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Tracks: Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program 

Eyelevel Gallery hosts this VANS exhibition, showcasing emerging talents alongside their program mentors.

Eyelevel Gallery has two giant papier mache fists resting on their pink knuckles, with forearms reaching up to where elbows don't exist. They're part of artist Chantal Tardiff's work (pictured above) for Visual Arts Nova Scotia's mentorship program exhibition, Tracks, and are coupled with shots of Tardiff wearing the giant fists and playing with positions in different spaces. Tardiff is one of three emerging artists showcased in this VANS exhibition, sharing the theme with Raina McDonald and Leslie Menagh, as well as the young artists' mentors Sarah Maloney, Dawn MacNutt and Ilan Sandler. The six artists have spent the past 10 months working through the mentorship program, and programming coordinator Crystal Melville says this exhibition is a window into their work, not a finale show. "This exhibition is a way for the emerging artists to connect with the broader artist community," says Melville, adding that Tardiff, McDonald and Menagh are simply in the beginning of their tracks as exhibiting artists. Opening night last week saw more than 100 people stop by the gallery, and plenty more people have dropped by the space to take a look at those giant fists. "We were literally stopping people in their tracks," says Melville, laughing.

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