Art Exhibits

Curious about what arts are being made locally? We are, too. See what your neighbourhood artist is up to.

April 2017

Alderney Gate

Artist: Maureen VanBuskirk

About the artist

Maureen VanBuskirk has lived in Dartmouth for 40 years and raised here family there. She has enjoyed drawing and painting since she was a young girl in school art classes.  Later, she learned tole painting in oils and eventually began water colours and oil painting on canvas.  Maureen VanBuskirk is mostly self-taught, and she continues today with a weekly group. “I enjoy the sharing with others. It brings me much joy.”

Artist: Rachele Saulnier

“Painting is a way for me to study nature more deeply.  Being in nature provides spiritual healing, and I try to translate that into my paintings.”

About the artist

Rachele Saulnier took up painting classes when she turned 50. With Amedee Bordage, every Sunday afternoon, she has been painting for close to 10 years. Rachele Saulnier works in acrylic and oil on canvas. She enjoys nature in all forms and walking on trails, and she feels we are fortunate to have many beautiful trails, ocean, and lakes in the area. She takes photos and usually paints from her photos. Rachele Saulnier is from PEI and has lived in the Halifax Dartmouth area for forty years. She paints weekly with a small group of women, who are called the Kindred Spirits.

Halifax Central Library

We've a new space called The Sunroom and this is its first two-month exhibit.

Artist: Shelley Mitchell

"As Time Goes By"

The paintings in this exhibition are my way of capturing the integration of the historic and contemporary elements of this city through which we move. The buildings we inhabit and pass by affect who we are and inform what we plan to become. I have explored certain iconic Halifax structures that have historic and personal value without too much concern for their accurate placement in time or space.

About the artist

Shelley Mitchell was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After attending her Foundation year at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and going to Georgian College of Applied Art in Ontario, she worked as an architectural draftsman and project manager before returning to NSCAD where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and Art History. Since then she has shown professionally in both group and solo shows in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Maine. She was featured in the book <em>From Land and Sea, Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Landscape Artists</em> published in 2009 and selected by the Nova Scotian government as the province’s official gift at the Vancouver Olympics. Her work is represented in the Canadiana Fund State Art Collection in Ottawa as well as many private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S.A., and Europe. She is currently represented by Argyle Fine Art in Halifax, Amicus Gallery in Chester, NS, Details Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI, Trinity Gallery in Saint John, NB, and Wallacks Galleries in Ottawa.

Halifax North Memorial Public Library

VANS Artist in Residence: Jessica Winton

Mixed Media

April / May /June

Ris Publica treats the civic parade as a unique possibility of welcoming open, generous and joyful participation. Participants provide ideas and assistance in creating and walking with floats that engage and communicate ideas and interests. Library users in the North End are invited to take part and look at previous parade objects.

About the artist

An advocate for art in the public realm, Jessica Winton creates performative/sculptural installations to provoke civic engagement on socio-political issues. Her recurrent experience as a prop builder in the film and television industry has influenced her atypical approach to material usage. Having recently attained an MFA from NSCAD University, she continues to investigate the role of the citizen artist in the public spheres we occupy following Joseph Beuys’ theory of the importance of sculpture’s relationship to the social. Her studio is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia though her projects often carry her off on intrepid adventures into the streets and woodlands.

In partnership with Visual Arts Nova Scotia.

Sackville Public Library

Featured Artists: Friend Zone

This artwork created by members of Friend Zone follows the theme of wellness. Through their art, the artists are answering the question “What do you do to stay well for your mental health?”

About the artists

Friend Zone is a peer social support group for youth ages 16 to 19 living with a mental health disorder in the Bedford/Sackville/Fall River area. It began as a partnership between the Bedford/Sackville Community Health Team, the IWK, the Cobequid Community Heath Centre, and Laing House. As there is no formal referral required to join Friend Zone, it is very easy for youth to join and receive support in their efforts. The group is a member-driven group. Youth decide what activity they will do and how to promote the activity to their peers. Friend Zone is modeled after Laing House’s weekly peer support group that provides a safe space for youth living with mental illness.

Tantallon Public Library

Artist: Nelson Hubley

Mixed Media

About the artist

Nelson Hubley was born in Truro, Nova Scotia and grew up in Tantallon, along the St. Margaret’s Bay. He attended a private academy in Bedford, Nova Scotia where he was able to take his first art class. He excelled in art. He continued high school at Kingsway College in Oshawa Ontario, where again he took art classes.

Nelson’s greatest influence in painting has been by Ann Templeton, an abstract landscape artist, who painted Plein Air. He discovered Ann by a friend who had seen her work while vacationing in New Mexico. He signed up for her workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico in 2005. He continued to study with Ann every October until her unfortunate death in 2011.During his years of attending these workshops a group of artists had been watching his progress and juried him into their group, called the “High Desert Painters”.

In 2009 he joined a local group in St. Margaret’s Bay called “Artscape”. This group gets together weekly to paint and critique each others work and put on a yearly art show and sale. Nelson has now been painting for 35+ years and has been mentoring new painters both in groups and privately.