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ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCO­TIA Mon closed, Tues-Wed 11am-5pm, Thurs 11am-9pm (5-9pm free), FriSun 11am-5pm, 1723 Hol­lis Street An Abe­cedary of Print­mak­ers in Nova Sco­tia An Abe­cedary is an ABC Book, but this walk-through al­pha­bet doesn’t fo­cus on ‘A is for Ap­ple’: Rather, it’s about the print mak­ers be­hind each let­ter, with each scene act­ing as a se­quen­tial self-por­trait. To Mar 4 Cen­turies of si­lence: The dis­cov­ery of the Salzinnes An­tiphonal In 1550s Bel­gium, nuns scrawled hymns and scraps of daily life in choir books—but none as beau­ti­fully, per­haps, as the name­less writer who crafted the large-scale, vel­lum book known as the Salzinnes An­tiphonal. Thought to have trav­elled to Hal­i­fax in the lug­gage of an arch­bishop, the the­nuniden­ti­fied piece was dis­cov­ered at Saint Mary’s Univer­sity library in 1998. Now, fi­nally cleaned up and ready for its de­but, the book ar­rives at the AGNS to show off its curly script and gilded trim. To Jan 28 An Ex­pres­sion of Faith: Sa­cred Art

of Cen­turies Past Twenty north­ern Euro­pean works from the 15th, 16th and 17th cen­turies ex­plore an an­cient, long­stand­ing tie be­tween artis­tic move­ments and re­li­gious iconog­ra­phy. Mostly carv­ings and etch­ings, the pieces come to­gether to give the gallery the feel­ing of a small gothic chapel. To Jan 28

Folk/Funk Get a se­ri­ous spoon­ful of whimsy at this ce­ramic show fea­tur­ing po­lit­i­cally charged, satir­i­cal works by both pro­fes­sional and folk artists. A high­light? The gallery’s re­cently-ac­quired col­lec­tion of ce­ramic plat­ters by folk artist Edouard Jas­min, which depict scenes of re­cent Que­bec history.

To Jul 15

Kepe’kek: From the Nar­rows of the Great Har­bour Five Mi’kmaq youth reflect on the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion’s im­pact on Tur­tle Grove 100 years af­ter the blast. To Jan 14 Per­fect Bright­ness: Dis­cov­ery and Es­cape in Con­tem­po­rary

Pho­tog­ra­phy A swath of pho­to­graphs from the AGNS’ per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, Per­fect

Bright­ness fol­lows the rules of straight pho­tog­ra­phy: Each shot de­picts a scene or sub­ject in sharp fo­cus, high­light­ing the dif­fer­ences be­tween pho­tog­ra­phy and other medi­ums like paint­ing.

To Apr 29 Prime Sus­pects: Canada’s Prime Min­sters in Car­i­ca­ture Ed­i­to­rial car­toon­ist Bruce MacKin­non pre­mieres his lat­est ren­der­ings of the var­i­ous res­i­dents of 24 Sus­sex Drive—from John A. Mac­don­ald to Justin Trudeau—with this solo show. To Apr 1

ART ZONE GALLERY 1709 Bar­ring­ton Street, Sec­ond Floor

SMALLS Orig­i­nal, af­ford­able fine art in a swath of styles by Mo­hamed Ahmed, Rae Smith, Kathryn Harley Haynes, Paulette Me­lan­son, Deb­bie Mosher, Kim­merT and Stéphane Richard take over the Art Zone Gallery. To Jan 12

CHASE EX­HI­BI­TION ROOM Mon­day to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, 6016 Univer­sity Av­enue

5 Women/1 Room Five artists share works in a va­ri­ety of medi­ums at this show. Jan 6-31

CRAIG GALLERY Tue-Fri 12-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm, Alder­ney Land­ing, 2 Ochter­loney Street, Dart­mouth

Un­earthed Pat Loucks’ tex­tile works are the weath­ered, worn pieces you’d ex­pect to come from an ex­ca­va­tion site—and that’s the point: “I am drawn to the way the ag­ing process can yield beau­ti­ful im­agery while at the same time sym­bol­iz­ing the tran­sience of hu­man struc­tures. Cloth lit­er­ally ab­sorbs colour, marks and pat­terns, be­com­ing like an arte­fact,” Loucks says of this Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion me­mo­rial show. To Jan 7


6025 Stan­ley Street

Burst of Hap­pi­ness Hannah Hicks’ mixed-me­dia ink works and Jill Hicks’ ink-on-ce­ramic-tile both boast ab­stract bursts of colour.

To Jan 12

HER­MES Tues-Thu 1pm-6pm, Fri-Sun 1pm-4pm, 5682 North Street


See photo. Jan 6-28

MARY E. BLACK GALLERY Tue-Fri, 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun, 11am4pm, 1061 Mar­ginal Road

John Lit­tle: Forg­ing a Life

Af­ter nearly five decades of craft­ing an­chors to mu­si­cal in­stru­ments to, in­deed, a life it­self, out of iron, John Lit­tle’s enor­mous and in­flu­en­tial body of work is cel­e­brated with this ret­ro­spec­tive show. The met­al­smith (who also in­spired Mo­cean Dance’s re­cent per­for­mance Burn­wa­ter: Alchemy) will share the sto­ries be­hind his sound sculp­tures Jan­uary 14 from 2-4pm. To Jan 21

VIEW­POINT GALLERY Wed-Sun 12-5pm, 1272 Bar­ring­ton Street

2018 NewPoints Ex­hi­bi­tion The pho­tog­ra­phy gallery wel­comes its new­est crop of shut­ter­bugs with this show high­light­ing snaps by four new View­Point mem­bers.

Jan 4-28

ZWICKER’S GALLERY Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, 5415 Doyle Street

Christ­mas ex­hi­bi­tion The gallery’s big­gest show of the year spans an equally large swath of styles, stuffed with mas­sive names: Think works by Nor­val Mor­ris­seau (the Wood­lands School move­ment founder, of­ten called “the Pi­casso of the north”), lo­cal folk-art roy­alty Maud Lewis and Yar­mouth-born cityscape cap­turer Ma­bel Kil­lam Day are just the be­gin­ning of what’s in store. To Jan 31


MAR­ITIME MU­SEUM OF THE AT­LANTIC Mon, Wed-Sun 9:30am5:30pm, Tue 9:30am-8pm, 1675 Lower Wa­ter Street Col­li­sion in the Nar­rows: The 1917 Hal­i­fax Har­bour Ex­plo­sion While the Mar­itime Mu­seum of the At­lantic’s per­ma­nent nod to the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion, Hal­i­fax Wrecked, shows what the Ex­plo­sion did, this ex­hibit takes the next step: View­ing the events of De­cem­ber 6, 1917 through the lenses of a deeply rooted in­dige­nous cul­ture, a global mar­itime cul­ture and a Cana­dian na­tional cul­ture, Col­li­sion in the

Nar­rows ex­plains what it means for those who suf­fered the ex­plo­sion and for the city today.

To Nov 4

DART­MOUTH HER­ITAGE MU­SEUM Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, 26 New­cas­tle Drive Ex­plo­sion! Dart­mouth’s Or­deal of

the 1917 Dis­as­ter The Dart­mouth Her­itage Mu­seum ex­am­ines Dart­mouth’s story of what hap­pened 100 years ago on the morn­ing of De­cem­ber 6, 1917. To Jan 31

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