Posts Tagged 'art'

The. Best. Trash. Can. Ever.


The Community Compass art project delivered its latest creation to the schoolyard at St. Joseph’s A. McKay Elementary last week. Dubbed the Trashinator, it is a glittering and colourful sleeve that fits over the oil-barrel styled trash can at the school. Silk-screened shingles and re-purposed plastic lids and packaging make up the skin. Each element was designed and assembled by students and neighbours at workshops held at the school over the past month.

Trashinator, which sits on the Kaye Street side of the school, will soon be joined by a companion piece that will cover the school’s other outside garbage can.

Click here for more information on Community Compass.


Mural, music cap Northwood party

Young fans soak up the tunes at the Northwood Street Party.

And just like that, in the span of one day, volunteers painted a permanent street mural at the intersection of Northwood Terrace and Black Street.

Hot weather, sidewalk chalk and whole bunch of art-making helped make the Northwood Street Party a success on Saturday. For a full description of the pavement mural project visit the Facebook page set up by the organizers.

Art studio opening delivers the scoop

Demand for ice cream was steady throughout Wonder'neath's opening.

HALIFAX — Homemade ice cream was a big draw at the Wonder’neath Artist Collective’s studio opening on Sunday. On tap were flavours like vanilla-strawberry-rhubarb and banana with chocolate and nuts.

Check out our story last week for a full description of the new Isleville Street art studio.

Wonder’neath artists to unveil Isleville studio

The common area at Wonder'neath's studio was used as a theatre rehearsal space during renovations. (Contributed)

Three of the four members brainstorm at a recent meeting. (Contributed)

Melissa Marr, on right, silkscreening with a St. Joseph's A. McKay student.

HALIFAX — A big superhero-styled “POW!” drawn on a chalkboard greets visitors to the North End’s newest art studio and workshop space. The Wonder’neath Artist Collective will show off its renovated digs to the public on Sunday.

Of the group’s four members, three live within two blocks of the Isleville Street studio.

“We walk by all the time to get our kids to and from school. As mother-artists (who) are trying to find time to work, it makes all the difference. Being a block from home means you can get in there every day,” says Heather Wilkinson, a visual artist and one of the collective’s members.

Wilkinson is joined by Melissa Marr, Odessa Spore and Gillian Robinson.

Like superheros, they’ve been busy lately. Refinishing floors, moving walls, running silkscreen classes … and that’s on top of other work commitments, parenting and, in the case of several members, home-schooling.

The four women have been fixing up their new digs – next door to the Barber of Isleville – since they got the keys in February. They want to use the space to both teach and create. There’s a large common area and kitchen for workshops, and two smaller rooms where the visual artists among them can work on their own projects.

A launch event dubbed an Ice Cream and Art Social is set for 1 p.m. this Sunday.

“Each of us have some sort of an ice-cream maker. I don’t know if any of us are experts, but it’s pretty hard to go wrong. Get some fresh ingredients and freeze them up. Add some sugar,” says Wilkinson, before bursting into laughter.

Of course there will also be art.

“Hopefully we’re going to have some art materials up so that we can help people work on something. And we’ll have some of our own work up on the walls for people to look at.”

Wilkinson and Marr work together on numerous school-based art projects. The name Wonder’neath came from a recent project they facilitated at St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay school.

“We were building this temporary structure that was like a big canopy that had all these little objects of wonder hanging down from it. … Our students would build this piece and we’d set it up and other people would be invited inside and it would kind of create this temporary fantastical space,” said Wilkinson.

“And the name just stuck with us.”

The Isleville space is already scheduled to host Grade 1 students for silkscreening workshops. Ideas for future projects include summer day camps for children, pre-school programming and even night-time slots for adults looking for a temporary studio.

“Sometimes people just need a little extra space and time to kind of pull it all together and this would be a space maybe where people could do that.”

Wonder’neath Artist Collective is located at 2819 Isleville. An Ice Cream and Art Social will take place there 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. Free admission.

Go North! rolls out Saturday

Detail from 2009 Go North! Studio and Gallery Tour map. The full map is available at Above republished with permission.

Detail from 2009 Go North! Studio and Gallery Tour map. The full map is available at Above republished with permission.

The fourth Go North! art celebration rolls out Saturday with a quirky map highlighting the studios, galleries and performances taking part this year.

Every possible play on the word ‘north’ is used to make the legend on this map useful: Olde North, Northbound, Central North, North of North, Far North. Cranky Alfred Hitchcock fans could argue for a North by Northwest category, but that would probably just encompass Canada Post’s Almon Street parking lot.

The existing five geographical districts do the job just fine.

Pick up your own copy of the map between 12 and 6 p.m. tomorrow at the BusStop Theatre, at 2203 Gottingen Street. The full schedule for the day contains information about several hands-on workshops, guided tours and live performances. All stops on the tour are free.

Two of the five Go North! tours available.

Two of the five Go North! tours available.

Halifax Art Map

North End detail from Halifax Art Map, republished with permission of

North End detail from Halifax Art Map, republished with permission of

This is a detail from the 2009 edition. Artists and advertisers who wish to appear on next year’s should contact the people at Halifax Art Map. The full HRM version, and samples of the artists’ work, are also on that website.

(6) Mary Ann Archibald, painter (7) Laurie Mireau, painter (8) turnstile pottery, clay/potter (9) Paul Hannon, painter (10) Lynda Shalagan, painter (11) Taiya Barss, painter (12) Suzanne Gauthier, painter (13) Philip Doucette, glass (14) Susan Tooke, painter (15) Damian Lidgard, photographer (16) Margot Metcalfe, photography (17) Susan Hubley, painter.

(59) Secord Gallery (74) Norman Flynn Design (77) Hen House (78) Bogside Gallery (79) Hydrostone Gallery (80) etc press (81) Outside the Lines (87) Maritime Command Museum (90) 4Cs Foundation (91) Eye Level Gallery (97) FRED.

Comedians boost local art auction

Ellen Helmke reviews donated works for Adsum's Mystery Art Sale.

Ellen Helmke reviews donated works for Adsum's Mystery Art Sale.

Artwork by comedians Rick Mercer and Phyllis Diller shared some wall space Thursday night at the Agricola Street café FRED.

The two gagsters were among dozens who donated 5×7-inch paintings and photos to a mystery auction benefitting a woman’s housing charity.

“We got a 118 pieces of art, which is great,” said Ellen Helmke, director of development at Adsum for Women and Children.

About 200 people showed up and many forked out $100 to buy a painting. The catch was they chose the artwork without first knowing the artist.

Helmke said Diller was approached for a donation because the entertainer was once briefly homeless. The 91-year-old Golden Globe-nominated comedian donated two pieces to the event.

Organizers also approached professional and emerging Nova Scotia artists. They hit their target of 100 paintings in the final week before the event.

“We were saying, ‘Keep looking for art, keep looking for art,” said Helmke.

A Peggy’s Cove art group came to the rescue.

“They produced 13 paintings, so that put us over the edge.”

Adsum provides emergency shelter and affordable living spaces for women without housing. The charity aimed to raise $15,000 with the event.

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