An art exhibition that takes us back to a simpler time. Paintings celebrating the rural life by Jamie McCallum, Jaqueline Faye Miller, Shelley Mitchell, Zehava Power and Thomas Rand. Extended until June 11th. Book a private viewing by calling 902-406-2355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Click below to take the virtual tour. Enjoy your stroll in the countryside!
Solo show and sale for renowned Halifax artist Mark Grantham. A feast of colour and texture. Online and in the gallery April 17th to May 7th. To stay safe and avoid crowds we will not be holding an opening reception but I will be collecting well wishes for Mark in a gallery guest book. Please come by to feast your eyes and soul. Purchased work will be available for pick up or shipping after the 7th.
This is Mark’s first solo show in six years. About this collection of all new paintings, Mark says, “I am excited by these new painterly works, which are less about details and more about emotive impact. The colours are vivid, and the light dynamic. I have also enjoyed exploring new subject matter for this exhibit.”
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Al Simm, Annapolis Valley
Al is an experienced metal worker, who discovered his artistic talent by chance. He specializes in creating large scale sculptures created from recycled material. He is a juried member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and his work is featured in galleries throughout Nova Scotia. In fall 2017, Simm completed work on The Canada Gate. It is a memorial project installed at Flanders Fields in Belgium. Artist Nancy Keating did the design work and Simm built the 4 metre, one tonne sculpture in his Annapolis Valley studio. The gate’s two arches are designed to encourage visitors to reflect on Canada’s part in the Great War, the wood at its base represents the duckboards that lined the trenches, and the steel poppies represent the Canadians who were there. The barbed wire, which will wind around the stems of the poppies, represents the horrors of war.
Alan Syliboy, Nova Scotia.
Alan Syliboy grew up believing that native art was generic. “As a youth, I found painting difficult and painful, because I was unsure of my identity.” But his confidence grew in 1972 when he studied privately with Shirley Bear. He then attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where 25 years later, he was invited to sit on the Board of Governors. Syliboy looks to the indigenous Mi’kmaq petroglyph tradition for inspiration and developes his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms. His popularization of these symbolic icons has conferred on them a mainstream legitimacy that restores community pride in its Mi’kmaq heritage.
Born in Nova Scotia, Anna Horsnell SCA has been painting for over 40 years and has worked and studied in various parts of Canada. She was first recognized as a landscape painter, however today she is best known for her abstract paintings. She exhibits regularly in group and solo shows, and her paintings hang in public and private collections across North America, including the Art Bank of Nova Scotia.
Over the years, Anna has been very active in the local arts community, and in 2009 she was awarded a Progress Club Women of Excellence Award for Arts and Culture in recognition of her accomplishments in her profession and community. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, and a past Board member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia.
Her work is featured in several books - Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Artists: Volume II, and International Women Celebrate! In 2015, she published a book entitled The Sarah Diaries to accompany her series of paintings highlighting the merchant marine industry.
"My name is Anna Horsnell and painting has always been a comfortable language with which to express myself. Although I may have an abstract idea or direction I wish to explore, spontaneity is crucial to how I work following each mark, each brushstroke with another, until I understand where the painting wants to go. Colour, shapes, mark-making. The constant challenge is to find the right answer within endless possibilities, trusting my instincts. The real beauty of abstract art begins with an invitation to surrender yourself to the image and how it makes you feel. Interpretation is very personal. My greatest satisfaction comes when someone makes their own personal connection with my art."
Bill Gimby, St Margaret's Bay.
Bill Gimby started working with stone during the restoration of the 100-year-old stone house “Cornerstone”. It is now the family home on the shores of St. Margaret’s Bay in Nova Scotia.
The stone restoration evolved into furnishings, stone landscape and commission stonework. Bill has been self taught and following retirement progressed to stone lamps, vases, stonescapes, lanterns, wall art and centre pieces and into a thriving business.
The inspiration and interest come from the surrounding shorelines, tumbled beach rock, driftwood, and the natural setting he lives in.
The work is naturally formed colourful granite and limestone from Nova Scotia, layered colours of gneiss from Newfoundland, slate from Vermont and limestone and sandstone from New Brunswick. Combining these ocean sculpted stones with twisted driftwood to make striking home decor.
