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Stay cool with these 13 summer art exhibits

Heal your inevitable sunburn with some time inside getting to know the work of this local and visiting artists.

To July 14
Nature as Communities 

For her masters in environmental studies, Dal student Jennifer Yakamovich has been researching the role art can play in helping a cultural shift towards sustainability. Here, she plays curator as she shares a slew of results by artists from across the country, with pieces in various mediums meditating on our relationship to the environment.

Dalhousie Art Gallery, 6101 University Avenue

To July 16
Admit One

The Khyber Window—the installation space that's viewable 24/7 from Hollis Street—sees Halifax-based artist Jenny Yujia Shi (who is very busy this summer with three shows around the town) continue to explore themes of settlement, permanence and belonging with a site-specific exhibit that "aims to visualize the precarious existence of individuals living without permanent status." As her artist's statement puts it: "Separated by the invisible line of administrative borders, it feels as though we live in a glass cage, seemingly visible yet unable to access our surroundings."

Khyber Centre for the Arts, 1880 Hollis Street

To August 4
Jaime Angelopoulos: Oblique Choreography

A collection of animated, colourful sculptures by critically adored artist Jaime Angelopoulos present, as the gallery puts it, "a kind of joyful exuberance, but they also operate on a deeper social and psychological level."

Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue

To September 8
Carrie Allison: clearing

Critically acclaimed Indigenous artist Carrie Allison continues unpacking themes surrounding the commodification of land with this showcase that combines her 2017 watercolour and ink drawings with a new series of beaded portraits.

Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 166 Bedford Highway

To October 27
Salvador Dali: a suite of prints

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia routinely delivers top-shelf programming highlighting regional or national names, but here it changes lanes a bit, allowing a rare opportunity to see the work of a historic, Art 101 name IRL. And what a titan it is: The dandy of dadaism and sultan of surrealism, there is no comparison to Dali. a suite of prints zooms in on his later work—widely influenced by the Italian Renaissance and the Catholic Church—to allow you a glimpse into the post-melting-clock years.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street

June 26-July 21
group effort

The annual Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program Exhibition returns with stars-on-the-rise like Carrie Allison, Emily Lawrence, Jenny Yujia Shi and Katharine (Kyle) Vingoe-Cram debuting pieces alongside their names-of-note mentors Ursula Johnson, Peter Dykhuis, Charley Young and Karin Cope. Consider stopping by this display a quick pulse-check on the local visual arts scene.

Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street

July 4-28
Glimpses of Forgotten Memories

Elizabeth Bishop—the 1911-born poet from Great Village, Nova Scotia—wrote the sort of heart-reviving verse that made the everyday seem anything but, like Hemingway or Woolf did. Here, ViewPoint Gallery members Kathleen Flanagan and Roxanne Smith meditate upon her verses, unpacking presence, absence, memory and loss (the themes of Bishop's work) while capturing the essence of Bishop's childhood home.

ViewPoint Gallery, 1459 Brenton Street

July 5-19
Peter Gough: Collection of the artist

The internationally lauded realist painter gets a mini retrospective that acts as a masterclass in capturing—and playing with—light.

14 Bells Fine Art Gallery, 5523 Young Street

July 5-August 25
TONI LOSEY: Patterns of Growth

Toni Losey's earthenware pieces rest, nubbly-textured and smooth- silhouetted, in waves of ombre gradient. Finishing flourishes that look like a cross between the most beautiful barnacle your imagination could render and an alien's eye dapple protrusions from the wheel-thrown, altered and assembled works. You can't stop staring—and you don't want to, either.

Mary E. Black Gallery, 1061 Marginal Road

July 5-August 31

While it's all gold in this showcase of works by Sarah Burwash, Jared Betts and Jenny Yujia Shi, Burwash's ability to lay down dreamlike landscapes in soft-as-a-cloud whispers of watercolours is truly remarkable. Do yourself and your eyeballs a favour and peep this exhibit ASAP.

Studio 21, 5431 Doyle Street

July 5-August 31

While beach- and ocean-themed works are frequent fodder for artists, Mariette Roodenburg manages to make fresh subject matter of salt water with this photography show. Capturing the surface of the ocean and presented in carefully chosen pairs, the images feature intentional camera movement, multiple exposures and blending techniques that render the original scene completely re-imagined. Roodenburg's artist's statement says her process is "not unlike applying many layers of translucent oil paint" before quoting Moby Dick, saying her sea-sprayed scenes are places "not down on any map; true places never are."

Studio 21, 5431 Doyle Street

July 26-August 14
ANGIE REID: Sea (Your) Food  

If you believe good eats are a form of art all their own, you're in good company: Oil painter Angie Reid—and The Dart Gallery—agree, seeing Reid mount a show that gives delectable shellfish and seafood of all types the classical portrait treatment. Rounding out the fun? Picnic, The Dart's sister space slash avant-garde restaurant, will be presenting a multi-course seafood feast to accompany Reid's works on July 27 and 30. Call 902-404-7330 for dinner details—and try not to lick the paintings.

The Dart Gallery, 127A Portland Street, Dartmouth

August 8-September 5
KAREN PHINNEY: An Interior Life

"I have always been interested in personal space, the places where we live our lives, think our thoughts, dream our dreams," Karen Phinney's artist's statement begins. Here, the painter delivers detailed renderings of such spaces, filled with crisp outlines and Hollis Sigler vibes, making you crave an intimate spot where you can fill your diary.

Art 1274 Hollis, 1274 Hollis Street

About The Author

Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.
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