Blanche Bolduc, Dieu Me Voit (God Sees Me), 1968, Oil on Masonite, 23.5 x 51.0 cm. Purchase, 1978, 1978.49.

Kitchen Party

Monday, 30 May 2016 to Sunday, 10 June 2018


From the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's permanent folk art collection, these works reflect the spirit of traditional rural life. This exhibition includes well-known Nova Scotian artists Collins Eisenhauer, Charlie Tanner and Joe Norris, as well as Quebec folk artist Blanche Bolduc from the north shore of the St. Lawrence.  

Historically, Canadian folk artists were self-taught, used easily-accessible materials and tools, and were often inspired by experiences from everyday life. Kitchen Party celebrates our musical heritage and the good cheer of the hearth and home and the local community hall with family and friends. Stories are exchanged around the warmth of the wood stove; food is carefully prepared; and a cup of tea—or shots of whiskey—are shared; weathered musical cases are opened, instruments are tuned, the fiddling begins; and of course, the foot stomping and dancing goes well into the night!