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Visual arts review: A Tapestry of our Towns 

Art 1274 Hollis celebrates a decade

click to enlarge “Northwest Cove, NS” Nora Gross. - SUBMITTED
  • “Northwest Cove, NS” Nora Gross.

To July 31
Art 1274 Hollis, 1274 Hollis Street

While autumn in Nova Scotia is arguably our nicest season, our summers are probably what we are best known for. White sails in blue water, grey rocks securing tall lighthouses, red lobsters, yellow sou'westers. Summer is the time where city dwellers may take an annual venture to the country or seaside, and the city in turn is filled with visitors from away.

These are scenes depicted in Art 1274 Hollis gallery's 10-year anniversary exhibition, A Tapestry of Our Towns. Just inside the front door, 12 canvases (each 10 by 10 in honour of the gallery's run) by members of the gallery's co-op. The wall is filled with familiar Atlantic scenes—rocky shorelines, crowded harbours and lush greenery, as well as urban scenes from the Public Gardens and beyond.

Each artist was asked to depict a scene from where they are from, or where they live. For some this manifestation was outside the canvas, as much art is, and instead the artists expressed themselves with craft mediums such as ceramics and jewelry to respond to the theme. For some it's a direct expression, like in Naomi Walsh's Halifax Harbour scenes (including the iconic three sisters smokestacks) in earthenware plates, while others take a more nuanced reference, as in Bonnie Baille's blue glass necklace meant to represent her "corner of paradise" at Lawrencetown beach.

Summer is filled with fleeting moments, why not make the most of them with a visit to Art 1274 Hollis.

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