2013 Past Exhibitions

"The Reflective View" - William Forrestall
"Chi Mi Bhuam - I Can See Far Off Yonder" - Anna Syperek
"Annual StFX Art Department Faculty Exhibition"
"Nouvelles Peintures/New Paintings" - Pierre Nadeau
"The Gaels in Nova Scotia"
IB Art Show
Art Department Student Show
Evening of Excellence Fundraiser
"The Secret Codes, Contemporary African Nova Scotian Narrative and Picture Quilts"
"Recent Work" - Bill Rogers



November 29 - December 22

Exhibition: "The Reflective View" - William Forrestall

The StFX Art Gallery closes 2013 with "The Reflective View - Paintings and Drawings" by Fredericton artist William Forrestall. The exhibition commences Friday November 29 with an artist talk at 5:00 followed by an opening reception at 7:00. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition runs through to Sunday December 22.

This exhibition consists of large scale still lifes executed in the medium of egg tempera on panel and accompanied by study drawings.  Visitors to this exhibition will appreciate the meticulous layering of glazes, even lighting and subdued colour harmonies that infuse this collection.

Forrestal’s imagery consists of objects carefully chosen for the possible symbolic interpretations that visual literacy affords. Items such as empty chairs, bottles, canisters, vegetables and lilies are sparsely and starkly arranged. These works are narratives which demand engagement.

Through mastery of his chosen medium, a deep appreciation of the psychological nuances that mark-making can evoke Forrestall leads us to a place where his art allows time to stand still. This is all the more heightened by his deceptively effortless realism and the use of classical composition and proportion. Yet Forrestall, an artist acutely cognizant of the ever present seductive power of realism, gently coaxes us to confront personal temporality: time stands still but we don’t.

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 1 - November 24, 2013
Exhibition: "Chi Mi Bhuam - I Can see Far Off Yonder" - Anna Syperek

"Chi Mi Bhuam - I Can see Far Off Yonder" is the title of a new exhibition of paintings by Antigonish artist Anna Syperek which will show at the St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery from October 1st to 28th; with the official opening Oct. 3rd  7 to 9 pm.  This is the second in a series of exhibitions called “Old New Scotland” –works that best describe the artist’s relationship with the lands and people that she has found herself among since moving to the Antigonish area over 40 years ago.

The show consists of more than 30 new landscape paintings and portraits. Once again sociologist Dan MacInnes, inspired by the images, has written cut lines that accompany the works and that help to create the “Old New Scotland” context.

Dr. Dan MacInnes sums up the theme of the show: “This is an exhibit of paintings commemorating the Gaels of Inverness and Antigonish Counties based on the words of Chì Mi Bhuam. This song was composed by Alexander “The Ridge” MacDonald on the occasion of his 1847 leaving of Mabou, Cape Breton, for a property in South River, Antigonish County. One hundred and sixty-six years later, the landscape remains evocative of this new-world Celtic heritage that was in its adolescence when Alexander made the move across St. George’s Bay.”  

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 12 - September 27, 2013
Exhibition: Annual StFX Art Department Faculty Exhibition


The StFX Art Gallery marks the beginning of the academic year with the Annual StFX Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition There is an Opening Reception this Thursday September 12th at 7:00 pm. Everybody is cordially invited and refreshments will be served. The exhibition is on display through to September 29th.

 This is a stellar exhibition by 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. On display will be works by Janette Fecteau, Kate Brown Georgallas, Murray Gibson, Sharon Jan, Michael MacFarlane, Andy MacLean, Margaret Nicholson, William Rogers, Anna Syperek, Odile Têtu, and Ruth Young. 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.  Further 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


July 31, 2013 - August 30, 2013
Exhibition: Nouvelles Peintures/New Paintings

A wonderful exhibition of new landscape paintings by New Glasgow artist Pierre J. Nadeau will be on display at the StFX University Art Gallery July 31st through to August 27th. There is an opening reception Wednesday, July 31st commencing at 7:00 pm.  The artist will be present and refreshments will be served.

Visitors to the gallery will be presented with a selection of 40 oil paintings, all painted within the past year. 

Invoking the beauty of the Eastern landscape, Nadeau paints in an impressionistic style. Pierre’s work represents a fusion of landscape and the plastic/physical qualities of paint.  Inspired by the Canadian Group of Seven, in particular Tom Thompson, and his own deep love and involvement with the Canadian landscape, Pierre has been painting for over forty-five years. 

