Young Arts Be Free: photos and art campaigns

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Jim Ross
Jim Ross & more at ViewPoint Gallery

This evening at ViewPoint Gallery (1272 Barrington), four local emerging photographers present the exhibit 2015 Newlights Emerging Artists from now until October 4. The show officially opens tonight from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Then on Sunday, September 13 at 2:00pm, Nolan Drew, Kate Giffin, Jim Ross and Valentina Casalini will present their developing photographic styles during an artist's talk. Go check it out. More info here. 


Located in the Hydrostone Market, The Blackbook Collective (5540 Kaye) is the city's source for high-quality paint for canvas and street arts, a practice that beautifies urban spaces and exposes independent artists. Last week, shop-owner Michael Burt launched a GoFundMe campaign, "Bring Art to Halifax," to help two well-known Canadian street artists paint amazing things in unexpected places. Burt says Lovebot from Toronto and Axe from Montreal are flying to Halifax in the last week of September; he hopes that the city might contribute through donations. Along with cost of supplies, the campaign will allow for small businesses to finance murals, which deters illegal vandalism. In most countries in the world, street art is a celebrated cultural practice. In Halifax, there's a civic task force to remove incidences of graffiti (I hate the task force). The Blackbook Collective is making a compromise. Let's help this city look amazing. Have a look at Axe and Lovebot's large-scale mural work. Such beauty is fleeting. I love it. 

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