Spring 2024 Exhibitions at ARTSPLACE

Photo: Daniel Schludi, Unsplash. The B-Sides poster designed by Peter Mansour

The B-Sides

April 13 – May 25, 2024
Opening Reception: April 13, 12 – 2 pm. B Mosher performance, 1 pm.
ARTSPLACE Gallery, Annapolis Royal

In February 2024, the exhibitions committee of ARTSPLACE extended a special invitation to artists to participate in “The B-Sides.” This unique exhibition offers those artists an opportunity to showcase works that diverge from their typical practice and venture into uncharted territories of creativity.

“The B-Sides” encourages artists to step outside their comfort zones, challenging them to present pieces that defy their usual norms. Whether experimenting with new mediums, exploring different subjects, or showcasing works outside of their regular practice, artists are invited to embrace the unfamiliar and demonstrate their versatility.

About the Artist(s)

Wayne Boucher, Geoff Butler, Brandt Eisner, Ken Flett, Jennifer Goddard, Ron Hayes, Deb Kuzyk, Ray Mackie, Ben Mosher, Lorna Mulligan, Sarah Reesor, Monique Silver, Courtney Turner.


John Eaton, Guysborough Church, mixed media, 2023

John Eaton: Broken Windows

March 30 – April 20, 2024
Reception: April 13, 12 – 2 pm
ARTSPLACE Gallery, Annapolis Royal

The magic of Nova Scotia’s back roads has always spoken to me, and the decaying, built heritage that can be found there holds a beauty that is quickly disappearing into nature.

Working with a variety of recycled objects, I try to capture the essence of these forgone spaces, and preserve their memory in miniature. The open doors, missing walls and vacant windows of these sculptures call to you to think about the frailty of our existence, and the legacies we leave behind.

My Broken Windows exhibit highlights my many abandoned Nova Scotian homes, with detailed miniature sculptures, and forced perspective images of same contrasted with photos of their real-world inspiration.

About the Artist(s)

John’s background is varied, from print publishing, the movies, and designing and building new exhibits at The Discovery Centre. His family has always enjoyed taking the scenic routes, discovering amazing places and history throughout Nova Scotia. The long drives, and his fascination with old, abandoned buildings led Eaton to begin creating these sculptures, giving these forgotten places another chance to be remembered.


Gregory Muszkie, Infrastructure, detail, acrylic on canvas. Image credit: Sophie Paskins

Gregory Muszkie: Canopy

April 1 – 24, 2024
Reception: April 13, 12 – 2 pm
ARTSPLACE Gallery, Annapolis Royal

Don’t look at any particular spot, but all of it at once. Let go of your focus and allow your vision to run free, recalling the memory of lying in the grass. My hope is that if you don’t see it in my paintings, outside you will look up and see order in the chaos.

A tree will take anywhere from 2-50 hours. Standard studio acrylics allow for fast-paced layering, where the branches meander into their proper orientation through iteration.

‘Infinity Plaid (5-431)’ is born out of mathematics, and is ultimately an effort to coax out the regularity of prime numbers. Much like the organization of trees, it is not straightforward, but uncannily symmetrical. My goal is to merge these subjects.

About the Artist(s)

Gregory Muszkie is a new artist in the public scope, hosting his work in galleries only since last October.

Sketching with pen has been a decades-long pastime for Greg, but the tree as a subject took form as a necessity of understanding how trees distribute and scatter light. He is searching for something beyond sight, eager to delve into abstraction in the coming years to recreate the glimmering of branches.

He continues to paint as he follows his other passions. You may find him at King’s Theatre hosting an event, or performing on stage himself.


Ali Nickerson, House on the Hill, detail

Ali Nickerson: A Beer Tent for Girls

April 1 – 24, 2024
Reception: April 13, 12 – 2 pm
ARTSPLACE Gallery, Annapolis Royal

The exhibition is a mixed media installation that evokes the excitement of discovery, including forbidden spaces and secrets, and a playful rebellion with gender roles. This work is a continuation of a project started at the Banff Centre for the Arts while in residence.

Growing up in a rural setting, I would spend my days walking through dense forest often stumbling upon forbidden spaces and people. These were makeshift spaces for men, where they would gather and drink.

In the centre of the gallery a handwoven tent made of burlap twine and off-white and pink strips of fabric will be installed; the skin of the tent hangs over a makeshift wooden structural frame made from locally scavenged wood. The tent is modelled after a WWII camouflage net. Enrolling in service as an escape from poverty is a concept that reoccurs in my work, and I witnessed it in three generations of family who have served in wars, ranging from WWII to Afghanistan.

About the Artist(s)

Ali Nickerson’s practice spans a diversity of media, including sculpture, drawing, robotics, and craft. With a focus on retelling stories in a visual and experiential manner, her research is immersed in contemporary social issues. Using dark humor, her work disarms conflict and uneasy topics related to the human condition. She received her BFA from NSCAD and MFA from the University of Alberta. She has participated as Artist in Residence at Harcourt House, the NSCAD Textiles Department and Banff Center for the Arts. She exhibited in the Art Gallery of Alberta Biennial (2015), Fibreworks: The Biennial of Canadian Fiber Art in Ontario (2008), Confederation Centre Art Gallery, and galleries and artist run centres across Canada and the US.


About ARTSPLACE

The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) was founded as a Society in 1982 by a group of artists who wanted to share their work and ideas with each other and their community. In 1996, ARCAC acquired its own building, known as ARTSPLACE. In 1998, ARTSPLACE was awarded Canada Council funding to present contemporary, visual arts as an artist-run centre. ARTSPLACE has four galleries and a space for workshops and residencies. The organisation is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), the NS Dept. of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH), and through membership, donations and fundraising. ARCAC is a registered charitable organization.

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