Past Exhibitions 2012

 "Black and Blue" - Wayne Boucher & Don Pentz
"Concentrate From Juice" - Rob Davenport
In Remembrance of the Liri Valley Campaign - Nancy Stevens
StFX Fine Art Department Faculty Show
"Redressing Landscape" Johannes Zits
A Selection from the Permanent Collection
J.H. Gillis Regional High: International Baccalaureate Art Show
Art @X Art Dep Student Show
Art @ X Student Union Photo Show
Light on the Road Jeanette Fecteau and Odile Tetu
"Midday Matinee" Danny Hussey, Ottawa

November 21, 2012 - December 23, 2012
Exhibition: "Black and Blue"
Wayne Boucher & Don Pentz

The StFX University Art Gallery concludes 2012 with "Black and Blue", an impressive exhibition by Wayne Boucher and Don Pentz, two of Nova Scotia’s most respected artists.  An opening reception will take place Wednesday November 21st beginning at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.  "Black and Blue" will be on display through to December 23rd.

Organized by Acadia University Art Gallery and curated by Gallery Director Lauri Dalton, "Black and Blue" gives us with the opportunity to consider the place of abstract painting in Nova Scotia. 

Pure colour, form and composition allow the attentive viewer to go past the limiting yet dominant assumption that painting is about representation. Visitors to this exhibition will be comforted by works that allow for an emersion in the colours of earth, sky, and water and challenged by the fire of brush work, scrapping and layering.  The nature of abstract painting, open-ended interpretation, and unanchored motive responses - ask us to reconsider an all-too-often fixed understanding of art and for that matter reality.

"Black and Blue" was made possible by a grant from the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.  The StFX University Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges our Season Sponsor, The MacLeod Group, and Exhibition Sponsors, A.A. Munro Insurance, and High-Crest Enterprises


October 17, 2012 - November 18, 2012
Exhibition: "Concentrate From Juice"
Photos by Rob Davenport

http://sites.stfx.ca/artgallery/sites/sites.stfx.ca.artgallery/files/ArtGallery_RobDavenport_2012.jpg?1350152358"Concentrate from Juice" by Rob Davenport is the provocative title of the next exhibition at the StFX University Art Gallery. This exhibition consists of over 25 coloured photographs. The show commences with an opening celebration on Wednesday Oct 17th beginning at 7:00 pm. The artist will be present, refreshments will be served and everybody is cordially invited. The exhibitions run through to November 18.

Rob Davenport was born in Bath NB in the early fifties. During a year’s study at Mount Alison University Rob started to hone his skills as a photographer. From 1970 to 1980 Davenport worked his way back and forth across Canada as a labourer.  In that decade he acquired and sold cameras as needed and read and studied art and photography. In 1984 he married his beloved Clara. For 21 years Rob laid aside his photographic tools and together he and Clara raised their family of four sons. Following Clara’s death in 2006 Rob returned to photography and the creation of art.

It was during that earlier time that he acquired the critical eye of a true artist. It was during the next two decades that he learned to wait. The images from the formative period are long lost. Perhaps this is for the best because Davenport now appears before us as a fully realized artist.

Although Rob has been in Antigonish for less than one year, his impact on the local art scene and area photography has been immediate.  After his 2012 summer exhibition at Antigonish’s Prissy Pig Café and Deli the local art scene took notice.

Eschewing image manipulation and practicing minimal cropping Davenport works in a style of realism pioneered by such notables as Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander. Davenport is able to distil complex messages out of the residue of the everyday. Rob states that his pieces "are to be neither illustrative nor documentary…. it is pictorial poetry that interests me and it is on that strength my work stands or fails"

The StFX University Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges our Season Sponsor, The MacLeod Group, and Exhibition Sponsors, A.A. Munro Insurance, and High-Crest Enterprises


November 11, 2012 - November 12, 2012
Exhibition: In Remembrance of the Liri Valley Campaign
 
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September 18, 2012 - October 14, 2012

Exhibition: StFX Fine Art Department Faculty Show

http://sites.stfx.ca/artgallery/sites/sites.stfx.ca.artgallery/files/StFX_ArtFacultyExhibit2012.jpg?1347726077The Annual StFX Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition opened at the University Art Gallery Wednesday September 19th at 7:00 pm. This is a wonderful group of talented and dedicated professional visual artists who, every year, share their expertise, experience and insights with hundreds of StFX students in a wide variety of courses. Visitors to this exhibition will see a variety of works in various mediums. For information on the Fine Art Department and faculty please visit: http://www.stfx.ca/faculties/arts/fine_arts.

