The Gallery space will reopen
May 7th 2016 at 9 am!
Directly on the Cabot Trail, this former church turned gallery welcomes you with an impressive array of some of the finest art work from Cape Breton artists. Top quality, original works of oil, acrylic, watercolours, photography, jewellery, pottery, and handmade truffles await you in this amazingly beautiful place. Look for the bright blue roof!
Concerts are also held in the gallery, featuring excellent classical musicians.
45943 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
call : 902-929-2324
William Eagar, Tandem Club Assembling in Front of Dalhousie College, Halifax, N.S., c 1842, Lithograph on wove paper. Gift of John and Norma Oyler, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998
NEW SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR & EXHIBITION EXPLORES HALIFAX’S ART HISTORY
Halifax, May 4, 2016— A special new exhibition, In the Artist’s Footsteps, has opened at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, supported by a self-guided walking tour—the first of its kind at the Gallery. Curator Dianne O’Neill has included a range of compelling works from artists between 1750 and the 1950s, and showcases Halifax’s art history spanning over the last two centuries.
Artists have left their footprints in every corner of Nova Scotia, and perhaps nowhere more than in Halifax itself. Initially they wanted to present this New World settlement to the Old, but before the end of the eighteenth century, artists were satisfying local demand for portraits and landscapes. Along the way they have been responsible for several important milestones in Canadian art history.
“When I was asked recently how I saw my role as curator of the historical prints and drawings, I said that I was trying to sell Nova Scotia to Nova Scotians, so in this exhibition I guess I’m trying to sell Halifax to Haligonians,” said O’Neill. “These artists have played important roles in the history of Canadian art, and their works vividly document the history of the city.”
Richard Bulkeley, who built the first stone house in Halifax in 1759, also established the first art club in Canada. In 1830 and 1831, the first two art exhibitions in Canada graced the walls of old Dalhousie College on the Grand Parade, which can be seen in Eagar’s print. NSCAD University, formerly the Victoria School of Art and Design, is the oldest continuously operating art school in the country. In 1895 it became the first co-ed public art school in Canada (the second in North America) to appoint a woman principal, Katharine Norcross Evans.
Works in the exhibition will celebrate these, and other, artistic footsteps through history. A complimentary booklet with map, milestone locations and facts for each is also available at the Gallery to guide individuals through the 5km route.
In the Artists’ Footsteps is on view until October 16, 2016.
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About the Exhibition: https://www.
About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada’s largest arts museum. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, it houses the province’s art collection and offers a range of innovative exhibitions and programming. www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca
Andrea Pottyondy is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and its Atlantic Representative. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections in Canada and internationally. A solo show of her works, “Blooms and Vistas”, will be featured at NovelTea Bookstore Cafe, 622 Prince St, Truro, for the month of May. The show opens Saturday, May 7th, and Andrea will be there from 1pm- 4pm. She hopes the show will inspire smiles and stir emotions deep within to make viewers wonder.
Why do you make art?
I make art because it’s such a natural thing for me to do and the way I express myself best. Art making and art appreciating have always been an integral part of my life. I can’t imagine a day without it.
How do you work?
I usually work in the mornings because it’s my most creative time. I head to my “artarage”, which is a small studio above the garage, put on a CD or CBC radio and warm up by working on small canvasses or boards. I usually paint from memory or my own photo references and have several artworks going at the same time. I start with backgrounds, usually in a very abstracted manner and build up layers with acrylics, perhaps adding collage and using w/c crayons, charcoal, etc. Eventually the painting tells me where it wants me to go!
What role does the artist have in society?
Artists are creative thinkers. By simply visiting an art gallery or museum, we can learn about different cultures and societies in a beautiful way. Art can be political and can incite future change. Some artists depict their present times so that future generations may have a better understanding of the past. Without artists the world would be a very beige and sad place. My motto is Art is Beauty, Art is a Healer and Art Makes us Human.
Which artist has inspired you the most?
When I was a child I loved looking in the art section of the encyclopedia. I could look at Vermeer’s paintings over and over. I was enthralled with how he captured the light. As I got older artists such as Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, the Montreal based Beaver Hall Group, Doris McCarthy and many more continue to inspire me.
What themes do you pursue?
My art themes tend to have a narrative element. I am known for my floral paintings which I do from memory and emotion. I like change and work on a variety of series at any given time. I begin a new series when I am inspired by a story or personal experience, travel and the natural environment. Right now I am painting portraits of ravens, crows and black birds without using black paint. I’ve also been working on a series of Nova Scotian landscapes using oils on 8×10 wood panels. Titles are intuitive.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I met collectors of my artwork at an art opening. It was a nice experience hearing that my art brought them joy. Another person said his wife had tears in her eyes when he presented her with one of my artworks. I love making art but it’s the response to art that really matters.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for other?
It’s never too late to do what you love.
Where do you sell your work?
Link to Truro Daily News article:
THURSDAY, MAY 5th
– Lunenburg School of the Arts will be at the Lunenburg Market this Thursday morning promoting our upcoming Summer 2016 schedule www.lunenburgarts.
FRIDAY, MAY 6th
– Friendly reminder LSA’s Artist-in-Residence, Josh Collins’ “Aspect and Light” exhibition and artist talk opens Friday at 7:30pm. This is a FREE event!
SATURDAY, MAY 7th
– A very popular event at LSA, Musique Royale’s “Cookie Concert” series, consistently present quality talent and delicious homemade cookies the first Saturday of every month. ONLY $5 and FREE for toddlers!
MAY 27th – 29th
Did you register yet?
– Lunenburg School of the Arts welcomes Melanie Doiron as Artist-in-Residence during the month of May in our East Bay Ceramics Studio. Mel recently returned from travels throughout Europe and will be creating a series of ceramic vessels inspired by her journey. Stay tuned for the upcoming date of Mel’s exhibition and artist talk.
Our mailing address is:
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0
370 Back Centre Rd, Lunenburg
May 14, 3:00-7:00pm
Leahey Fiber Art is closing its doors on Back Centre. I am not done making art, but moving and need to lighten my load! I will have a lot of art to sell, from older fine art textile work, functional pieces, to current paintings. All work will be 20% off of listed prices, no tax and will consider best offers.
Share the word, bring a friend, and join me for refreshments and art!
OUT OF THE CENTRE:
2015/16 MEDIA ARTS SCHOLARSHIP SCREENING
The Centre for Art Tapes is pleased to present OUT OF THE CENTRE: The 2015/16 Media Arts Scholarship Presentation. For 27 years, the CFAT Media Art Scholarship Program has provided local artists with the chance to explore an aspect of media art with which they have little to no experience. Scholars receive six months of one-to-one guidance from specially selected mentors, as well as workshops taught by experts in areas such as audio, video, production, editing, after effects and electronics. For the duration for the program, they have free access to facilities, equipment, and staff support.
This years presentation includes:
Robyn Badger – Bubbles for Mom (Mentor: Jim McSwain)
Moira Donovan – Call of the Cicada (Mentor: Andy Dowden)
Kyle Alden Martens – Soft Players (Mentor: Mike Richie)
Lynn Mattheson – When We Were Poor (Mentor: Susan Tooke)
Josh Owen – Lizards Lacking Love (Mentor: Dylan Edwards)
Sadie Richards – Apophenia (Mentor: Anne MacMillian)
Free of Charge!
Program contains some adult language.