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Current & Upcoming Exhibits/Events

Fishful Thinking
Nancy Roberts

Main Gallery

February 1 - 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 31, 7pm - 9pm

"... fish towers say something about exuberance and abundance. On encoun- ter and on a surface level, they seem to make people happy. The implied watery medium relates to the unconscious (in some schools of psy- chology), and gives us the idea of our teeming unconscious lives. A tower of dry, fossil-like fish speaks to past lives, busyness stilled."

HISTORIA ATLANTICA: Reliquaries and Assemblages
Su Rogers

The Case Gallery

February 1 - 25, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 31, 7pm - 9pm

My art (primarily large-format oil paintings) has long been focused on the history, traditions, religious values, and material culture of the Maritime fishing communities. This focus is inspired by both my own heritage and my deep respect for the men and women who earn their living from the sea. It is also inspired by my concerns regarding environmental degradation and the threat of future ecological crises, including the continuing desertification of the oceans.

For several years, I have somewhat haphazardly accumulated a sizeable collection of vintage artifacts (especially handmade) relating to the fishery. I drew inspiration from these objects in my art practice, as they offered a tangible connection with my own ancestors and the larger history of the South Shore fishing communities. However, as the collection grew, I began to realize that these found objects offered an opportunity to explore a different kind of art-making for me.

Long fascinated by Medieval reliquaries, Victorian curio collections, the work of Joseph Cornell, and the idiosyncratic museum curatorship of the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, I began to assemble the objects in combinations that were intended to transform their context, significance, and impact–in much the same way that “found poetry” can reshape a piece of prose so that it is experienced in a new, more evocative and powerful way. I also intentionally overlaid the work with religious references, underlining the critical role of the church in fishing communities.

The resulting mixed media assemblages are intended to serve as modern reliquaries, evoking a way of life in all its complex and difficult glory.

Blue Mondays: Life Drawing at The Craig Gallery

February 26, 2018

Meeting Minutes The Power of the Doodle(r)
Bruce Roosen

Main Gallery

March 1 - 25, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 28, 7pm - 9pm

What did Einstein, JFK, Edison, Marie Curie, and Henry Ford have in common? They were all inveterate doodlers. These powerhouse minds knew instinctively that doodling is deep thinking in disguise-a simple, accessible, and dynamite tool for innovating and solving even
the stickiest problems.
I’m not Einstein, or Henry Ford, but I am an inveterate doodler, and it has transformed my life, and how I experience the world.

...Some of my drawings take 50+ hours and require controlled breathing and a calm mind.
The benefits for me are two fold, the collecting and organizing of thoughts
and how the outcome is a result of a meditative repetitive process."

-Bruce Roosen

"Missing Women" Video Installation
Anna Quon

The Case Gallery

March 1 - 25, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 28, 7pm - 9pm

Statement about the work
In it's first incarnation from 2011, Missing Women was a page poem, prompted by news stories about the women who went missing on the Highway of Tears. Poet Anna Quon wanted to voice the ways in which women and their names have gone missing from history and from their own lives. The poem, a catalogue of erasure and disappearance, went through several revisions and additions, culminating in the 5 minute video of the same name, which Anna created herself thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Missing Women had its official debut at Halifax's Smart Phone Film Festival in 2017.

Bio for Anna Quon
Anna Quon is a middle-aged, mixed race Mad woman born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Anna likes to make thing with words and pictures-- stories, poems, painting, digital collages and film. She is the author of two novels published by Invisible Publishing (Migration Songs, 2009 and Low 2013), and is currently working on her third. She is also in the middle of creating a memoir of madness in poetry. Anna lives at different times on one side of the bridge over Halifax Harbour or the other, with her laptop, clothes and as few belongings as she can reasonably posses to make moving around easier. " 

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


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
*Gallery hours are subject to change*

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