Artists’ Biographies

Artists’ Biographies in alphabetical order by last name.

Suezan Aikins

BORN: Montreal 1952

STUDIES:

Yoshida Woodblock Print Studio Tokyo, 84-85
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, 74-75 BFA
Ecole du Musee des Beaux Arts, Montreal, 74
Ontario College of Art, Toronto, 71-73
Mt. Allison University, 69-72

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS:

25 Year Retrospective of Woodblock Prints traveled to three Public Galleries in Germany: Dornum Castle; Tollhousverein, Leer; Rastede Palace, Oldenberg 2000-2001 color catalog and reviews.
Private Exhibitions, Falmouth, Mass., July 1996; Montreal, November 1996; Gibson Island, Md., April 1999.
Gold Paintings and Woodblock Retrospective, traveling: Kabutoya Gallery, Tokyo; Genkan Gallery, Tokyo American Club; Blue Nile Gallery, Osaka; Kanda’s Gallery BOQ, Okinawa; May 1994 (color catalogue)
Edo Gallery, Boston, November 1992, Private Exhibitions, Chatham, Mass, July 1992, Toronto, Oct. 1991
New Paintings and Woodblocks Kabutoya Gallery, Tokyo, May 1991, and also in 1987.
Japanese Garden and Pavilion Foundation, Montreal, September 1990, Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University 1988
Zwickers Gallery, Halifax, NS, 1979; Gallery 78; Fredericton, November, 1983; Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, November, 1982

SELECTED CORPORATE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

The Canada Council Art Bank; Hudson Bay Collection; Nickle Art Museum; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Federal Business Development Bank; Nova Scotia Art Bank; Mt.Allison University; Royal Bank of Canada; Bank of America; Manufacturer’s Life Insurance Co.; Atlantic Lotto Corp.; Bank of Montreal; Mount Saint Vincent University; Dofasco Innocan Inc.; Mirabaud Canada; Prince Takamadonomiya Norihito; Embassy of Canada, Tokyo; Thomas More Institute, Montreal; Tokai Bank of Canada; etc.

Elizabeth Cann

Born Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1901

Died Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1977

Elizabeth Lovitt Cann started her academic studies in a private school in Montreal and at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. In 1921 she moved to New York, where she studied at the School of Applied Design for Women. From 1922 to 1936 she traveled and lived in France, England, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Algiers. During those years she studied at the Harvey Proctor School in England, at the Academie Julien, the Atelier chez Bileul and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Painter in a realistic style, Cann was best known as a portraitist. Her portraits of women in wartime are recognized for showing the domestic routine and loneliness during the war. She also did landscape, still life painting and drawing in conté and pencil on lithographic plates. After 1923, Elizabeth Cann had several exhibitions in Canada and abroad. In 1927 the Johnson Art Galleries mounted her first solo exhibition in Montreal. Her work was accepted at the Spring Salon in Paris (1929) and one of her paintings was accepted at the Royal Canadian Academy exhibition in Toronto in 1930. In 1936 she returned to Yarmouth, where she continued to submit to the annual Royal Canadian Academy and Art Association of Montreal exhibitions.

Margaret Allison Chipman

1917 – 2007

Margaret Chipman, a native of Truro, Nova Scotia, lived in Yarmouth

from 1948 on.

Studies

drawing and oil painting with:  Mabel K. Day, Elizabeth Cann, Roy Mandell, Theya Whitten

watercolour with Alice Reed

etching with Cecil Day

Summer schools

Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick with Lauren Harris Jr. and

         Jacques de Tannancour. c.1960.

The School of Community Arts, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia with Donald C. MacKay

         and Molly MacKay.

Silver Glen Art Workshops, Antigonish, Nova Scotia with David Hatfield, 1979.

Many weekend art workshops.

Stained glass with artists from the Glass Garden Studio, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Group Exhibitions

The Yarmouth Art Society Regular Exhibitions.

Kermesse for the IWK, annual exhibitions

At the Sign of the Whale Gallery 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia 1991

7 Local Artists, National Exhibition Centre, Firefighters Museum of Nova Scotia,             

    Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Atlantic Winter Fair 1976, 1978.

The Centennial Exhibition of Paintings by Nova Scotia Artists (touring) 1967

The Maritime Art Association 1960-61, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1966, 1976-77 (touring),

   1977 (Purchase Award).

The Nova Scotia Society of Artists.

