a 10 Days in October Festival Event
October 6, 2017 1:00 pm
Each year our intention is to feature a select group of artists and ask them to provide us with a sufficient collection of their work to express who they are as artists and what it is that they want to say with their work.
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Exhibiting at The Parrsboro Municipal Building
Exhibiting at The Parrsboro Municipal Building
My work evokes the past, both in technique and in subject. I do highly detailed studies of landscape, florals and everyday objects, capturing the subtleties of the light, colour and textures that are so fascinating but so often overlooked. When I’m painting I love getting lost in the details and the challenge of creating an illusion that explains how I feel about what I see. I’m fascinated by light and how it describes form, changes colours, is reflected back and disappears into the dark depths of a background. I usually work in subdued colours, preferring the subtleties of the subject to stand out. I get great pleasure from slowing down, spending hours intently observing and trying to capture the incredible beauty that surrounds us.
Exhibiting at Art Lab Studios and Gallery
My work deals with the luminosity of light and the radiance of colour in counterpoint with elemental schemata that transcends surface and meaning. The intent of my work has been for the viewer to “fall in and drown in the work” and see things beyond the surface of the paintings.
My painting process uses the layering of see-through images and imaginings of x-ray vision similar to the drawn schemata of Canada’s aboriginal artists. To see beyond the surface, whether it be the early ambiguous schematics of something/someplace, or the current painting process whereby the dance of paint application, movement, direction, tools and their manner of use inform its’ significance, either as an object/painting unto itself or having further consequential narratives and visual theatrics beyond the surface. The paintings have the appearance of being lit from within, and use edge bars, and other geometric counterpoints to create the dynamics of push and pull oppositions of colour, structures, and gestural mark making. “Tripping The Light” simplifies notions, and sensibilities of mark making into a cohesiveness of intent, paint application and implied meaning or interpretation.
Peter Dykhuis, Director Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and guest curator of “Radiance and Counterpoint” at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS), 2006 stated, “Boucher orchestrates space with colour. It is the lead actor in his theatre, but is not the stage that contains the choreography or the narrative”. In Richard Mueller’s essay for the exhibition ‘Stations’2010, Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax, NS, he states“ Stripping away the particulars of plot and narrative, he grounds the work in an illusive, yet essentially familiar dramatic event”.
Exhibiting at The Blackrock Bistro Gallery
Len Wagg is an award-winning Canadian photographer, journalist, author and presenter. A visual storyteller for over three decades, he is well known for capturing the majestic beauty of his native Nova Scotia's wildlife and salt-strewn landscapes.
A photojournalist for 25 years he covered stories across, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Europe and Africa. He has won awards for his work in newspapers, magazines and books.
Len's work has been published in the New York Times, Maclean’s, TIME Magazine, and other renowned publications. He is the author of seven books, including the award winning Wild Nova Scotia, and his most recent Then and Now tracking famed Nova Scotian photographer Wallace MacAskill. In 2017 one of his books was voted in the list of the 150 most influential books.
He has had three solo shows featuring his work with a pack of Gray Wolves, his travels to the Wilderness areas of Nova Scotia, and his then and Now concept of his work as well as Wallace MacAskills.
Blue Rocks 28x39
Kim Aerts is a landscape oil painter whose subject matter are scenes from the coasts, valleys and forests of Nova Scotia and the surrounding provinces. He began his artistic pursuits studying under renowned Smithsonian painter Eleanor Kish and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University. After traveling through Europe and living in The Northwest Territories for several years he returned to Nova Scotia and started a graphic design firm which he ran with his partner for 20 years. He has continued to paint throughout his life and has now made art his focus and his passion.
Kim Aerts paints landscapes but beneath the surface he is exploring the relationship of the viewer to our natural environment. The idea that animals (including humans) ideally like to position themselves in their environment to be able to observe from a protected viewpoint is a fundamental concept he works with in his paintings. By both following the rules (and occasionally breaking them) he creates scenes that draw in the viewer and allows them to enter into the painted environment. He often works on smaller canvases as they require a greater focus and precision to both invite the viewer and engage them with the complexities that embody the soul of that landscape.