Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Bloomfield Gallery

1st floor Bloomfield Centre 
Watch for Receptions, Talks, Readings, Concerts and More

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McNeil Gallery

Room 201 Schwartz School of Buisness

STUDENT SUCCESS GALLERY
 
BAUER THEATRE GALLERY ( LOBBIES & FOYER)

 

12 Artists making a great place even better

works from the Permanent Collection

 

 

 

 

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2018

2018

 

 

 

Bloomfield Gallery

 

 

Bloomfield Gallery

 

 

 

Bloomfield Gallery

1st floor Bloomfield Centre 
Watch for Receptions, Talks, Readings, Concerts and More

March 1 - April 1
Installations

Amanda McCavoir

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'Sky Will Breathe Me'

Poem Paintings on Paper and Canvas
by
Linda Johns

January 11- February 20

 

Thursday, January 11, 7-9 A Presentation with Commentary by Anne Simpson. Artist will be in attendance

Thursday, January 18, 7-9 Interactive Dialogue and Workshop with Janette Fecteau, Angus MacCaull Linda Johns & Anne Simpson

Linda Johns has been a full-time artist, author and naturalist for over 45 years.  She works and writes out of her rural home studio, “Wilde Wood” in James River, Antigonish County, NS.

‘Sky Will Breathe Me’ is Johns’ first solo show in three years and was produced over the course of two winters. It consists of paintings on canvas and paper, as well as a selection of sculpture in whalebone, wood and stone.  About the challenging direction of this combination of words and images, she writes: “Rather than ride two horses simultaneously, I needed to drive a team in harmony.”

www.lyghtesome.ns.ca/Artists/ljohns/LindaJohns.html

2017

2017

September 4 -October 1

CHROMATROPE

by

Jessica Mensch

Thursday Sept 14th

6:30 - Artist Presentation,  7:15 -  Vernissage

McNeil Gallery

Room 201 Schwartz School of Buisness

Recent Aquasitions to Permanent Collection:

DON PENTZ CSPWC RCA

Bloomfield Gallery

Summer 2017

OPENING THE ARCHIVES:
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF EXHIBITION 


April 24 - June 10

2017 Fundraising Art Auction 

Preview of Works Offiered through to June 10th

-all Proceeds to our Community Exhibitions Program-

In Gallery and On Line at:

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L-r, Trianna Waclawick, Alejandra Macouzet, and Danny MacDonald

Three StFX students have been recognized for their promise in the visual arts.
Danny MacDonald of Antigonish, NS, Alejandra Macouzet of Gunajuato, Mexico, and Trianna Waclawick of Ottawa, ON have been named 2017 recipients of the Angus F. Macgillivray Art Bursaries, presented to promising young artists for outstanding studio production.
Each student receives a $750 award, named in honour of the late Angus F. Macgillivray, an exceptional artist, teacher and faculty member of the StFX fine arts department. The department also presents one $750 art history prize to a graduating student at spring convocation based on academic achievement.
This year’s Macgillivray jury also awarded two Honorable Mentions, going to Michaella Donovan and Theresa Olson.
The students say they were thrilled to be honoured with this award.
“It feels really good to receive this award as I do want to work as an artist in my career,” says Ms. Macouzet, a fine arts exchange student from Mexico.
“It’s really good for you to feel that you’re doing well, and it’s also good for your CV and your future if you’d like to present your work in big galleries,” she says.
Mr. MacDonald, a third year biology student, who wants to go into biomedical communications and medical illustrations, says he’s encouraged too to be recognized by the award. “It’s good as you’re trying to get into a career. It gives you hope,” he says.
Ms. Waclawick, a first year biology student, said she has always been passionate about drawing. She is enrolled in Drawing 100 this year and hopes to take more art courses in the future.
“I was really excited,” she says on her reaction to the award. “I knew a lot of other good artists applied. Having won is fantastic.”
To be considered for the awards, applicants submit a sketchbook and six finished artworks. Three judges carefully consider all submissions, looking for dedication and active study in the use of the sketchbook as a tool for exploration and problem-solving before creating a finished artwork. The submitted artworks must show a mastery of skill in a variety of art mediums as well as a giving a sense of cohesive artistic vision.
The department’s Annual Showcase of Student Art, running this year from Thursday, March 30 to Friday, April 7, at the StFX Art Gallery in Bloomfield Centre, will feature work from this year’s award recipients as well as pieces from each studio class.
Ms. Macouzet says she is excited by the chance to see other students’ work in the exhibition.