Bill Gimby has for the past 20 years developed a reputation for unique and natural decorative and functional stonework. The work is shown in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The business has now grown to the point where Bill’s son Donald has joined to help fulfill demand.
Cristina Del Sol, Ontario.
Cristina Del Sol grew up in a small rural city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she received formal art training from the National School of Fine Arts, completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours' degree. In Canada she further her art education at "Toronto Art School", in painting and drawing continuing till today attending a number of professional development workshops to increase her skills and supporting her continuing growth as an artist. She has exhibited in Canada, the U.S and Argentina, with artwork featured in International books, juried art shows and contests. Her paintings are in private collections worldwide. She is following her creative dreams in her third floor studio overlooking the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills.
Donna L. MacDonald, Nova Scotia.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Donna has always been fascinated with the natural beauty of the sea and the rugged Maritime coastlines. She is often moved to paint seascapes, boats, and coastal scenes, in an effort to capture, in her own words, “that glimpse of the ordinary that sparks your imagination… something serene or dramatic or beautiful… that is just there, hiding in plain sight”. In addition to these themes, she also enjoys setting her brushes to task on still-life images, landscapes, and on occasion, works of pure imagination. Working as a Nurse Manager for over 20 years, she took up painting as a hobby some 14 years ago. Self-taught over that time, she now considers painting to be not just a means of relaxation and distraction, but moreover, an indispensable outlet for her self-expression.
Donna works with acrylics on canvas. She prefers to mix her colour values from a small palette that often includes two shades of blue, and one each of yellow, red, white, and black. Her paintings are currently on display in the “Dart Gallery”, (Dartmouth), Teichert (Halifax) and “Going Coastal” (Chester), and have been acquired by private collectors from nine of Canada’s ten provinces, from the United Kingdom, and from Minnesota, New York, California, and the Dominican Republic. Donna’s paintings have been chosen as the cover art for Northwood’s “Life” magazine (December issue) for the last three consecutive years.
Douglas Drdul, Nova Scotia.
Born in Canada, Douglas moved to Nova Scotia where he designed and built stringed musical instruments. His artistry as an instrument maker eventually led to a collaboration with his wife, textile artist, Sanna Rahola. He first made frames that complimented her tapestries, but now his frames and carved wooden panels are integrated completely with Sanna’s felt pieces.
Douglas Drdul studied and trained with Finnish master wood carver Oiva Kentte at the Seinajoki Kasi Ja Taideteollisuusoppilaitos, Jurva, Finland. He has shared his expertise through demonstrations such as ‘Decorative Carving’ at the Seinajoki Trade and Convention Center, Seinajoki, Finland.
His "Tree Pearls" are carved from salvaged trees on his property in rural Nova Scotia.
Eleni Manolakos, Nova Scotia.
Eleni embarked on her professional artist career in Ontario, Canada, and continued after a move to Halifax in 2013. After years of expressing herself creatively in fine dining, operating successful restaurants in Toronto, she and her husband began their new adventure in Nova Scotia. The changing views overlooking the Halifax Harbour, the memories of their trips to Europe and the every day beauty of life inspired her to recreate and re-interpret those moments of awe on canvas. She credits her mentor, artist Mary Therese Carmichael, with encouraging her to just ‘paint what you see’. Working primarily in oil, she also occasionally works with acrylic on canvas.
Eleni’s success in both group and solo shows in Ontario and Nova Scotia, has lead to her artwork being included in collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. A series of vibrant, ever-changing skies is bringing a sense of hopefulness and possibility to her art practice.
"The colour of the sky in Nova Scotia speaks to me of wide, open vistas, changing colours and shapes and most of all, of unending possibilities. Life is unpredictable, but the sense that the sun will rise and create beauty against a blue horizon, or streak the night sky daring us to acknowledge that there is opportunity awaiting; those are the feelings that arise in me when I create my ‘Sky’ paintings."
Isabel Picard, Quebec.
