Peer Gallery, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
For those visiting this site for the first time, Peer Gallery, is an artists’ co-operative gallery, formed January, 2002. The Peer Gallery of Contemporary Art is truly worth a special trip to Lunenburg, and Nova Scotia's South shore. This spring Peer Gallery celebrated thirteen years of operation.
Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg, the gallery exhibits the work of 12 Nova Scotia artists who have established reputations. The gallery emphasizes a complete diversity in art viewing: painting, drawing, mixed media, coloured fused glass, raku & mosaic wall pieces, wood turning, printmaking and other forms of artistic expression. The province recently honored Peer Gallery for its cultural importance to Lunenburg County.
During the full season (June 1 - October 15), the exhibit changes monthly. During the off-season, the gallery
hosts solo exhibitions of its members.
Peer Gallery: Solo & Duo Exhibitions for 2015
SUSAN HUDSON, RCA
This series of drawings allowed Susan to focus on vegetation and it’s natural environment.
Daily she looks out onto an elaborate tangle of her garden, branches, weathered wood.
The vegetations’ skeletal shapes were, in the midst of a harsh white winter, an echo on her page.
These drawings are approximately 22” x 30” on different papers, and employing a range of drawing materials, charcoal, graphite, conte, pastel.
TITLE: Under Water (detail)
SIZE: 22” x 30”
MEDIUM: charcoal,ink, graphite on paper
In ‘Drawnout' Barbara melds drawing with painting, creating an engaging hybrid. Charcoal, ink line and pastels interplay with paints and inks washes.
Here she explores a quieter tonal domain.
She says about these pieces, “At this time I feel driven to be more introspective”.
The winter landscapes were prompted not only by the unusual winter from which we have just emerged, but also from Barbara’s feeling of being at a time when the past is dormant and the future is, as always, unknown. In spite of their “opaqueness” these landscapes are imbued with soft golds and tans, colours of optimism and hope.
TITLE: Between Tides (detail)
SIZE: 21" x 18.25”
MEDIUM: ink/tea/acrylic on canvas
18 works by George WalfordThese paintings continue an ongoing exploration using a variety of materials.
As no subject is represented the paintings themselves become the subjects and the process is directed through texture, colour and composition, towards imbuing each piece with its own energy and presence.
SIZE: 24.5" x 18”
SIZE: 18 " x 18"
167 Lincoln Street • Lunenburg, Nova Scotia • (902) 640-3131
In-Season Hours: May 30 - October 15: Daily: 10:30-5:30
Off-Season Hours (except for exhibits): October 16 - December 22
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 12-4 pm
Gallery Closed: December 22, 2014
(Special exhibits may extend the posted hours of operation).
Gallery Open: April 16, 2015, Off-Season Hours
George Walford believes that chance is one element that makes his work a daily adventure. He approaches it without detailed intention or preconception. Each piece is constructed organically and spontaneously with no predetermined image in mind. The combination of materials, textures, washes and glazes of acrylics and oils applied without a preconceived notion of the end result, allows for unforeseen effects. These are encouraged with as little manipulation as possible so as to let each piece evolve. Colours and textures are applied until the paintings achieve what he recognizes as a presence or energy of their own.
Susan Hudson R.C.A., has been labelled a "social graphologist." Her style of imagery is that of many different elements, prints collaged to form new original works, gestures of abstracted landscapes combined with focused digital images. Lush colour and brush stroke is evident and enjoyed. Recently she has drawn upon the past, her source “Fairy Tales”, large pen & ink drawings on 8 ply paper. This work highlights her on going interpretation of the golden age of children’s literature.
Using grinders, acrylic paints and mixed media, colours appear to float on the surface of his stainless steel plates or like a coloured haze on EVA board, evoking a sense of peaceful contemplation.
Anke Holm was born in Hamburg, Germany, studied economics and had a business career as auditor at a chartered accountant company and manager in the oil trading industry. In 1995 she made the life changing step to immigrate to the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Here she reassessed her lifestyle with the emphasis on exploring life quality outside the corporate world and expressing her creative side. Her fascination with glass lead her to express her creativity working with this unique seductive material. The nature of glass is both rigid and delicate. It is a wonderful, fluid substance and its colours and shapes and textures play with the light.
Barbara McLean’s paintings are motivated by her home environment in rural Nova Scotia. Her landscapes are interpretations rather than representations of what she sees and feels. Although these canvases hold many natural references, the abstract aspects which have always been there, are becoming more evident and powerful. From these landscapes, it seems a natural next step for Barbara to move into total abstraction. Barbara took this step in her September 2009 exhibition — Passages. (Craig Gallery, Halifax). This year at Peer Gallery she will continue to offer new landscape paintings along with works from her on going exploration of abstraction.
Zalman Amit creates and sculpts exquisite bowls and other intriguing objects of wood. One can feel the tension of the fibres as he coaxes his bowls to their final shape. They reveal all the stresses, colours and graceful age of exotic woods.
The inspiration for her work comes primarily from the landscape of the South Shore of Nova Scotia, but also from other sources such as photographs from her travels, life studies and her imagination. She works most frequently in oils but also enjoys printmaking and experimenting with water media. She is currently working on a series of paintings using the often overlooked, microscopic landscape of the forest floor as source material.
My paintings are realistic and accessible. It always pleases me when the work evokes a personal response or memory in a viewer, but it is the application of the paint itself, not representation that keeps me painting. Each piece begins with a fairly detailed drawing, but in applying the pigment I allow it to lead me. Watercolour, which is famously unpredictable and 'bossy', lends itself well to this approach, continues to fascinate me, and remains my usual medium. I also work with acrylics and in some pieces explore combinations of water-based media.
With an emphasis on figure work and still life, my subject matter usually reflects whatever is prominent in my thinking at the time. Certain themes recur: nature, literature, social history, that which links us ˆ to the past, to each other, to the planet. My current series, entitled 'Locavore', is based on my commitment to local food sources as a way of nurturing community and protecting the environment.
I am primarily a studio painter, using a variety of photographs as reference material, though I work en plein air or from life whenever I can.
Art functions in two ways in my life: it is the process by which I 'figure things out' and it provides a vehicle by which I sometimes communicate my findings to others. As such, the content of my art practice has followed the trajectory of my life. For example, when I was young and in awe of the landscape, my art tended to be representational, imitating that which I found most inspiring. When I went through a divorce, my art became darker, reflecting the struggles of oppression and emancipation. As I worked on my Masters Degree in Theological Studies, I used my art to question traditional theological assumptions (my own and those of western culture) and to explore new ways of understanding religion. Presently, I am continuing that exploration as part of my doctoral program at the Toronto School of Theology.
Tom's paintings are about light and what that particular light evokes both in fact and in mood. He is drawn to a consideration of how we mark time in the rhythms of daily rural life and how the cyclical aspect of nature holds a quality of the eternal. He is also drawn by the relationship which exists between the landscape, the ocean and the people. In terms of composition, Tom tends toward strong abstract patterns of light and shadow within the realist images he paints.
Originally a textile artist, Sally has turned to other media in recent years; drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Her work reflects her “weaver’s” lingering fascination with line and texture. The endless variety of the human form often integrated with images of other living things is a focus for much of her work.
Hainstock’s work frequently explores the increasing contrasts and frictions between a shrinking rural culture and swelling urban cultures, and between natural and human-made environments. His studio and home are located 600 feet above Atlantic Canada’s beautiful Annapolis Valley — giving a unique perspective to colors and textures of season and day, but also the economic and social patterns of the rural fabric spread out below.
Peer Gallery • 167 Lincoln Street • Lunenburg, Nova Scotia • (902) 640-3131
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