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We are pleased to be able to present new work for spring 2017 from some of our favorite artists. Featured below are new pieces currently showing in the gallery from fibre artist Sanna Rahola and Halifax painter Louise Baker.
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We are excited to have new work in the gallery by metal artist Floyd Elzinga.
Floyd received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, NS. He was initially drawn to steel, due to its malleable and forgiving nature, and he continues to utilize its range of colours as well as the way light plays off the surface. He has been exploring traditional metal working techniques to create textures and depth the same way a painter would use a paintbrush.
Using the properties of steel to create colours, texture and depth Floyd's landscapes are a modern take on the quintessential Canadian Landscape.
We currently have several of Floyd's Landscape's on display and available for purchase. Please get in touch via our contact page for further information.
Magnetic pewter, limpid glass, luminous resin, lavish gold – all materials sculpted by Anne-Marie Chagnon, to create these unique designs, eye-catching manifestations from a mysterious world of beauty from beyond. Blessed with a bountiful imagination and trained at the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Quebec in Montreal, she shapes materials instinctively while achieving a playful harmony of form. With the search for authenticity at the heart of her approach, her signature is unmistakable, recognized at first glance.
Valued for her ingenuity and original designs, all handmade in Montreal, each of her designs is a wonder of wearable art. One-of-a-kind, this alliance of beauty and independence of spirit will appeal to all those who value their own uniqueness. A genuine tribute to personal expression, each of her creations is an art you can wear in accordance with your changing moods and desires.
A selection from Anne-Maries 2015 Fall/Winter collection has just arrived in store and is showcased in the gallery along side pieces from her heritage and classic collections.
Paul Hannon is an American born artist, who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he paints urban and coastal scenes of Atlantic Canada.
Paul studied at the State University of New York at Oswego where he majored in Fine Arts and at Pratt Graphics in New York City where he studied with Anna Wong, and with Elaine de Kooning as part of the Empire State College “Studio Without Walls” program. Paul also studied watercolor media with Diana Kurtz at The Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He exhibited in California in the seventies and taught printmaking as artist-in-residence at The Venture Gallery in San Diego. Paul’s move to Nova Scotia in 1989 coincided with a renewed and reinvigorated connection to painting. Paul is represented in numerous public, private and corporate collections and he continues to live and work in Halifax.
Paul works in the medium of oil on canvas and the prints in his collection are from his original oil paintings. Paul says about his work "Through painting, I attempt to create a portrait revealing the landscape and coastlines of the Maritimes, but one that is not simply objectively realist. I infuse my work with my unique interpretation of light, color and composition".
"All of my paintings are connected through a common concern for the depiction of light. I respond to low-angled, northern light with long and deep shadows. The effect of light informs all of my painting practice whether the subject is a corner store at night or a view along the shore of the Atlantic coast. In a sense, light itself is my subject matter.”
We currently carry a number of Paul Hannons images as matted prints both framed or unframed and as ready to hang Giclee prints on canvas. Please contact us for further information. We ship worldwide.
We are very pleased to announce the return of Sanna Rohla to the gallery. Sanna is a Finnish fiber artist and designer living on the shores of the Minas Basin in Nova Scotia. She creates richly textured compositions using silk, linen, merino wool and other natural fibers. Much of what is natural to Nova Scotia unfolds across the surfaces she creates. Always searching for beauty in unexpected places, Sanna shares her inspirations by exploring the boundaries of felted art.
Each work of fibre art is created from handmade felt by building alternating layers of carded wool. As a painter works her layers of paint, Sanna layers her colors in fibres to achieve her desired image. By manipulating other raw fibres such as silk and linen and placing them down on the final layers of wool Sanna accents her pieces as if using the fibres as heavy brush strokes. These accents reflect light, adding to the depth and rich texture of her work. One of the final and most important steps of the creative process involves subjecting the mass of loose yet carefully placed fibres to the physical and sometimes unpredictable process of traditional felt making.
Each work is beautifully framed in Black Walnut by fellow artisit and wood carver Douglas Drdul.
We currently have a selection of Sanna's work on display in the gallery. For residential and commercial interiors, these durable and permanent works require no special maintenance.
From her days growing up on the shores of Lake Superior (the world's largest lake), Susan has always been inspired by the water and the natural beauty that surrounds it. Life has since taken her from Thunder Bay to Boston, on the Atlantic Ocean, and then to the Cayman Islands and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Today, Susan and her family live just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, an area graced not only with the Atlantic but also with a wealth of lakes. Her jewelry studio looks out over Five Island Lake, a location that serves to inspire many of her designs.