In addition to its primary role in visual arts education, the Art Department and its Faculty has served to anchor much of the exciting and ongoing development of our Antigonish visual arts community.  A powerhouse of creativity, StFX Fine Arts Faculty past and present have played leadership roles in the creation of  Society of Antigonish Printmakers, the local arts council Antigonish Culture Alive, the Antigonish  Artist Run Centre ASAP, and the exciting Antigonight festival.  In addition to winning numerous local and national awards, various provincial and Canada Council grants, many past and present Fine Arts Faculty are members of prestigious arts organizations such as the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour and the Royal Canadian Academy.

The StFX University Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges our Season Sponsor, The MacLeod Group, and Exhibition Sponsors, A.A. Munro Insurance, and High-Crest Enterprises


September 6, 2012 - September 16, 2012

Exhibition: "Re-dressing Landscape"
Johannes Zits, Toronto


May, 2012 - September, 2012

Exhibition: A Selection from the Permanent Collection
 
Work # 1
 
Artist: Emily Carr
Title: Indian Church, Circa 1940's
Medium: Silk Screen (National Gallery of Canada /Sampson Mathews Ltd)
Dimensions (inches): 39.5 X 24.5  
Permanet Collection (School of Nursing)
Donated by the Sisters of Saint Martha
StFX Permanent Collection # 305
 
Work # 2
Artist: Theresa Marshall
Title: Moccasin Telegraph, 1996
Medium: Mixed-Media
Dimensions (inches): 33.75 X 10.75  
University Collection (Art Gallery)
Purchased through the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program
StFX Permanent Collection # 243
 
Work # 3
Artist: Richard Short
Title: Town & Harbour of Halifax in Nova Scotia….from the Opposite Shore Called Dartmouth, 1777
Medium: Steel Engraving
Dimensions (inches): 15 X 21  
University Collection (Art Gallery)
Donated by M.Somers
StFX Permanent Collection # 106
 
Work # 4
Artist: Richard Short
Title: Governor's House & St. Marther's Meeting House...Hollis St. Looking Up George Street, 1777
Medium: Steel Engraving
Dimensions (inches): 15 X 21  
University Collection (Art Gallery)
Donated by M.Somers
StFX Permanent Collection # 111
 
Work # 5
Artist: Sandy MacIntosh
Title: Untitled (Foundation and Survey Tools), 1979
Medium: Infared Photograph
Dimensions (inches): 14.5 X 21  
University Collection (Art Gallery)
Donated by Bruce Campbell RCA
StFX Permanent Collection # 596
 
Work # 6
Artist: John Levangie
Title: Trap, 1995
Medium: Welded Steel
Dimensions (inches): 20 X 34 X 14 (irregular)
University Collection (Art Gallery)
Purchased
StFX Permanent Collection # 175
 
Work # 7
Artist: Rose Adams RCA
Title: Text Painting, 1982
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions (inches): 40 X 32
University Collection (Art Gallery)
Donated by Bruce Campbell RCA
StFX Permanent Collection # 595
 
Work # 8
Artist: Charlotte Wilson-Hammond
Title: Naked Rose, 1988
Medium: Colored pencil on paper
Dimensions (inches): 43.5 X 35
University Collection (Art Gallery)
Donation of the artist
StFX Permanent Collection # 323
 
Work # 9
Artist: Judy Aalto
Title: Head In Hand, 1965
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions (inches): 24 X 20
University Collection (Art Gallery)
Donated by Judy and Sergie Aalto
StFX Permanent Collection # 286
 
Work # 10
Artist: Michael MacFarlane
Title: War, 2003
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions (inches): 36 X 48
Donated by the artist Michael MacFarlane
StFX Permanent Collection # 598

 


April 11, 2012 - April 14, 2012

Exhibition: J.H. Gillis Regional High: International Baccalaureate Art Show
 
The International Baccalaureate Art Show was the final exhibition in a series of 3 exhibitions showcasing student artwork. This exhibition featured works from students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School.