CREATIVE RESISTANCE:

A Collective Exploration of Women’s Stories
March 5 – 19

Organized and Curated by 
The Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre

This art exhibit is aimed at highlighting women’s voices and women’s work. In addition to various pieces of artwork solicited from both hobby artists and tenured artists in the community, the show will also feature pieces such as textiles and craftwork that are not traditionally considered art but are frequently utilized as platforms for women’s resistance. Protest art made for the Women’s March will also be featured in the exhibit.
The gallery opening takes place on Wednesday at 7 p.m., and will feature spoken word by Stories n’ Stanzas, musical performances from local artists, open mic, and interpretive dance by Hearts and Hands. El Jones, HRM poet laureate and activist, will be present as the guest of honour and will share some of her spoken word.

( pictures courtesy of Moraig MacGillivray )

2016

2016

McNeil Gallery

Art and Social Justice, an evening with Alan Syliboy

OCTOBER 12, 2016
6:30 PM RECEPTION WITH CATERING BY 'RUSTIC KITCHEN' FROM PAQ'TNKEK FIRST NATION
7:00 PM EVENT START
SCHWARTZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, SCHWARTZ AUDITORIUM
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY

 Through art pieces and film clips Alan will share his life’s work and experiences as a Mi’kmaq artist. The evening will also include an engaging conversation with students and the wider audience.

Alan Syliboy is an internationally renowned Mi’kmaq artist, filmmaker, musician and social justice advocate whose works have inspired renewed community pride in Mi’kmaw culture and heritage. A recipient of the 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Mr. Syliboy shares his creativity to engage youth and advocate for environmental sustainability, nation-building and reconciliation.

 The Coady Chair in Social Justice at St. Francis Xavier University honours the spirit of Dr. Rev. Moses Coady and the leaders of the Antigonish Movement by bridging local and global concerns, involving the community, and encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to issues. The Chair is an important means to deepen St. Francis Xavier (StFX) University’s commitment to its service to society's mission, to develop student’s understanding and sense of social responsibility, and to support the Coady International Institute as a centre for global citizen leadership and social justice at StFX.

 Organized by the Coady International Institute in conjunction with the StFX Department of Anthropology and the StFX Art Gallery

METHODOLOGIES FOR TOURISTS BY MATHIEU LEGER OCTOBER 6 – NOVEMBER 6.

(in concert with ASAP Artist Run Centre)

ARTIST TALK

THURSDAY OCTOBER 6 @ 7:00 pm.

PERFORMANCE & VERNISSAGE

FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 @ 7 pm.

OCTOBER 5

October 5 marked the offical launch of the McNeil Gallery 2nd floor Schwartz School of Buisness. It was celebrated with the opening of the Working Studio / Gallery Exhibition of Alan Syliboy the 2016 Coady Chair of Social Justice. This event will run  Oct 6 - November 18th/, Stay posted for Gallery Hours

World Premiere of Magdalena Randal’s provocative film “Scene from Above, the sound of a bird” Friday Sept 23, 7pm Nicholson Hall RM 151 StFX University

Crafted as a Cinema Poem this visual/audio piece eschews traditional film narratives save its running time of  68 minutes.  The film was presented as a work in progress at the Marseilles Instants Video Festival, The Video Poetry Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina and at the e-poetry festival in London, England.

