FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Four New Exhibitions Open at AGNS Western Branch in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH, NS – June 15, 2012 – Four diverse exhibitions that showcase photography, award-winning video art, rug hooking and colourful paintings from four and five year olds in the Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve program, are all part of a new season of exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Western Branch in Yarmouth. All four exhibitions open on Friday June 22nd with a reception from 6.30pm to 8pm. Video artist Tom Sherman, AGNS Director & CEO Ray Cronin and Curators Sarah Fillmore, David Diviney and Dale Sheppard will all be in attendance. AGNS Members and the general public are welcome to attend.
Seafarers and Fishwives features the photographic work of Jennifer Crane. The exhibition deals with the myths and actual accounts of women and the sea. Through her photo installation, Crane proposes a playful story and a discovery of the photographs’ relationship to the memory and myths of Eastern Canada. Jennifer Crane is a photo-based artist from Nova Scotia who presently lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she teaches at the University of Saskatchewan.
Award-winning video art by Tom Sherman is also on view with two video works. The first - Alley 9 is a pub in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Every Friday night Alley 9 features Mike Mosher’s Krazy Karaoke. This 2009 video co-authored by Tom Sherman and Jan Pottie, documents the patrons of Alley 9 crossing the line between audience and performer. The second - Michael Swim’s Catch documents Michael Swim, Captain of Queen Anne’s Revenge, bringing in a catch of fish to Port Mouton, Nova Scotia that includes a massive halibut that weighs 260 pounds. Tom Sherman received the Bell Award for excellence in video art in 2003 and was the recipient of a 2010 Governor Generals’ Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Nancy Edell: Narrative Threads is an exhibition that will allow visitors to discover the beauty of a contemporary take on the hand hooked rug. Nancy Edell (1942-2005) was a multi-talented artist who, during her career, took the traditional media of rug-hooking in a new and influential direction. Edell’s work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions and her work is included in the public collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Finally, Kekina'masuti Nemitekemk Nktuey Mijua'jijk: Through Children’s Eyes highlights a selection of artwork gathered from pre-schoolers who participated in the Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve program across Nova Scotia. The artwork on display reflects the imagination and creativity of very young artists, as they express their cultural and personal experiences through the arts, with energy and enthusiasm.
David Diviney, Curator of Exhibitions says:
“These new exhibitions offer a glimpse of the diversity of people and art forms hailing from this region while simultaneously illustrating the breadth of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection. Included are some of the Gallery’s most recent acquisitions, presented to our public for the very first time. We’re more than excited to unveil these works in Yarmouth.”
The Western Branch of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is located at 341 Main Street
Yarmouth. The Gallery in Yarmouth is open Thursday to Sunday noon to 5pm and admission is by donation. For further information please call 902-749 2248 or go to 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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About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exhibitions and programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca