Catherine Allen, “inflate” Opening May 17 |Kate Ward in the Craft LAIR


 Catherine Allen

Mary E. Black Gallery
1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
Opening: Thursday May 17, 6pm
On view: May 18 – July 8, 2018

This is Me: Portrait as Pendant Workshops
Saturday June 9 & 23 10am – 12pm.
FREE, family friendly, RSVP by phone at 902-492-2522

Artist and educator Catherine Allen exhibits a body of work capturing the unbounded imaginations of children’s early representations of self. Over the past two years, Allen collaborated with children ages 3 – 7 years to draw portraits of themselves and their families and then “inflated” these images into jewellery objects. Allen’s background in science informs her practice of electroforming: growing metal over sculpted wax which is then melted away, creating hollow pieces which are finally enamelled to reflect the original drawing’s colours.

Catherine Allen will be offering two free, family friendly workshops during the exhibition where visitors are invited to draw self portraits which will be turned into pendants. These will be held in the gallery Saturday June 9 and 23 from 10am-12pm, call 902-492-2522 to RSVP.

The creation of this work was generously supported by Arts Nova Scotia.

Kate Ward in the Craft LAIR

Launching on Thursday, May 17 at 6pm interdisciplinary artist Kate Ward will be exploring space and time during her Craft LAIR residency at the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia from May 18 – July 8, 2018. Her practice engages with issues of public space and social engagement in contemporary cultures, creating ephemeral, transitory experiences and spaces in which her audience is invited to engage with, and contemplate. In this residency Ward will create modes of exchange, questioning value by facilitating moments in which the audience must negotiate between symbolic objects when removed from familiar contexts.


Open Studio: Wednesdays from 1-5pm

Marks of time, Saturday June 23, 1-4pm
Inviting active participation from the community Ward’s intention is to record on video and camera a large piece of clay that is passed from hand to hand. Each pair of hands will grip the clay, leaving behind an impression of the grip. The end result being a documentation of the passing of time: a collection of grips, and a short film on the transformation of the clay and the memories it retains from its journey. FREE.

Stitches in Time, Wednesday June 20, 12-2pm
Embroidered and repaired textiles embrace the beauty in an object’s impermanence and imperfection, making a feature of the repair is an alternative to the art of invisible mending. Drop in to learn Sashiko stitching combined with layers of cloth to breathe new life into your favourite items of clothing. Bring your clothes needing repair and some embroidery thread or get a sampler kit for $10.
Call to RSVP to events: 902-492-2522

Above: Catherine Allen, Micky age 5, pendant, 2018. Electroformed copper, enamel, sterling silver, 1.5cm X 6cm. Photo: Shaun Simpson.
Below: Kate Ward, 71 Eunoma, wood and wire, 2016, 25 x 25 x 25cm. Photo: Erica Flake

For more information or interviews contact:
Becky Welter-Nolan, Administrative Coordinator
Mary E. Black Gallery

Artist for a Day at the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia

Saturday, May 12 from 10am-3pm.

• Weave a Wave
Meet Lunenburg basket maker, Jane Whitten. Using reclaimed materials folks are invited to create a hand woven wave mural on the railings in front of our Centre.

• Spin a Yarn
Demos of wool carding, spinning and plying in the Mary E. Black Gallery – you’re invited to give it a try!!

• ilLOOMinating
Throw a shuttle and take a turn weaving at a loom in our studio

Closing May 13:

Centre for Craft Nova Scotia 1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, South of the NSCAD Port Campus and North of Pier 21 Museum. The main entrance is accessible by ramp or stairs. Our doors are not automatic, however reception staff are visible from the entryway and available to assist visitors. There is also a doorbell on the outside of the building to the left of the entrance.We have an accessible, gender neutral washroom on the main level inside and on the right.