Due to its mature subject matter and intense visual effects the film is suggested for adults over the age of 18.  Admission is free

Magdalena Randal and Co-producer Kahlin Whatley (NYC  PostWorks) will be in attendance. Following the film the floor will be open for discussion

For more information on the film and artist please visit: https://magdalenarandal.wordpress.com 

2015

2015

2014

2014

2006 Past Exhibitions

 

 

"Sea Dung" Jennifer Oille-Sinclair, Newfoundland

"The Human Face of South Asia" John Berridge

Nitapaq Wikual - From The Homes of My Friends, Group Show

"Familiar Strangers" Cara Jones, Antigonish

Antigonish Area Artists, Group Show

Traveling Light -Watercolours and Pastels, Garry Hamilton, Cape Breton

Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection

Art @X Art Dept. Student Show

"A Time for Talking: A Time for Silence" Catherine Moir, Baddeck NS


November 14, 2006 - December 22, 2006

"Sea Dung"

Jennifer Oille-Sinclair, Newfoundland

The StFX University Art Gallery is pleased to present Sea Dung , a series of digital prints exploring the zone between places by artist Jennifer Oille-Sinclair. Jennifer came across the term Sea Dung in Frank Parker Day’s 1928 novel, Rockbound, where seaweed is used as a fertilizer.

Jennifer Oille-Sinclair was born in Toronto and in recent years has been dividing her time between Toronto and Wesleyville, Newfoundland; as of next year, she will leave Toronto for St. John’s. Jennifer has a BA in Modern History from the University of Toronto, and a MA and  M. Phil in Russian Studies, both from the University of Sussex, England.  She founded and was editor of "Provincial Essays", a series of monographs and anthologies devoted to Canadian visual culture. In addition to curating exhibitions, Jennifer was the Ontario editor for Vanguard magazine as well as a contributing writer for numerous cultural publications including C-Magazine and Art forum. She is currently represented by the Christina Parker Gallery in St John’s, NLFD. For more information on the artist and her work please visit the gallery website at http://www.christinaparkergallery.com.

Oille-Sinclair has called upon her expertise as a curator and critic to present an exhibition that is literally on the edge. Along the high tide line of a rugged Newfoundland beach, Jennifer, the artist, has found and created an arena where Jennifer, the curator and critic, explores and juxtaposes nature, artifice, the symbolic, the found, and the contrived. In this collection our Orwellian mistrust of images, especially of photographic digital images, is teased along with the realization that there is no symbolism which is not contrivance. As Picasso is said to have said, "Art is a lie that allows us to realize the truth".

Like a beachcomber, Jennifer has found herself at the edge of the ocean looking for items of interest. "Flotsam and jetsam" is a nautical term used to describe the debris found following a shipwreck. Flotsam is the debris from the wreck itself while jetsam is the stuff deliberately jettisoned to lighten the ship prior to the event. To the modern collage maker, and much of modern art is collage, images are like flotsam and jetsam.

 

The moment an image is created, it streams into a vast reservoir where the image’s intended function may be changed at any time.  Images are gathered, altered, juxtaposed, and given new meaning. Jennifer does this quite deliberately, and unlike the surrealist, her images have the plausibility of an awakened state. If nothing else she is a realist and in her images the line between what occurs naturally and what she creates is barely discernable. It is at this juncture that she and, by extension you and I, are at our most vulnerable and perhaps our most human. It is in this brief moment before meaning is ascribed that we get to start all over again.


October 10, 2006 - November 12, 2006

"The Human Face of South Asia"

John Berridge

Artist Statement:

I first visited South Asia over forty years ago when a friend and I motored from Paris to the southern tip of India, traveling through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and over the Khyber Pass to Pakistan and India. I have returned often to the subcontinent, most recently in 2000 and again in 2001. The main focus of these recent visits has been photography, a passion which has evolved in tandem with my love for this fascinating and complex region. My images are varied, but I am happiest when photographing people.

Over the years I have been able to put my hobby to good use in a variety of ways. For thirty years I taught courses in World Religions at St. Francis Xavier University. Especially at a time when visual aids were difficult to come by, it was useful to have a collection of images which shed light on the religion and culture of  South Asia.  In preparing a course on Religion in Modern India, I came to admire the Bengali song-writer and poet Rabindranath Tagore. In 1997 I published The One and the Many. Readings from the Work of Rabindranath Tagore, a book which combines readings from Tagore with my own photographs of India and Bangladesh. Recently, I have visited and photographed people associated in a variety of ways with non-government organizations in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal - organizations with which graduates of the Coady International Institute are associated.         

