticut, USA, http://www.stillwaterspond.com.
You can find out more about Sarah Beth and her work at http://goncarova.com