Using sterling silver embellished with semi precious gems like moonstone, labradorite and Swarovski pearls, Susan creates pieces that capture nature, from trees and birds to shells and oceans.
No matter what the inspiration behind them, every piece of jewelry that Susan creates is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. No two pieces are exactly alike, making your purchase a piece of personal expression.
New Brunswick potter Tim Isaac draws inspiration from the rugged nature of the Bay of Fundy and its textures, light and colors. From his studio overlooking the bay, Tim creates original stoneware and raku.
Originally from Manitoba, Tim became hooked on pottery when he started attending classes at a gallery in Winnipeg while attending the University of Manitoba. His decision to embrace the life of a potter and ceramic artist led him to set up his first studio in Kitchener Ontario before moving to Salem, Elora where he spent three years doing a wide variety of experimental work and establishing himself as a Raku potter. It was here he met artist Karin Bach who he has collaborated with extensively over the years including the popular "Fish by Fire" collection.
The Maritimes have been fruitful for Tim both as a potter and a musician. He has played cello in folk/roots duo "Isaac & Blewett" for over 15 years and more recently in the pop duo "Lovestorm" with his partner Nina Khosla.
We are pleased to be able to carry an extensive range of Tim's popular raku fired fish, mirrors, vessels and one of a kind pieces.
Happily residing in Balderson Ontario, Patrick uncovers the latent potential and beauty in cut off scraps of domestic and exotic woods. A wood enthusiast since his early days, Patrick is inspired by art deco design, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the incredible chatoyance in solid and veneer woods.
Patrick painstakingly blends and shapes veneers into intricate 3-D art pieces. With an emphasis on sea life and sailing, Patrick's work fits beautifully into our seaside Mahone Bay Gallery.
Using the process of shaping and coloring fine veneers, Patrick’s sail boats wondrously reflect the free flowing nature of their real-world inspirations. Available in a variety of color combinations, these small 3-D pieces make a wonderful gift — to yourself or another.
Patrick’s tropical fish are created using vibrant multi-colour laminants — shaped into a dazzling array of tropical fish. The base of each piece reflects the natural beauty of the water.
We carry the work of a number of different potters and ceramic artists in our store but one of my personal favourites is the work of Suzanne Babineau.
Suzanne likes to create pottery for the eyes hands and soul. Her work is a mix of precise control and spontaneity which gives each piece distinction and personality. With the help of her kick wheel she creates sturdy pieces, delicatley decorated with simple lines, pictoral forms and texture.
Suzanne graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design in 2005 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa. She is now creating her unique pottery from her home studio in Notre-Dame, New Brunswick.
We feel very fortunate to be the only gallery in Nova Scotia carrying Suzannes pottery and we have just received a new shipment of pieces from her Miro, Olive and Spring series so call in and see her beautiful work for yourself.
Northern Sun Gallery & Gifts are pleased to be able to carry the Constantine Designs collection of contemporary silver and gold jewellery.
Lynda Constantine’s jewellery studio rests on the south shore of Nova Scotia near the head of St. Margaret’s Bay. In 1997, after travelling and working overseas for nearly nine years, Lynda returned to Canada to become a goldsmith and pursue her passion for jewellery design.
Lynda’s inspiration is rooted in the visual memory and cultural experiences of years of extensive travel in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. She is also heavily influenced by the stories of the countless people she has met abroad and at home in Canada. Her experiences in other countries and with other cultures instilled in her a deep appreciation for the freedom Canadians have to define themselves and design their own lives.
During Lynda’s time abroad she expressed herself through photography and a dynamic form of shodo (Japanese calligraphy). It is in these art forms that she learned that beauty could be expressed with one intentional stroke of a brush or a simple strike of light. It is with this same intention that Lynda celebrates the beauty of simplicity in her metal work and incorporates a design sense fostered by the experiences of a world traveller framed in a streamlined modern context.
Whether in the densely populated urban centers of Asia and Europe, in remote African villages, the expansive geography of North America’s West or revelling in her daily ocean view, what is most striking to Lynda is how often simplicity truly reveals beauty and elegance. She finds this to be also true in the incredible people she meets. She describes a sense of gratitude and is honoured by the stories of these people. She explores their natural beauty and feelings that evoke concepts of life, love and fulfillment. These observations and experiences stay with Lynda through the creation of her jewellery. From a foundation respecting the basics, her work echoes all of her influences.
Lynda hopes that you will discover, in wearing her jewellery, your own individual sense of style will resonate, thrive and evolve.