Artist Background Rena is British born arriving in NS before the beginning of school. Medium of choice is Watercolour because of the challenge. She prefers to capture the essence of the subject drawing inspiration from things seen and felt, and influenced by light and colour. Attended several workshops with renowned artists in Canada, Mexico and Hawaii. The surprise of the difference in the light in each place is a lesson in itself and very inspiring. Library books and U-Tube are great resources. Love of the ocean influences Rena’s art. A place of refuge, calmness bringing new energy and inner peace for thoughts and new ideas. A member of EAC and two local Pleine air groups. Attends Paint the Town yearly and donates to Mosaics for Mental Health.
Artist Background Born in Saskatchewan this artist has made Nova Scotia her home for many years. She has travelled throughout Canada but finds that the coastlines, hills, and valleys of Nova Scotia give her the inspiration to paint the beauty of the region.
Over the many years that she has been painting, she has received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, painted backdrops for musicals, studied with several artists in classes and workshops using various mediums and techniques in oils, acrylic, and watercolour.
Nature and landscape are still big factors in influencing Gail’s painting. With a style, possibly called contemporary realism, she likes to do plein air painting especially along the coasts of Nova Scotia. She tries to capture the light and the brightness of boats on water. Some of her paintings of villages and houses contain a bit of ‘whimsical’. She works from the many photographs that she takes when travelling around the province bird watching. Many of her pictures depict an awareness of location as well as a connection of the people to the land.
While she enjoys working on her own, Gail values the support of her community of working artists, and is a member of the Evangeline Artists Co-op, and Winding River Gallery in Stewiacke. Her paintings are in private collections in Canada, the US, Australia and elsewhere.
Her work is occasionally seen at the Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro and at various pop up art shows.
Artist Background A native of Digby Nova Scotia, I now reside with my husband on our farm in Shubenacadie. I am inspired by my childhood spent by the the Atlantic Ocean, my love of animals and the landscapes that surround me. A life long dedication to horses inspired me to begin painting at age 45 and much of my artwork is equine focussed, contains elements of freedom of movement, and seeks to capture the essence of the beauty of the flora and fauna that is a part of my every day life.
Artist Background Ever since she was little, Amy Negus has loved art. She had many hobbies in the art realm- from making jewelry and paper mache to sewing and felting; she enjoyed using her hands to create things.
After high school she decided to go to NSCAD University to study textiles with a minor in fashion. She wanted to create clothing for women to make them feel beautiful and unique. She participated in Atlantic Fashion week 8 years in a row. (Between 2010-2018). While in university she had the opportunity to try other mediums such as painting, weaving, jewelry, wood and metal.
Negus had the opportunity to work for a company doing embroidery and sewing baby clothes. She still does the embroidery job now for 4.5 years. While she loves the work, she was itching to get back into painting. While she did do some during her years at NSCAD, it had been a while since she had the pleasure of painting. After hearing her father Michael Negus planned on putting his work into the gallery she decided to join him. Amy Negus enjoyed being a part of this show and hopes others get joy out of all of the fabulous works of art here in Nova Scotia.
Background I am originally from England and moved to beautiful Nova Scotia in 2009.
I have always been interested in the Arts. My creativity comes through the family and helped me gain two degrees in Design.
My interest in pottery comes from my travels in Europe. So, when I had the opportunity to take some classes in 2010 I jumped at it and have been hooked ever since. My interest in Fused Glass came through one of my fellow Potters. I spent an afternoon being introduced to the art and again I was hooked. A lot of my recent work has been a combination of the two mediums and I have enjoyed the results.
My inspiration for both my pottery and glass at this time comes from the sea around Nova Scotia’s coastline and my love of gardens, plants and flowers.
Background Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, maybe it’s because I take more time for ME, perhaps its more confidence, or maybe it’s just plain more wisdom. Maybe even menopause has played a part as well, lol, but it’s been long overdue. Since before I can remember I have always drawn, colored or doodled. I could sit for hours and get lost in whatever it was I was creating. After graduating from Islands Consolidated, a small school located on Long Island, NS, I went on to college to obtain a certificate in Graphic Art & Design. I was intrigued by the new mediums I was being introduced to. So many wonderful things I had yet to explore. I retired my paints over 20 years ago, but have found the need to once again be creative. Inspired by growing up on the Islands, I recall many memories that transport me to another time, a peaceful place. When painting I am in my happy place. I still love to explore new mediums and styles. I have learned you are never too old to try new things! I hope you enjoy the results of my passion and desire to create. Please follow along with me through this journey and see where we end up!
Crystal currently exhibits at Gallery 215 in Selma, NS and at Gallery 217 in Freeport, NS. She is also a member of the Bear River Artworks Gallery in Bear River, NS
Artwork Medium: Beach glass, shells, driftwood, etc.
Artist Background Jean is originally from St. Margaret’s Bay, and has lived in Urbania for the past 45 years. She has always been a crafty person, with her heart on the sea. She loves to display nature in a way that others can appreciate it as much as she does. All materials that she uses are found on beaches throughout the province and uses reclaimed frames. You can find her this summer at Beyond the Wharf Artisans on Mondays!
Artist Background: Rick has been involved with photography for the past 10 years. He lives just across the Shubenacadie River in Princeport. He especially enjoys taking pictures of scenic landscapes, abandoned farm houses and barns, and anything to do with the seaside. “I feel fortunate to live in Nova Scotia where we can experience the four seasons and all of the natural beauty around us.”
Artist Background Kelly lives on a farm in the rolling hills of rural Nova Scotia creating art about people, animals, nature, contemplative abstracts and similar types of introspective subjects. The art she creates reflects her attitude toward that which enriches our lives without the clutter of today’s hectic world. Kelly studied art at NSCAD University. Her work, for which she has won several awards, has been added to a number of collections. In addition to painting and drawing, Kelly has been creating a line of jewelry using authentic seaglass that she hand picks from the beaches of Nova Scotia. When not at work in her garret, you’ll find her in the barn or the field, down by the stream or at the beach.
Michael Negus is a self-taught artist who originates from Eastern Passage, NS and grew up with a large interest in art, beginning with sketching at age 5 which continued into his late teens.
After working odd jobs while attending school and taking an Architectural Drafting Course, graduating in 1977, jobs in the field were scarce so took on full time work at Autoport Ltd. He then met the love of his life and started a family which was his priority.
Although decades went by, art had never been forgotten. Having a love for the great outdoors he introduced the beauty of the land to his family by camping, hiking, trips through parks and trails including look-offs and cliffs. It is likely why landscapes are his favourite.
Even though landscapes are his main choice Michael most recently is exploring portraits in paint, black and white pieces which portray his perception of the many shapes and shades that are pleasing to the eye, and is now exploring more intricate paintings such as wildlife.
His main use of mediums have been acrylics but has recently tried his hand at oils and is enjoying the benefits of oil.
Michael returned to art in 2015 and now has more time to do so since retiring in 2018 after 41 years at Autoport Ltd. It is a continuous learning experience.