The Nova Scotia Department of Education Traveling Shows 1960, 1961.

Solo Exhibitions

May 1999 – with Bill Crowell, At the Sign of the Whale Gallery, Yarmouth, Nova

         Scotia.

June 1993 – with Helen Weld and Denise Comeau, At the Sign of the Whale

         Gallery, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

May 1993 – “Homecoming” presented by the Truro Art Society, Truro, Nova Scotia.

Fall 1988 – At the Sign of the Whale Gallery, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Collections

Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B.

William Wilson Cowell

William Wilson Cowell (1848 – 1910) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of William Cowell and well-known, popular Chicago actress, Anna Cruise Cowell. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with marine painters, Edward Moran and John Faulkner. He painted in New York State, notably the Adirondack Mountains and the Hudson River, Newport and the Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, the rocky coasts of Hahant and Marblehead, Massachusetts and the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. Circa 1895, Cowell moved to Chicago, Illinois, but spent his summers in Nova Scotia. He adopted a primarily luminist manner, a style of painting that emphasizes careful attention to the effects of direct and reflected light within a painting. His watercolours – which appear to be predominantly his medium of choice while painting in Nova Scotia – clearly demonstrate this style. While in Nova Scotia he taught art privately in Yarmouth. In 1905 he married Florence M. Cress of Round Hill, Annapolis County. At the time of his marriage he was a widower. On Sept. 7, 1910 he died at Round Hill, N.S. and was buried in Pennsylvania.

Cowell was a member of the Brooklyn Art Association and the National Academy of Design, where he also exhibited. He also exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1876 to 1900 and the Art Institute of Chicago. 

(Some material for this is based on the January 15, 2008 article in The Vanguard “W. W. Cowell art on exhibit at Yarmouth Museum”)

Bill Curry

Bill Curry, a Conservation Photographer, specializes in Outdoor, Nature and Wildlife Photography, capturing images of natural surroundings and displaying the images using a technique originated by Ansel Adams called the Zone System of photography. This system encourages the photographer to visualize the final image before being captured, and thus the photographer’s use of light and dark is always foremost in the mind when composing an image. Bill’s photographs display this love of contrast, and this accounts for the texture viewers often cite as evident in his images.

Bill learned photography very early, first in formal fine arts and photography training in Junior and Senior High School, then in a Bachelor of Arts at Acadia University and he is a graduate of the 3 year Professional Photography program of the New York Institute of Photography.

Bill was an early adopter of digital technology, alongside film, in 1998. He currently uses mostly digital cameras, but still produces some fine art prints from film negatives. Bill prides himself on not re-touching or heavily altering his images, instead electing to remain faithful to the Zone System and visualizing the shot in advance, making post shot alterations less necessary.

Mary Landry Dowler

July 20, 1915 – June 13, 2019

Mary Landry Dowler was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and died in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Fine Art from 1933 to 1937 where she received the President’s Prize at graduation. In 1938 she studied at the National Academy of Art & Design in New York City. Returning to Yarmouth she had a studio above the old Bank of Montreal and taught art during World War II. Subsequently she moved to western Canada with her husband finally settling in Vancouver. While raising their family of four boys she designed her own series of cards for Coutts Hallmark which was distributed across North America.  She is best known for her florals painted in gouache on a black background.

Herbert Hatt

Herbert Hatt (1894 – 1988) was born on Tancook Island, Nova Scotia and died in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He was designated an honorary member of Nova Scotia Designer Craftsmen for his wood turning. He was one of 50 top craftspeople from across Canada featured in the Massey Foundation’s book The Craftsman’s Way, published in 1981. In 1986 an exhibition of his work was held at The Sign of the Whale Gallery in Yarmouth. His fine wood turnings can be found in public and private collections.

Herbert Hatt was also a painter, a furniture maker, a silversmith, a jeweler, a rug maker, a weaver and an award winning bee keeper. He had a long career in the ministry. At age 93 his autobiography Alive to All True Values was published by Lancelot Press (now available through Doull Books). From his book Herbert writes “My turnings must be usable and at the same time cherishable. The possessor must derive pleasure from the beauty of the object. That definitely bequeaths real meaning to my work at the lathe.”

