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Halifax Magazine: The Artists of Summer

Published Aug 17 2018 by Ray Cronin

Halifax’s small commercial galleries showcase a huge variety of local art I spent a recent afternoon popping in to several galleries in Halifax, looking at the various group shows on view. In just over two hours I looked at works by over one hundred artists, mostly local, reflecting numerous genres and approaches to art. With…

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Boston Voyager: Art & Life with Sydney Blum

Published Aug 14 2018

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sydney Blum. Sydney, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far. I grew up in a rural college town in central New York State. I drove my parents crazy with wanting to make things but not having the right materials…

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Canadian Art Review: Robert Murray

Published Aug 9 2018 by Ray Cronin

Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, July 7–August 31, 2018 Robert Murray, Tlingit, 2016. Painted-steel maquette, 26.6 x 21.5 x 39.3 cm. Photo: Grace Laemmler. by Ray Cronin Bruce Cockburn sang that the skin around every city looks the same. One could say the same about any large city centre, with their deep concrete and glass canyons. For…

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Halifax Magazine: Going Abstract in Halifax

Published Jul 16 2018 by Ray Cronin

Abstraction was the most enduring innovation of Modern Art, and it remains the default mode for many people when they think about what is “contemporary” or “experimental” in art. However, if you will forgive a little art history lesson, abstraction is actually quite venerable, having been a mode of painting for well over a century,…

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Chronicle Herald: Halifax’s few artistic jewellers show off their creative chops

Published Jul 3 2018 by Elissa Barnard

Claire MacDonald holds her piece Relics of Childhood at the Co-Adorn Art Jewellery Society’s Conversation Starter exhibition at Studio 21 earlier this month. (RYAN TAPLIN Staff) The Co-Adorn Art Jewellery Society is a cure for loneliness and a way to get jewellers to stay in Nova Scotia. Right now it’s also a chance for people…

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2018 recipients of MHA awards for excellence

Published Jun 22 2018

SHMF announces the 2018 recipients of excellence awards   Maja Padrov, a ceramic artist currently working from her studio in Gagetown, is most worthy of recognition through a Marie Hélène Allain Fellowship Award for her stunning body of work. A master of sculptural form, Padrov is equally an innovator in surface texture and glazing techniques.…

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Arts Review: Red is the Colour of Memory

Published May 26 2018 by Elissa Barnard

Green Room Marquee, oil on canvas, by Marilyn McAvoy, in her exhibit Red at Studio 21, 1273 Hollis St., Halifax.  Marilyn McAvoy’s new paintings at Studio 21 to June 6 are fascinating, shadowland portraits of women at bars, caught alone in an empty space in dramatic reflection. They are inspired by the 20 years she…

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Visual Arts Review: Red and Ascension at Studio 21

Published May 10 2018 by Mollie Cronin, The Coast

A double-header of paintings and drawings offers two times the loveliness. By Mollie Cronin “Charley Young, Striations” Marilyn McAvoy, Red Charley Young, Ascension Studio 21 Fine Art, 1273 Hollis Street To June 6 The latest exhibition at Studio 21 is a double header: Red by Marilyn McAvoy and Ascension by Charley Young. Known for her floral paintings that blend naturalism, texture and…

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23 Avr Papier 2018 – Regard amateur sur la foire d’art contemporain de Montréal

Published May 1 2018 by Arts de la Maison

« Papier » : c’est sous cet intitulé sobre qu’exposaient ce week-end une quarantaine de galeries du Canada lors de la foire d’art contemporain de Montréal. 11ème édition pour cet événement bien établi mais une première pour moi récemment installée à Montréal. Qu’ai-je vu et retenu qui mérite d’être partagé avec vous ? Des œuvres très structurées, dévoilant un…

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The Great Wall: How to Buy Art Like a Grown-Up

Published Mar 17 2018 by Elle Canada

Follow your instincts. Turns out you were onto something when you hung that The Starry Night poster in your dorm room first year. Replicas of famous works are a great starting point — they’re familiar and pleasing to the eye. (Duh, that’s why they’re classics.) And even though some art snobs might shudder, there’s nothing wrong with buying…

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Chronicle Herald: Art galleries wrestling with change

Published Dec 5 2017 by Lisa Cochrane

Deborah Carver, director at Studio 21 on Hollis Street, poses for a photo with artist Jordan Broadworth’s Compatibility Mode on Wednesday afternoon. (Ryan Taplin/The Chronicle Herald) Will commercial art galleries soon become a thing of the past, like rotary phones? E-commerce domination of the art world is no longer mere speculation. According to the BBC,…

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Chronicle Herald: Studio 21 gallery marks Explosion anniversary with four-artist exhibit

Published Dec 4 2017 by Lisa Cochrane

Janice Leonard’s piece, Explosion School Girls, uses found glass to represent the great destruction. Artworks in a variety of media are popping up all over the city commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. The Studio 21 art gallery is marking the tragic anniversary with an exhibition of new work by four of their…

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