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
GALLERY NINETEEN NINETEEN
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.
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