March 20, 2012 - April 3, 2012
Exhibition: Art @X Art Dep Student Show
 
The Art Dept Student Show was the second of 3 exhibitions showcasing Student artwork. It featured various pieces from students at StFX who were enrolled in courses within the Art Department.
 

March 11, 2012 - March 17, 2012
Exhibition: Art @ X Student Union Photo Show
 
The Student Union Photo Show was one of 3 exhibitions of Students work. It featured photography submitted by various students at StFX.
 

February 14, 2012 - March 10, 2012
Exhibition: Light on the Road
Jeanette Fecteau and Odile Tetu
 
The StFX Art Gallery was very honoured to present "Light On The Road", a beautiful and stunning exhibition by Antigonish artists Janette Fecteau and Odile Têtu.
 
"Light On The Road" is of collection of recent works, many which were presented here for the first time. Janette created all the batiks and  the book of poems, Odile: the watercolours, acrylics, and etching.
 
 
As colleagues and neighbours both artists were struck with the similarities their work shared.
 
Aside from the personal alchemy of image making both artists work with representational imagery, make art based on places they traveled to, and have a deep and abiding love for the landscape of Northeastern Nova Scotia.
 
Two considerations gave rise to the title "Light On The Road". The first is that both artists share a concern with the observation and symbolic nature of light.  The second is that they realized that travelling abroad,  going to work at the StFX Art Department, or simply getting groceries requires being on the road.
 
Odile’s sister Catherine proposed the installation piece "De retour chez nous" –to return home. It here that I think the symbolic core of this exhibition can be found. Life is a process of moving through time and space. Too often it is perceived as a blur between points. Installation aside, with each artwork Janette and Odile gives us a chance to stop and slow down. Each artwork in and of itself is a moment which, if we allow, will return us home.

 
January 8, 2012 - February 11, 2012
Exhibition: "Midday Matinee"
Danny Hussey, Ottawa
 
The StFX Art Gallery began 2012 with “Midday Matinee” an exciting exhibition by Ottawa based, Nova Scotian artist Danny Hussey.
 
 “Midday Matinee” consisted of a series of 12 diptych installations based on an afternoon television program circa mid to late 1960s. As a child the artist would sometimes get to see a “Midday Matinee” movie with his father. Hussey’s father was a radar technician in the Canadian Armed Forces based in CFB Greenwood and flew over the North Atlantic Ocean tracking Russian submarines. The artist best remembers the black and white Sci-Fi movies ironically laden with Atomic and Cold War metaphors.  "Midday Matinee" is about this experience.
 
Half of each installation is a plywood TV modeled after the television found in Hussey’s childhood home. Their screen-shaped panels, now woodcuts are recessed in the plywood TV, The images depict stills from classic Sci-Fi cinema: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came From Outer Space (1953), Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), etc. The television sets will also play each film’s respective soundtrack.The diptych is completed above each TV with a painting. The paintings feature objects associated with the artist’s father: a power drill, a hockey stick, a fishing lure, a TV tube, etc. The block prints taken from the woodcut panels reminiscent of classic movie posters will also be on display. For more information on the artist please visit http://dannyhussey.ca
 
The art for this exhibit was made possible by a grant to the artist from the Ontario Arts Council. The StFX Art Gallery thanks our Season Sponsor: the MacLeod Group, Exhibition Sponsors: SteelMac Limited, AA Munro Insurance, and High-Crest Enterprises. A special thank you goes to the City of Ottawa for lending one of the works on this exhibition. The art for this exhibit was made possible by a grant to the artist from the Ontario Arts Council.