Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Yarmouth)

Maud Lewis

Maud Lewis, Three Black Cats, 1960s, Oil on pulpboard, 30.0 x 30.8 cm. Private collection.

Maud Lewis

An adjunct to the Terroir: Then and Now exhibition, this focus on Maud Lewis showcases examples of her artwork and is especially appropriate given the importance of Yarmouth as a place in her life. Her paintings clearly draw from her surroundings and memories from her childhood. From views of oxen teams working the fields to lighthouses standing watch along the rocky shores, Maud Lewis’ paintings reflect the spirit of rural Nova Scotia and a life inextricably bound to the land and sea.

Maud Lewis (1901-1970) was born to John and Agnes Dowley on the Yarmouth and Acadian Shore of Nova Scotia. Although there is some debate about her exact birth place, recent research has revealed that Maud was born in the town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The backdrop of her playful and colorful images, her only experience of the world extended to an area between her birthplace in Yarmouth County and her married home in Marshalltown, Digby County.

In the world of folk art Maud Lewis is a legendary figure. Her life and accomplishments have been celebrated far and wide in nationally touring exhibitions, publications, and, most recently, on the silver screen in the 2017 cinematic release Maudie.

ArtReach Art Bank Prints

ArtReach Art Bank Prints

ArtReach is an educational partnership between the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Education. A key aspect of ArtReach is a travelling exhibition of Canadian prints that are made available for display throughout the province allowing school communities access to original artworks. These original prints were generously donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia by the Canada Council Art Bank.

ArtReach print exhibitions are accompanied by tours and printmaking workshops for teachers and students. The tours are interactive in nature promoting discussion and debate among viewers. Facilitated by local artists and arts organizations, the workshops offer hands-on artmaking experiences inspired by the prints. Engagement with and response to the original prints results in many forms of literacy including poetry, soundscapes, storytelling, dance, and visual art.

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles is an installation of ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia 2018 project artwork. It was produced by Grade 8 students at Sherwood Park Education Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. An exhibition of full scale representations of the installation panels will be on exhibition at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design from May 22 until June 7, 2019
For this project, local visual artist Kate Adams guided Elizabeth Lalonde and her Grade 8 students through an in-depth study of Dene Suline artist Alex Janvier’s monumental artwork, Morning Star. The students also studied the Seven Sacred Teachings, a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. Many Indigenous groups follow their guidance.
Inspired by the teachings and Janvier’s Morning Star, the students developed a design for Guiding Principles, the large-scale mural now hanging at Sherwood Park Education Centre. The mural reflects these Teachings and also focuses on resilience, respect, relationships and reconciliation.
“Over the years I have learned that our students are more willing to create, share their ideas, thoughts, and knowledge when asked to make something for someone else. In this project they will be the role models; showing their fellow students, as well as school staff and the larger community, how to navigate through school life.”  – Elizabeth Lalonde, teacher at Sherwood Park Education Centre
This exhibition was made possible through the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia program with the generous support of Arts Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
Looking Out, Looking In: Windows with a Community View

Looking Out, Looking In: Windows with a Community View

The theme of windows for this project takes its inspiration from Maud Lewis and the brightly coloured flowers she painted on her window panes. This theme was chosen to align with the goal of the project, which was to connect seniors to the wider community through arts-related activities.

A window allows us to see out and lets illuminating light in. Art can also let you look into your life; and others, when looking at your art may discover more about themselves. Maud’s painted windows brightened her view on the world and allowed passersby to see the work of the artist who lived there.

The artworks on display here were made during workshops and events that occurred over the past year. The participants drew upon their own memories and experiences as inspiration for the art they created.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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