A Ta­pes­try of our Towns

The Coast - - ARTS - —Mol­lie Cronin

To July 31 Art 1274 Hol­lis, 1274 Hol­lis Street


au­tumn in Nova Sco­tia is ar­guably our nicest sea­son, our sum­mers are prob­a­bly what we are best known for. White sails in blue wa­ter, grey rocks se­cur­ing tall light­houses, red lob­sters, yel­low sou’west­ers. Sum­mer is the time where city dwellers may take an an­nual ven­ture to the coun­try or sea­side, and the city in turn is filled with vis­i­tors from away.

Th­ese are scenes de­picted in Art 1274 Hol­lis gallery’s 10-year an­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tion,

Ta­pes­try of Our Towns. Just in­side the front door, 12 can­vases (each 10 by 10 in hon­our of the gallery’s run) by mem­bers of the gallery’s co-op. The wall is filled with fa­mil­iar At­lantic scenes—rocky shore­lines, crowded har­bours and lush green­ery, as well as ur­ban scenes from the Pub­lic Gar­dens and be­yond.

Each artist was asked to de­pict a scene from where they are from, or where they live. For some this man­i­fes­ta­tion was out­side the can­vas, as much art is, and in­stead the artists ex­pressed them­selves with craft medi­ums such as ce­ram­ics and jew­elry to re­spond to the theme. For some it’s a di­rect ex­pres­sion, like in Naomi Walsh’s Hal­i­fax Har­bour scenes (in­clud­ing the iconic three sis­ters smoke­stacks) in earth­en­ware plates, while oth­ers take a more nu­anced ref­er­ence, as in Bon­nie Baille’s blue glass neck­lace meant to rep­re­sent her “cor­ner of par­adise” at Lawrence­town beach.

Sum­mer is filled with fleet­ing mo­ments, why not make the most of them with a visit to Art 1274 Hol­lis.


“North­west Cove, NS” Nora Gross.

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