2015 Exchange Portfolio

About the Project
Exploring the culture of local through fine art printmaking.
The Nova Scotia Printmakers present their first portfolio exchange and travelling exhibition. Twenty-five printmakers from around the province and beyond explore the theme of Nova Scotia’s local culture through diverse printmaking techniques on paper.

Traveling Exhibition Schedule:
09/2015 – The Linc, Lunenburg
(reception: September 12th, 2pm-5pm)
10/2015 – The Market Wall at the Craig Gallery, Dartmouth
(reception: September 30th, 7pm-9pm)
11/2015 – Main & Station, Parrsboro
(reception November 1st, 2pm – 5pm)
12/2015 – The People’s Place, Antigonish
(reception: December 5th)
01/2016 – Acadia University Art Gallery: Annex, Wolfville
(reception: January 15th)
04/2016 – Chase Gallery, Halifax
(reception: April 9th – 1 – 3:30pm)
05/2016 – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, Sydney
(reception: TBA)
06/2016 – The Inverness Centre for the Arts, Inverness
(reception: May 29th, 2-4 pm)
07/2016 – Art Gallery of NS Community Room, Yarmouth
(reception: TBA)

Note by the Organizer
When my husband and I decided that Nova Scotia would be our new home, I never expected that it would impact me as a province/region/land as much as it has. What I noticed immediately is that this is a place that people care about. There is a sense of local pride, of community, and of respect for the land and sea that I have not experienced elsewhere. The support of everything “local” can be found all around us. I am excited that this place is going to be my home and that we can put down roots in this beautiful province, and I wanted to see how others, including both locals and others “from away,” perceive Nova Scotian culture. I was curious about whether or not they observe that same sense of and support for the local culture.

After putting out a call for submission to my fellow members of the NS Printmakers, I quickly saw that the interpretations of the subject matter form a sort of quilt about the province. Together, they make up a colourful, varied picture, while separately they each tell their own contained story. As this is a print exchange, each participating printmaker is getting a full set of the prints displayed here. Everyone gets to hold on to the entire colourful interpretation of their home or adopted province.

It has been a pleasure to work on this project with everyone. I would especially like to thank Bonnie Baker, the president of the NS Printmakers, for her support and assistance in the organization of this project, and to thank Julie Rosvall, without whose tireless hours of work assembling the editions, preparing the pieces for the traveling exhibition, and just her general good humour and support this project would not have come together as smoothly as it has. Thank you both for sitting through several grueling three-hour meetings and for helping me make countless decisions! Thanks also to my husband who has made sure that I see the whole thing through and who has taken up the slack around the house.
-Maria Doering, August 2015