Second art exhibition brings out the crowd

Amy MacKenzie
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Katie Hagan, right, speaks with a guest at the opening of the art exhibition titled "Off-Shoots." Hagan is one of three artists in the residency program between NSCAD and the Town of New Glasgow titled Community Studio Residency.

NEW GLASGOW - Large pieces of art painted by New Glasgow's Community Studio residents hang on the walls at their studio on Dalhousie Street.

The shades of blue, purple and green on the art that greets you as you walk in the door evokes jealousy from those who attended the opening of their latest exhibition, making those who can't, wish they could paint like they can.

Katie Hagan, Jimy Sloan and Tyler Durbano are spending the year painting in New Glasgow as part of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design's program in partnership with the Town of New Glasgow called the Community Studio Residency.

The artistic trio are recent graduates of NSCAD and will be engaging the community with their art through workshops, visits to schools and exhibitions like the one they opened on Thursday evening at their studio.

The artists started their residency in September and have been busy working on their art since. The exhibition that opened Thursday was examples of work they've done while completing their Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD.

Hagan said the purpose of having people view their completed art is to introduce the community to their work and encourage people to take an interest in the residency.

Hagan said the residents held an open house when they first arrived in September, but the turnout for that event was "terrible." But at the exhibition opening on Thursday, the room was packed with art enthusiasts and town officials supporting the residents' work and asking them questions about how the residency is going.

Hagan said along with working on their art, they will be holding workshops to teach those in Pictou County who want to learn more about their methods and will be bringing in art professors from their alma matter, NSCAD.

"We've been contacted by schools to go and talk to their classes," Hagan said. "We're also going to be introducing a lecture series for the year with some of our mentors from university and artists coming into town."

Art from all three of the artists were displayed in the exhibition and Hagan explained one of her paintings that received a lot of attention at the event.

"This one gets a lot of good response. This image is taken from a photo that was about two and a half inches by one and a half, a very small photo from 1972 of my mother on a bus in Europe," Hagan said while pointing to the large painting on the wall. "The technique I used, I did use oil but I used it very thinly. I watered it down with solvents quite a lot so the paint is thin and the brush is almost dry. It has blurred lines, so it's difficult in this photo to see any definite lines. Everything transitions nicely into each other."

Hagan said the exhibition will continue to hang on their walls at their studio behind the New Glasgow Library for a short time.  

Their artwork is also for sale and can be viewed through links on the residency's blog: www.ngr2012.blogspot.ca

Organizations: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Community Studio Residency, New Glasgow Library

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, Dalhousie Street, Pictou County Europe

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