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The NSCC Cumberland Campus will add its creative license to the wall behind Albert Rodgers today – Thursday, Feb. 14 – officially opening the Arts & Hearts Gallery.

SPRINGHILL – Since the dawn of existence, humans have used art to interpret the world around them. A blank wall will always seem incomplete until some sort of creation finds itself on display and, at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus, three such walls not only await their turn, they were designed with the very intent of displaying art.

Today is their day.

Albert Rodgers, Community Disabilities Support faculty, says the campus will launch the student-driven phase of the Arts & Hearts gallery in the campus entryway today, featuring student work while supporting health. It’s the first phase in the campus offering a community art gallery.

“We’re looking for community involvement and open to community artists,” Rodgers says. “There’s three sections to the gallery: campus art, community art and raising awareness for certain topics.”

It was perhaps only fitting, with February being Heart Month, that the Art & Hearts gallery open on Valentine’s Day, Rogers says. The gallery will also feature work recognizing it is also African Heritage Month.

Plans are underway for an April art gala for the public when the college has received more community art. All mediums are welcome, Rodgers says, including ironwork, photographs and paintings. Until then, there’s one more component the college needs for its gallery.

“We’re also looking for people to come look at the art,” Rodgers says.

The public can view the art during regular campus hours and artists can contact Rodgers at 597-4413. The campus will not sell art, but artists chosen for display can provide their contact information on their work.

Twitter: ADNchris

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Community Disabilities Support

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