Campus artist Jordan Hunt (right) was on hand to discuss his work when the Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus officially opened its art gallery last Thursday.
SPRINGHILL – To be abstract, there’s a new dimension permanently on display at the Cumberland Campus, promising to expand everyone’s horizon.
The public opening of the Arts and Hearts Gallery at the Nova Scotia Community College in Springhill took place with faculty, artists and the public rubbing shoulders and appreciating local talent and creations.
“It contributes to local artists and the culture of the town,” Dwight Gallagher, speaking on behalf of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia, said. “All of the work here is excellent.”
The gallery received its start three years ago, when the campus offered a portion of the entryway to be used for art, community disabilities support faculty Albert Rogers said. New construction and renovations to the campus halted displaying art, but presented an opportunity Rogers didn’t want to slip by.
“We made sure a gallery was part of the construction,” he said. “Having it included was important to NSCC.”
Three walls of the campus entry were designed with displaying art in mind, creating a permanent gallery for three tiers of creations: campus art, community art and a theme wall.
A call for submissions from the public netted more than enough art to fill the three displays, Rogers said, but there’s no intention to let the display sit idle. Plans are being developed to conduct special art classes at the campus and reach out to Springhill’s community schools and the public, who are invited to submit work by contacting the campus at 597-3737, and to view the gallery during regular campus hours.