The Inverness County Centre for the Arts is pleased to present: a collaborative residency project between Fiona Chinkan and Maria Doering.

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FIONA CHINKAN & MARIA DOERING
Studio Residency from May 28th – June 4th, 2016
At The Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada.

For images please visit: http://www.fionac.nyc/shared-energies

The Inverness County Centre for the Arts is pleased to present: Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between, a collaborative residency project between New York City based artist Fiona Chinkan and Dartmouth, NS based artist Maria Doering. Having known each other for over 12 years, Fiona and Maria are reunited in the studio for the first time since 2007 to work on a large format collaborative drawing project in the spacious studio space at the I.C.C.A. between May 28th and June 4th, 2016.

The two women have collaborated through different approaches over the years, and have exhibited work together in New Jersey and Connecticut under the show title Retrospective on Intimacy. During their stay at the I.C.C.A., they will be continuing a drawing collaboration that began two years ago and has continued through mailing their drawings back and forth between New York City and Dartmouth. Maria and Fiona will be elaborating on an artistic conversation, merging and reacting to both of their notions of space. Fiona interprets imagery of outer space while Maria explores the inner space of the human body. Their work juxtaposes the formation of star systems with human cellular structures while laying in emotional complexities. Their unique styles intertwine and merge in an unexpected explosion of energy through pen and ink on paper. The artist duo will take this energy and push their explorations to larger scale during their residency stay in Inverness.

During their stay they will be offering a series of workshops at the I.C.C.A. around the idea of artist collaborations and are excited to share their experience and energy with anyone interested. Please find details below.

Everyone is welcome to stop by the studio and say hello. The best time to see much of the weeks progress will be during their open studio event on Friday, June 3rd, from 6-8pm.

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RESIDENCY EVENT SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, May 31st – Artistic Collaborations 101
(Min. 5 participants – Max 20 participants,  6-9 pm)
In this workshop, we will introduce participants to the idea of artistic collaboration, why it is valuable and the different approaches artists can take when working together. We will share our own methods, as well as other ways we have seen artist teams collaborate. During the workshop participants will be paired up and challenged to work on a project together in one of the many approaches. This will be a fun event that anyone can take part in with or without experience. All you need to bring is your favourite “making” materials (pencils, watercolors, yarn, etc…) and an open mind. It is a fun way to connect with other artists or take an interesting workshop with your favourite art buddy!
Wednesday, June 1st – Sketchbook Collaborations
(Min. 5 participants – Max 20 participants, 2 – 5 pm)
One wonderful artistic collaboration method that we will discuss in our first workshop is sketchbook sharing with another artist. In this workshop, we will dive deeper into this approach and you will be introduced to different methods of sketchbook collaboration and explore how this method works when artist teams live close together versus apart long distance. Participants will be paired up to start working together in small folio sketchbooks while expressing their own ideas and reacting to each other’s styles. This workshop works well on your own or to sign up with your art buddy.
To reserve your spot for one or both workshops please contact the I.C.C.A. at icca.manager@gmail.com and by phone at 902.258.2533
Friday June 3rd 6-8 pm – Open Studio Event
Open to the public!
During this small informal reception, we would like to ask the public to come and visit us in the studio to see the results of our week long collaboration project in residence. We will briefly talk about the origins of our work and what it is like to live in separate countries while still making art together.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Fiona Chinkan is a New York City based artist. Fiona began her signature style of drawings in 2001, as a way to accompany the graffiti lettering she was exploring at the time. Over the years, she has developed the lines and forms as a means of expressing herself and interpreting the world around her. She graduated Cum Laude in 2007 from the University of Hartford Art School with a BFA with concentration in Visual Communication Design and minors in Photography and Art History. She moved to New York City post graduation to pursue a career in graphic design. She works as a digital art director in the fashion industry with clients such as Coach, Kenneth Cole and Victoria’s Secret. In her own work, Fiona has created image remixes, which combine both photography and drawing. Most recently, she has shown in Hartford, CT as part of the group show “PINK!” and been featured on Instagram accounts, such as @taxcollective, @makermentors and @atomdraw.

Fiona creates out of her Brooklyn-based studio. You can see more of her work at:www.fionac.nyc and follow her for daily drawings on instagram @fionac.nyc

Maria Doering is a German artist, living and working in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia since 2012. She left Germany with her family at the age of 15, arriving in New Jersey. She received a BFA Summa Cum Laude from Hartford Art School in 2007, majoring in Printmaking with a minor in Art History, then completed a MFA at Concordia University in Montreal in 2010.

Maria’s work has been exhibited in Canadian cities including Calgary, Montréal, Kelowna and Halifax as well as internationally in the U.S., the U.K., Denmark, Italy and Taiwan. She has taught undergraduate printmaking courses at NSCAD University in Halifax since 2013. She is the current president of the Nova Scotia Printmakers representing more than 60 provincial artists.

In 2016 Maria’s print “The Old Soul” will be on display at the International Print Biennial: 2016 ROC at the Taiwan National Museum of Fine Art.

