Peer Gallery, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
For those visiting this site for the first time, Peer Gallery, is an artists’ co-operative gallery, formed January, 2002. The Peer Gallery of Contemporary Art is truly worth a special trip to Lunenburg, and Nova Scotia's South shore. This spring Peer Gallery celebrated twelve years of operation.
Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg, the gallery exhibits the work of 12 Nova Scotia artists who have established reputations. The gallery emphasizes a complete diversity in art viewing: painting, drawing, mixed media, coloured fused glass, raku & mosaic wall pieces, wood turning, printmaking and other forms of artistic expression. The province recently honored Peer Gallery for its cultural importance to Lunenburg County.
During the full season (June 1 - October 3), the exhibit changes monthly. During the off-season, the gallery hosts solo exhibitions of its members.
Peer Gallery: Solo & Duo Exhibitions for 2014
Primavera Por Favor
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 10, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
DATES OF EXHIBIT: May 10 – 22
HOURS FOR EXHIBIT: Daily, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
During one of the worst winters in recent memory, Diane Wile-Brumm created these watercolour paintings of growing things as she longed for the arrival of spring.
New Landscapes: Higher, Bigger Darker
OPENING: Saturday, May 24, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
DATES OF EXHIBIT: May 24 – June 4
HOURS FOR EXHIBIT: Daily, 11:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Nova Scotia artist Bob Hainstock has again taken his long-running series, New Landscapes, in newer directions. The exhibition of new work, Higher, Darker, Bigger, runs May 24 - June 4
at the Peer Gallery in Lunenburg, NS.
The scale of the artist’s newest mixed media pieces has more than doubled to reach dimensions of up to 4’x4’. He has also moved his abstracted perspectives to a higher plane, looking down and out over patterns of the Annapolis Valley from the highest points along its north and south boundaries. And the artist’s favourite times of day have become those darker meeting places between night time and first or last light – periods of uncertainty in colour, shape and the human psyche.
Hainstock has created his abstracted New Landscapes pieces for more than a decade. The latest change is the most dramatic, but still contains many characteristics of previous periods. For example, rust collagraph prints continue to provide the distinct under painting and surface over which all additional media are applied.
Bob Hainstock is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. He operates his studio/gallery near Centreville in the Annapolis Valley, and is represented in galleries across Canada
In addition to the Lunenburg show, Hainstock will join his twin brother, Clay, to exhibit their different opinions about landscapes art, May 31-June 30, at Winnipeg’s Wayne Arthur Gallery. Clay uses his Minnedosa Valley in Manitoba as a main reference point for traditional techniques and interpretations. Bob uses abstraction and mixed media to talk about his Annapolis Valley.
The Related Landscapes exhibition is about sameness and difference in twins’ art and follows an April exhibition at the Winnipeg gallery by another family member, Bob’s daughter, Meagan Hainstock. The Acadia University graduate and her husband, Stephen Petersen, recently combined professional biologist careers with passions for printmaking, to create an exhibition entitled, The Wilds. The almost sold-out show closed April 30.
Zalman Amit & David Pember Duo Exhibit
OPENING: Saturday, October 18, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
DATES OF EXHIBIT: Saturday, October 18 – Wednesday, October 29, 12 noon to 3 pm.
Zalman Amit and David Pember — long-time member artists of Peer Gallery — will launch a joint showing of their work on Saturday, October 18, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Zalman's unique turned objects are much in demand. Using wood native to Nova Scotia, objects reflect deceptively simple themes, compelling the viewer to look deeper into the meaning of the design. In addition to stand-alone pieces, he will also display intriguing three-dimensional wall works.
David's stainless steel, acrylic pieces take on a three-dimensional quality by reflecting light surrounding the acrylic images, which seemingly change shape and tone with the movement of the viewer. He will also display some of his acrylic works on EVA board, a relatively new medium recently archived in Ottawa.
The joint presentation will run for a twelve-day period, starting October 18 and running through to Wednesday, October 29. With the exception of the opening on Saturday, October 18, patrons will be able the view the work daily from noon until 3:00 p.m.
Peer Gallery continues to be the premier contemporary art gallery on the South Shore. Its group of artists have been delighting visitors for more than 13 years.
167 Lincoln Street • Lunenburg, Nova Scotia • (902) 640-3131
In-Season Hours: May 30 - October 15: Daily: 10:30-5:30
Off-Season Hours (except for exhibits): October 16 - December 22
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 12-4 pm
Gallery Closed: December 22, 2014
(Special exhibits may extend the posted hours of operation).
Gallery Open: April 16, 2015, Off-Season Hours
George Walford believes that chance is one element that makes his work a daily adventure. He approaches it without detailed intention or preconception. Each piece is constructed organically and spontaneously with no predetermined image in mind. The combination of materials, textures, washes and glazes of acrylics and oils applied without a preconceived notion of the end result, allows for unforeseen effects. These are encouraged with as little manipulation as possible so as to let each piece evolve. Colours and textures are applied until the paintings achieve what he recognizes as a presence or energy of their own.
