Monthly Archives: July 2015

New Community Room Show: Croscup Painted Parlour

Bring the Croscup Painted Parlour home to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch. 

August 20 to October 18, 2015 Community Room Show
August 20, 2015 Opening Reception and Presentation by Ern Dick 6 to 7:30pm

William and Hannah Amelia Croscup had their front parlour in their new 1845 home in Karsdale, Nova Scotia painted by the naval ensign, William Thackeray, in return for room and board.  It was ‘discovered’ and promoted by Cora Greenaway in the the 1960’s and purchased by the National Gallery of Canada in 1976 from Roy and Margaret Hall.   The Croscup Painted Parlour represents the most ambitious and sophisticated example of pre-Confederation interior decoration in Canada and is now restored and installed at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Croscup 2Losing the Croscup Painted Parlour to Ottawa galvanized the heritage movement  in Nova Scotia and led to the formation of the Friends of the Croscup Painted Parlour.  In 2005 they worked with descendants of the Croscup Family, the National Gallery of Canada, Cora Greenaway, Roy and Margaret Hall and the community to re-interpret the Croscup Painted Parlour.  They also had high-quality 50% scale reproductions of the murals made and offered their insights and understanding of the Croscup Painted Parlour from the south-western Nova Scotia perspective.

Croscup 1Ernest J. Dick has been preserving and enlivening the past for Canadian broadcasting, for the film and television of Atlantic Canada, for the tragedy of TCA Flight 831 and for the communities of Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry for 40+ years.  Ern worked with the Friends of the Crosup Painted Parlour and the Annapolis Heritage Society in ‘Bringing the CroscuPainted Parlour Home” and will present what was learned by ‘bringing’ the painted parlour back to Nova Scotia.

The Path We Share: Charles Doucette, Fran Francis, Courtney Leonard and Alan Syliboy

 

Charles Doucette, Interconnected.

Charles Doucette, Interconnected.

Work by Fran Francis.

Work by Fran Francis.

Courtney Leonard, Whale Sculpture, Installation in Ship Harbour

Courtney Leonard, Whale Sculpture, Installation in Ship Harbour

Artist Alan Syliboy at work.

Artist Alan Syliboy at work.

Four contemporary First Nations artists will be brought together to take part in a creative residency, sponsored by Acadia First Nation, at the AGNS Western Branch in August 2015: Charles Doucette, Fran Francis, Courtney Leonard and Alan Syliboy.  This residency represents the second phase of The Path We Share project, following a similar residency held at The Deanery in Lower Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia, in 2014.  After working independently for a year, the four artists will reconvene in Yarmouth to continue working together and sharing ideas.  In this context, the artistic process will be made visible in lead-up to planned group exhibition of their work.

The general public will be able to engage the artists in conversation and dialogue through a variety of avenues including: the “open door” format of the Community Room August 10 to 14,2015, and a “Meet and Greet the Artists” event on August 13, 2015 from 4pm to 6pm. Light refreshments will be served.
The basis of this collaborative exchange is centered on reconciling the parallel journeys of the Mi’kmaq People and the whales of the North Atlantic.  As artist Alan Syliboy states:

Whales are seldom-sighted travelers indigenous to the world beneath the waters of Mi’kma’ki.  Recently (just a few centuries back), the course of whale life was significantly altered by contact with visitors who stayed.  While predation did not begin with these settlers, their pursuit of livelihoods beyond subsistence became a threat to the very existence of whales.  Their habitat too, has deteriorated with the depletion of food sources, purity of water, and intrusion of substances, sounds, climatic change, and physical hazards that have accompanied the new ways.

Starry Night at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch

Starry Night will be held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch in Yarmouth on July 21st from 6:00-10:00 pm!

Alma Square decorated with lights for Starry Night.

Alma Square decorated with lights for Starry Night.

In 2013, AGNS Western Branch partnered with Seafest to create an event that would celebrate the creative talents of Yarmouth’s youth. Starry Night is now a permanent event in the Seafest schedule, and we are thrilled to be holding this event again Continue reading