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Making Waves makes a splash at the AGNS


OPENS - JUNE 28, 2013

Making Waves makes a splash at the AGNS this summer

Halifax, NS – June 28, 2013
– A new summer exhibition, Making Waves: Works from the Permanent Collection opens today at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS). The exhibition is a visual celebration of the people, ideas and stories that have shaped Nova Scotia and explores the province’s inextricable ties to the coast and the sea.

Visitors can experience Nova Scotia through the AGNS Permanent Collection in a chronological display – a walk through time so to speak, from historical to Group of Seven, from folk art to first nations and contemporary.

Making Waves is comprised of over 40 artworks by major artists such as: David Askevold, Marion Bond, Alex Colville, Forshaw Day, Gerald Ferguson, Tom Forrestall, Marsden Hartley, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Monamy, Joe Norris, Elizabeth Styring Nutt, Richard Serra, Alan Syliboy and members of The Group of Seven.

The exhibition offers a survey of art in Nova Scotia over the past 300 years with painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and video all represented in the show. As it unfolds, visitors will encounter well know favourites such as Sackville River by Arthur Lismer (1885-1969) and Fish and Door by Gerald Ferguson to works acquired more recently such as Queen Elizabeth II, by Annie Leibovitz, Stormy Sea 3 by Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) and Peter Monamy’s The Capture of Louisbourg c 1745 included to complement the Fortress of Louisbourg’s 300th anniversary.

Making Waves is co-curated by Shannon Parker, David Diviney, Sarah Fillmore, Dale Shepard and Laurie Hamilton and will be on view in Gallery South of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until November 17, 2013.

Gallery North will remain closed in July and August to allow crews ample time to complete the current maintenance work on the Gallery’s sprinkler system and to give Gallery staff the time they need to prepare a new suite of exciting exhibitions that will re-open the Gallery North historic building in September, 2013.

Ray Cronin, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia said:

Making Waves is a fresh new look at the AGNS collection, a sample of the approach that will greet visitors when we are able to fully re-open this fall. I’d like to thank all of the AGNS staff who have worked so diligently on this show, and on ensuring that the Permanent Collection has been well cared-for during this unexpected closure. Gallery North will re-open this fall with a full slate of exciting projects and I look forward to welcoming our members and visitors back for the full AGNS experience post Labour Day.”

Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia said:

“Visitors to the Gallery this summer will find a careful selection of works reflecting the vibrant artistic tradition Nova Scotia is known for on our walls in Making Waves. Alongside some of the Gallery’s mainstays, new additions to the Permanent Collection are being highlighted and this focused exhibition affords the Gallery a chance to let the works shine in a new way.”


Making Waves: Works from the Permanent Collection
Open to the Public: Friday June 28
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm & Thursday until 9:00pm; Sunday 12noon-5:00pm
Admission is by donation until Gallery North re-opens in September.
Daily Tours at 2:30pm and on Thursday 2:30pm and 7:00pm
For public information902-424-5280 www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca
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For further information please contact: Donna Wellard | Marketing and Communications | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | Phone 902-424-2903 | Cell 902-483-2019 | gov.ns.ca

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