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11 ways to see (or create) art this summer 

All of the reasons you should spend the not-so-beachy days in the galleries.

click to enlarge Work by AnneSophieVallée from Conversation Starter
  • Work by AnneSophieVallée from Conversation Starter

May-October

Halifax talks art
Interested in supporting local artists? Are you a looking to fill some empty walls, or maybe even begin your own art collection? Halifax Talks Art has you covered this summer. Running from May to October, various commercial galleries in Halifax will be host talks on collecting.
various locations, Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm, RSVP at studio21.ca

June 8-July 5
co-adorn art jewellery society: Conversation Starter
Feast your eyes on this selection of beautiful and dynamic jewellery! The inaugural exhibition of the Co-Adorn Art Jewellery Society features work by over 20 artists working in a range of media: from Rebecca Hannon’s intricately arranged orange linoleum bib, to Carylon Young’s delicate paper-like seashell pendants, Alex Kinsley’s chunky steel brooches and Magali Thibault’s Gobeil’s stitched “Candy Clouds”–this exhibition has something for everyone with a flair for the dramatic.
Studio 21, 1273 Hollis Street, free

To August 5
Grand Theft Terra Firma
“Pick your thief and play a part in the crime” read the instructions to Grand Theft Terra Firma. A combination of installations and photographic compositions, the exhibition makes reference to gameplay from the popular video game Grand Theft Auto and invites visitors to participate in one of the world’s greatest heists: Colonialism. Rather than choosing a mean-mugged car-jacker avatar for yourself, your choices range from engineer to miner, and the images–made in collaboration with Stó:lo community members–explore a biting satire merging fact and fiction to poke-fun at and poke holes in colonial histories.
Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue,
free

OUT OF TOWN
through July
WORKS BY Alan Syliboy
If Tata is your summer stomping ground be sure to sop by the Grace Jollymore Joyce arts Centre, where works by celebrated artist Alan Syliboy will be on display through July. Originally from Truro, Syliboy’s instantly recognizable drums and paintings depict vibrant images inspired by Mi’kmaw petroglyphs.
Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre, Ice House Gallery, 13 Creamery Road, Tatamagouche, free admission

June 23
CATHERINE ALLEN: This is Me: Portrait as Pendant Workshops
A fun and kid-oriented approach to portraiture, on June 23 artist Catherine Allen invites visitors to the Mary E. Black gallery to draw self-portraits which she will later transform into beautiful pendants. Inflate, an exhibition of jewellery by Allen created from children’s drawings, will be on display at the gallery through July 8.
Mary E. Black Gallery, 1061 Marginal Road, free, 902-492-2522 to RSVP

click to enlarge Eyelevel Gallery's Storytelling Through the Artist Book takes place June 23
  • Eyelevel Gallery's Storytelling Through the Artist Book takes place June 23
June 23
Storytelling Through the Artist Book
If you’re looking for something a bit more hands-on, artists Manuela Buechting and Tara Ernst will be teaching a book-making workshop at Eyelevel Gallery. They two artists will teach introductory book-making techniques such as Japanese binding, pamphlet stitching, and even simple printmaking. In the background of the workshop, attendees can admire a pop-up exhibition display of over 30 handmade artist books: Travelling Exhibition: Seasons and Directions, curated by Buechting (on display in the gallery from June 22-29).
Eyelevel, 100-5663 Cornwallis Street,12-4pm, $30 (all materials provided), register with director@eyelevel.art

click to enlarge From Jane Kidd's Curious
  • From Jane Kidd's Curious
June 23 -August 26
Jane Kidd: Curious
Inspired by natural forms and twisting verse (specifically the works of Alice and Wonderland author Lewis Carroll), Jane Kidd’s woven tapestries explore relationships between human and nature. Her colourful textile works often feature fantastical forms—animal, vegetable and mineral (well, mechanical) hybrids, while exploring such issues as GMO farming and human agricultural interventions.
Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 166 Bedford Highway, free

August 7-18
DEIRDRE LOGUE AND ALLYSON MITCHELL: She’s Not Herself
at All

In this feminist multimedia installation at Anna Leonowens, artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell explore an everyday feminist utopia but don’t promise it will all be pretty. Fat, hairy, queer and kitsch are all words thrown around in relation to these artists’ work, and in addition to the video “Hers Is Still a Dank Cave,” the exhibition will feature textiles, wallpaper, photographs and collages, promising a tactile and immersive experience that balances on the line between the charming and the abject.
Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville Street, free

To September 3
On the Edge of Modernism: The Group of Seven and Lismer’s Legacy in Nova Scotia
Many of the names in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s blockbuster exhibition will be familiar to viewers: Emily Carr, Lawren Harris and Tom Thompson are just some of the figures in this CanCon hitlist, but what may be surprising is the show’s Nova Scotian connection. In place of familiar and iconic images like the Jack Pine, On the Edge of Modernism offers viewers the chance to get up close and personal with Lismer’s cluttered Ingonish docks, A.Y. Jackson’s snowy view of Halifax Harbour during wartime and J.E.H. MacDonald’s picturesque vista of Petite Rivière. Explore the burgeoning of modernist art in Canada and its impact here in Nova Scotia. [Editor’s note: Mollie Cronin was a co-curator for this exhibit.]
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, admission fees vary (BMO free access, Thursdays 5pm-9pm), daily tours Tuesday to Sunday, 2pm, and Thursday at 2pm and 7pm

Every Wednesday
Life Drawing
Feeling inspired to create something yourself? Check out nude life drawing at Plan B every Wednesday. A fun and relaxed environment for every drawing level, bring your own materials and maybe meet up afterwards at Charlie’s for a beer and a chat.
Plan B Merchants’ Co-Op, 2180 Gottingen Street, 7-9pm, $5

Ongoing
NSCAD UNIVERSITY’S AIRPORT PROJECT
While pride month can often highlight divisions within LGBTQ+ communities, artist Arjun Lal creates work that seeks to bridge some of those gaps. Working with numerous queer flags and symbols, including the rainbow, transgender, intersex and Two-Spirit flags, Lal flips these flags 180 degrees so that their bands line up vertically, creating a spectrum of queer identities that resembles a Guido Molinari-esque abstract painting. This work is currently on display at the Halifax Stanfield airport, alongside as work by several other NSCAD graduates, and serves as a welcome sign to queer visitors to the city.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport, 1 Bell Boulevard, Enfield

click to enlarge Emily Blair Wareham via Studio 21
  • Emily Blair Wareham via Studio 21

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