In setting out to make photographs which tell something of South Asia’s human story, the challenges are undoubtedly greatest in urban centers. In cities one is confronted by the “sensory overload” which every visitor to this region experiences. Precisely because one is surrounded by an infinite number of potentially good photographs, isolating subject-matter demands  time, patience, a great deal of foot work,  an openness to the unexpected – and a healthy sense of adventure!    

Although I feel very comfortable working in densely populated cities such as Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), I particularly enjoy spending time in villages. I have always found the villagers to be extremely generous and hospitable.  Picture-making often ends up being a group project in which everyone is happily involved, including the children.  (Pied Piper-like, wherever I go I attract a host of friendly and curious children of all ages - who then serve as fine travel companions and assistants!)

Anyone engaged in portrait photography in this part of the world is presented with a wealth of beautiful and interesting faces. And an abundance of vibrant colors coupled with wonderful natural light makes South Asia an ideal location for color photography.   

 

It is my hope that these informal portraits of but a very few of the common people of South Asia’s cities and villages may serve to make this part of the world seem a little less remote.

The sixteen abstracts studies which have been included in the exhibit are part of a recent self-assigned project in which I have been exploring what can be created when I use colored glass as the subject-matter of my photography. Although my primary concern has been to create harmonious compositions which display a pleasing and interesting arrangement of colors, lines, shapes, and texture, in some cases the images do in fact suggest (often in a very subtle fashion) something concrete. But the interpretation of such images is clearly a very personal matter. I have therefore deliberately left the photographs untitled, thereby inviting the viewer to use his or her imagination in approaching each image. Or, one can give one’s imagination a rest and simply focus instead on the interplay and juxtaposition of form, light, and color in the photographs.


September 26, 2006 – October 8, 2006

Nitapaq Wikual - From The Homes of My Friends

Group Show

An invitational art exhibition from the private collections of NS Mi’kmaq Educators, StFX B.Ed Alumni of Visual Arts 1999-2006, Friends and Families

In Honour of Treaty Day, Mi’kmaq History Month and StFX Homecoming 2006

Co-Organised by the Office of the StFX Aboriginal Student Advisor


August 1, 2006 – September 9, 2006

"Familiar Strangers"

Cara Jones, Antigonish

The StFX University Art Gallery was very pleased and proud to finish our 2006 summer season with "Familiar Strangers", an image installation of Antigonish faces by local artist Cara Jones. 

"Familiar Strangers" is about neighborhoods and seeing past the expectations of our routine. Each of us has a daily pattern and naturally these templates overlap.  We often see the same people at the same time or in the same place.  Often we know very little about each other, yet through each others’ presence we find comfort, familiarity, and a sense of place and belonging. Cara’s work investigates human interactions and the boundary between the artist and subject.  

This installation consists of forty-four paired 12"X18" black and white photographic portraits hung at various heights from the gallery ceiling. Visitors are encouraged to walk among the images as if encountering strangers.  On the walls surrounding the hanging portraits are colour photographs of popular local buildings and landmarks in Antigonish.  The colour photographs distinguish the local landmarks from the portraits, enhancing the viewer’s experience of visiting a small rural town and coming face to face with the local people.

 


July 10, 2006 – July 28, 2006

Antigonish Area Artists

Group Show

"Antigonish Area Artists at the StFX Art Gallery" marks the current period of unprecedented growth in the local arts community. Anchoring and nurturing this activity has been the StFX Art Department, and the StFX and Lyghtesome Art Galleries. This ensuing art scene reached a critical mass when, under the auspices of StFX’s Enterprise Development, the community established the Guysborough Antigonish Pictou Arts and Culture Council (GAPACC).

With over 65 artists in this exhibition, the show cannot help but be…. vibrant…. exciting… and informative. Even more so when we consider that this exhibition coincides with opening of GAPACC’s 9th annual “Gathering of the Arts". Not bad for a small seaside town, but now what?

Well for starters, more and more artists are able to find a lively-hood in the area’s arts economy. Younger artists are staying or returning after art and crafts training and as the area offers an increasingly attractive lifestyle, other artists are or will be calling this place home. Small businesses are providing secondary exhibition venues and area artists and their arts council are involved in developing our Public Library. It is not beyond the carrying capacity of the current visual-art community to develop an artist-run gallery. These are very interesting times.


