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The Repository of Wonders – Susan Malmstrom and Elizabeth Kenneday

July 1 to August 16
It was with great pleasure that we extended the invitation to partake of the marvels proffered within an amazing cabinet of curiosities: The Repository of Wonders.  The repository was part of an ongoing project involving an inherited collection of artifacts and objects that once belonged to the (long-defunct) New Museum of the Pacific, a “dime museum” located in Piedmont, California, owned and operated by Dr. Mycenae T. Consonant.  Remnants of the collection were cleaned and repaired as necessary, and now reside in The Repository of Wonders, a traveling exhibition that is maintained under the auspices of Chief Curator Susan Malmstrom, with assistance from Photographic Specialist/Assistant Curator Elizabeth Kenneday.


Only the Horses – Jessie Babin

January – June 2014
Born in Dalhousie New Brunswick, Jessie’s mediums of choice include graphite, coloured pencils, charcoal and ink. In this exhibit, her drawings attained a high degree of finish and detail, reinforcing the connection to both graphic design and illustration. Her work is rooted in her rural environment and beautifully explores her surroundings.

Black Nance – Chris Boyne

November 1 – December 20, 2013
A memory turned into magical experience in sculpture, video and 2 dimensional drawings. “black nance is a project based in history and story. For the project, I made a traditional pond boat with a hull shaped of wood, a heavy metal keel and functional rigging that allows the model to sail autonomously. Black Nance was the name of the first Tancook Schooner built by Amos Stevens of Tancook, Nova Scotia. The model I built is based loosely on that boat. The hull was shaped with similar lines as the original but the style of rigging and shape of the keel are different. The black nance I built does not attempt to faithfully replicate the original but the two boats do exist in the same place—the original was the first of its kind and, within my practice, mine is as well.” – Chris Boyne

Small Realm – Elizabeth Root Blackmer

September 15 – October 22, 2013
With her keen eye and extraordinary vision, Elizabeth Blackmer’s photographs take the viewer on a journey that shows the exotic and dramatic in the plant and insect life that surrounds us every day. Through her microphotography, Elizabeth’s work celebrates the dynamic and infinite world right under our fingertips and invites us to see our world in a new way. Originally from the US, Elizabeth lived in Horton Landing for many years while working as a professor at Acadia. She now resides in Maine.

Hortus Siccus – Ilaria Facchin

July 1 – August 20, 2013

Italian artist Ilaria Facchin explored her connection to the Nova Scotia landscape in a quiet, poetic show of drawn images on white paper that were whispers of insect and plant life. The show was the product of Facchin’s two-month stay as artist in residence. She took the surrounding fields and flowers and, nearby, a rocky beach as inspiration. She also created a multimedia piece in collaboration with Jacinte Armstrong and Tim Reed, a mediation in video of Dance and music.


DYS|functionality, Group Ceramic Show

June, 2013

From Chia trees to ceramic mountains, from a forest of potted plants to vibrant funnel sculptures, we  showcase works based in ceramics that are not one or the other, somewhere in between, that read as a functional object but are abstracted, skewed, shrunken, enlarged, exaggerated or perhaps look nothing like a functional object yet have hidden purpose. The artists  obscure the functionality of the often domestic nature of ceramics and crafts by presenting works by contemporary artists that are unbounded by these guidelines and who are exploring new (dys)functionalities in their work.

Ric Stultz – Colour Choices

April 7 – May 29

Wisconsin artist Ric Stultz collects inspiration from the world around him and mixes it up with a generous assortment of rainbow colours and expressive line work. His gloriously bright, engaging and exciting images  are collected, exhibited and published around the world and he is a NASA featured artist. He also connects art and design, with his imagery used in products such as cell phone cases.

Tazeen Qayyum – Inventory

January 13 – February 20, 2013

Qayyum borrowed the language of entomology, and mimic insect museum displays, using display cases, real entomology pins and labels, to explore how categories and classifications, used in archiving practices, are similar to political propaganda. Tazeen Qayyum is a contemporary miniature painter who received her BFA in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan in 1996. Her work has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, and she has  created several performance based artworks including  collaborative multidisciplinary projects in Canada and abroad.

