Upcoming Exhibition – ILLUMINATIONS A Group Exhibition from the National Metal Collective. Opening Reception May 9 at 6pm

Lois Etherington Betteridge, Lyf so short, Crafts so long to lerne, 2017, sterling silver, glass, leather, weaving, pottery, wood, 23 x 19 x 19 cm

The Metal Collective

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
Opening: Thursday May 9, 6pm
On view: May 10- June 30, 2019
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Artists from across Canada create unique works in silver to honour Canadian women in the arts. The exhibition Illuminations, features artwork by 15 of Canada’s most renowned metalsmiths. Three of these incredible works are made by Nova Scotia based jewellers/metalsmiths Kye-Yeon Son, Elizabeth Goluch, and Anne-Sophie Vallee.

The national tour of this exhibition launched at Boarding House Arts in Guelph on November 3 and will open at the Mary E. Black Gallery on May 9 at 6pm with the exhibition running until June 30th, 2019.

Fifteen unique silver candleholders were created for Illuminations from heritage silver. Each piece creatively reflects on art forms that generations of Canadian women have practised, including architecture, art, craft, design, fashion and textile, film and video, gastronomy, horticulture, music, photography, sculpture, theatre and writing.

The artists are 15 of Canada’s most renowned metalsmiths: Beth Alber (Ontario), Jackie Anderson (Alberta), Mary Anne Barkhouse (Ontario), Anne Barros (Ontario), Lois Etherington Betteridge (Ontario), Brigitte Clavette (New Brunswick), Charles Funnell (Ontario), Chantal Gilbert (Quebec), Elizabeth Goluch (Nova Scotia), Fiona Macintyre (Ontario), Mary K. McIntyre (Ontario), Myra Tulonen Smith (Ontario), Kye-Yeon Son (Nova Scotia), Anne-Sophie Vallée (Nova Scotia), and Ken Vickerson (Ontario).

“I am delighted to be part of this project,” says Guelph resident Lois Etherington Betteridge. “It is not only a celebration of the craft of metalsmithing but sends a strong signal that women count in the arts in Canada and always have.”

“We believe that through the work of artists, a material that mattered to past generations – silverware that was treasured and displayed in every dining room – can become newly relevant and exciting in the present,” says the exhibition curator Dr. Laura Brandon, a specialist in art, memory and commemoration who has written about Canada’s forgotten women artists.

The exhibition was inspired by Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Two families donated the heritage silver.

We respectfully acknowledge that The Mary E. Black Gallery and the Centre For Craft Nova Scotia is situated in Mi’kma’ki, which is the unceded traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.

For more information, contact Laura Brandon, exhibition curator, at:
(1) 613 915 4825 (cell)


Mary E. Black Gallery
Anna Joan Taylor
Administrative Coordinator
(902) 492-2522

Anne-Sophie Vallée, Didascalie, 2018, sterling silver, brass, copper, gypsum-cement, pigments, powder coating, 32 x 13.4 x 13.4 cm