May 9, 2006 – June 16, 2006

Traveling Light -Watercolours and Pastels

Garry Hamilton, Cape Breton

The StFX University Art Gallery was very pleased to begin its 2006 Summer Exhibition Season with "Traveling Light", a display of watercolours and pastels by Cape Breton artist Garry Hamilton.

Garry is a plein air painter. His art is about capturing mood, light, and place. The StFX show consists of 45 recent pieces done while traveling in Mexico, a sea cruise around the British Isles, parts of mainland Nova Scotia, and short jaunts in Cape Breton. Of the title for this exhibit Garry says "In keeping with my habit of keeping my travel painting gear light enough to fit into a backpack along with a fold up easel and my focus in painting which is light and shadow, the show is called Traveling Light”. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the artist writes and illustrates a bi weekly column called “Trippin with Garry” for the Cape Breton Post. Indeed, the show will include scenes he has described in his column such as the search for the blue footed booby on the Marrietas Islands and the Mexican rodeo in Puerto Vallarta.

Well known within the art scenes of Sydney and Northeastern Nova Scotia, Garry is enjoying a growing North American reputation as a superb colourist. Since 2002 he has been juried into and won awards in a  growing number of watercolour competitions such as Canada’s  SCA, (Societe de l’Aquarelle) and the CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour). In America Garry has exhibited with the WSA, (Watercolor Society of America), NEWS (the North East Watercolor Society), TWSA, (the Transparent Watercolor Society of America), the Adirondack Exhibition of American Watercolors, NWWS (the Northwest Watercolor Society), and the Lexington Art League.

 

Hamilton was born in Canada. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. He also did advanced art studies at Concordia University and McGill University. He was also a full- time cartoonist at the Montreal Star as well as a free lance book illustrator. He has been a full time art instructor at Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario, Dawson College Montreal, PQ and MacKenzie College, Sydney, NS.  Garry retired from teaching in 2000.

For more information on the artist and to see some of his images please visit his GAPACC member’s website at: http://www.gapacc.ns.ca/


September 23 – October 5, 2003

Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection

In celebration of Home Coming 2003 & the 150th Anniversary of StFX.


February 15, 2006 - March 10, 2006

Exhibition: Art @X Art Dept. Student Show

The Art Dept Student Show featured various pieces from students at StFX who were enrolled in courses within the Art Department.


January 5, 2006 - February 12, 2006

"A Time for Talking: A Time for Silence"

Catherine Moir, Baddeck NS

The StFX University Art Gallery was pleased to begin its 2006 Season with Catherine Moir’s "A Time for Talking; a Time for Silence".  Catherine, a scenic oil painter, lives in the Baddeck area. For this exhibit she has assembled over 40 paintings. 

A professional artist since 1971, Moir moved from Halifax to Cape Breton in 1984. It was during her employment delivering the mail along rural routes in the Iona area that she began to focus on landscape painting.  Of the period Catherine notes: "The scenery, with all its changes implored me to paint as I drove through some of the most beautiful places in Cape Breton every day. Working outside I am in communication with the scene, the light, the clouds, rain, wind, trees, everything. While I’m working I’m being affirmed or reprimanded, learning constantly. There is great joy as well as frustration, sometimes peace; finally, hopefully, it’s right."  

Catherine spent the winter of 2004 in solitude and contemplation in an old farm house on the Washabuck Peninsula in the middle of the Bras d’Or.  "A Time for Talking; a Time for Silence" is focused around a suite of twelve paintings the artist created during this period. Catherine writes: "This was a time for prayer, meditation and of course for painting. It was wonderful to have a long period of time to be completely alone."

 

In 1999 Catherine had a solo show at Cape Breton University, Gallery I. She has exhibited regularly in the Cape Breton Artists Association organized UCB Gallery II. Catherine has also shown at Lyghtesome Gallery, Antigonish and several other galleries in Nova Scotia. She worked as the facilitator and curator for the Visual Art Series during the Celtic Colours Festival for the past three years and as the coordinator for "Peer Consultancy" a professional development program for Cape Breton Artists. For more information of the artist please visit her website at http: //bighillretreat.com/artwork .

