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Current Issue: SUMMER 2017





Photomatic Travelling Tintype Studio

Photomatic Travelling Tintype Studio

Opening Reception: Friday, February 3rd, 2017 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Many visitors to last year’s Lumière Arts Festival will remember Karen Stentaford’s travelling tintype studio, which was located in downtown Sydney at the top of Charlotte Street. The Sackville-based photographer spent the evening making portraits using the 19th century tintype technique and made pictures of dozens of visitors using the now-rare photographic process. The results of this work will be on display at the CBU Art Gallery in conjunction with the ‘Proletariart’ community art exhibition.

Karen Stentaford is an artist and educator who works primarily in medium and large format photography, often employing toy cameras and alternative processes. Since 2012, much of her work has been made using the wet plate collodion process—glass negatives and tintypes. Her recent bodies of work investigate ideas of place and memory influenced by the Newfoundland landscape of her childhood. Karen is the photography technician and lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB.

ProletariArt 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, February 3rd, 2017 | 6:00PM – 8:00Pm

Each year the CBU Art Gallery puts out the call to the artists of our local community to participate in a non-juried exhibition. Participating artists range widely in age and produce work at all levels of experience from novice to professional. This year’s exhibit will feature work from a variety of media including drawing, photography, woodcarving, and more. We are delighted to share the creations of local artists with the broader community!

ProletariArt 2017

ProletariArt is an annually held non-juried exhibition fueled by artwork submissions from the local community. The artists that contribute to the show vary in age and are from all levels of experience. With over 100 artists participating in last year’s exhibition, ProletariArt 2017 is expected to grow even larger.From February 3rd to April 14th, come and see what the people have to say.

Shaping the Shore, From Here and Away

Shaping the Shore, From Here and Away

Opening Reception: Friday October 7, 2016 4:00-6:00PM

Shaping the Shore, From Here and Away is an exhibition that commemorates 2016 as the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Canada. Women first earned the right to vote in Canada in 1916 but it was not until 1960 that all Canadian women, regardless of ethnicity or Indigenous status were eligible to fully participate in the political process.

Featuring artwork by over 15 women artists from the Cape Breton University Art Gallery’s collection and three new works by contemporary Canadian artists, Kinuk (Dartmouth, NS) comprised of Ursula Johnson and Angella Parsons, Diane Borsato (Toronto, ON) and Anne Morrell Robinson (Margaree Valley, NS) in collaboration with the Ocean Waves Quilt Society (Cape Breton Island, NS), and D’Arcy Wilson (Halifax, NS) who completed an artist residency at CBU Art Gallery in July 2016.

The artists presented in this exhibition have unique connections to Cape Breton, whether they were born and raised, lived and worked, or visitors to the region with lasting impressions, these women have shaped and been shaped by the island, its people and the dynamic landscape.

Image: Lindee Climo, Lady of Gustavia, 1978.