Installation view of: Angela Glanzmann, On the Matter, 2015, found objects, police grade fingerprinting powder, UV lights. Dimensions variable. Photo: Steve Farmer
Detail of: John McNab, 1-49, 2011,  wood, 109.22 x 109.22 x 7.62 cm. Photo: Steve Farmer. Installation view of Carly Butler's Index Error, 2015, digital c-prints, qty 3 each 74.93 x 49.53 cm. Photo: Steve Farmer. Installation view of: Margarita Fainshtein, Thinking with an Accent, 2015, Mixed media installation (prints on canvas, laser cut on wood and acrylic glass), dimensions variable. Photo: Steve Farmer. Installation view of: David Stephens, Saint El Camino: Our Lady of Internal Combustion, 2013, 1-Shot Lettering Enamel, used spark plugs, car marker lights, marbles, sea shells, religious souvenir of Portugal, dice, compact discs, Hot Wheels El Camino, andmiscellaneous found objects on 1970 VW Beetle engine bonnet, 91.44 x 101.60 cm, irregular. Photo: Steve Farmer

Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey

Saturday, 25 June 2016 to Sunday, 15 January 2017

June 25, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Curators: David Diviney, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Bruce Johnson, Independent Curator, and Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Borrowing heavily from the language of wine, this three-part exhibition will look at regional artistic production through the culture from which it emerges. The word “terroir” refers to the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate. 

Terroir: a Nova Scotia Survey presents works by 29 artists working in the province, mining its history and culture, and offering a diversity of production.

Artists from across the province responded to an open call, and this exhibition was built exclusively from that list of respondents. The exciting range of experienced and emerging artists make for a dynamic, engaging and diverse exploration of artistic practice. From painters, weavers, sculptors, printmakers, makers of video and installation art, hookers and beyond, Nova Scotia is home to some of the country’s best artists, this is an opportunity to showcase that talent, and unearth its roots.


  • Wayne Boucher
  • Mark Bovey
  • Carly Butler
  • Matthew Collins
  • Melanie Colosimo
  • Frances Dorsey
  • Denise Dumas
  • Margarita Fainshtein
  • Steve Farmer
  • Lorraine Field
  • Angela Glanzmann
  • Ursula Johnson
  • Laura Kenney
  • Janice Leonard
  • Anne Macmillan
  • John Macnab
  • Dawn MacNutt
  • Sarah Maloney
  • John Mathews
  • Ben Mosher
  • Jaye Ouellette
  • Susan Paterson
  • Amanda Rhodenizer
  • Steven Rhude
  • Kent Senecal
  • David Stephens
  • Susan Tooke
  • Christopher Webb
  • Charley Young