2005 Past Exhibitions

 

 

Memory and Memorial, Rose Adams

Old New Scotland, Anna Syperek

Transformations: Trash Into Art

GAPACC Exposed

Looking For My Dog, Michel Williatte-Battet

Art @X Art Dept. Student Show

Art @X Student Union Photo Show

Colours of Nature, Ruth Greenlaw


October 20, 2005 - December 2, 2005

Exhibition: The Promise of Solitude
Ed Pien

 

A multi-media installation of paper cut enclosures by international artist


September 14, 2005 - October 16, 2005

Exhibition: Memory and Memorial
Rose Adams

The StFX University Art Gallery marked the beginning of the academic year 2005/2006 with Memory and Memorial, a provocative and thoughtful exhibition of paintings and drawings by Dartmouth artist Rose Adams.  

A native of Nova Scotia, Rose received her BA Hon. (79) from Acadia and a MA in English (81) at Carleton. As a visual artist she went on to achieve both a BFA (82) and a MFA (86) from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. A committed educator Rose received a MEd (94) from Dalhousie University and for the past number of years has taught in the Foundation Program of NSCADU

Concurrent with a busy academic life Rose was employed by Canada World Youth, CUSO, and Cross Roads International. She has worked in Jamaica, Zambia, Malawi, Sri Lanka, and Colombia, often using the art form of popular theatre as a vehicle to achieve community development in the areas of women’s issues, health, and micro economies.

In Halifax, Rose’s interest in popular theatre led her to found the Popular Projects Society, an agit-prop theater troupe. Active in the 80’s this group tackled such diverse topics as Provincial Cultural Development, Halifax Harbour Cleanup, Revenue Canada’s then unfair treatment of professional artists, and US intervention in Central America. It is also during this period in Halifax that NSCADU, noted as a hot bed of both conceptual and political art, served the artist as a proving ground for her use of visual art as a vehicle for and of social change.

However, if would be unfair to think of Rose as just a political artist. Her art is not about issues. Long sensitized by a multicultural life and informed by the reality outside of our militarized, commercialized, sanitized and gated North American garret, Rose interprets our times in terms of the heart as well as the head.

 

In 2004/2005 Rose was recognized by being made Artist-in-Residence at the QE II Memory Disability Clinic in Halifax. The exhibition currently on display at the gallery is a distillation of this experience combined with her ongoing investigation of the human journey. Indeed NSCADU artist and writer Ian J. Mackinnon observes in his catalogue essay for the exhibition that: "True to her holistic approach to life and art, Adams had placed herself at the intersection of two means of experiencing and understanding the world: the medical/empirical and the artistic/spiritual."


July 11, 2005 - September 11, 2005

Exhibition: Old New Scotland

Anna Syperek

The next exhibition at StFX University Arty Gallery was Old New Scotland Investigating cultural memories and expectations passed down through landscape by Anna Syperek.

Anna Syperek is a painter of landscapes. She creates these images for the community - an audience of family, friends, neighbours and collectors. She has invited us to engage in a specific dialogue- that of reading the landscape. It is a tradition steeped in re-affirmation. She helps us to appreciate what we have and, simultaneously influences the future.

Anna is a fulcrum, central to the process in which actual landscape becomes symbolic, a virtual landscape imbued with ideology.  In turn her image is consumed by us, digested and metabolized into the desires, expectations and actions with which we terraform the world. It is an ongoing and endless cycle, but in Anna’s case, a process unique and specific to northeastern Nova Scotia.

Anna Syperek moved here 34 years ago and immediately began to interact with the landscape. Together with her husband photographer and videographer Peter Murphy, Anna has tirelessly explored this area. Over the past three decades she has given us a solid body of painting, watercolours, drawings and prints which when seen in the conjunction with the production  of fellow artists Kate Brown and Vicki MacLean  not only epitomizes the Antigonish Landscape but is a recognizable as a specific unique and vision of the land.

When Peter’s SeaBright Productions began to produce traditional Celtic music documentaries in Cape Breton, Anna begin to question and perceive the origins of what she was looking at. Perhaps it is best to quote the artist.