Susan Hudson R.C.A., has been labelled a "social graphologist." Her style of imagery is that of many different elements, prints collaged to form new original works, gestures of abstracted landscapes combined with focused digital images. Lush colour and brush stroke is evident and enjoyed. Recently she has drawn upon the past, her source “Fairy Tales”, large pen & ink drawings on 8 ply paper. This work highlights her on going interpretation of the golden age of children’s literature.
Using grinders, acrylic paints and mixed media, colours appear to float on the surface of his stainless steel plates or like a coloured haze on EVA board, evoking a sense of peaceful contemplation.
Anke Holm was born in Hamburg, Germany, studied economics and had a business career as auditor at a chartered accountant company and manager in the oil trading industry. In 1995 she made the life changing step to immigrate to the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Here she reassessed her lifestyle with the emphasis on exploring life quality outside the corporate world and expressing her creative side. Her fascination with glass lead her to express her creativity working with this unique seductive material. The nature of glass is both rigid and delicate. It is a wonderful, fluid substance and its colours and shapes and textures play with the light.
Barbara McLean’s paintings are motivated by her home environment in rural Nova Scotia. Her landscapes are interpretations rather than representations of what she sees and feels. Although these canvases hold many natural references, the abstract aspects which have always been there, are becoming more evident and powerful. From these landscapes, it seems a natural next step for Barbara to move into total abstraction. Barbara took this step in her September 2009 exhibition — Passages. (Craig Gallery, Halifax). This year at Peer Gallery she will continue to offer new landscape paintings along with works from her on going exploration of abstraction.
Zalman Amit creates and sculpts exquisite bowls and other intriguing objects of wood. One can feel the tension of the fibres as he coaxes his bowls to their final shape. They reveal all the stresses, colours and graceful age of exotic woods.
The inspiration for her work comes primarily from the landscape of the South Shore of Nova Scotia, but also from other sources such as photographs from her travels, life studies and her imagination. She works most frequently in oils but also enjoys printmaking and experimenting with water media. She is currently working on a series of paintings using the often overlooked, microscopic landscape of the forest floor as source material.
My paintings are realistic and accessible. It always pleases me when the work evokes a personal response or memory in a viewer, but it is the application of the paint itself, not representation that keeps me painting. Each piece begins with a fairly detailed drawing, but in applying the pigment I allow it to lead me. Watercolour, which is famously unpredictable and 'bossy', lends itself well to this approach, continues to fascinate me, and remains my usual medium. I also work with acrylics and in some pieces explore combinations of water-based media.
With an emphasis on figure work and still life, my subject matter usually reflects whatever is prominent in my thinking at the time. Certain themes recur: nature, literature, social history, that which links us ˆ to the past, to each other, to the planet. My current series, entitled 'Locavore', is based on my commitment to local food sources as a way of nurturing community and protecting the environment.
I am primarily a studio painter, using a variety of photographs as reference material, though I work en plein air or from life whenever I can.
Art functions in two ways in my life: it is the process by which I 'figure things out' and it provides a vehicle by which I sometimes communicate my findings to others. As such, the content of my art practice has followed the trajectory of my life. For example, when I was young and in awe of the landscape, my art tended to be representational, imitating that which I found most inspiring. When I went through a divorce, my art became darker, reflecting the struggles of oppression and emancipation. As I worked on my Masters Degree in Theological Studies, I used my art to question traditional theological assumptions (my own and those of western culture) and to explore new ways of understanding religion. Presently, I am continuing that exploration as part of my doctoral program at the Toronto School of Theology.
Tom's paintings are about light and what that particular light evokes both in fact and in mood. He is drawn to a consideration of how we mark time in the rhythms of daily rural life and how the cyclical aspect of nature holds a quality of the eternal. He is also drawn by the relationship which exists between the landscape, the ocean and the people. In terms of composition, Tom tends toward strong abstract patterns of light and shadow within the realist images he paints.
Originally a textile artist, Sally has turned to other media in recent years; drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Her work reflects her “weaver’s” lingering fascination with line and texture. The endless variety of the human form often integrated with images of other living things is a focus for much of her work.
Hainstock’s work frequently explores the increasing contrasts and frictions between a shrinking rural culture and swelling urban cultures, and between natural and human-made environments. His studio and home are located 600 feet above Atlantic Canada’s beautiful Annapolis Valley — giving a unique perspective to colors and textures of season and day, but also the economic and social patterns of the rural fabric spread out below.
Peer Gallery • 167 Lincoln Street • Lunenburg, Nova Scotia • (902) 640-3131
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