Exhibition Highlights: Maud Lewis and the Model T Ford

Our current exhibition, Maud Lewis: A Life Collected presents a selection of artwork from private collections of Nova Scotia folk artist, Maud Lewis (1903-1970). The exhibition is on view until  September 30th, 2018. Throughout her years of painting, Maud regularly depicted forms of transportation, such as the Model T Ford. The Model T Ford was…

Exhibition Highlights: Maud Lewis and Oxen

Welcome back! Our last post about Maud Lewis was an introduction to the exhibition, Whose Maud?, a collection of works by artists Steven Rhude and Laura Kenney which explored the life and legacy of Maud Lewis from a new perspective. Our current exhibition, Maud Lewis: A Life Collected presents a selection of Maud Lewis artwork from private…

Exhibitions in Review: Whose Maud?

The Acadia University Art Gallery is excited to present Whose Maud?, an exhibition presenting the work of rug-hooker Laura Kenney and painter Steven Rhude. The exhibition takes “Whose Maud?” as its central question, in that there are many interpretations of Maud as an artist, individual, and folk art icon. Today, Maud’s life and legacy are…

Collection Spotlight: Historical Canadian Weather Systems and Forecasting

This installment of “Collection Spotlight” is digging up the history of meteorology and weather forecasting in Canada. Let’s begin with a historical weather system from the 19th century: The Great Nova Scotian Cyclone of 1873. Although meteorologists in Toronto received warning of the impending storm within 24 hours prior to its arrival, they were not…

Collection Spotlight: Obaysch, the Hippopotamus of Regent’s Park

The Acadia University Art Gallery collection is full of historical artworks and artifacts with fascinating stories. The first installment of our new blog category, “Collection Spotlight”, looks at an image of Obaysch, the Hippopotamus of Regent’s Park. The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Located on the northern edge of…

Artist Spotlight: The Lorenzen Collection of Mushrooms

Today’s blog post is focusing in on one of my favourite collections belonging to the gallery: The Lorenzen collection of mushrooms. Ernest Lorenzen, forester/naturalist from Denmark and his wife Alma Goguen, an Acadian from Cocagne, New Brunswick began making pottery in 1947 as a hobby while living in Dieppe, NB. Earnest typically used the pottery…

Art Around Campus: Christopher Gorey

Presenting to you another installment of our latest blog theme, Art Around Campus! The Annapolis Valley is a place overflowing with picturesque locations, making it a hot spot for landscape artists. One artist from Cape Breton was fascinated with the Wolfville and Annapolis Valley area: Christopher Gorey. Gorey was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts in 1950…

Opinions: A Student’s Perspective on Working in an Art Gallery

When I applied to work at the Acadia University Art Gallery in August of 2016, I was under the impression I knew a lot about art – I worked in a museum for two years during which time I learned how to handle and document artifacts, I had several favourite internationally-known artists, and could tell…

Art Around Campus: Ted Colyer

The Beveridge Arts Centre is home to many displays of works from the Gallery’s permanent collection, and these displays are not limited to the gallery space. Walking around the building in search of artworks to include in blog posts gives me a great sense of discovery which I hope I pass onto you. Today, we…

Art Around Campus: Helen Beals

Not many people are aware that works from the Acadia University Art Gallery’s collection are on display all around campus. The purpose of the blog theme Art Around Campus is to create awareness of such art and to share interesting and unknown information about the artists. This is the second installment of the newest blog…

Art Around Campus: Wayne Boucher

To kick off the newest theme on our blog, Art Around Campus, I am introducing Nova Scotian artist Wayne Boucher. Wayne Boucher was born in Ontario in 1943. He received his Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Nova Scotia College of art and Design in 1975, and moved to Graywood, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia the…

Artist Spotlight: Kenojuak Ashevak

The Northern region of Canada has many communities internationally known for their artists and print collections. The Acadia University Art Gallery is lucky enough to have large collection of Inuit sculptures and prints by artists of these communities – one artist in our collection is the acclaimed Inuit artist from the Northern Community of Cape…