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New Season of Exhibitions in Yarmouth include Unveiling of 2013 Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchases


New Season of Exhibitions at AGNS Western Branch in Yarmouth includes Unveiling of 2013 Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchases

YARMOUTH, NS – June 7, 2013
–  Several new exhibitions that showcase everything from painting and printmaking to sculpture and folk art, are all part of a new season of exhibitions scheduled to open at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Western Branch in Yarmouth on Friday June 14th with an opening reception at 6:30pm.

As part of this new exhibition rotation, Arts Nova Scotia and the AGNS Western Branch are honoured to unveil the work of 16 exceptional Nova Scotia artists whose art was added to the Nova Scotia Art Bank collection in 2013. These works will be on view as one of the new exhibitions in Yarmouth.

The 2013 Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchases exhibition highlights the breadth and diversity of artistic practice in Nova Scotia and includes outstanding works by: Alex Livingston, Anne Macmillan, Carly Butler, Charley Young, D’Arcy Wilson, Eleanor King, Matthew Collins, Noah Logan, Patrick Rapati, Sarah Burwash, Sarah Maloney, Susan Feindel, Susan Wood, Wilma Needham, and Yorodeo (Seth Smith and Paul Hammond).

Christopher Shore, Director, Arts Nova Scotia said:

“We are very pleased at Arts Nova Scotia to partner with the AGNS for the unveiling of the 2013 Art Bank acquisitions. These important pieces are representative of some the dynamic and vibrant work of Nova Scotian visual artists. We are proud to be a part of making this work available for all to see.”

Also opening at the AGNS Western Branch in Yarmouth is:

Blue curated by Sarah Fillmore features a selection of paintings that draw on the emotive qualities of the colour blue. Artists include: Wayne Boucher, Elizabeth Enders, Tom Hammick, John Hartman and Françoise Sullivan.

Portraits of Places: Watercolours by Frederick B. Nichols curated by Laurie Hamilton and Dale Sheppard highlights 11 recently discovered 19th century historical watercolours that depict such Nova Scotia landmarks as George’s Island, Bedford Basin, Ferguson’s Cove, and other picturesque views of the province.

Remembering Kenojuak Ashevak curated by Dale Sheppard celebrates the work of the late and much loved Inuit artist best known for her bold sense of design, draughtsmanship and her iconic birds.

Birding: Folk Art in Flight curated by Dale Sheppard reveals birds of all shapes, sizes and colours drawn from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia folk art collection. Included are paintings and sculptures by well-known Nova Scotia artists such as Maud Lewis, Ralph Boutilier, Joe Norris, and Sidney Howard.

Autism Arts: Western Branch curated by Dale Sheppard and Kris Webster. The culmination of a very successful first year of the Autism Arts program in Yarmouth is now an exhibition of work!

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

“We are delighted to launch six new exhibitions at our Western Branch. The exhibitions on view will allow visitors a chance to see a broad range of works from historical watercolours to sculpture by living Nova Scotia artists. We are particularly proud to partner with our colleagues at Arts Nova Scotia to showcase the recent acquisitions to the Provincial Art Bank collection. The vibrancy of the works on view and associated planned slate of programs we hope will speak directly to the vibrancy of the community.”

The Western Branch of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is located at 341 Main Street
Yarmouth. Open Thursday to Sunday noon to 5pm, admission is by donation. For further information please call 902-749 2248 or go to www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

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

Images are available upon request.


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

About the Nova Scotia Art Bank
Established in 1975, the Nova Scotia Art Bank has supported the careers of local artists for more than 30 years. Works are added annually to the collection based on recommendations from a jury of artists. The collection consists of over 1,800 pieces of art displayed in government offices throughout the province. For information: www.gov.ns.ca/cch/investing/artsns-funding/artbank/