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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mary Jane Lundy

Today's featured artist is Mary Jane Lundy
Mary Jane's Crescent Clay Studio

Mary Jane Lundy has been a full time studio ceramic artist since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2003 with a BFA major in Ceramics. Her home is in East Dover, Nova Scotia since 1985.
She  was currently in a group exhibition November 2010 to mid February 2011, “Sacred Symbol”, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Currently in April of this year she’ll be in another group exhibition “Treeology” at the Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia runs til May 22 and on June  25 to July 14 a solo exhibition “Octopus’s Garden”, The Mooring Gallery, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. In 2008 she received a Creation Grant - Nova Scotia Tourism Culture & Heritage to research and to create ceramic water fountains. In June 2009 - Solo exhibition: “Source: Water from the Earth”, at Argyle Fine Arts Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Also in this year she was in two Group exhibitions: September -“Shaping Space a celebration of Lantz Clay”, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia and in October “The Art of Food”, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Artist Statement

Mary Jane Lundy’s ceramic studio practice is inspired by the designs of 15th century French ceramist, Bernard Palissy, 14th century Italian ceramist Luca Della Robbia, and 18th century Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi whom used grottos, niches and tombs. Palissy used living things such as frogs, lizards, fish, plant life, and shells in creating plaster castings for clay press molds. Like Palissy, who cast only species from his surrounding area, I have limited my subjects to what inhabits on our land and in our Atlantic Ocean around Nova Scotia.

Mary Jane will be participating in the studio tour - July 9 and 10 and working with the children at Kids Art Day July 1st. You can view more of her work here http://harvestgallery.ca/searchresults.php?artistId=1737&start=13

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Meaghan Smith

We are proud to present
Juno and ECMA Award Winner
Meaghan Smith 
with guest
Ryan MacGrath
July 8 2011
St Luke's Church
Upper Tantallon, NS

Friday, April 15, 2011

Joy Coyle

Joy lives in Bedford, N.S.  She began painting in her early teens, starting with a group in the local church basement. 
Reflections and light  are favorite subjects, in both oil and acrylic  mediums. 
 Joy has been a member of the Bedford Basin Artists Society since 2002, and enjoys painting and showing with them. She attends many workshops each year to keep learning and growing as an artist. Plein air painting has become a new challenge in the past few years and she participates each year at  many  paint-on-site fund raisers. You will find her painting somewhere in Peggy's Cove during Paint Peggy's Cove  July 2 and 3 2011.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Paulette Melanson

Paulette is one of the local artists you will find perched on the rocks, painting Peggy's Cove on July 2 and 3, 2011. The painting above, of Northwest Cove on the Aspotogan Peninsula, is one of my personal favourites.  Paulette, a very prolific artist, is president of the Aspotogan Arts and Crafts Association and will also be showing her work at their show in the Blandford Community Centre in May and  in the "Two Artists and a Bottle of Wine" show at the Trellis Cafe in Hubbards in August. You can view a Picasa Web Album of her work here.

BTW the Trellis Cafe is a real hotbed of activity for local musicians and artists. I will write more about it in a future post.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sarah Irwin, Flying Stones Studio

Sarah attended Georgian College in Ontario and NASCAD in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since 2004 she has been rooting around Nova Scotia, finding, salvaging, pack-ratting and reinventing objects and themes.She is attracted by organic forms, things worn by nature, and the concept of growth in regards to time. She loves the idea that an object can become something entirely new. Her idea is that art is all around us if we pay attention;  it's  just waiting to be integrated back into the world. You can view more of her work here.

In addition to her career as an artist, Sarah and her husband, Peter, operate The Finer Diner at 9976 Peggy's Cove Road, Hackett's Cove, Nova Scotia B3Z 3J3. During the festival Sarah and Peter will be hosting various artists on the Ice Cream Deck at the side of the restaurant. Do stop by to see what is happening.