Jobie Inukpuk

Settlement: Port Harrison / Inukjua

(1934-1983) — E9-880

Exhibitions:

Eskimo Carvings and Prints from the Collection of York University, Art Gallery of York University

Eskimo Sculpture, Winnipeg Art Gallery presented at the Manitoba Legislative Building

Inukpuk Family Sculpture, Arctic Artistry

Port Harrison/Inoucdjouac, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Recent Stone Sculpture from Arctic Quebec, Arctic Artistry

The Bessie Bulman Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Public Collections:

 Art Gallery of York University, Downsview

Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull

Glenbow Museum, Calgary

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Maurice LeBlanc

1924 – 2021

          Born in West Pubnico, Maurice LeBlanc was the son of the late J.-Emile and Jeannette d’Entremont. After primary education at the local school he moved to the Université Sainte-Anne where he earned a B.A. degree with distinction in 1944. He followed this with theological studies in Québec with the Order of Eudiste Fathers and  was ordained a priest in 1949. From 1956 to 1958 he studied art history in Rome where he was awarded a Master’s Degree. He worked as a teacher for 42 years, with 25 years at the College of Bathurst, N.B. and 17 at the Université Sainte-Anne.

          Art always interested Maurice LeBlanc and he delighted in drawing from a very young age. His first serious studies in fine art began in the 1970’s in the College of Bathurst Fine Arts Department. While there he studied watercolour, serigraphy, sculpture and pottery. After coming to Church Point in 1974 he became a member of the Clare Arts Council and continued his studies with several painting workshops. He also studied with well-known painters from the Canadian Watercolour Society. His drawing and painting developed further with a six week course in Madrid in 1985.

          Maurice LeBlanc was kept busy in 1998 with three separate solo shows; one at the YARC in Yarmouth, one at the MacDonald Museum in Middleton and another at St. Francis-Xavier University in Antigonish. He previously had two solo exhibitions in Yarmouth and solo shows at the Pubnico Library, in Church Point and in Lyster, Québec. He also exhibited in Halifax, Antigonish, Buctouche, N.B. and Windsor, Ontario. His principal teachers were Jean-Paul Ladouceur, Nicole Forman, Alice Reed, Jan Cullen, Elaine MacEachern and Jeannie Hancock.

Wallace R. MacAskill

(1893-1956)

Wallace Robinson MacAskill was born in 1887 at St. Peters, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. He was the third son of Angus and Mary MacAskill. He graduated from the Wade School of Photography in New York in 1907 and opened photographic studios in St. Peters and then Glace Bay before moving to Halifax in 1915. In 1926, MacAskill married Elva Abriel, a fellow photographer. The famous Bluenose stamp printed in 1929 was based on his photograph, and he became internationally known as a marine photographer. MacAskill published two books, Out of Halifax (1937) and Lure of the Sea (1951). MacAskill was also the recipient of many awards, including the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron’s Prince of Wales Cup (1932-1934, 1938), Thunderbird Crest Award for marine photography, and the fellowship from the Photographers Society of America. MacAskill died on 25 January 1956. «

Davidee Nastapoka

Settlement: Port Harrison / Inukjuak

(1945) — E9-1708

Exhibitions

Eskimo Prints from Nouveau-Quebec 1974-1978,Ufundi Gallery, Ottawa

Port Harrison/Inoucdjouac,Winnipeg Art Gallery

Public Collections

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

John Neville

John Neville was born in 1952 in Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia. While completing his B.F.A. at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, he studied at the Centre De Gravure Contemporaries, Geneva, Switzerland. John is both a printmaker and painter who has exhibited widely in the Maritime Provinces, the Eastern Seaboard, and Scotland. His work is in Public Collections in Canada, Scotland and Switzerland. As a result of his prominence in the Nova Scotian arts community, he is an Honourary Life Member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia.

Frederick Nicholas

Frederick Joseph George Nicholas (1891-1980) was born in England. He came to Canada as a young man just before the First World War and studied painting at the School of Applied Art, Battle Creek, Michigan. He also studied at the Illustration Course Press School of Art, London and took summer classes at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. He was first president of the Amherst Art Association, Amherst, Nova Scotia. He exhibited with the Nova Scotia Society of Artists from 1942 through 1972 and with the Maritime Art Association. Watercolours were his primary medium. Many of his paintings are scenes in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. He also liked sketching on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick.

Graham Norwell

1901 -1967 OSA
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1901, Graham Noble Norwell emigrated to Canada in 1914 with his family, settling in Kingston, Ontario after a short initial stay in Montreal. In 1920, Norwell studied under Arthur Lismer, George Reid, J.W. Beatty and Robert Holmes at the Ontario College of Art before traveling overseas to London and Paris to continue his art studies before returning to Canada and setting in Ottawa.

