Exhibits worth seeking out during your stay.
Dove with Olive Branch by pablo picasso, 1962, lithograph on paper. 55.1 x 75.6 cm. From the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2007-067. Photographer: Stephen Topfer ©Picasso Estate/SODRAC(2016)
STARTS MAY 13
A pair of exhibits give a rare glimpse at one of art history’s most iconic figures at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Picasso in Canada features more than 30 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and ceramic works drawn from collections across the country. Also on display is a collection of 100 etchings and drypoints, presented in its entirety for the first time in 60 years. Named Picasso: Man and Beast, this exhibit showcases the artist’s preoccupations with the civilizing nature of art and the “beast within”. Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, wag.ca
Lakeside Ritual (bc) by Matthew Gardiner, 2013, courtesy of aceartinc
MAY-JUN: Graffiti Gallery presents a retrospective featuring works by artists involved with the gallery since its inception in 1998. 109 Higgins Ave, graffitigallery.ca
TO MAY 19: Matthew Gardiner explores modern society’s relationship with the natural world in You Can’t Go Home Again at aceartinc. 290 McDermot Ave, aceart.org
TO MAY 28: Through the Eyes of A Child exhibits the work of young artists at WAG@The Park inside the Assiniboine Park Pavilion. 55 Pavilion Cres, wag.ca
TO MAY 30: Love of gardening and painting runs in the family for Gerd Behrendt and Angela Lillico. See Floral Frenzy: The Love of Father and Daughter at the Wayne Arthur Gallery. 186 Provencher Blvd, waynearthurgallery.com
MAY 5-28: The MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) Artist Mothers Group shows a mother-child collaborative exhibit. 611 Main St, mawa.ca
MAY 5-16: See Sari Habiluk’s The Golden Hour, a collection of vibrant and abstracted acrylic paintings, at cre8ery. 125 Adelaide St, cre8ery.com
JUN 2-28: Turqoise Gem/Pale Blue Dot is a collection of mixed media works by Bonnie Taylor at the Wayne Arthur Gallery. 186 Provencher Blvd, waynearthurgallery.com
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Ode To Miss Eagle Testickle by Ursula Johnson (photo by Leah Snyder)
To Jan 1
Group exhibition Superimposition: Sculpture and Image at Plug In ICA features artists Nadia Belerique, Valerie Blass, Ursula Johnson, Kelly Lycan, Ursula Mayer, Kristin Nelson, Dominique Rey and Andrea Roberts. The exhibit includes a variety of mixed media pieces exploring superimposition—a technique usually unique to image—in three dimensional space. The collection, which draws inspiration from fashion, film, architecture, and performance, incorporates bright colours, text and texture to create sculptural works that play with the conventions of graphic design. Unit 1-460 Portage Ave, 204‑942‑1043, plugin.org
Photo: Rundle After September Snow, by Wendy Bradley
By Afton Aikens & Lisa Stephens
Western Canadian Art
Canada House Gallery in Banff displays paintings by Wendy Bradley (among many other artists). This third-generation Banffite hikes, climbs and snowshoes to vantage points where she paints en plein air, in temperatures that have dipped to –16°C.
These mounted sperm-whale skeletons are one of the breathtaking features of the new exhibit. Photo credit: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008.
Dive into the ocean with “Whales Tohorā,” a blockbuster exhibit on view at the Canadian Museum of Nature starting March 2. The spotlight is on whales in the South Pacific — the diversity, biology, and adaptation of these mammals; the impact humans have on them; and the special relationship between whales and the Māori people of New Zealand, who view these creatures as both friends and food. Discover how science and culture overlap, and prepare to be wowed by the sheer size of two mounted sperm-whale skeletons that are a central to this fascinating exhibition.
"Belmont Park" at the MSVU Art Gallery.
Continuing through November 20 at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery: Works by photographer Lisette Model (1901–1983), famed for her shoot-and-run portraits of strangers.
Continuing through November 27 at Dalhousie Art Gallery: Stealing the Gaze features symbolic portrait photographs and video installations by Canada’s most celebrated Native artists.
Sobey Art Award finalists at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
• October 15: Nocturne, the “art at night” festival, brings art to the streets of Halifax between 6pm to midnight. The free event celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax with exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.
• Continuing through January 8: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street showcases works by artists short-listed for the Sobey Art Award. It’s the pre-eminent prize for Canadian contemporary art.
"Red Woman" by Donna Mancini.
A group of 21 local artists and artisans run Art 1274 Hollis. The Hollis Street gallery showcases locally made paintings, jewellery, woodcarvings and pottery. In June, it features works by Donna Mancini and Karen Phinney.
The "Hello Sailor" exhibition explores "gay life on the open wave."
It’s a side of nautical history that hasn’t gotten much attention in local museums, up until now. Adapted from an exhibition created by National Museums Liverpool (U.K.), Hello Sailor explores “gay life on the ocean wave.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Lower Water Street hosts the exhibit throughout the summer. Additional displays present a Canadian and Nova Scotian perspective.
Adapted from an exhibition created by National Museums Liverpool (U.K.), Hello Sailor explores “gay life on the ocean wave.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic also highlights a Canadian and Nova Scotian perspective from May 19 to November 27.
Boyz II Men perform at Casino Nova Scotia on May 24 and 25.
• Continuing through May: Art 1274 Hollis showcases works by gallery members, spotlighting Pat Shattuck and Marilyn Hatfield this month.
• May 5 to 7: Live Art Dance Productions presents Vancouver’s 605 Collective, which explores “the erosion of intimacy in the age of social media” at Dalhousie Arts Centre.
• May 7: Symphony Nova Scotia’s season-ending Beer and Beethoven concert features classical, big band and Maritime music (and yes, beer) at the World Trade and Convention Centre on Argyle Street.
• May 7: Canadian rocker Burton Cummings performs an intimate concert at Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street.
• May 24 and 25: Boyz II Men play two sets at Casino Nova Scotia.
In the heart of downtown Halifax, Art 1274 Hollis is an ideal place to discover unheralded local artists. One of the co-operative gallery’s member artists is always on site. In March, it showcases works by Pat Shattuck and Marilyn Hatfield.
Work from Kloqowej (Star) by Mi'kmaq basket weaver Caroline Gould.
• Outpourings, a retrospective exhibition tracing François Lacasse’s experiments with form in over 20 paintings, continues at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery.
• Art 1274 Hollis features creations by local artists. In January, it showcases works by Karen Phinney and Nora Gross, followed by Raymond Smith and Golumba Kim in February.
• From January 14 to February 27, the Mary E. Black Gallery on Marginal Road hosts Kloqowej (Star) by Mi’kmaq basket weaver Caroline Gould.