Originally from Orleans Isle, this professional artist now lives and creates on the South Shore of Quebec City. Isabel Picard completed her Design studies in 1994, then spent nearly fifteen years working in applied arts. She was in turn a carpenter, faux-finish painter and project manager in the commercial, theatrical and museological fields. Her journey eventually lead her to spend more time with her family, and only in 2008 did she finally surrender to the call of creation. She is passionate about texture, color and light, and her artwork is discovered as much through the sense of touch. "Making Art accessible" is a priority. Isabel transposes rhythm and flow, leaving room for improvised gestures. Subsequently, she works to do justice to each plot edge, ridge, hollow or furrow, striving to create unity, harmony and perfect balance between depth and surface. Her production is evolving rapidly, claiming style mastery in the execution of her artwork. Her contemporary style and unique technique stand out through abundant and pronounced reliefs as well as the medium chosen: gouache.
Jacqueline Faye Miller, Saskatchewan
Born in small town Saskatchewan, Jacqueline has worked and lived in the prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Returning to Saskatchewan in the late 90’s and now living in Saskatoon.
Jacqueline has worked diligently over the last 30 years developing her skills as an artist through self-teaching, university curriculums and various professional artist workshops. Jacqueline works out of her home based studio and as part of her creative process, and commitment to her craft, she makes it a daily habit to do something art related.
Jacqueline is a disciplined painter, prolific, versatile and experimental with a preference for acrylics on canvas. She paints in series and collections to keep her passion and ambition fresh.
Jacqueline’s distinctive style – strong confident brush strokes remaining loose, fluid and spontaneous, brings varied subjects to life with vibrant colors. Her muse might take her through, urban gardenscapes, becoming up close and personal with all the floral beauties, rural landscapes, to Northern lakes, through the city, up in the clouds or for the fun of it, painting whimsical portraiture.
Inspiration also arrives in the form of medium she uses. Favorite past time is reaching for her oil pastels. As it turns out her representational, loose and impressionistic style is a perfect fit for this buttery medium.
Whether impressionistic, expressive or abstract, a confident brush stroke, the swipe of a crayon or intricate pencil helps build personality into every one of her works, whether still life, whimsical portrait or landscape. These are the tools she creates with.
Jacqueline has received awards over the years and has been published in a number of magazines. Her paintings are represented in private, public and corporate collections throughout Canada. Recent highlights – Saskatchewan Arts Board purchase.
Her favorite quote from a patron: “Everybody sings in a different Color”
Jamie McCallum, Manitoba.
Jamie McCallum grew up on a cattle ranch just south of Brandon, Manitoba. Her early years on the farm have always been a source of inspiration and her love of animals and the vast prairie landscape are often reflected in the subject matter of her work. Jamie was formally trained in North Dakota where she received a degree in graphic design. After graduating, she ventured to Minnesota where she continued to built on her knowledge and love of art throughout her career. Whether it was graphic design, photography, art & framing galleries, or many years in the beauty industry - her experiences have all contributed to her abilities and helped hone her eye for composition, color, and balance. Her desire to paint has always been present and taking brave steps toward an art career have been a long time coming. Painting and creating are true passions for Jamie, and after returning to Canada in 2013 she has been afforded the opportunity to finally follow this dream. Her work is contemporary, gestural, and celebrates a broad subject range full of whimsy and humanity. Jamie pushes proportions to evoke mood and curiosity, and utilizes the power of color and texture to further extend these boundaries. Jamie currently makes her home outside of beautiful Riding Mountain Park National Park in Manitoba.
Joshua Kaiser, Nova Scotia.
Josh Kaiser was born in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. He grew up in a family that nurtured and supported the development of his creative ability. Over the years he has experimented with subjects ranging from landscapes to fantasy, from portraits to wildlife, along with political cartoons and caricatures. He has worked in many mediums and feels no particular loyalty to any one form of art. Choosing instead, to follow inspiration where ever it may lead. After living and working in Vancouver for a number of years, Josh now lives in Halifax, but still considers Cape Breton his home.
Kelly Mitchelmore, Nova Scotia
Native to Nova Scotia, Kelly is a fan of “support local”, believing that your community is only as good as you make it. She uses her art to promote and support her local area as much as possible and is involved with everything from mentorship programs and bursaries, to operating "A Is For Art" (a free and supportive platform for local artists). Whether painting or teaching, or showing, Kelly enjoys a holistic approach to art and encourages all art on all levels. Kelly’s home studio and gallery are in an old and romantic Victorian home located in the lovely town of Windsor. She paints standing and moves quickly to loud music, which has resulted in a quick dance break here and there. Kelly paints in both acrylic and oil and mostly creates nature and scenic pieces using some brush but mostly painting knives and trowels. She prefers to paint on large stretched canvases or wooden panels using a heavy pallet of deep and intense colours and applying with layered technique. Not a fan of being confined or limited by structure, the shape and composition often form as she paints. This allows more freedom and a bond is formed between the artist and the work as they both go through the creation together. She is especially known for her moody coastal scenes and her love of red with her poppy series.