“I started painting there as well (Eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton), learning the history and appreciating the culture of the island. During this time, I gradually came to realize that my love for this particular landscape is greatly influenced by the meaning that is invested in it by its inhabitants. The Gaelic-speaking settlers of this area and their descendants have a strong emotional connection to place, the land they were forced from, and gradually, the new land they settled. Their songs, poems and even the titles of their fiddle tunes are full of visual images and haunting melodies that express their attachment to their homes and the farms and settlements that they created.”

Old New Scotland was first shown at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts and in the fall it will travel to Scotland to be shown at the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre in North Usit.  As well it will travel to areas governed by the Highland Council, in areas connected to the Highland Clearances. Translation assistance for the Gaelic/English Catalogue which accompanies the exhibit was received from Gaelic Initiatives Program, NS Tourism Culture and Heritage. StFX Sociology professor Dr. Dan MacInnes has written an introduction providing a historical perspective and excerpts from Cape Breton poet Joyce Rankin’s collection of poems, "At My Mother's Door’ adds strength to the theme in another discipline.

 

Although there is a body of research dealing with the past, present and future ways in which First Nations, Acadians, industrialists, and conservationists imprint on our landscape, what is important here is to acknowledge that artist Anna Syperek has begun this dialogue with her audience and the other artists of this area. We now have an opportunity to further appreciate and understand the role of visual arts in creating, maintaining, and developing the landscape of northeastern Nova Scotia.


June 20, 2005 - June 24, 2005

Exhibition: Transformations: Trash Into Art

 

 


May 26, 2005 - June 17, 2005

Exhibition: GAPACC Exposed


April 12, 2005 - May 20, 2005

Exhibition: Looking For My Dog

Michel Williatte-Battet

 

 


March 17, 2005 - April 1, 2005

Exhibition: Art @X Art Dept. Student Show

The Art Dept Student Show featured various pieces from students at StFX who were enrolled in courses within the Art Department.


February 15, 2005 - March 12, 2005

Exhibition: Art @X Student Union Photo Show

The Student Union Photo Show featured photography submitted by various students at StFX.


January 4, 2005 - February 6, 2005

Exhibition: Colours of Nature

Ruth Greenlaw

Outside it is winter, everything appears shrouded in grey, nothing is growing, the landscape is asleep. But here inside the walls of this gallery it is demonstrated that the driving force of this living planet is to reaffirm itself though the cycle of the four seasons. So what better way to start this New Year than with a sumptuous display of colour in nature?

The subject matter of these paintings is mainly drawn from gardens and fields near Lochaber and Antigonish.  Greenlaw has always loved flowers, and takes her inspiration from her own and friends’ gardens as well as the gardens at StFX.  Her photos and etchings are inspired by flowers, trees and wild plants. Her landscapes reveal sensitivity to the colours and beauty of nature in all seasons.  “Form and colour are revealed by light.  I find myself painting the effects of light, whether I paint the glass vase in a still life or the shadows in a stream,” she says. 

Throughout the exhibition one is impressed by Greenlaw’s dramatic use of colour. This use is revealed in the velvety purple petals of a flower in “Iris Glow” as well as the golden yellow leaves of “Autumn Woods, Lochaber”.  In the former, Greenlaw has layered transparent washes of watercolour pigment to achieve an unusual depth of sparkling colour.  “I use complementary colours such as yellow and purple side by side to enliven each of them,” says Greenlaw.  “I’m also drawn to detail, and enjoy capturing the patterns and forms of flowers.”  On the other hand, she uses the medium of pastel for some of her landscapes, such as “Autumn Woods, Lochaber.”   “Pastel allows me to escape the precision that I use in watercolour,” she explains.  “Painting with a blunt pastel stick on coloured paper is very different from using a rather fine watercolour brush on white paper. Painting in pastel encourages me to work broadly.”

 

“Colours of Nature” invites the viewer to experience the beauty of nature.

Before coming to Lochaber, Ruth Greenlaw lived in Ontario, B.C., and Saskatchewan. She studied art history and studio at the University of Western Ontario, graduating with an Honours BA. Ruth has also studied Chinese art at UBC and in China.  Her work is in numerous collections in Canada and the United States. At the time of this exhibition, she was a member of the Society of Antigonish Printmakers and teaches Art at StFX University. 

 

The Promise of Solitude, Ed Pien

 

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