Fascinated by ever-constant luminosity and shifting shadows, Pierre’s work captures, with rigor and assurance, his chosen subject.  For the artist, the expressive brushstrokes used in his unique interpretations of the natural landscape are a result of his own closeness to it.  Included in Nadeau’s interpretation of a "rich and intact nature" is a consideration of light, which is a consistent force in each of his paintings.  In the words of the artist, "You are constantly reminded of my trusted accomplice, The Light."

Over the years, Pierre J. Nadeau has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. His work has been shown in many galleries including: the Acadien Museum of Quebec in Bonaventure, the Gaspésie Museum, Gaspé, the Laurier Museum, Athabasca and the De la Mer Museum, Magdalen Islands. He last showed at the StFX Art Gallery in 2009. Pierre’s art is to be found in numerous private and corporate collections including that of the Royal Bank of Canada, Banque Nationale, and the Chambre des Notaires du Quebec.  Currently, Pierre and his wife, Louise Ferlatte, live in New Glasgow where they work for the Sobey Art Foundation, Crombie House. In Nova Scotia, Pierre’s work is currently represented at the Amicus Art Gallery (Chester), Lyghtesome Gallery and Art Sales and Rental Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax).

The StFX University Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges our season sponsor, The MacLeod Group, and exhibition sponsors A.A. Munro Insurance and High-Crest Enterprises.

June 12, 2013 - July 26, 2013
Exhibition: The Gaels in Nova Scotia

"The Gaels in Nova Scotia", an interpretive, bilingual exhibit is being held in three locations throughout Antigonish: the StFX Art Gallery, People’s Place Library, and the Antigonish Heritage Museum.

The exhibit begins with the question “Who are the Gaels?”, highlighting their ancient central and western European roots; and goes on to give an in-depth view of their more recent origins, with special reference to Gaels in Scotland. It tells of the traditional Gaelic way of life, the end of the Clan System and how the Gaelic Diaspora followed the Clearances.

It is no coincidence that “The Gaels in Nova Scotia” is being exhibited in Antigonish this Summer, as 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the first Antigonish Highland Games. The games, one of the province’s premiere events, is being held July 7th to 14th, 2013. The Antigonish Highland Games is the oldest highland games to be held outside of Scotland.

Lewis MacKinnon, director of the Nova Scotian Department of Gaelic Affairs, will be present at the opening. Born in Cape Breton, Mr. MacKinnon is noted for his contribution to the language, music , and culture, of the Gaelic diaspora. In 2011, the Royal National Mod in Stornoway Scotland bestowed the prestigious Bardic Crown on MacKinnon, making him the first non-native Scot to receive this distinguished title. Mr. MacKinnon will also be guest speaker at the opening of Antigonish Culture Alive’s "Gathering of the Arts" on July 8th.

The StFX University Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges our Season Sponsor, The MacLeod Group, and Exhibition Sponsors, A.A. Munro Insurance, High-Crest Enterprises and “The Gaels in Nova Scotia”co- exhibitors, organizers and sponsors the Pictou - Antigonish Regional Library, Antigonish Heritage Museum, Antigonish Highland Society, and the NS Department of Gaelic Affairs.


March 2013
Exhibition: J.H. Gillis Regional High: International Baccalaureate Art Show
The International Baccalaureate Art Show featured works from students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School.

March 2013
Exhibition: Art @X Art Dep Student Show
The Art Dept Student Show featured various pieces from students at StFX who were enrolled in courses within the Art Department.

April 6, 2013

Evening of Excellence Fundraiser

On Saturday April 6, 2013, the annual StFX Art Gallery's Evening of Excellence Fundraiser took place at the heart of StFX’s historic campus, at the  beautiful Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership

The event was a huge success and we had such great support from our community of friends. Many thanks to those who donated their time, art, and company to make this event a spectacular evening to remember!

Live art demonstrations, delectable canapés, hors d'oeuvres and many beverages set the stage for a great evening.  Discerning collectors and investors gathered to choose from a selection of over 50 lots. Our Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer was the well known businessman and art patron, Brian MacLeod. With bidding starting at 50% off retail, the event was dramatic, fast paced, and exciting.