Kelly has a Bachelor of Interior Design which has aided her with colour theory and perspective when creating her pieces. She also served over 14 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, and she contributes her time in the Navy as her inspiration and love for painting water and poppies.
Her newest series is “Nova Scotia Strong, Isolation” series, a contemporary portrayal of Nova Scotia’s beautiful coast. A combination of knife and brush, each acrylic painting is created through a series of layers and washes – creating a moody memory of the scene.
Kim Aerts, Nova Scotia.
Kim Aerts is an artist who was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His parents, who immigrated from Europe, instilled in him a love of the old world and a fascination for ancient places and things. From these interests he started drawing and painting at a young age. As a teen, he had the opportunity to study with renowned Smithsonian artist Eleanor Kish, who taught him the fundamentals of working in oil paints and landscapes.
He attended Mount Allison University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the late 80s. He then traveled and lived in both Europe and the Northwest Territories before returning to Nova Scotia to settle down. He married and with his partner founded a graphic design firm which he helped run since the mid-1990s.Throughout this time, Kim continued his art and worked in the mediums of sculpture and photography before returning to painting in oils on canvas. Kim paints landscapes but beneath the surface he is exploring the relationship of the viewer to the natural environment. The idea that animals (including humans) ideally like to position themselves in their environment to be able to see and not be seen is a fundamental concept he works with in his paintings. By both following the rules and occasionally breaking them he creates scenes that draw in the viewer and allows them to enter into another environment. He often works on smaller canvases as they require a greater focus and precision to both invite the viewer and engage them with the complexities that embody the soul of that landscape.
Lisa Maj-Roos, Nova Scotia.
Lisa-Maj Roos is a Canadian artist specializing in oils, encaustics, and chalk pastels. Inspired by her many travels around Canada and the world, each new journey becomes a template for her artwork; a colourful voyage captured by her distinctive style and artistic expression. After having established herself as an artist in Calgary, Alberta, Lisa-Maj now resides in the Annapolis Valley in the beautiful province of Nova Scotia, devoting herself full time in the pursuit of making art within her second floor studio just steps from the Annapolis River basin and the Bay of Fundy.
Lori Doody, Newfoundland.
Lori Doody was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1976. She studied visual arts at Sir Wilfred College in Corner Brook and has been a printmaker since 1998. In 2005 she was named Emerging Artist of the year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. She is also the author and illustrator of picture books. In 2017 Capelin Weather and The Puffin Problem were published by Running the Goat Books and Broadsides. Both books were listed in The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books magazine. The Puffin Problem was also shortlisted for the Bruneau Family Children’s Young Adult Award for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. Her third book Mallard, Mallard, Moose was also published by Running the Goat Books and Broadsides in 2018.
She currently lives in St. John’s with her husband, their two children and their dog.
Margaret Louise, Nova Scotia.
Margaret Louise is an artist from the south shore of Nova Scotia who has been studying and working in various cities in Europe over the last five years. Though her surroundings have changed she continues to depicts rural, coastal images of the Maritime landscape as she understands that the tranquilly of these scenes leaves room for her bold imaginative style.
2019-2020 – LUCA Brussels, Belgium. Master of Visual Arts – Cum Laude.
2015-2016 - Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Amsterdam,The Netherlands. Bachelor of Fine Art and Design.
2010-2014 - Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Halifax, N.S, Canada. Worked towards Bachelor of Fine Art.
Residencies and Projects
2020 - Visual Arts Nova Scotia, New Grad Program. Halifax, N.S Canada.
2019 - Lunenburg School of the Arts, Artist in Residence. Lunenburg N.S Canada.
2019 – BetOnest. Artist in Residence. Stolpe, Germany.
2018 - Founder of an artist space. Completed construction of sound proof studio spaces for musicians and artists. Berlin, Germany.
2016-2017 - HEIMA Collective, Artist is Residence. Seyðisfjörður East Iceland.
