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Keshen Goodman Public Library
About the artist
After receiving her art degree in Cadiz, Spain, in 1984, Mahnaz has embraced painting in her everyday lifestyle. All of Mahnaz's paintings are a reflection of what she's feeling inside. Mahnaz finds most of her inspiration through nature, and loves traveling the World. She attributes travel to why so many different cultural elements play such a huge role and influence in her painting style. Mahnaz also loves photography because of how well it captures special moments to which she then translates into a painting.
Mahnaz is involved in many art activities. She regularly does live paintings, and is involved with painting for the International Human Rights Day and International Women's day. In addition, Mahnaz loves to work with and doing workshops with kids and youth.
Tantallon Public Library
The nature around me provides endless visual fascination. As I explore this subject matter I realize how much these forms express the human condition of struggle, endurance, rebirth and ultimately connection. In Banff last spring, I encountered mountain sheep. I was drawn to the challenge of their interesting colours and textures as well as their separate presence and recognition of us. How enduring and wise they seemed. Abstraction makes me explore a visual language more directly connected to my emotions and thinking. There is a play between randomness and control and a constant perceptual shift that happens with each mark and application of colour. I love it.
About the artist
I graduated from NSCAD in 1975. I was the high school art teacher at Sackville High until retirement in 2005. Teaching was an incredible experience. It reinforced for me the essential value of art making in living a meaningful life. I developed original curriculum emphasizing self expression, visual literacy and creativity. After retirement I pursued my interest in painting. I work with two talented groups of painters in my area, Artscape and Abstract studio, and have exhibited with them. I am drawn to classical realism. There is a sense of timelessness in the controlled composition and rich colours. I paint in acrylics so this requires many layers. Colour light, texture and form are driving forces.
Halifax Central Library
New space (The Sunroom)! First exhibit!
Artist: Shelley Mitchell
"As Time Goes By"
The paintings in this exhibition are my way of capturing the integration of the historic and contemporary elements of this city through which we move. The buildings we inhabit and pass by affect who we are and inform what we plan to become. I have explored certain iconic Halifax structures that have historic and personal value without too much concern for their accurate placement in time or space.
About the artist
Shelley Mitchell was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After attending her Foundation year at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and going to Georgian College of Applied Art in Ontario, she worked as an architectural draftsman and project manager before returning to NSCAD where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and Art History. Since then she has shown professionally in both group and solo shows in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Maine. She was featured in the book <em>From Land and Sea, Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Landscape Artists</em> published in 2009 and selected by the Nova Scotian government as the province’s official gift at the Vancouver Olympics. Her work is represented in the Canadiana Fund State Art Collection in Ottawa as well as many private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S.A., and Europe. She is currently represented by Argyle Fine Art in Halifax, Amicus Gallery in Chester, NS, Details Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI, Trinity Gallery in Saint John, NB, and Wallacks Galleries in Ottawa.
Tantallon Public Library
"Grey is a color that is not very popular, be it in reference to getting older or a day without sunshine…even grey colored cats go unnoticed. We have decided to make it a positive word, a beautiful colour and in honour of getting "older and wiser," we have selected this color as the theme for this show at the Library.
We moved to Nova Scotia in 2014 from the Eastern Townships and when we arrived here, which we call IN PARADISE, it was a very grey day and we were so happy to be here. We spent the summer along the south shore and found healing along the grey colored stones and rocks and the color of the sand by the beaches. Hence, the color GREY! We hope you enjoy our paintings. Enjoy!"
About the artists
Richard Soucy was born in 1952. He is a graduate of the School of Architecture at McGill University retiring from his Westmount, Quebec architecture firm Bleyer/Soucy/Wiseman in 1999. He joined his partnor, Duey, in their award winning Bed & Breakfast in Montreal. Their desire to leave the big city came true when they sold their home and business and moved to the Eastern Townships of Quebec where they created a design store called Insouciance. They closed the doors on that business and decided to go even further east and moved to Nova Scotia in 2014 where they now reside in Halifax.
Duane Kanistanaux was born in 1962. He is originally from Montana but is happily a Canadian citizen. A photographer and graphic artist, he looks forward to incorporating this knowledge into the subject of art. Duey works in the refinement, advice with colors, presentation, format, graphics, subject and titles, essential in the creation of each photograph and painting.