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New Island Mountain Arts Gallery exhibition featuring Quesnel artist opens Aug. 30 – Quesnel Cariboo Observer

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A new art show begins this week at the Island Mountain Arts (IMA) Gallery in Wells, and it features the work of a Quesnel artist.

Everything is Shining is an exhibition by Quesnel’s James Savage, and it opens this Friday (Aug. 30) at 7 p.m. at the IMA Gallery, which is located at 2323 Pooley St.

The Exhibition Opening runs until 9 p.m., and Savage will give an Artist Talk at 7:30 p.m.

“I make art because of a compulsive urge to capture beauty and mystery as I see it,” Savage says on his website.

“That sometimes means adding something unexpected, often without me realizing it until later. My art has been described as ‘contemporary realism,’ and that seems to work so far.”

Savage has studied art technique and history for many years, and his formal training has been obtained largely through workshop and private study with Samara Carrier, whom he calls one of the most successful living female artists in Canada.

Savage says Samara has taught for more than 50 years, and her students have included a number of artists who went on to have successful careers.

“It was through Samara that I reconnected with art, and I greatly respect her chutzpah and ability,” he says.

Savage believes a great learning from other artists is the beauty that an artist can have in their life, and which they can share with others.

“Perhaps like you, I’m strongly moved by images and stories of the mounting and overwhelming evidence of how we are affecting the global ecosystem and the survival of other species,” he says.

“In the face of that, art is one of the most uplifting things that a human can experience, and I’m honoured to have the chance to pursue it.”

The Everything is Shining exhibition runs at the IMA Gallery until Sept. 29. To learn more about James Savage, visit jamessavagearts.com.

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PHOTOS: Huge crowd flocks to annual Mission Arts Council Christmas Craft Market – Mission City Record

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Heritage Park School was a hub of activity this weekend for the annual Mission Arts Council Christmas Craft Market.

Patrons stood shoulder to shoulder viewing everything from chocolates to knitted garments to metalwork and acrylic paintings offered by the more than 100 vendors.

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Non-profit Tides Contemporary Art Gallery opens in Kentville – The Guardian

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KENTVILLE, N.S. —

The Annapolis Valley’s newest art gallery is now open in Kentville. 

Tides Contemporary Art Gallery is non-profit gallery that features the work of more than a dozen established and emerging artists from Kings County and southwestern Nova Scotia.

It’s a project of the Kentville Art Gallery Society, and is the space formerly occupied by the Hardware Gallery, across the street from the Kings County Museum.

The new gallery is a co-op, with staffing provided mainly by the artists themselves and some volunteers. Operating costs are covered by membership fees, so the gallery already has its first year of expenses and marketing costs in the bank.

Gallery co-ordinator and society chair Bob Hainstock said the co-op model makes the most sense for a new gallery. 

“Private ownership starting a new gallery with private money, it’s just not happening anymore,” he said. 

The featured artists sit the gallery from one to three days a month, which means there are no staffing costs so money can be spent on marketing.

“To establish a gallery again in Kentville is going to take a lot of marketing.”

He said the gallery has a good mix. 

Bob Hainstock poses for a photo at the new Tides Contemporary Art Gallery in Kentville. Hainstock, the gallery co-ordinator, says co-ops are a good model when opening new galleries. – Ian Fairclough

A varied palette of artists

There are established artists with international reputations and exposure in top New York and Toronto galleries, as well as several some just beginning their exhibition experience. Artists will change their exhibition work every month.

Among those showing are Maggie Schmidt Mandell, Roy Mandell, Carolyn Mallory, Wayne Boucher and Gundrun Mueller-Both.

“We’ve  concentrated mainly on painters and print makers: the wall artists,” Hainstock said. “Now we have to make an effort to get the floor artists, the sculptors, the metal, fibre and wood people.”

There is a waiting list of about a dozen artists hoping to get into the gallery, and Hainstock said he would love to see more artist co-ops get established, and said the model has proven successful elsewhere.

The town owns the building and wants to sell, so Hainstock said it’s critical that the gallery achieve success during its two-year lease.

He said the society would also like to develop the second floor of the building and put in a print-makers co-op, potters co-op and an educational co-op that would put on classes and workshops in a huge array of arts and crafts mediums.

“We want to make this whole area very active, with a lot of traffic coming into Kentville to either look or take part in the arts and culture activities,” he said. 

“Arts and culture enterprises are providing a new energy and confidence in small towns, that you don’t have to bring in the big manufacturing plants or count on government jobs anymore.”

He said more and more people who are retiring, or nearing retirement age, are taking up interests in the arts “and finding out that they’re damn good at it. They’re getting a satisfaction of ‘hey, who knew I was an artist?’”

That also helps fuel galleries, he said. 

The gallery will also feature an art gift boutique and art rental program. The gift boutique will feature smaller, less expensive pieces. The art rental program is designed for home or office and includes rent-to-own features, as well as opportunities for business rewards to company employees or customers.

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Non-profit Tides Contemporary Art Gallery opens in Kentville – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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The Annapolis Valley’s newest art gallery is now open in Kentville. 

Tides Contemporary Art Gallery is non-profit gallery that features the work of more than a dozen established and emerging artists from Kings County and southwestern Nova Scotia.

It’s a project of the Kentville Art Gallery Society, and is the space formerly occupied by the Hardware Gallery, across the street from the Kings County Museum.

The new gallery is a co-op, with staffing provided mainly by the artists themselves and some volunteers. Operating costs are covered by membership fees, so the gallery already has its first year of expenses and marketing costs in the bank.

Gallery coordinator and society chair Bob Hainstock said the co-op model makes the most sense for a new gallery. 

“Private ownership starting a new gallery with private money, it’s just not happening anymore,” he said. 

The featured artists sit the gallery from one to three days a month, which means there are no staffing costs so money can be spent on marketing.

“To establish a gallery again in Kentville is going to take a lot of marketing.”

He said the gallery has a good mix. 

There are established artists with international reputations and exposure in top New York and Toronto galleries, as well as several some just beginning their exhibition experience. Artists will change their exhibition work every month.

Among those showing are Maggie Schmidt Mandell, Roy Mandell, Carolyn Mallory, Wayne Boucher and Gundrun Mueller-Both.

“We’ve  concentrated mainly on painters and print makers: the wall artists,” Hainstock said. “Now we have to make an effort to get the floor artists, the sculptors, the metal, fibre and wood people.”

There is a waiting list of about a dozen artists hoping to get into the gallery, and Hainstock said he would love to see more artist co-ops get established, and said the model has proven successful elsewhere.

The town owns the building and wants to sell, so Hainstock said it’s critical that the gallery achieve success during its two-year lease.

He said the society would also like to develop the second floor of the building and put in a print-makers co-op, potters co-op and an educational co-op that would put on classes and workshops in a huge array of arts and crafts mediums.

“We want to make this whole area very active, with a lot of traffic coming into Kentville to either look or take part in the arts and culture activities,” he said. 
“Arts and culture enterprises are providing a new energy and confidence in small towns, that you don’t have to bring in the big manufacturing plants or count on government jobs anymore.”

He said more and more people who are retiring, or nearing retirement age, are taking up interests in the arts “and finding out that they’re damn good at it. They’re getting a satisfaction of ‘hey, who knew I was an artist?’”

That also helps fuel galleries, he said. 

The gallery will also feature an art gift boutique and art rental program. The gift boutique will feature smaller, less expensive pieces. The art rental program is designed for home or office and includes rent-to-own features, as well as opportunities for business rewards to company employees or customers.

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