John Little – Forging a Life

John Little – Forging a Life

47 years of blacksmithing
curated by Andrew David Terris

Mary E. Black Gallery
Nov 10 – Dec 22, 2017
& Jan 6 – 21, 2018

Opening Reception with Percussion Performance by Lindsay Dobbin:
Thursday Nov 9, 2017, 6pm

Storytelling with John Little:
Sunday, Nov 19 & Jan 14, 2-4pm.
Storm Date: Jan 21, 2-4pm.

Performance with percussionists Doug Cameron and Erin Donovan, and vocalist Janice Jackson:
Sunday, Nov 26, 2-3:30pm
Storm Date: Dec 3, 2-3:30pm.

The Mary E. Black Gallery is excited to present John Little- Forging a Life, a retrospective exhibition curated by Andrew David Terris that traces John’s work from simple sea anchors to large and fantastical musical instruments.

The opening reception on November 9 at 6pm will include an interactive percussion performance with Lindsay Dobbin and the launch of a catalogue featuring the stories behind the works. Diving deeper into their histories, John will also be storytelling in the gallery on two Sundays, November 19 and January  14, from 2 to 4pm.  Percussionists Doug Cameron and Erin Donovan will be animating John’s sonic sculptures in a performance with soprano Janice Jackson on Sunday, November 26, from 2 to 3:30pm. Videos documenting John’s works and processes will be screened in a small theatre adjacent to the gallery. These videos will also be available online at

John’s work has been recognized internationally, and his sound sculptures have been played by musicians in jazz bands, symphony orchestras, and experimental music ensembles. His life and works also inspired the evolving performance installation Burnwater, which has been presented on his property and at several theatres.

John Little – Forging a Life offers a unique opportunity to look back on 50 years of relentless creativity, fervent dedication to this place and its people, and a legacy of iron icons that will be with us long after we’re gone.”   – Andrew David Terris, Exhibition Curator

The Mary E Black Gallery is Nova Scotia’s only public fine craft gallery, exhibiting traditional and contemporary fine craft created by aspiring and established local, regional, national and international artists.

Closing November 5:
Oh! Canada

A Juried Exhibition of Works by Craft Nova Scotia Members