Rachael Shrum – Inventory

November 1 – December 20, 2012

The series consists of two parts: 8 large photographs which are “secret” spaces containing many of Rachael Shrum‘s possessions and 23 smaller images of the items found within each space.  This photo project is an inventory of her belongings.  To a stranger’s eyes these private storage vessels would not stand out amongst her other belongings.  For this reason she chose to print large and use a certain lighting technique magnifying the objects and bringing them to the centre of attention.

Sheilah Wilson – The Invisible Inside the Visible

September 1 – October 31, 2012

Drawing from personal stories and using the body as a translation machine for experience, Nova Scotia born artist, Sheilah Wilson will exhibit a project focused on digging through the dirt in this province’s cultural landscape and memory. Exploring a ghostly 1920s race track in coastal Nova Scotia off the Cape John Road, Wilson is interested in the friction between personal and public narrative. She is curious as to how the conflation of the personal, geographical, and historical can become mythological, absurd, a lie—or all of the above.

Doug Guildford – Working Between the Tides

July 1 – August 12, 2012
In our gallery and in our landscape at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, internationally renowned artist Doug Guildford exhibited works inspired by his native Nova Scotia. Taking cues from the seashore, he created drawings, made prints, and obsessively crocheted giant sculptures which reflected and interpreted the world around him, inviting the viewer to see it in new ways.
Image Credit: Doug Guildford

Lauren Hall – A Poetic Byword for an Unspoiled Vision

May 13 – June 25
This new sculptural work at Ross Creek brought wit and whimsy to the gallery in a new way. Combining natural and man-made materials into a structure and shadows that played with the idea of travel, wonder and wilderness, it was created in and for our space by Ontario artist Lauren Hall. LAUREN HALL received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 2006. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions at YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Peak Galleries, Toronto; Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an emerging artist grant from Ontario Arts Council. She was recently awarded a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center and is a former artist in residence at Ox-Bow School of the Arts. Reviews of her work have appeared in Canadian Art Online, The Toronto Star, C Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto.

Image credit: Lauren Hall,  Valley Air Conditioned By Ice.


Jacqueline Steudler – Interaction

March – April 2012
Interaction by Jacqueline Steudler consisted of an impressive 586 mutable miniature paintings that examined the dialogue between the artwork and viewer. Steudler, who has had close ties to Ross Creek since 2008, chose  this site as the ideal space for her work because of the Centre’s place as a creative community hub. In this exhibition, Steudler encouraged viewers to “play” with her paintings by rearranging them to produce new colour combinations and varying compositions. Image credit: Jacqueline Steudler, 2011. Interaction no.575. Oil/gouache on canvas.


Sarah Burwash – Transformation/Regeneration

November – December 2011
Transformation/Regeneration by Sarah Burwash combined recent sculpture, drawings, digital prints, text-based wall work and take-away printed ephemera. It explores the persistence and continuance of life in the face of obliteration, drawn from the artist’s personal experience traveling home through a huge forest fire in the Okanagan.Sarah Burwash was born in Rossland, British Columbia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and studied visual arts at the Hamburg School of Applied Science in Germany. Her work has been shown across Canada and in Europe. Image credit:  Sarah Burwash, 2011. Sunset, detail.

Gerald Beaulieu – FieldWork

Gerald Beaulieu exhibited his monumental work Field, consisting of an upwards of one hundred corn stalks rising six feet in height.  For a viewer, this work created a field-like corn maze experience, drawing the outside into the constructed gallery space.  Additionally, the artist exhibited other agricultural related sculptures bringing both wit and an examination of food production trends. The show was timed to coincide with our current agricultural discussions focusing on the value and necessity of local farmers and home-grown food.
Image credit:  Gerald Beaulieu, 2011. Field, installation view.

Chris Down – Love Does No Good

July – August, 2011

Continuing his interest in landscape imagery, artist and Mt. Allison Fine Arts professor, Chris Down considered the function of our representation of “nature” and his own “rootedness” in the physical world.  His paintings and wall drawing addressed cycles of growth and decay as well as geological
Image Credit:  Chris Down, 2010.  Working Drawing (study of Love Does No Good), gouache and oil pastel on paper.

Alisdair McRae – Fog Harvester

May 15-June 26, 2011

Created during a residency at the Ross Creek Centre, this multimedia installation included sculpture and video. The exhibit concentrated on MacRae’s interest in the commodification of water and the associations implicated by water branding through an artistic and mechanical imagining. The process of constructing the harvester, as well as the actual water collection, examined our deep-rooted connection to water.

