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 and emigrated to Canada in 1975, gaining Canadian citizenship in 1984. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a B.S.ED in 1972, and held a position as a drawing and painting instructor at Cape Breton University from 1977-81. As a well-known Nova Scotia watercolour artist and oil painter, his work is mainly traditional in depicting the light and landscape of Northern Cape Breton and other locations (including the Annapolis Valley). He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the States and Canada and is the designer of the 1981 and 1987 Canadian commemorative Silver Dollars (Nd.).
Gorey has won awards for his work at La Societe canadiene de l’aquarelle, the Watercolour Art Society of Houston and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolor. He is also a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor (CSPWC) and La Societe canadienne de l’aquarelle (SCA). His work can be found in many collections including those of Ann Murray, The Nova Scotia Art Bank, Seneca College and the Acadia University Art Galleries (N.d.).
Gorey resides in Ingonish, Nova Scotia with his wife Lynn.
In reference to the following work, Gorey once stated “The Look-Off is a favorite vantage point for Nova Scotians to look over some of the most beautiful land in this province. It is reached by taking the road to Cape Split, that long promontory that curves out onto the Bay of Fundy. The Road Climbs up the side of a steep escarpment and then emerges above the trees and runs along the edge of the escarpment before turning North West Across the neck of the cape. The Look-Off permits one to see parts of seven countries and looks out over the flat alluvial plain that was partly reclaimed from the sea by the Acadians at Grand Pre.”[1
The following work, “The Lookoff January” is on display on the second floor of the Beverage Arts Centre (BAC).
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Alexandra (Collections and Outreach Assistant, summer 2017)
Acadia University Art Gallery Artist Files
“About the Artist: Christopher Gorey”. Christopher Gorey Fine Art. Nd. Retrieved on July 26th, 2017. http://goreygallery.ca/about
 Acadia University Art Gallery Artist Files