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Halifax Magazine: Painting, Sculpture, Drawing? What's in a Name?

Published May 16 2019 by Ray Cronin

Exhibitions by Alex Livingston, Sydney Blum, and Curtis Botham. I was standing in an art gallery recently talking about what makes an artwork a painting or not. The answer seems obvious: if a painter paints, it’s a painting. But hold on. That conversation took place with Deborah Carver of Studio 21, and it was sparked…

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Halifax Magazine: Where Did the Time Go? and The Precious Book: New Exhibitions at the Galleries

Published Nov 14 2018 by Ray Cronin

The Secord Gallery is on the second floor of a storefront on Quinpool Road. When you climb the stairs, you enter directly into the gallery space, which is broken up into several connected rooms where the works of their numerous artists are on view. Where Did the Time Go? features forty-seven of the gallery’s artists,…

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Visual arts review: David Urban, The Precious Book

Published Nov 13 2018 by Mollie Cronin

Rich, layered colours reveal a combination of music, landscape and still lives. To November 14 Studio 21, 5431 Doyle Street The colours in David Urban’s paintings are satisfyingly combative. Backgrounds of goldenrod and deep lavender house strange shapes in apricot orange, cornflower blue and turquoise—contrasting tones that Urban corrals into pleasing scenes. These backgrounds, while…

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Fall Arts: Selections from Five Decades at Studio 21

Published Oct 4 2018 by Mollie Cronin, The Coast (Halifax)

Father and son artists James G. and Turner G. Davis help christen the gallery’s new home. James G. Davis and Turner G. Davis Selections from Five Decades To October 10 Studio 21, 5431 Doyle Street Studio 21 christened its new location at 5431 Doyle Street last Friday with the opening of Selections from Five Decades,…

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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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