Image credit: Alisdair McRae, 2010.

Alissa Kloet – Memorandum

March 6- April 30, 2011

Alissa Kloet ’s textile works combined illustration, dye, stitching and appliqué.  Through this medium the artist considered space and movement and the interaction of textile artwork in a constructed environment.  Thematically she considered themes of nostalgia and memory and the notion of an idealized past.
Image credit: Alissa Kloet, 2011. Rest of the Story.

Carrie McKellar, Creekworks

March 6 – April 10, 2011

Artist in residence McKellar’s stunning large scale works on canvas took the viewer to a new world, timeless and sometimes surreal. All of her works were created during her residency at Ross Creek, inspired by her time at the Centre and discovery of the local community.

Ella Morton – Night Vision

November 5 – December 18, 2010

Ella Morton is a Canadian artist whose spectacular photographic works focused on her time in Iceland. This graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris was in residence at Ross Creek for November and December, working on new works and teaching in local schools on behalf of Ross Creek. Her exhibit of colour prints and a video installation, sought to address the mystery and inscrutability of the natural world. 

Image: detail  

Anna Ruth – Gyre

October 3- November 2

Ross Creek welcomed the stark and moving sea inspired work of Anna Ruth. Ruth explored the world and civilisations through the exploration of line. Her accomplished spare images combining paper, coloured light and plastic told grand stories about the world under the sea. Anna Ruth is a Canadian artist currently living and working in Jyväskylä, Finland. Ross Creek thanks the Canada Council and the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage for their contributions

Pat Loucks

July 1 – August 25

Pat Loucks is a textile artist and  graduate of NSCAD, who has worked in a variety of forms including shibori, weaving, felting, screenprinting, resist dyeing, embroidery and quilting, Many of which were on display.  In addition to her studio work, Pat works with schools to bring arts programs to elementary and high school students. Her textile work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and in Europe.

Rose Adams – IMAG/in/ING Brain Imaging

May 2 – June 22, 2010

This show included new works and those previously exhibited as Adam’s series for the Alzheimer’s Clinic in Halifax and formed a powerful examination of the brain and memory through art. Large scale paintings and  a series of small pieces, all added up to an intense study of the mind’s eye. This was part of our Mind Matters: Arts and Mental Health Series

Image: detail 


Creative Spirit East Artists in the Community Gallery

May 2 – June 22

A wonderful collection of work by artists of Creative Spirit East, and supported by the Veith Street Gallery. Creative Spirit East is a collective of artists challenged by disabilities who work together to express themselves through their art, build on their talent and skills, learn about the business of art, showcase their artwork and meet with the public at venues and galleries.

Group Show – Faith

April 11 – April 30, 2010 
A wonderful and sometimes whimsical, sometimes moving, exploration of the theme of faith by four contemporary Canadian artists. With works ranging from spirit goalie masks to photography, this show included works by Alisdair MacRae, Jamie Campbell, Barbara Hobot and Patrick Cull.

Amy Friend – Firmament

March 7th – March 31st, 2010

Artist Amy Friend took us to a place of memory, beauty and desire, transforming everyday objects into transcendent icons through her spectacular large scale photography. Amy Friend was born and raised in Ontario before embarking on intermittent travels through Europe, Morocco, Cuba, and the United States. Her work has been exhibited at several contemporary galleries and in 2008 she was selected for the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photography Competition. In the Fall of 2009 Amy exhibited a series of photographs in Camaguey, Cuba titled Agua de Noche.

Image: Detail

Joanna Close– A Family of Blankets

November 1 – December 18, 2009

In her work, Halifax-based textile artist Joanna Close wove images of the rural landscape into a richly coloured and delicately textured series of hand-woven, hand-dyed blankets inspired by the members of her family. Says Close regarding her work, “I consider space as a defining factor of Canada’s geography. Knowing the land and the area around you is an idea I explore. In particular the connections we have to the landscapes we grew up in.”

Close is a NSCAD graduate and completed her MA in Textile and Fibre Art at the Winchester School of Art (U of Southampton) in the UK in 2006.  She has exhibited widely throughout Atlantic Canada.

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