2015 - Dortyard Center for contemporary arts. Artist in Residence. Dordtrecht, The Netherlands.
Born in St Catharine’s, Ontario, McAvoy studied at the University of Guelph before completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she continues to teach as an adjunct professor. McAvoy studied printmaking and drawing but turned to painting shortly after graduating.
For many years Marilyn’s work was inspired by classical Dutch Flower painting and the cultivation of her own perennial gardens. A traditional approach to this subject matter changed dramatically in the early 1990’s after she began working on film productions. McAvoy began to incorporate the visual elements on discarded scenic staging with her classical flower imagery. Collage and juxtaposition remained key compositional strategies for her for many years.
After six months working on James Cameron’s Titanic, Mexico became a place of particular importance for Marilyn and she later lived a year there in the famed artist community of San Miguel de Allende. Mexican Arts and Crafts became a new inspiration for her paintings. In 1998 moved by her mothers death and with the help of a Canada Council Grant she returned to various regions of Mexico in order to observe El Dia de los Muertos. The work following this became highly influenced by Tomb imagery and Stencil Designs. In the Viaje Series, she painted visual elements from above ground tomb’s on top of canvas prepared with projected details from her mother’s hand written recipes. Her Vanities Series features paintings of flowers and shadows from graves along side painted faux surfaces utilizing scenic paint techniques.
Although McAvoy continues to focus on Still Life painting, she has expanded her work to include Figure Painting. Both genres being equally important with different challenges and meanings.
Marilyn has been the recipient of Canada Council and Nova Scotia Arts Grants. A finalist in the 2003 RBC New Canadian Painting Competition, McAvoy has exhibited in galleries across Canada and the United States. The former competitive figure skater works on multiple canvases at once, always having a painting on the go that will be technically demanding, while another more playful and spontaneous. “It’s the figure skater in me,” says McAvoy it’s about that balance between “freestyle and compulsory figures”.
Mark Grantham, Nova Scotia.
A fifth-generation Haligonian, Mark Grantham was born in Halifax in 1966. He grew up on Leeds Street in the city's north end not far from the Hydrostone District, and completed his first oil on canvas at age 11. After receiving Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from Dalhousie University, Mark went on to study architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, from where he holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies degree as well as a Masters degree in Architecture. Mark has been painting full time since 1996, and his work continues to evolve. He is also a regular fixture every Saturday at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market with his line of prints and greeting cards. Mark's paintings can be found in countless private and corporate collections, as well as the Nova Scotia and Canada Council Art Banks.
Mary Doane, Nova Scotia.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Mary lived in Quebec City for 37 years before moving back home in 2015. It was during her training in interior decoration that she first used watercolour as a medium to render perspective drawings.
Mary is inspired by everyday items. She explains, “I do tend to collect lots of odds and ends and the tables in our home are inhabited by all manner of knick-knacks. I suppose some would call it clutter but I have the excuse of calling it inspiration! These things tell stories – on their own, but also when grouped with other objects.”
“I am drawn to the representation of detailed subjects, often in a close-up view. I enjoy drawing the spectator’s eye to details that would otherwise go unnoticed and bring him or her to discover the beauty that is to be found in the textures and forms of the everyday objects around us.”
Mary is a signature member of the Quebec-based Institut des Arts Figuratifs (IAF) and of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor (CSPWP).
Melanie Currie Unsworth, Nova Scotia.
Melanie Currie Unsworth is a self-taught Canadian artist. Living on the island of Cape Breton, she draws her inspiration from the rugged landscape and ever-changing seasons. Melanie has had a long-standing involvement with the arts over her lifetime. Many of the skills she acquired from her work as a chef and wedding cake designer translate into practice with creating painted work. What truly captivates Melanie are the abstract qualities found in nature. She is fascinated by the varied lines, shapes, shadows, and colours which exist around us. Melanie uses a combination of palette knives and brushes to fabricate the depth, tone, and colour of the subjects. While staying true to portrayal of realistic elements (i.e. form of trees), she prefers to incorporate hues and tones from the environment at large. An example of this would be reflecting colours of the evening sky in the branches and leaves of the trees portrayed. The intention of this is to infuse realistic elements with abstract overtones. She also employs metallic paints and pouring medium to create an effect similar to stained glass.
