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Current & Upcoming Exhibits/Events

Calgary Days
Hélène Blanchet

Main Gallery

October 31 - December 2, 2018
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Tuesday, October 30, 5pm - 7pm

The series “Calgary Days” features quilts that depict everyday scenes, activities and events unique to their brief stay in Calgary. The people, the sights, the colours are all captured in her signature folk art style. A natural story-teller, Hélène brings her stories to life in the minutia of detail featured in every piece. Tiny bits of cloth are painstakingly appliquéd with minuscule stitches onto a background of fine quilting and adorned with colourful embroidery threads and wee glass beads. The more one looks, the more the story unfolds to reveal a delightful scene of our everyday. In the past 7 years, Hélène has created 15 quilts depicting their adventures in Calgary, 14 of which are displayed in this exhibit.

Textile artist Hélène Blanchet has been quilting for over 25 years and is mostly self-taught. For several years her husband’s work gave them the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world, including a brief stint residing in Calgary, Alberta. These travels nourished her love of traditional textiles of all kinds, old and new, and have had large influence on her work. She draws inspiration from these traditions, the natural world, family and her beloved Nova Scotia.

Blue Mondays
Life Drawing in The Craig Gallery

December 3, 6pm - 8pm

Open session Life Drawing with a live model for artists of all calibers, whether you're just starting out or well established in your practice.

The session is two hours with a break in the middle. Bring your own materials.
This is an open session, we offer no instruction. Once the session starts at 6, the doors will be locked with no admittance for the model's privacy. 

Bring your own materials.
RSVP to or call 902-461-4698

Castles, Cars and Clowns, A Celebration Of Children’s Art
Marijke Simons Student Art Exhibit

Main Gallery

December 5, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6, 5pm - 7pm

Zalman Amit

Main Gallery

January 10 - February 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 9, 5pm-7pm - wine & cheese

Zalman has created a series of sculptural objects focusing his aesthetic efforts on provocative play between negative space and solid components of sculpture.

“Many years ago, as a kid of sixteen, I spent a summer in an Israeli Kibutz.
This Kibutz had a woodturning shop specializing in the production of tool handles…
Some fifty years later I was able to revisit my love of wood. The past few years led me to an increased concentration in the production of turned objects designed on the basis of “negative Space”. I defined this approach to turning as items in which empty space was a larger factor than space covered by wood.

The current show in The Craig Gallery is a result of this concentration and the vessels included in this exhibition bear witness to my approach and efforts.”

Zalman Amit, hailing from Israel, currently lives on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Having exhibited throughout Canada and currently as an active member of Lunenburg’s Peer Gallery, he brings his work to The Craig Gallery for the second time.

Join us for the reception on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 5pm to welcome him with a wine reception once again. Our receptions are free and open to the public for all to enjoy with live entertainment.

The exhibit continues through Sunday, February 3rd.

"Cellular Expressions" Drawings and Paintings
Maria Doering

Main Gallery

February 7 - March 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 5pm-7pm
Artist Talk Saturday, February 9th, 2pm, Snow Date, Febraury 16th, 2pm

Inspired by imagery of cells and the body’s interior, I let my imagination run wild in this series of pen and ink works on paper. These pieces have evolved along side several of my other bodies of work where I explore our internal landscape over the last 6 years. Could we accredit to our cells more than just bodily functions? What would personality traits and emotions look like in cellular form. Cellular Expressions started as a direct experimental approach to what I like to think of as imagining the “creative cell.” If human creativity could be seen at cellular levels, what would this inspired microscopic world look like.

Knickknacks & Psychpomps"
Drawings and paintings

Frank Forrestall

Main Gallery

March 7 - March 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 6, 5pm-7pm

This series of images explores pop-surrealism, blending Jungian archetypes with popculture tropes. With a background in animation and fine art, Forrestall finds a circuitous path through realms which touch on the visions of surrealists and Saturday morning cartoons. Influences Renee Magritte, Leonora Carrington, Ted McKeever, zdzisław beksiński.

Curtis Botham

Main Gallery

April 4 - April 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 3, 5pm-7pm

Genny Killin

Main Gallery

May 2 - 26, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 1, 5pm-7pm

Departures: The Geary Street Cemetery Interactive Media Tour

Media artist Leola LeBlanc, in collaboration with local youth, created Departures: The Geary Street Cemetery Interactive Media Tour, an interactive on-line map and interactive walking tour of the Geary Street Cemetery that is accessible to youth and the public. The tour and map will be incorporated into curriculum created for Elementary, Junior High and High School students in collaboration with Alderney Landing’s Bluenose Ghosts Festival. (approx. 145 schools will be invited to participate)

The project has created an interactive map and tour filled with creative information relating to the historical significance of the Geary Street Cemetery.

Unfortunately, at this time the platform this tour was created on no longer exists. We are looking into an alternative solution. Thank you for your patience.

For more information on all the exciting Bluenose Ghosts Festival activities click here! Click here to view the Geary St Cemetery coverage on Eastlink TV.

For more information please call
Lee Cripps
Fine Arts Program Director
(902) 461-4698

This project was funded by HRM Residency Initiative and Alderney Landing

Gallery Hours

Sunday - 11am - 3pm
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday to Friday
- 12noon to 5:30pm
Saturday - 9am to 5pm
*Gallery hours are subject to change*

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