Mad about Maud

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIC BOURQUE

A spe­cial week­end is planned this month that will help peo­ple learn more about Maud Lewis, the Nova Sco­tian artist whose story has cap­tured hearts around the world.

An ex­pert on Maud Lewis art is slated to speak at the Art Gallery of Nova Sco­tia’s west­ern branch in Yar­mouth Sun­day, Sept. 17, as part of a week­end cel­e­brat­ing Lewis.

Alan Dea­con will give a talk ti­tled Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the Art of Maud Lewis. It’s sched­uled for 2 p.m.

Dea­con is said to have the largest pri­vate Maud Lewis col­lec­tion in Canada, span­ning three decades of her work, and he au­then­ti­cates her paint­ings for ma­jor Cana­dian art auc­tion houses.

While he’s at the Yar­mouth gallery for his pre­sen­ta­tion, the AGNS says Dea­con would be will­ing to see any Maud Lewis paint­ings peo­ple want to bring in and of­fer a ver­bal au­then­ti­ca­tion and ap­praisal of Maud Lewis items.

In a me­dia re­lease from the AGNS, Dea­con likens au­then­ti­cat­ing Lewis pieces to de­tec­tive work.

“Au­then­tic Mauds al­ways have cer­tain nu­ances in the work,” he said. “I think that’s how I be­came an au­thor­ity — by study­ing and look­ing at them closely.”

Dea­con’s talk is part of what has been billed as an “all about Maud” week­end.

The week­end in­cludes the play Maud, writ­ten and di­rected by Hal The­ri­ault, which will be pre­sented at Th’YARC Fri­day, Sept. 15. To re­serve tick­ets, call the arts cen­tre at 902-742-8150.

On Satur­day, Sept. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m., the AGNS will host a Maud Lewis paint­ing party with Yar­mouth artist Toot­sie Emin. The cost for this ac­tiv­ity is $30 and there is a lim­ited num­ber of spa­ces. Any­one in­ter­ested is asked to call the gallery (902-7492248) to reg­is­ter. This is for ages 16 and up. Art sup­plies and can­vas are in­cluded.

There has been great in­ter­est in Maud Lewis this year, par­tic­u­larly given the pop­u­lar­ity of “Maudie,” the movie about the renowned folk artist from south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia.

In late May at the AGNS in Yar­mouth, an ex­hi­bi­tion opened called Maud Lewis: From the Per­ma­nent Col­lec­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been very well re­ceived, said An­gela Col­lier, co-or­di­na­tor of the AGNS west­ern branch.

“au­then­tic Mauds al­ways have cer­tain nu­ances in the work,” he said. “i think that’s how i be­came an au­thor­ity — by study­ing and look­ing at them closely.”

Alan Dea­con

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Just one of the books writ­ten about Nova Sco­tia’s favourite folk artist.

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