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Current & Upcoming Exhibits/Events

SAQA Atlantic Canada group of fibre artists

Main Gallery

March 29 - April 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 28, 7pm - 9pm

Artists’ Statement: Transitions Every life, every city, every human interaction undergoes change; combine this with nature’s changing seasons and landscapes, and a plethora of transitional episodes occur.With a combination of fabrics and threads, along with embellishments in lace, embroidery floss, wool, and found items, including dyeing, painting, colouring or stamping, the artists have hand-stitched or machine quilted their interpretation of the theme ‘Transitions’. The Transitions exhibition shows some of the finest textile art in Atlantic Canada, including interesting and unusual use of fibre.

Artists’ Bio: This is the third exhibition of the SAQA Atlantic Canada group of fibre artists. This group is part of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them. The Atlantic Canada chapter of SAQA include members from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland-Labrador.

Ceramic work by Shauna MacLeod

The Case Gallery

March 28 - April 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 28, 7pm - 9pm

"...and then she knew that you could become homesick for people too." - Beau Taplin

Homesick explores my sense of home, connectedness, and permanence, which was all challenged last year when a number of close family and friends moved away within a three-month period. By creating vessels, based on the historical Moon Jar form, for each person with whom I became disconnected from geographically, I confront and resolve the feelings of pain, sorrow, and abandonment. The vast emptiness of the voluminous jars is a symbol of my emotional journey.

Moon jars were made from mid 17th to mid 18th centuries in Korea and were primarily used as food storage jars. For me the large size signifies permanence or being settled in one place. The process of making these is very symbolic and deliberate for this body of work. The jars are made by throwing two large hemispheres or bowls and turning one upside down to attach to the other - two become one - metaphorically fitting with my journey of healing where connecting with those who have left is my attempt to make myself more whole.

The jars are made from Nova Scotia red earthenware clay. This clay has been the foundation of my studio practice, represents my home, and connection to this land. I purchase it from the local brick company less than 50 kms from my home, and mix it to my desired specifications. This not only allows me to adjust the clay body but also creates an increased intimacy with both my work and my land.

For Homesick, I had my family and friends collect dirt, soil, and rocks from their travelled destinations and I processed it to be added to the glaze. I am creating a permanent representation of the connection with these five people, the lands we live, and a moment in time.

This investigation of surface and form will allow me to not only challenge myself artistically and technically but will allow me to process the experience. The approach of creating the moon jar is complex and specific; the result, however understated, conveys a simple beauty for the viewer. This body of work is a continuance of the theme within my previous work exploring connections between the experience of wounds -- emotional or physical -- and the journey of healing.

Shauna MacLeod graduated with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in 2011 and started Black Crow Pottery in Dartmouth Nova Scotia in 2012. During NSCAD she was awarded a number of scholarships and earned an honorable mention in an art competition for the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. During this time she participated in several group exhibitions and one solo exhibition. After graduation she participated in the Summer Professional Development Residency with the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design and has participated in various group shows within Nova Scotia, Canada and the United States. She continues to participate in numerous group exhibitions throughout Canada and had her first solo exhibition in 2014. Currently working as a studio potter in Dartmouth, she works primarily with Nova Scotia red earthenware clay to create decorative, utilitarian, and sculptural ceramics.


Blue Mondays: Life Drawing at The Craig Gallery

March 26, 2018

Erotic Landscapes
Carlos Gomez

Main Gallery and Case Galleries, Prints, Paintings and Jewelry

May 3 - June 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 2, 7pm - 9pm


In The Wild
Dartmouth Visual Arts Society

Main Gallery & The Case Gallery

June 6 - July 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 6, 7pm - 9pm


Main Gallery & The Case Gallery

July 12 - August 5, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 11, 7pm - 9pm

Sophie Paskins, Wayne Boucher, Donna Boyko, Sharon Irving-Kennedy,Ted Lind

Main Gallery

August 9 - September 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 8, 7pm - 9pm

Stratch and Sniff
Emily Lawrence

Main Gallery

September 6 - 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 5, 7pm - 9pm

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

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Sunday - 11am - 3pm
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday to Friday
- 12noon to 5:30pm
Saturday - 9am to 5pm
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