How to spend your summer in the galleries

Cool down this season by cruising must-see local visual arts exhibits and performances

Dalhousie Art Gallery  From the Vault: The Director's Cut
Dalhousie Art Gallery From the Vault: The Director's Cut

To June 24
YORODEO, New Findings
If the air-conditioned glory of the cinema isn't cutting it, head to CBU's gallery for some static 3D images from Coast illustrator Paul Hammond and design partner Seth Smith. Showing their ongoing body of 3D screenprints, the works in the exhibition draw from sci-fi, fantasy and children's literature, presenting bizarre environments and imagined lands.

To July 10
From the Vault: The Director's Cut
A follow-up to this winter's archival exhibition with Eyelevel Gallery and the Centre for Art Tapes, this show delves into the emergence of Halifax's present-day art scene by looking at Dal's own past, specifically, the gallery's development between 1970 and 1985. Looking at art history since the '60s through past gallery directors' acquisition choices, and curated by current director Peter Dykhuis, the show builds a history of the intellectual, cultural and aesthetic values of the people who've headed the gallery.
Dalhousie Art Gallery 6101 University Avenue

To August 19
Double Take
Marcel Duchamp's ready-made urinal prompted a reaction at first glance. MSVU's exhibition of ready-made sculptures and assemblage paintings is comprised of works that wait until the second or third glance to create a reaction, hence the title, Double Take. Made up of works from the gallery's permanent collection by Gerald Ferguson, Marc Courtemanche and Kelly Mark, these works are "assisted ready-mades," made from modifying found objects, or replicated objects. Together, the ready-made works call into question our notions of taste and authenticity in art.
MSVU Art Gallery 166 Bedford Highway

June 25-January 2017
"A Nova Scotia Survey" might suggest a lot of Maud Lewis and 18th-century engravings of Halifax Harbour, but Terroir skips the tourist fare and celebrates the artists who are living and working in our province today. Curated from an open submission process, the exhibition shows the work of 29 contemporary Nova Scotian artists working in all media, including works by Wayne Boucher, Melanie Colosimo, Ursula Johnson, Susan Tooke and others. Curator Sarah Fillmore calls it "the first of its kind in the province." Taking up three floors of the gallery and including painting, sculpture, video, drawings and mixed media, this exhibition is one not to be missed on any local or tourist's itinerary this summer.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 1723 Hollis Street

Various dates
Art Bar/Cabaret Voltaire
Halifax's liveliest art space cruises into summer with a "Summer Cruise" theme, takin a "more casual and summer fun approach to programming," director Melanie Colosimo says. With a full slate of performances, visiting artists and weekly events (many entwined with the Anna Leonowens Gallery's summer programming), join them and Ryan Gosling every Monday after Anna Leonowens exhibition openings for the "After Anna Summer Cruise Hour" for a beer and screening of Breaker High (5:30-8:30pm). The summer season kicks into full gear June 24 with a Summer Cruise Party, where partiers can expect "tiny icebergs and Titanic references." The bar celebrates Pride Week on July 20 with a curated exhibition of video works on the theme of cruising in queer culture, Hauntology: A Night Cruise. Find the full program online.
Art Bar and Cabaret Voltaire 1873 Granville Street

July 1
Boardwalk Artists
Cruise the free ferry over to Dartmouth for the Boardwalk Artists festival at Alderney Landing on Canada Day, where local artists and artisans will be selling their work, along with a slate of activities that should engage visitors of any ages. The event celebrates a couple of anniversaries, including Wilfred Laurier's 175th birthday and the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Canada—women in Manitoba were the first to vote that year. Artist Maria Doering will help visitors print commemorative cards to note this anniversary at a printmaking station, while Claudia Legg will lead a quilting circle where people can add important women in their own lives to a quilt. If you're looking for something messier, try working on a sculpture of Canadian wildlife or painting with paint-filled water balloons. (We'd suggest wearing your oldest, rattiest red-and-white clothes.)
Alderney Landing, 2 Octherloney Street, 8am-1 pm

To July 10
Laura Kenney, Surfing the Ironing Board
Don't expect boring from Truro fibre artist Laura Kenney's hooked rugs. Detailing the story of a red-headed character named Judy, looking at women's daily lives and the modern world as Judy indeed surfs her ironing board, debates what to wear and stays too late in bed. Meet the artist and hook a rug with her on June 18, 22 and 28 between 10am and 1pm.
Mary E. Black Gallery 1061 Marginal Road

July 17-August 20
Annie Dunning, Sapsucker Sounds
If you're looking to get back to nature, stop by ARTsPLACE in July or August to take in this exhibition of objects and interactive sound sculptures that let viewers experience sound as a woodpecker would. Dunning's sculptures attempt to interpret the "recordings" made by a yellow-bellied sapsucker—a type of woodpecker—in a log, looking at the crossover between the sounds made by woodpeckers on natural and human-made objects, such as metal parts that amplify their sounds.
ARTsPLACE, 396 St.George Street, Annapolis Royal

Lunenburg School of the Arts workshops
Finally, a summer school that's not a bummer. Lunenburg School of the Arts is super busy hosting exciting lineup of course offerings that span season-long, From Plein-air Painting with Hangama Amiri (July 4-8) to Bowl O Rama Ceramics with Douglas Bamford (July 11-15) to Silk Screen Printing with Nancy Price (August 8-12), every discipline has an expert waiting to share wisdom with you.

July 26-August 6
Jerry Ropson, Summer Visiting Artist Series
Visiting artist and NSCAD alum Jerry Ropson's exhibition will use both studio- and community-based practices, showing drawings and small-scale sculptures, while he also completes a site-specific wall drawing. Additionally, Ropson will host public storytelling events next door at the Art Bar as part of his residency, acting as both bartender and listener.
Anna Leonowens, 1891 Granville Street and Art Bar, 1873 Granville Street

August 6-28
Leah Garnett, Woods to walls, and string
A series of drawings and sculptures, this immersive work will show components of an ongoing installation Garnett is completing for a 2017 exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery and Confederation Centre. Working with leftover materials and images from Garnett's father's construction sites, she delves into the connections between construction, landscape and architecture, merging construction sites in Maine, New Brunswick and Ireland into a single landscape.
Hermes, 5682 North Street

August 15-TBA
Amy Wong, The Art of Hanging Pictures
An evolving off-site installation, Toronto artist Amy Wong will engage in the favourite Halifax artist pasttime of collecting objects from local secondhand stores. Assembling previously owned artworks and other 2D objects, Wong aims to change hierarchies of art production in her intersectional feminist practice based in painting. Check Eyelevel's website for the exact location later this summer.
Eyelevel Gallery,

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