Artist Talk: Tues 4 April, 12 Noon
This exhibition of contemporary art jewellery is Wareham’s personal response to the strong emotional transition of becoming a mother. The work speaks to the “loss of control, assault to her self-esteem and identity, and the struggle with the ambivalence” she feels toward her new role as a mother. Using traditional and non-traditional metalsmithing techniques, Wareham utilizes the bracelet form to affirm a strong conceptual tie to the emotions and actions felt and performed through this new developing relationship.
A permanent exhibition space devoted to the work of Alex Colville (1920-2013), one of Canada’s most celebrated artists and one of Mount Allison University’s best known graduates. The Gallery features the installation of the mural Athletes, commissioned by Mount Allison for its new Athletic Centre in 1961. Designed around the theme of the student athlete, the mural was the focal point of the new building; it remained there for over 50 years, until its present installation in the stable and secure environment of Owens Art Gallery. Other artworks by Colville are also on view, including many of the preparatory drawings for Athletes and examples of the artist’s serigraphs.
Alex Colville, Athletes, oil and synthetic resin on board, 1961.
The Walking With Our Sisters – K’jipuktuk / Halifax planning committee would like the community to join us for the Pjila’si / Welcoming for Walking With Our Sisters on January 14 at 2pm, located in Mount Saint Vincent University’s McCain Centre Atrium (166 Bedford Highway). This will be followed by a feast and everyone is welcome to visit the Walking With Our Sisters commemoration in the MSVU Art Gallery afterwards. There will be volunteers on site to help direct visitors to these locations. All are welcome.
Walking With Our Sisters is a commemoration honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people through ceremony, community and reflection. It presents more than 1800 pairs of moccasin tops (vamps) made by contributing artists. The moccasins are unfinished, symbolizing over 1180 sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners whose lives were tragically cut short over the last thirty years. This project has been entirely crowd-sourced and supported by thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women and men across Turtle Island who care deeply about this issue. All of our efforts in bringing this exhibit to life have been on a strictly voluntary basis.
Walking With Our Sisters is rooted in the four principles of love, humility, protocol and volunteerism, and is guided by local Elders and community members. As Walking With Our Sisters is experienced in ceremony, footwear is to be removed before entering the space. Women are encouraged to wear skirts if they feel comfortable doing so. Smudging (the burning of sage) will take place inside the MSVU Art Gallery, cleansing the space for the Sisters. There will be no photography permitted at any time. Public figures and dignitaries are welcome to attend but there will be no public speakers.
Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective
Place and landscape are central to Pelkey’s subject matter, as were people until 1994. Many of her photographs of landscapes and architectural interiors are consciously staged, by means of lighting effects, protracted exposure, mirroring, and the addition of text and auditory components.
The exhibition includes nine bodies of work by the nationally recognized photographic artist Brenda Francis Pelkey, dating from 1988 through 2015. Pelkey lives in Windsor and has made major photographic series in Ontario, Saskatchewan and rural Nova Scotia, where she has resided in the past.
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 16, 2pm
In this new series of work Roxanne has been responding to media representations of people and places. With this body of work she is asking the viewer to consider the ordinary world that surrounds them. Roxanne has been a member of ViewPoint Gallery since 2004, and has art work in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, the collection of Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, and in private collections.
SakKijâjuk – a Labrador Inuit term meaning, “to be visible” – highlights the little known craft and artworks produced in Nunatsiavut (the Inuit region of Labrador) over half a century of exciting, diverse production. The exhibition features the work of dozens of artists in photography, sculpture, painting, clothing, drawing, printmaking, basketry, film, video, and the textile arts. The exhibition opens at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery before touring across Canada.
Michelle Baikie, The Hunter, 1998, 35.56 x 25.4cm, digital photograph, Collection of the artist
Borrowing heavily from the language of wine, this 3-part exhibition strategy proposes to look at regional artistic production through the cultural milieu from which it emerges. Terroir is defined as “the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.” Terroir is a survey of the AGNS permanent collection with a special focus on Nova Scotia roots — the history and culture of place informing its artistic community’s output. This exhibition tours the province exploring the flavour and makeup of the work collected over the AGNS’ history.
Image credit: Jones Bannerman, Frances M, Still Life with Lobster (detail), c.1883, Oil on canvas, 51.5 x 65.0 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1933.4
Artist Talk: Fri 7 April, 12 Noon
Pretty/Ugly responds to the massive waste and environmental damage caused by the fashion & textile industries. This piece combines seemingly incompatible concepts, beauty and ugliness, with the aim to encourage people to slow down and question currently held standards of fashion. A wall of handcrafted woven ropes made from discarded garments and fabric creates an obstacle which confronts the viewer with a tangible reality of the high cost of ‘fast fashion’ – at once overwhelming and alluring.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 1, 7pm-9pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 1, 7pm-9pm
The photographs in the Postcards from Cuba exhibit were taken in March 2014 when the photographer, Kathleen Flanagan, visited Havana, the capital city of Cuba, and Remedios and Caibarien, two small coastal cities in Cuba. The images depict Cuba before the impact of recent major events – the lifting of the 50-year American embargo in December 2014, the election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016, and the death of Fidel Castro on November 25, 2016. Guided by documentary traditions, the images depict a country in transition as seen with a visitor’s eye and empathy.
Kathleen Flanagan, Girl with keys, Caibarien, Cuba, March 2014
Janice Leonard’s work continues her fascination with a place where her roots and history permanently reside. The land still has that atmosphere and a sense of timelessness that she never loses.
In this series she is looking at the surrealism of an era when technology produces immediate references to an unending natural environment.
Leonard still uses sketches and notes as a primary reference, but now her iPhone camera has become an essential tool as well. The photos are tagged geographically as “Annapolis Subd. B” an ironically clinical description of a place named “paradise”.
Janice Leonard, Paradise, 8:16 p.m., Last night before I head home, acrylic on canvas, 2016