Miro Davis, Nova Scotia.
Miro Davis has nurtured an intricate yet broad based creative practice. Trained at NSCADU (BFA ’95), Davis’ work is best described as a mixed media practice, borrowing from various disciplines while remaining rooted in sculpture. Her work brings together disparate individuals and groups through visual art, underscoring the importance of creativity in our day-to –day lives and to society as a whole. Davis’ collaborations and independent sculptural murals have garnered critical and popular acclaim in the US and Canada, and are permanently installed in many unique sites and public places. Davis currently works throughout the Atlantic Provinces on public pieces, as well as in her studio practice, located in Halifax NS.
"I am often touched by the beauty and wisdom that exists in Nature. As an admirer, I have found nature’s rhythm, cycles and symbiotic relationship full of magic and spirit, this is what intrigues and inspires my research and sculptural installations both large and small scale. A combination of ceramic, glass and light offers an opportunity to play with texture, shadow, and reflection, creating ambient spaces and atmospheres even in the tiniest of spaces."
Miya Turnbull, Nova Scotia.
Miya Turnbull is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in a variety of mediums including mask making, painting, screen printing, textiles and animation/projection. Miya grew up on a farm near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge also in Alberta. She lived in Montreal for 2 years before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002. She currently practises, teaches and sells her artwork and has exhibited in solo and group exhibits across Canada. Her most recent exhibit was at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery in Toronto from January to March, 2019 where she displayed over 60 self-portrait masks alongside Ottawa artist Norman Takeuchi in an exhibit called “Blended”.
The feathers she sells here are screen printed with her original designs. The feathers are a variety of, but not limited to: crow, magpie, seagull, goose, duck, pigeon and blue jay. Most of them are found around Halifax.
Monica Macdonald, Prince Edward Island.
“My art is a celebration of the world around me --- the landscape, the weather, the everyday fabric of life. Lively brushwork, multiple layers and vibrant joyful colors are common elements in my paintings. I love to work with acrylic and collage because of the absolute freedom it gives me to create, re-create, select, emphasize, eliminate and re-imagine.I start my paintings with loose, gestural mark-making and then move on, responding intuitively to what appears on the canvas. I continue to dialogue with the painting and eventually, on the best of days, the painting takes over and finds its own story. Recently I have returned to landscape for my inspiration and I find my work moving further toward abstraction as I attempt to capture the energy, spirit and essence of my subject matter.”
Art critic and curator Ray Cronin wrote of Macdonald’s work: “The landscape of home is immensely powerful of course, made up as it is of equal parts memory, imagination and experience.... The world depicted in these paintings is stable, secure and very beautiful. It is tempting to think of them as a kind of sympathetic magic, an attempt to make real the heart’s desire..... It’s not nostalgia, however, that makes these works so interesting. This, rather, is reverie, the sort of daydream infused by desire and memory that somehow seems truer than mere reality.”
Monica Macdonald is a professional artist living and working on Prince Edward Island. Monica studied at Sir Wilfred Grenfell School of Fine Art in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1996. She has been the recipient of several Arts awards and grants including PEI Council of the Arts Professional Development Grant, the New Brunswick Arts Board Emerging Artist Creation Grant, and the John Lewis Paton Scholarship from Memorial University. Recent Professional Development workshops in Florida and North Carolina have invigorated her work and led her in new directions.
Monica’s paintings have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work can be found hanging in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally, including CIBC Wood Gundy, McCain Foods International Ltd, Greater Halifax Partnership, Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, McInnes Cooper Law, University of New Brunswick Permanent Collection, Prince Edward Island Art Bank Permanent Collection, and The Canadiana Fund National Capital Commission in Ottawa.
Monika Wright, Nova Scotia.
Canadian artist Monika Wright moved from Toronto to Halifax in 2005 and soon began her creative journey in photography and painting. Largely self-taught, she enthusiastically developed a distinctive style of painting which lead to recognition first locally and then internationally. Her award winning work is exhibited and collected world-wide and has been published in International Women Celebrate, Enroute Magazine, Exposure, Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop, CBC Sharing the View Calendar, Arts Illustrated Magazine and The Breath of Life. Among her awards is the prestigious Mary Pratt Crystal Award, 2017 SCA Elected Members Exhibition.