More than 30 of the area’s finest artists brought their best art to market. In addition to the art and a selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry and haute couture accessories, there was entertainment, gardening, and dinning bundles plus fly fishing with friends, a getaway night for two at the romantic Antigonish Victorian Inn, fine art door prizes, and a reverse raffle featuring A Weekend at the Keltic Quay Resort, and a MedusaKnits Ensemble by Claudia Schaler.

All proceeds In support of the StFX Art Gallery Exhibition Program, The StFX Art Gallery is now in its 37th year. 

Art Demonstrations by Carolyn Bedford, Kate Brown Georgallas, Fenn Martin, Pierre Nadeau, and Alan Syliboy kept guests intrigued, and the action moving.

Additional Silent and Live Art Auction Works by:

Clair Bridge,Carolyn Bedford, Wayne Boucher, Gerard Collins,Trina Davenport, Irilin Design,Lorraine Endicott, Janette Fecteau, Kate Brown Georgallas, Christopher Gorey, Ron Hazel, Alice Hoskins, Sharon Jan, Michael MacFarlane, Andy MacLean, Vicki MacLean, Dawn MacNutt, Fenn Martin, Stan Mizgala, Pierre Nadeau, Jeff Parker, Maura Pelletier, Don Pentz, Bill Rogers, Claudia Schaler, Nancy Stevens, Alan Syliboy, Anna Syperek, Odile Têtu, and many others

February 12, 2013 - March 10, 2013

Exhibition: "The Secret Codes, Contemporary African Nova Scotian Narrative and Picture Quilts"

The StFX Art Gallery celebrated African Heritage Month with our exhibition, the exciting:  "The Secret Codes, Contemporary African Nova Scotian Narrative and Picture Quilts"

Inspired by the quilt symbolism found in the story of the Underground Railroad this exhibition, through contemporary quilting, investigates and celebrates the rich life and history of African Nova Scotian communities.  "The Secret Codes" is curated by David Woods and organized by the Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia and the Vale Quilters Association of New Glasgow.

The exhibit included a series of narrative, pictorial quilts created by members of the Vale Quilters and inspired by drawings of African-Nova Scotian life by Mr. Woods, On display are works by Myla Borden (New Glasgow) Heather Cromwell (New Glasgow), Bolivia Czernon-Frazer (North Preston), Marlene Dorrington (New Glasgow), Laurel Francis (Calgary), and Kathy Lusk (Yarmouth).

There is also a selection of quilts drawn from the collections of family, groups and individual quilters Included are pieces by Ozell Borden, Marilyn Brannan, Edith Colley, Frances Dorrington, Pearl Glasgow, Connie Glasgow-White, Debra Jordan, Helen Morrison, Shirley MacKenzie and quilters with the Black Loyalist Heritage Society.

January 8, 2013 - February 9, 2013

Exhibition: "Recent Work"
William (Bill) Rogers

The StFX University Art Gallery commences the new year with "Recent Work" an exciting realist exhibition by popular local artist William (Bill) Rogers CSPWC, TWSA, and SCA. An opening reception will take place January 9th beginning at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. "Recent Work" will be on display through to February 9th.

A virtuoso artist, Bill will be presenting new works all completed during the past two years. Visitors to the gallery will be treated to a display of portraits, figurative, and equine pieces.  Working in oil, watercolor, and pastel, Bill specializes in direct observation, often finishing his pieces on-site. In his art, the effects of light dominate. Close inspection reveals an alchemical mix of colour, form, and composition. For local lovers of art this exhibition is a must!

Bill is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) where he currently serves as Vice-President. He is also a signature member of both the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) and Societe Canadienne de l’Aquarelle (SCA).  He has exhibited with major watercolor societies in Canada and the USA where he has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious A. J. Casson Medal for the best painting in the 2009 CSPWC Open Water Exhibition. Most recently he won Best in All Media and 2nd in Watermedia at the First Great Canadian Outdoor Paint Out.

Bill lives with his wife Joanne in the town of Antigonish, where he maintains a working studio. He exhibits principally at Lyghtesome Gallery in Antigonish and also in many other galleries in Eastern Canada and the US.  He teaches Art part-time at StFX University and conducts painting workshops for various art groups. More information on Bill can be found at williamrogersart.com  and http://www.antigonishculturealive.ca/artist-file-online/william-rogers/ .

The StFX University Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges our season sponsor The MacLeod Group, and exhibition sponsors A.A. Munro Insurance and High-Crest Enterprises.