Working the Waterfront: An Exploration of the Interface Where Land Meets Sea

On display from May 8 to June 21, 2019 in The Sunroom at Central Library, Working the Waterfront: An Exploration of the Interface Where Land Meets Sea features artwork by 3 Nova Scotia based artists; Marla Benton, Philip Hodges, and Patricia Lindley.

The waterfront is a place of departure and arrival. A place to acquire resources. A place that attracts for its inherent beauty and mystery. The waterfront is the beating heart of every coastal community, be it a bustling commercial harbour like Halifax or a small fishing village. 

In Working the Waterfront artists Marla, Philip, and Patricia take a close-up view of the spaces, people and objects that represent the utilitarian side of local water environments. In paintings and bas-relief ceramics they present a sometimes unusual perspective on what is seemingly a common experience.

About the artists 

Marla Benton

Marla Benton is a clay artist and educator living and working from her studio in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. She holds degrees from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Ontario College of Art and Design (BFA), and Nipissing University (BED). As an artist and teacher, she worked in the Yukon, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Through all her experiences, Marla has been exposed to many different materials. She found that clay was a perfect fit for her as she loves to be practical and fanciful at the same time.

Philip Hodges

Philip Hodges is a full time artist working primarily in acrylic on canvas. His realistic works are influenced by his studies in architecture as well as his love of Nova Scotia’s rugged and weathered maritime landscape. Philip is actively involved in the Peggy’s Cove area arts community and owns and operates Twelve Acre Hill Gallery in Seabright, Nova Scotia.

Patricia Lindley

A graduate of NSCAD University’s Visual Arts Certificate in Studio program, Patricia produces works in pastel, relief print and natural fibre. Her focus on the marine environment has led to commission work and she is an executive member of the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts. Patricia is also a Signature member of Pastels Artists of Canada and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her work is represented by several local galleries.


The Sunroom is made possible by the generosity of Margot and Layne Spafford. 
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