Monika is an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), a member of ArtSpa, CARFAC and past president of ViewPoint Gallery.
Art has the power to be transformative, to rearrange our vision of the world and create bridges to connect us, to lead us to a greater understanding of the world we share, and those we share it with.
With organic shapes, fluid light, lines and circles, I am employing universal symbols of unity, wholeness and infinity connected by lines, representing the boundaries which separate us, but which also highlights our shared path. What we choose to see and believe will determine how we live, not just where we live. Let’s build the puzzle of our life on this planet with care and empathy.
Nicole Power, Nova Scotia.
Nicole Power is a self-taught visual artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Attracted to both urban and coastal scenes, she enjoys wandering, camera in hand, and is always freshly inspired by the port city. She is involved in many local art events, and contributes her work to several fundraisers and charities. When she is not painting, Nicole is an avid concert and moviegoer and practices law with Weldon McInnis in Dartmouth.
Nicole Wells, Nova Scotia.
Nicole Wells is a self-taught artist living and working in the North End of Halifax, NS, originally from New Hampshire. Nicole's favorite medium is acrylic, and she is deeply inspired by the diversity of nature and vibrancy of colour. She has always been an avid hiker and traveler, and her deep connection to the natural world is channeled through her paintings that capture the beauty, simplicity and magic of life.
Peter Gough, Nova Scotia.
“It has been said that modern realism begins from the position that truth can be discovered by the individual through the senses.” - Ian Watt
I am passionate about what I paint. For as long as I can remember I have always had a reverence for the natural world. I feel drawn and connected to the land and am constantly aware of the primal essence of nature. I note the moods of the changing weather and seasons and marvel how a well-beloved landscape can change it’s appearance from one day to the next, one hour to the next.
As Picasso said, “I don’t search for things, I find them.” Once I get to know an area I recognize almost instinctively what I want to paint. The more familiar you are with an area or landscape, the more aware you are of its details, its nuances. You develop a sense of its intrinsic nature—its soul. And I’ve come to realize that I’m not only trying to portray the visual world in my painting, I’m saying something about my spiritual response to the land and its dynamic harmonies, as well.
My goal as an artist has not been to merely create a detailed likeness of the landscape. Rather I am looking for a dimension, a personality, a mood that resides in each of the places that I paint. And I hope my work encourages the viewer to give serious thought to humanity’s relationship to our natural surroundings – our need to respect, to revere nature.
Although my paintings have been inspired by real places, they serve as metaphors for me, a narrative of my life, about who I am and what's important to me and how I see myself as part of the natural world. I like to paint large canvases, their epic size doing justice to the grandeur of the subject matter- landscapes and seascapes in the romantic landscape tradition. The depiction of light is integral to my painting, and reflects my appreciation for the work of the 'luminists' and the Hudson River school.
When I began painting landscapes I was obsessed with portraying as much detailed realism as possible. And while realism will always be my first love, I am now exploring the possibility of representational painting and abstraction co-existing at the same time and at the same place. Where my realism work is an acknowledgement of the pure grandeur of nature, my abstract work is a recognition of how complex and mysterious the natural world is. I believe that every work of art should in some way be a revelation. It should change us in some degree–both viewer and artist.
Peter Gough was born in Nova Scotia in 1947. He has a home and studio on the south shore of Nova Scotia.
Gough began his art education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, having received a scholarship to the college in 1969. Three years later, Gough attended Andrews University in Michigan, USA and continued his fine art education under the influence of sculpture Allan Collins, who designed the Kennedy Memorial for John F. Kennedy at Runnymede.
A realist painter, Gough is influenced by his rural surroundings and is constantly aware of the challenges it faces by urban progress. Firmly rooted in the physical reality of the places he chooses, at a moment in time, his paintings are imbued with a luminosity that transcends realism.
“His work is sheer magic. The magic lies in the essence of light.” - Tom Butterfield, Masterwork Foundation, Bermuda
Gough has exhibited in the United States, Scotland, England and Canada. He is represented in galleries across Canada and the US. His works are in many private, corporate and public collections throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. One of his paintings was presented to his Royal Highness, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh on his royal tour to Canada in 1997. In 1992 Peter was awarded the Canada 125 medal for the creation of the Canada 125 logo.