Friday Five: Acadia’s Wallace Turner Collection

It’s Friday, so if you frequent our blog you know what that means… It’s time for the Friday Five! This week we are looking at five works by Wallace Turner. The Acadia University Art Gallery is incredibly fortunate to have a huge collection of Turner’s paintings – over 200 works! Turner’s watercolours hang on display throughout…

Artist Spotlight: Robert Pope

Today we are bringing you another installment of our Artist Spotlight series. This week we wanted to continue with our focus on the current exhibition, I Came for the View, but also highlight some of the artist’s other work. We thought Robert Pope – whose work High is currently on display – would make an excellent choice….

Friday Five: Ted Colyer’s Woodblock Prints

Happy Friday everyone, you’ve made it! To celebrate the end of the work week we are sharing the art work of one of Acadia’s beloved artists – Ted Colyer. If you’re interested in seeing five of his woodblock works from our permanent collection, along with reading a short biography, you’ve come to the right place. Brief Biography: Ted…

Back to the Basics: Acrylic

Another Wednesday… another Back to the Basics installment! We hope you are enjoying learning about different paint mediums and their properties. Today for the final day of our paint feature, we are discussing acrylic paint. Acrylics are a fast drying, inexpensive form of artistic paint. Acrylic paint is created by a synthetic resin binder along with coloured pigments….

History Lesson: Cape Blomidon & Cape Split

Chances are if you’re from the Annapolis Valley you have heard lots of chatter about Cape Split and its surrounding area along the Bay of Fundy. Today we are diving into that discussion by providing a short history of Cape Split, Cape Blomidon, and the Minas Basin, as they are not only popular tourist destinations…

History Lesson: Evangeline of Grand-Pré

Naught but tradition remains of the beautiful village of Grand-Pré.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The history of the Acadian people in Nova Scotia has been a huge part of Nova Scotia’s culture and heritage since the 17th and 18th centuries (The Acadians, 2016). Grand-Pré, just 5.8km from the Acadia University campus, has become a very popular…

Back to the Basics: Watercolour

Happy Wednesday! This week for Back to the Basics we are continuing to look at paint. Today’s variety: watercolour. Made from natural (clay, minerals, etc.) or synthetic pigments, watercolours are finely ground materials combined with a water soluble based gum, which acts as a binding substance (Watercolour Painting and Projects, 2013). Watercolours range from opaque to transparent,…

Artist Spotlight: Gwendolyn Hales

Our exhibition “I Came for the View” has officially been on display for one month, so in the spirit of artists working with landscape we thought it would be a great time to show one of our artists on display in the gallery right now: Gwendolyn Hales. For a brief history of Hales’ life, and a virtual exhibition of two of her watercolour…

Friday Five: Boats on the Atlantic

In case you have yet to hear, our current exhibition I Came for the View showcases a variety of depictions of the Atlantic. From Newfoundland’s ocean shore to the Dartmouth ferry, this display gives a diverse glimpse of the east coast of Canada. While the ocean is beautiful in and of itself, it does not come without boats, of…

Back to the Basics: Oil Painting

Welcome back to our Back to the Basics series! Now that we are officially done with our seven week segment on printmaking, we will be spending the next few weeks looking at various paint mediums. This week we are talking about oil painting. Oil painting is a practice that dates back to 7th century AD (Encyclopedia Britannica,…

Artist Spotlight: Woolford’s Waterscapes

As some of you may already know, our current exhibition is entitled “I Came for the View.” Like many of our gallery’s exhibits, I Came for the View displays art from our permanent collection. The show presents the work of twenty-two different artists, each depicting Atlantic Canadian views. Every piece hanging from our gallery walls features an aspect of water, showcasing the ways in which…

Back to the Basics: Stonecut

Can you believe that this is already our final printmaking installment in our “Back to the Basics” series? Neither can we! This week we have a short and sweet look into an incredible form of printmaking called Stonecut. Stonecut is a form of relief printmaking and is practiced widely by Inuit artists. It is a variation of woodblock/woodcut printing process,…