Working in oil and watercolour, the artist is best known for his depictions of Laurentian winter landscapes often including rural villages and cottages.

The artist exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1921-1943 and the Art Association of Montreal in 1922-1943. His works are included in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada.

John Willard Raught

(From Wikipedia)

John Willard Raught (1857-1931) was an American painter; known primarily for his landscapes in the Impressionistic style.

He initially worked as a telegraph operator in Scranton to support his education. At the age of twenty-four, he moved to New York City to enroll at the National Academy of Design. His first exhibit was at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia in 1885.

Upon completing his studies there, he went to Paris, where he studied at the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. He would remain in Europe for seven years, spending some time at the artists’ colony in Pont-Aven and exhibiting at the Salon.

When he returned, he opened a studio in New York and lived there for several years before going back to Dunmore. There, he painted portraits and landscapes, in the hills of North Eastern Pennsylvania. He also created industrial scenes related to the coal industry. He exhibited his landscapes frequently at the National Academy and the Boston Art Club. He was also a member of the Salmagundi Club, a group that included some of the most prominent painters of that time.

His works have been displayed in the Clinton Library. The largest collection of his works is at the Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA.

Kelsey Raymond

A popular Nova Scotia painter, Kelsey Ogden Raymond (aka: Kelsey Raymond) was born in New York City, and died in Digby, Nova Scotia, near Smith’s Cove, Nova Scotia where he had lived since the 1950s. (2)

Raymond’s primary medium was oil paint applied with a palette knife. His subjects included coastal scenes, landscapes, historic buildings, portraits and figures. His styles were Impressionism* and Realism*.

Quote: “Thickly painted by use of a palette-knife, Kelsey Raymond’s interpretations never become sentimental or ‘touristy’ in appeal. Lobster-pots, nets and wharf-litter have consciously been set aside by the artist in favor of the fundamental qualities of movement, mass and form. Rarely, if ever, have I seen rocky landscapes and raging seas painted with more characteristic strength and artistic honesty.” (3)

His education included studies at the Horton Academy, Wolfville, Nova Scotia (before World War II); Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia (briefly, after serving in World War II), the National Academy of Design*, New York City (one year scholarship, c.1946); with Jerry Farnsworth (c.1946); at the Art Students League of New York*, New York City (c.1946), under Edwin Dickinson, Robert Beverly Hale, Julian Edwin Levi and Kenneth Hayes Miller; and at the Mount Allison School of Fine and Applied Arts, Sack­ville, N.B. (Sept.1950-March 1952), under Alex Colville and Lawren Phillips Harris. (4)(5)(6)

For many years Raymond sold his paintings from the “Cabin” in the Village of Smith’s Cove. His paintings were also the subject of a solo exhibition at Ars Classica Gallery, Montreal in 1960.

In the summer of 1998, Raymond was the subject of a solo exhibition titled “Structures” at the Admiral Digby Museum, Digby, Nova Scotia and the exhibition titled “Boats” in the summer of 2015.

RUTH MORTON RIDEOUT

            Ruth Rideout, a native of Nova Scotia, studied under Alex Colville and Lawren P. Harris earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick in 1949. She taught painting and children’s art classes for thirteen years and free-lanced as a commercial artist.

            Ruth was a member of the Yarmouth Art Society (former president) and a former member of the Nova Scotia Society of Artists and the Nova Scotia Society for Education through Art.

Ruth Rideout had solo exhibitions in Toronto; at St. Mary’s University, Halifax; Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia; and at Th’YARC, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She also exhibited with the Nova Scotia Society of Artists, the Maritime Art Association and At the Sign of the Whale Gallery.

She also was involved in amateur theatre, designing puppetry, and in producing pottery using Nova Scotia clay.

Ruth Rideout worked extensively in acrylics from 1975 onward, although the majority of her commissioned portraits were in pastel or charcoal. In later years she enjoyed using pastels. She was also very involved in print making (etching and monoprints) at the print studio at Th’YARC, Yarmouth, from 1983 on. Ruth died in 2020.

William B. Ritchie

Art is a disease, you drive yourself mad doing it. Why? I don’t know, but there is a great joy in being an artist, though it’s a struggle to get the work done, a great struggle
– William Ritchie, 1996

From ‘Art As Life: A New Portrait of Bill Ritchie,’ by Philip Hicks. Arts Atlantic 55, Spring/Summer, 1996, p.27.