She currently works from her studio in downtown Dartmouth. A broad selection of her work can be viewed at www.maria-doering.com

16th Annual Aspotogan Arts & Crafts Group exhibition and sale

The 16th Annual Aspotogan Arts & Crafts Group exhibition and sale is being held on May 7th and 8th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the District 1 Community Centre in Blandford, 30 Firehall Road. We invite you to stop by and enjoy our many artworks which include ceramic creations, fibre art, paintings in all mediums, pottery and woodworking. Free admission, daily demonstrations and refreshments available.

http://www.aaandc.org/

Please join us for an exhibition of new works by Heather Millar “Upon Which We Spread Our Wings”

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Heather Millar was born and raised just outside of Edmonton, Alberta. She completed her artistic studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, graduating in 1998 with a degree in Glass Blowing. She spent several more years back in Edmonton, then moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland and most recently to PEI in 2008. A painter at heart her whole life, she is mainly self-taught with the exception of a few painting courses during her adolescence. Upon graduating college, she picked up her brushes again and plunged back into painting, working her way through watercolor, acrylic and finally oils, which she paints with today. Inspired by intense shadow, light, color and form with a uniquely vintage feel, she uses this foundation as the basis for all her works, ranging from old childhood toys and dolls, to woodland creatures to figurative work.

http://detailspastandpresent.com/

Swoon at NovelTea presents: Blooms and Vistas by Andrea Pottyondy

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Just in time for Mothers Day, Swoon at NovelTea presents: Blooms and Vistas by Andrea Pottyondy

Stop by throughout May, to enjoy Andrea’s beautiful work! While there, savour a hot beverage, a tasty treat and pick up a good read!

Stay tuned for a special evening with the artist: a night to meet Andrea, and hear about her work. Keep an eye out for the separate event details.

Show continues until the end of May.

Show opens May 7th, 10am
NovelTea Bookstore Cafe
622 Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 1G4
(902) 895-8329
noveltea@eastlink.ca
www.swoonfineart.com

Contemporary Art Society 43rd Annual Juried Show and Sale

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Contemporary Art Society’s 43rd Annual Juried Show and Sale
Opening Reception Friday May 6th 7-9 PM. All are welcome !
Chase Gallery, Nova Scotia Archives
6016 University Avenue, Halifax B3H 1W4
Come out and view this exciting annual art event.
Over 85 paintings representing the latest work of thirty-eight local artists are on display.
The show  continues until Friday, May 20, 2016.
Chase Gallery is open during Archive hours: MondayFriday  8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Wed evening until 9:00 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday –Closed

Flowers Flowers Flowers at Argyle Fine Art

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Flowers Flowers Flowers: OPEN CITY at Argyle Fine Art

  Saturday, May 7
1559 Barrington Street

Halifax, NS

It’s OPEN CITY time again, when downtown Halifax and Dartmouth celebrate the real beginning of Spring! Started by and organized by the I LOVE LOCAL gang, this all day Saturday event is certainly a harbinger for warmer days and just so happens to fall the day before Mother’s Day! So we were thinking….FLOWERS! In all their beautiful forms!

PAINT: We’re excited to announce that artist Briana Corr-Scott will be on hand from 1:30pm-3:30pm, with her newly opened exhibit of painted florals- that in our opinion are some of the most stunning paintings we’ve seen! Briana paints with oil and watercolour. She will even have a “wallpaper wall” installed for the exhibit. A must see!

METAL: Want to give some metal petals to mom this year for a change? Artist Al Hattie has just what you need. Al repurposes odds and sods and such into small sculptures. Affordable, inventive and always one-of-a-kind. Limited supply so come early!

REAL-LIFE FLOWERS: We’ll be joined by the Ikebana shop co-owner and artist Miyako Ballesteros as she creates a special space in the gallery with her ikebana arrangements within local ceramics provided by Julian Covey. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. Its heart is the beauty resulting from color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the meaning latent in the total form of the arrangement.

We’ll also have some special draws for MOM’s (that includes cat moms, dog moms, grandmoms….) so make sure to drop by!

https://www.facebook.com/Argyle-Fine-Art-201878066509013/

http://argylefineart.blogspot.ca/

 

Heart Strings and Other Things Art Show

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Heart Strings & Other Things is Kelly Mitchelmore’s 7th annual art show and celebrates heart and community. Joining Kelly this year is metal sculptor Al Simm, folk artist Jerry Walsh and glass creators Jason & Tim from School Street Studio Glass.

This year part of the shows proceeds go to support the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Please join us and Avondale Sky winery for an afternoon of art and chairty

Remember it is a studio show and so all the paintings are at studio pricing for the day. Plus this is all the new work I have been creating over the world yet prior to me sending it out to the galleries for the season :)

For info call or email 1- 866-900-6910 me@kellymitchelmore.ca

This weekend at the art centre

The Inverness County Centre for the Arts has a great weekend coming up with something for everyone.
Children’s Art Workshops:
Saturday April 23 for ages 12 and up  from 11 to 2pm
Sunday April 24 for ages 11 and under from 11 to 1pm
Each workshop is  $3 and includes supplies. It’s the perfect time to make a Mother’s Day card!

Shakespeare, anyone?
Come to the art centre and meet with Edmund MacLean  on Saturday April 23 from 2 -4 to  brainstorm an exciting workshop and performance for July. No theatre experience necessary – everyone is welcome.  It’s free and refreshments will be served.

Gaelic Stories (with English translations)
Sunday, April 24 2 – 4 pm
Come out for a good cup of tea and listen to local Gaelic speakers, young and old, share stories & songs.
Free admission.
Tea served/cash bar
Closing celebration of the Gaels in Nova Scotia exhibit
All welcome

Coming up :
An intensive silkscreen course with Brooklyn Stewart: Starting May 1, 8, 15 and 22:   4 Sunday sessions 11 – 3 pm . $100 non-members.  $80 for art centre members.

The Inverness County Centre for the Arts, 16080 Highway 19 in Inverness, NS
902-258-2533 or visit our website invernessarts.com for more information.