Peer Gallery, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
For those visiting this site for the first time, Peer Gallery, is an artists’ co-operative gallery, formed January, 2001. The Peer Gallery of Contemporary Art is truly worth a special trip to Lunenburg, and Nova Scotia's South shore. This spring Peer Gallery is celebrating 15 years of operation.
Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg, the gallery exhibits the work of 13 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 2016
ANNE TWEED — 'Natural Elements
SATURDAY, MAY 7
OPENING RECEPTION AT 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This new work continues the artist's exploration of the use of fluid inks on the slick surface of Yupo and the velvety surface of Mylar. The organic shapes and patterns that emerge in these non-objective paintings become suggestive of the elemental forms of the natural world.
JANE WHITTEN & LISA WRIGHT, '2 New Peers’ — exhibit opens, Saturday, May 21
Peer Gallery welcomes two new artists to it’s space, Jane Whitten, one of our original members when we opened 15 years ago, and the lively and tactile work of Lisa Wright’s strong abstracts.
It is so exciting to be back in the Peer Gallery fold. After so many years away focusing on a ‘regular’ day job I can now get back to playing with materials and techniques. I gather ‘flotsam and jetsam’ and explore ways of reusing it. If I have enough of something I can make a form out of it — I just have to figure out what the material brings to the table and what I need to do to create the desired form — weave, knit, crochet, etc.
Underlying my experimentation with materials, techniques and structures, is my passion and concern for the environment. These play an important, often subconscious, part in the materials of choice and my final forms. (New pages coming soon)
My mind is humming with all the creative possibilities of Peer Gallery. I find I’m searching for something more in my painting.
Just when I think I have learned how to live and paint, life changes. My mind needs a turn. Oil sticks are the new kids on the block for me. They give me gorgeous lines, vibrant colours and subtle transitions. The oils make me think differently; dramatic or subtle, smooth or coarse. Creative searching can be murky process — there is always a push to keep looking. If I change the way I look at the canvas, the painting might destabilize. It could resist closure. You never know. When I finally saw this new collection of acrylic paintings and oil paintings together, it startled me. That’s a sweet spot. (New pages coming soon)
Peer Gallery: Solo & Duo Exhibitions for fall 2016
Tom Ward: exhibit opening Saturday, November 12
167 Lincoln Street • Lunenburg, Nova Scotia • (902) 640-3131
In-Season Hours: June 2- October 14: Daily: 10:30-5:30
Off-Season Hours (except for exhibits): October 14 - December 24
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 12-4 pm
Gallery Closed: December 24, 2016
(Special exhibits may extend the posted hours of operation).
Gallery Open: April 16, 2017, 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.
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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