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
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
SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER 2011
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 processes.www.chrisdown.ca 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. www.alissakloet.com 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.
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
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
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.
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.
Dozay Christmas – Glooscap in Unama’ki
A fabulous series of new works by Maliseet artist Christmas focused on the stories of Glooscap in Cape Breton. Working in layers with ancient petroglyph imagery as the basis with airbrush on top, these paintings brought the legendary Glooscap to life.
Mae Leong – Collect and Reform
September 13th – 30th 2009
Mae Leong presented multi-media installations that filled the room with an impressive array of sculptural artworks fashioned from reclaimed materials, everyday objects and sounds.
Cosidetto, Little, Buckley – From Away
From Away featured images of migrant farmers living and working in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. The inciting question that served as a focal point for project: Where and how does the image of the migrant farmer appear in our pictured agricultural landscapes? While commuting and passing from one place to another, one witnesses “temporary foreign workers” actively farming in the fields of Nova Scotia, yet they do not tend to figure in its quaint pastoral. The image of those “from away” remains distant in most instances, despite physical nearness.
Two Planks & a Passion Theatre Company
Two Planks and a Passion is committed to creating unforgettable shared experiences through one of the oldest mediums that exists: the theatre. Our award-winning Theatre Off The Grid, set on 178 acres at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, is a forum where our most treasured stories and legends come to life through the ingenious invention of some of Canada’s most accomplished artists. Click here to find out more