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NeoCraft Exhibits 

A guided tour to NeoCraft-inspired exhibitions around Halifax.

Mary E. Black Gallery (1061/1096 Marginal)

Start the day at the south end of the waterfront with The New Cartography of Craft: Charting a Course from Regional to Global. Immerse in every imaginable craft practice in one room. Sally Ravindra's rounded pottered forms (vases and other vessels), Maria Rakel's clothing shot through and shaped with copper strands, Jonathan Otter's Kyoto Café chair, and more, is all here.

Studio 21 (1223 Lower Water)Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (1675 Lower Water)

Studio 21, long a home to designer craft, has Eve Lapka's stoneware and Peter Powning's metal vessels. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has a small craft gallery giving a view to the history that sailed through Halifax Harbour.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis)

On the Table runs until December 8. The show covers Canada's history of functional ceramics—how they're made (by commercial and studio potters) and how they're used on tables everywhere.

Argyle Fine Art Gallery (1869 Upper Water)

This commercial gallery offers two floors of new work, everything from a typewriter, blender and sewing machine sculpted in felt by Blythe Church to Barbara Schmeisser's steel-cut flowers.

Anna Leonowens Gallery(1891 Granville)

NSCAD's tripartite exhibition space is devoted to craft until December 1. Galleries one and two are taken up with NeoCraft: Diversity, an exhibition of work by selected alumni, staff and faculty, including two teachers at NSCAD, potter Walter Ostrom and jeweller Greg Simms, whose imaginative work makes you rethink the concept and traditions of the ring. Gallery three gathers miniature textiles from art schools across Canada in a show called Small Talk.

Gallery Page and Strange(1869 Granville)

Gallery Page and Strange follows up its exhibition of Cal Lane's plasma-cut tapestries (made out of oil cans) with the strange, mysterious clay figures from the mind of Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Larocque and, in a departure from the bulk of his work, some politically charged plates by Walter Ostrom.

Eyelevel Gallery(2063 Gottingen)

At its new-ish location on Gottingen Street, near Cogswell, Eyelevel Gallery hosts a cross-section of work by NSCAD craft students from November 23 to 25 in a show called Freedom of Constraint.

Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (Seton Building, 166 Bedford Highway)

Two artists—one emerging and one established—are showing at the MSVU Art Gallery. In Prospect 12, part of the gallery's superb ongoing series focusing on new artists, running until December 9, sculptor Dustin Wenzel casts an animal menagerie in bronze and other metals. NSCAD faculty member and textile artist Frances Dorsey's Saigon ends on Sunday, November 25. Dorsey lived as a child in Saigon on the eve of the Vietnam War. She distresses, combines and salvages cloth to create a conversation between her memories of Saigon and the journals of her father, who worked at the US embassy and fought in WWII.

Saint Mary's University Art Gallery(Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook)

Saint Mary's University Art Gallery presents Acadian artist Léopold Foulem's Récupération, which ends this Sunday, too. A group of SMU students publicly charged one piece in this ceramist's show ("Black Santa Coffee Pot") as racist and should be removed. The piece has remained. The artist's original expression has stayed intact. Decide for yourself how it fits into Foulem's overall commentary on the production of popular cultural icons and everyday wares, and how what we've accepted as art or used as functional has changed.

Dalhousie Art Gallery (Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University)

Close to You, curated by Sarah Quinton of the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto, brings together a group of artists specializing in "contemporary textiles, intimacy and popular culture." It also ends Sunday. Mich<0x00E8>le Provost's wall of rock lyrics embroidered and framed (complete with answer key) will confirm or deny you as a font of pop knowledge. Ai Kijima's collaged scenes—which use, in one case, fused, machine-quilted and recycled materials including bed sheets, curtain, pillowcases, clothes, apron, handkerchief, tablecloth—are engrossing.

Secord Gallery (6301 Quinpool)

In Halifax's west end, Exceptional Craft finds a home at Secord Gallery. You can end your day the same way it began at Mary E. Black: with a roundup of some of the best craft professionals working right here, from metalsmith Brad Hall to Alexandra McCurdy's porcelain boxes to Phillip Doucette's glass creations.


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