William Ritchie was born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1954. After attending several art colleges in Southern Ontario, Ritchie moved to Halifax, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1976. That same year, he travelled to Nain, Labrador, to work for Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Artist-in-the-Community program.

While there, Ritchie met fellow artist Gilbert Hay. The two opened a community craft centre in Nain, which catered to the tourist and collector market. They also influenced each other’s art. Ritchie taught Hay lithography and silkscreen printing techniques, and Hay taught Ritchie about Inuit mythology and survival tactics in the Labrador wilderness. Together, they created a series of lithographs illustrating various Inuit legends, which the Memorial University Art Gallery (now The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery) organized into the joint exhibition Labrador Inuit Mythology Series in 1982.

After his six-year residency in Nain, Ritchie moved to Newfoundland to work at St. Michael’s Printshop, located on the Avalon Peninsula’s Southern Shore. He lived there for several years in an isolated cabin with no running water and with electricity provided only by a small generator.

Since 1988, he has also been working for about three or five months every year at Cape Dorset’s Kinngait Studios, an internationally renowned printmaking centre founded by the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in 1959. In 1997, he also opened Caplin Cove Press, a small fine art print shop in the community of St. Michael’s, on Newfoundland’s Southern Shore.

In addition to his printmaking, Ritchie also works in watercolour, acrylic paint, film, and digital media. His earlier work tended to be monochromatic, but he later expanded his colour palette. Ritchie’s art draws heavily upon his interest in natural history, the northern wilderness, and Inuit mythology. In the lithograph Labrador Inuit Mythology Series: Trout 4.20, for example, a fish has human faces transcribed into its gill. This alludes to the interconnectedness and interdependence of all natural things, and to the stories of metamorphosis that recur in Inuit mythology.

In addition to The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, Ritchie’s work is part of private and public collections, including the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and The Canada Council Art Bank.

Roger Savage

Roger Savage was born in 1941, in Windsor, Ontario. He attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design from 1946 to 1959 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Alison University in 1963. Upon graduating, Savage spent one year in Malaga, Spain, painting and drawing. In 1966, he returned to Canada and worked as an art specialist in the Montréal school system for two years before moving to Liverpool, Nova Scotia in 1969. Savage has focused on painting full time and running the Savage Gallery ever since. Savage has exhibited his works nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. In addition, he has received a number of commissions such as the Canadian Unity Coin (1978), and the O Canada Commemorative Coin (1981). Savage’s works are included in corporate, public, and private collections across Canada. Savage lives in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

Gordon Appelbe Smith

(from Wikipedia)

Gordon Appelbe Smith CM RCA (June 18, 1919 – January 18, 2020) was an English-born Canadian artist, known for expanding the dialogue between abstraction and representation, working with mediums such as paintingprintmaking, and sculpting. Smith taught with contemporaries Bruno BobakB.C. Binning and Jack Shadbolt at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design) for ten years, then for twenty-six years at the University of British Columbia before retiring in 1982 to paint full-time.

He was born Gordon Appelbe Smith in East BrightonEngland.[1][2] His father, William George Smith, was an amateur watercolourist. He took Gordon and his brother Donald on frequent visits to the National Gallery, London and to the Tate. He attended the Harrow County School for Boys where Gordon received four years of formal art training and several prizes for his art.[2] In 1933, Smith’s parents separated. His mother Daisy Smith took the boys to live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.[2]

From 1935 to 1935, he studied at the Vancouver Normal School and Vancouver School of Art, then, from 1937 to 1940, he studied art at the Winnipeg School of Art.[3] In 1939, during his third year of art school, Smith enrolled in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.[4] Before going overseas for war service, he took a vacation in Vancouver where he met and married Marion Fleming.[1] In 1942, he joined the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He was first a lieutenant, then a Platoon Commander and then the Intelligence Officer.[4] In 1943, he was badly injured while landing at the beach in Leon Forte, Sicily.[1][4][5]

In 1944, Smith returned to Vancouver where the Vancouver Art Gallery had a solo show for the work he produced overseas.[1] He also attended the Vancouver School of Art in the same year to complete the fourth year of his art degree.[6] From 1945 to 1954, Smith taught at the Vancouver School of Art.[7] In 1947, he had his second solo show at Vancouver Art Gallery.[7] In 1951, he studied under Elmer Bischoff at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco where Abstract Expressionism held sway.[6] In 1956, Smith was invited to train teachers in the new faculty of Education Department at UBC.[8]

