Upcoming Exhibition – Toni Losey – Patterns of Growth & Lorraine Roy – Woven Woods – Opening Reception July 4 at 6pm

-Toni Losey,Blue, 2018, earthenware, 22″ x 16″ x 14″, Photo credit: Toni Losey

Patterns of Growth – Toni Losey
Woven Woods – Lorraine Roy

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
Opening: Thursday July 4, 6pm
On view: July 5 – August 25, 2019
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

The Mary E Black invites you to the opening reception for two side-by-side exhibitions of new bodies of work — Patterns of Growth by Halifax-based ceramicist Toni Losey and Woven Woods by textile artist Lorraine Roy from Southwestern Ontario.

These two interlinked exhibitions explore the relationship of organic forms. Toni Losey, with her experimental and innovative wheel-turned shapes, creates anamorphic structures layered with thick skins of glaze. The sculptures in Patterns of Growth look soft to the touch but are in fact encrusted with hard texture and nodules. They seem to jump to life reaching their multiple ambiguous appendages outwards and upwards into the air around them.

Lorraine Roy renders ecosystems from fabric and thread in Woven Woods, each circular quilt is an enclosed story of an interconnected forest. Guided by her horticultural background Roy uses textiles to illustrate her research into the “exquisitely balanced symbiotic relationship between mycorrhizal fungi and tree roots”. Writing beautifully about the subject of her work she says “in the top six inches of the forest floor lies a vast and flourishing communication system as old as photosynthesis itself.”

There is a lightness to the works from both Roy and Losey that plays off one another through their organic shapes, colors and textures. Each artist, working in entirely different media, evokes an intelligent natural world with which we are in an ever evolving relationship.

The opening reception for Woven Woods and Patterns of Growth will be at the Mary E. Black Gallery on Thursday July 4 at 6 pm with opening remarks at 6:30. Both artists will be present. Along side these exhibits we will also be celebrating the launch of Tyshan Wright’s Craft LAIR residency.

Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council/Conseil Des Arts De L’Ontario for supporting the creation of Lorraine Roy’s body of work in Woven Woods.

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.

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


Lorraine Roy, Winter, 2015, Cotton, silk and synthetic blend fabrics, 46 x 46″
Photo credit: Janusz Wrobel