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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Where my girls at?

Saddle up ladies; Big Pony premieres an all-female art show

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

click to enlarge EVAN MCINTYRE
  • Evan McIntyre

Hip, vibrant and eclectic work with a hint of party girl attitude describes the local lady art you’ll see at the premiere, GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS—An All Female Art Show.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 17 at the second-hand shop, Big Pony (1453 Brenton Street) at 7pm. The owners and babes behind the debut, Emily Ross and Lindsay Stewart are super jazzed to promote and support 12 female artists.

“We have a lot of talented girlfriends,” says Ross. “And there hasn’t been many straight up female art shows, so we wanted to put this event together.”

This isn’t Big Pony’s first soirée—the shop has hosted promotional festivities in the past, boasting BYO-boozy beverages, dance parties and sales for all. But Ross says this event differs from the rest: this time it’s gettin’ serious.

“We want people to come and enjoy themselves in a more professional environment,” she says.

Amery Sanford, a NSCAD student and pal of Ross and Stewart, saw the Big Pony space as an opportunity to host something beneficial for the art scene in Halifax.

“I thought what better female entrepreneurs to contact?” says Sanford. “After the Roy building and Khyber closing simultaneously, it’s great to have alternative space to show good work, despite all the negative stuff going on in the art community.”

The show gives these independent artists an opportunity to put their name out there, dip their toe into the artistic pool and maybe make some cash.

It will showcase a mix of female work: painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography. But don’t get it twisted—this art show isn’t shunning the dudes, they’re more than welcome, in fact, they’re encouraged.

Sanford says people can expect to see feminine but gritty artwork, some focusing on party culture, nostalgia and social media.

So while you’re pondering your next painted masterpiece, ride on in to Big Pony and scope the local fancies around the store because you may just find exactly what you’re looking for.

click to enlarge Ross' rainbow art - EVAN MCINTYRE
  • Evan McIntyre
  • Ross' rainbow art

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