In 1960, his highly experimental work is chosen to represent Canada at the São Paulo Biennial.[2] In 1965, at the request of Arthur Erickson, Smith designed two murals for Erickson’s new Simon Fraser University campus building. The work, titled Mosaic Mural, is permanently installed along the sides of the west academic quadrangle.[9] For EXPO ’70 in Osaka, Japan, he was commissioned by Arthur Erickson to create an artwork for the Canadian Pavilion.[10]

In 1995, Smith won the “Structure with Red Sun Award”. He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1996. He was an Education Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In 2007, he received the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts. In March 2009, at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, he was named a laureate and presented with the Governor General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts.[11] He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[12]Smith’s works are included in the collections of the following museums:

In 2009 his massive wall sculpture Beach Tangle[15] was installed in the lobby of the West Vancouver Community Centre, one of the venues for celebration during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Tom Smith

Born and educated in the United States, (BFA, Pennsylvania State, MFA, Alfred University, New York), Tom Smith moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1971 to take a position as an art instructor in the school system. He went on to teach at the University of New Brunswick in the Faculty of Education, before deciding to pursue sculptural ceramics full time. Since then he became one of Canada’s best known ceramic artists, receiving numerous awards for his work. In 1992, he received the prestigious Strathbutler Award for Excellence in New Brunswick. In 1999, Smith was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. Although many of his pieces were functional, it is the formal elements or sculptural concerns which dominated his work. According to Tom he was intrigued by “the existence of the object in space and the idea and nature of containment. The vessel as a three dimensional object allows and invites endless exploration in form and content”. The texture of the surfaces was also critical. “I get excited about a tear in clay as opposed to a cut . . . the mark of a broken piece of wood into the clay as opposed to a brush stroke of colour on the surface”. Colour was used primarily to enhance the form and involved sophisticated and often experimental glazes. Since 1982, he concentrated on Raku, a ceramic process developed in 14th century Japan utilizing a wood fired kiln. Many of his pieces incorporated an oriental aestheticism in conjunction with a very North American inspired use of the natural landscape. In addition to his ceramic work, Smith continued to produce an ongoing body of two dimensional work, which complemented his ceramic work in mood, tone, inspiration and aesthetic preoccupations. He participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and his work is represented in both public and private collections around the world.

Margo Tassi

Margo Tassi received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has spent most of her adult life living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Tassi creates her images in oils and watercolours and also uses photos, etchings, and woodblock prints to explore her subject.

She has done plein air work at her artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, California; and the Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, Georgia.

Since 2001 she has spent four months a year painting in the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia area. There, her proximity to the Gulf of Maine and numerous lakes allows her to focus on the edges between land and water. She is a member of the Yarmouth Art Society and has shown with the Society on a regular basis.

She has had solo shows in Georgia, California, Vermont, and Philadelphia; and has shown her work extensively in group shows in the Philadelphia, PA and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia areas. Her work is in numerous private collections.

Frances Turner

Frances Turnerwas from the South Shore of Nova Scotia. She was best known for her floral paintings in watercolour, many of which were printed as note cards.

Syollie Weetaluktuk

Settlement: Port Harrison / Inukjuak

(1906-1962) — E9-1745

Exhibitions

Eskimo Art, National Gallery of Canada

Eskimo Carvings: Coronation Exhibition, Gimpel Fils

Eskimo Sculpture arranged by the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, and the National Gallery of Canada

Eskimo Sculpture, Winnipeg Art Gallery presented at the Manitoba Legislative Building

Im Schatten der Sonne: Zeitgenossische Kunst der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada/In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art in Canada

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Inuit Masterworks: Selections from the Collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, McMichael Canadian Collection

Looking South, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Port Harrison/Inoucdjouac, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council

The Spirit of the Land, The Koffler Gallery

The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Ulu/Inua: Form and Fantasy in Eskimo Art, Casino Gallery, Ravinia Park

Public Collections

Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal

Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal

Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Jeanne Wellington

Jeanne Wellington is a well-knownYarmouth County artist. She was brought up in Wyoming, USA, and moved here about 1970. She paints landscapes and seascapes and is known primarily for her oils.

Liz Wilcox

Liz Wilcox is a professional water colour artist in Nova Scotia, Canada, and member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.