Please join us on Feb 18, 2018 for JJ Lee’s “ReOriented” Exhibit

On February 18, please join us

We are delighted to announce that JJ Lee is the first artist in our 2018 Intersections Gallery and Community program.

We would be honoured to have you join us on Sunday, February 18th at 1 pm at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts for the opening reception of JJ Lee’s “ReOriented” Exhibit, with the artist in attendance.

It will be surrounded by our celebration of Chinese New Year.  RSVP here.

“ReOriented” is a new installation by JJ Lee, combining a large-scale paper scroll inspired by Chinese traditions with contemporary Canadian imagery of Chinese food. In this work, Lee  is interested in a modern interpretation of traditional Chinese forms, exploring the intersection between western and Chinese cultures, as seen through our relationship to Chinese-Canadian Food.

​JJ Lee’s work explores the intersection of Chinese and Canadian cultures by appropriating images from a variety of sources. Born and raised in Halifax, NS, Lee received her BFA from the NSCAD in 1992. After living in Vancouver and exhibiting in Vancouver and across Canada, Lee pursued her MFA from York University, Toronto (1999).  Lee has been featured in The Globe and Mail and ELLE Canada. She is the recipient of several awards, such as from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, RBC New Canadian Painting Competition and the Asian Canadian Artists Fund for Visual Arts.  She is represented in the Magenta Foundation’s Carte Blanche: Painting, a survey of contemporary Canadian painters, and is currently an Assistant Professor, Contemporary Issues of Representation at OCAD University in Toronto.


Intersections is a ten-month series designed to engage professional artists and the wider community in an innovative and interconnected way through programming at the RCCA.  Through a series of programs, exhibits and public events that are inspired and connected to the artists, their cultural contexts, and their works, we are engaging new audiences and deepening the connection of our current public to the arts. Beginning with JJ Lee, we follow ReOriented with Cultured Pallets by SOHEILA ESFAHANI  and ALAN SYLIBOY’s ​Thundermaker.

Inspired by her experience of living in both Western (Canadian) and Eastern (Iranian) cultures, Esfahani’s work focuses on cultural translation, and investigates cultural transfer and transformation. Her own experience as an immigrant influences her work: she departed her original home (Iran) and now live in a third space, identifying as neither Canadian nor Iranian, but someone in-between. After the exhibit, the work will be circulated in the community, with email correspondence with those who find them.

Mi’kmaw artist Alan Syliboy’s The Thundermaker exhibit is a spectacular mixed-media exhibit that became his children’s book. In the narrative, based on a Mi’kmaw story, Big Thunder teaches his son, Little Thunder, about the important responsibility he has making thunder for his people. Little Thunder learns about his Mi’kmaw identity through his father’s teachings and his mother’s traditional stories. Syliboy’s spectacular, vibrant artwork brings the story of Little Thunder to vivid life.


Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

555 Ross Creek Road,

Canning, NS, B0P 1H0

Located just north of Canning, Nova Scotia, the Centre is easily accessible. It is 1.5 hours from the Halifax International Airport and close to a vibrant community which supports the gallery and community programs, yet secluded enough for a true retreat experience, whether for the artist colony or the overnight summer arts camps.

Ross Creek GPS:
Latitude 45.22159
Longitude -64.43816

If coming from Halifax:

  • Take Highway 101
  • Take Exit 11, turn right off ramp
  • Continue straight through lights toward Canning and Port Williams – follow signs for Canning (11km)
  • In the Canning village centre, turn left at the monument
  • At the T at the top of the mountain, turn left
  • Turn immediately right down Ross Creek Road (gravel)

Approximately 3 km down that road, The Ross Creek Centre is on your left