Art! Beer! Hockey! Now that I have your attention…

How does an Art installation come to be posted on the Canadian Beer News website? Amazing. Enter “The King and I”, a collaboration between Halifax based artist and curator Eleanor King; and Toronto based Stefan Hancherow.  Opening on February 4th, Hockey Bar will transform the Confederation Centre for the Arts’ Entrance Gallery in Prince Edward Island “into a welcoming social space that features both hockey and beer related artworks alongside [Prince Edward] Island hockey memorabilia.”

The King and I

The King and I - Eleanor King and Stefan Hancherow

Imagine your favorite sports bar housing  Graeme Patterson’s Ten Point Game, a table-hockey based sculpture featuring an animation narrated by Darryl Sittler; Ali Nickerson’s altered bar stool, Colleen; and, Andy Warhol’s Wayne Gretzky 99. And what would the ambiance be without an assortment of beer kegs, bottles and labels?

This dynamic duo is definitely onto something, and it has the art community and sports fans alike talking and, well, drinking beer.

The Confederation Centre for the Arts

The King and I


Garry Neill Kennedy does what he set out to do

Kennedy, American History PaintingGarry Neill Kennedy is on my top 5 people to meet. What would I say if I sat down for coffee with Mr. Kennedy? Probably nothing that he hasn’t heard before. “Mr. Kennedy, Average Size, Average Colour was my aha moment in conceptual art”, or “Where do you think conceptual art is right now?” and maybe, if I was feeling really corny, I would thank him for the immeasurable contribution to conceptual art, and artouteast.

Until April 1, 2012, the Louise and Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery at the Université de Moncton presents Garry Neill Kennedy: Photoworks 1969 – 2011. Kennedy’s first exhibition focusing on photography aims to foster a better understanding of the work of the artist as a whole and of his contribution to the evolution of contemporary art in Canada and in the Atlantic region.

The Louise and Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery is located at 405 Université Avenue, in the Clément Cormier building on the Université de Moncton campus. Gallery hours are 1 PM to 4:30 PM, Tuesday to Friday, and 1 PM to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free.  For more information on the Louise and Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery and its activities, please visit the web site: or find us on Facebook.  The gallery can be reached by phone: (506) 858-4088 or by email:

D’Arcy Wilson and Susan Wood at the Owens January 13th


Artouteast is back! After a much too long hiatus, what better was to start up with a bang than at the Owens in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Tuck is a multimedia installation by New Brunswick artist D’Arcy Wilson, which explores themes of absence, isolation, and vulnerability in western society’s postcolonial relationship with wildlife. In May 2011 the artist filmed a performance coinciding with a residency at the Banff Centre during which she sang lullabies to the taxidermied animals at the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. As the artist notes: “This act offers an alternative to the liaison formed between the specimens and their creators (the hunters and taxidermists who prepared them a century ago). Nevertheless, there is perversity in both our actions: the animals were killed for display, and now I propose to sing them to sleep, overlooking their inability to abandon their posts”.  The exhibition is accompanied by a brochure by guest-writer Rita McKeough.

Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawing
is a retrospective exhibition which documents the production of Halifax artist Susan Wood, whose practice is devoted primarily to drawing. Her work of the past decade embodies the idea of finitude, reflecting on mortality and loss. A range of graphic techniques, often on textured handmade papers, begins within the frameworks of geography, museology and botanical illustration and broadens into an appreciation of the drawings as metaphors of entropy and death. This exhibition includes the dramatic series Devil’s Purse (1985) and Dress (1989-91), which were inspired by various stages of women’s corporeal experiences. The exhibition has been organized by the Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, guest curated by Susan Gibson Garvey.

Both exhibitions run from January 13th until February 26th 2012.

Visit the Owens Art Gallery Website for more information.



Page and Strange’s one night stand with Toronto June 23rd

Gallery Page and Strange, a gallery in the heart of Halifax,  is hitting the road to host a one night show to Toronto! 
The event this Thursday at the Richmond (477 Richmond Street West) features new work by Jonathan Johnson, Ivan Murphy, Jessica Korderas, Drew Klassen, Wayne Boucher, Peter Hill, Jack Bishop, Mara Korkola, John McEwen, Tom Hammick, Karen Kulyk, Christian McLeod and Patrick Rapati.  Also featuring work by Gerald Ferguson, Peter DiGesu, Melissa Kuntz, Colin Lyons and Shelley Mansel.  The Victorias (Gallery owners Victoria Page and Victoria Strange) will also have other surprises to show you on request.

Artists in attendance will include Ivan Murphy, Jessica Korderas, Peter Hill, Christian McLeod, Jonathan Johnson and John McEwen.

Be sure to go down to the Richmond from 6 to 9pm this Thursday for a glass of wine and artouteast at its finest.


Bonfirecity brings artouteast to Toronto June 21st

If you happen to be one of those people who think of the east coast in summer time as one big camping trip, where we all sit in boats or on the shore in our sweats, drinkin’ beers and singing songs…

Well, you’re not far off.

Fellow artist and Nova Scotian (never mind that we are from the same wonderful town, Pictou!) Mary MacDonald is capturing  a piece of the bonfire culture this Tuesday right here in Toronto.

bonfirecity is a simulated campfire experience transported to the heart of downtown Toronto. Part exhibition, part social gathering, this project seeks to rectify the intense urbanity of summer in downtown Toronto by introducing a decidedly pastoral summer event. On a series of ten television monitors, piled at the centre of the gallery, DVDs of the commercially produced Faux Fire 2 will be played. In keeping with ritual, visitors to bonfirecity are encouraged to dress for a proper beach fire (plaid shirts are highly encouraged) and bring a blanket or cushion to sit on. Throughout the evening, host artist Mary MacDonald will encourage performances of all varieties from traditional storytelling and games to performance art and musical odes to summer. Two guitars will be present in case this very impromptu sing-along happens to break out. What is a summer campfire without friends, sociability and a general woodsy atmosphere?
bonfirecity is a gentle if not humourous critique of contemporary art’s recent obsession with relational aesthetics as explored by Nicolas Bourriaud. bonfirecity does not attempt to bring the “real” bonfire into the gallery space, rather an absurd mutation of it. Unlike the real thing, bonfirecity is potentially infinite and repeatable for the gallery will long close before the virtual logs burn out.
So on the eve of summer, come and enjoy bonfirecity with a friend, have a marshmallow and enjoy the scene. This event is free and open to all summer revelers. If you have a burning interest to participate or perform at bonfirecity, and would like to know more, please send an email to

bonfirecity is to be held on the evening of June 21st, the official summer solstice, from 9pm to 1am. The Graduate Gallery is located at 205 Richmond Street West (at Duncan), on the Ground floor (press G in the elevator).
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 Mary MacDonald is an artist and aspiring curator from Pictou, NS. At present she is studying towards a MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University (Toronto). Currently researching the production and presentation of contemporary art in non-urban locales, Mary is interested in hybrid modes of curatorial practice that support partnerships between artists and communities and the potential field of inquiry that this opens. Mary graduated from Mount Allison University (BFA 2006) and until recently worked as Assistant Director of Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John’s).

Afterthoughts on Love and Napalm


First of all, I’m sorry for the couple of weeks of artouteast hiatus! We’re back, and although this exhibition ended last week, it needs to be posted on artouteast.


In an abandoned store in Sackville, New Brunswick, artist/dj/curator Jon Cleveland organized “Love and Napalm”, a group show filled with local and international talent. And as I always say, nothing says love like Zombies and jelly jesuses.

The show, which ran until April 15th, featured work by artists from New Brunswick, Montreal, Vancouver and Paris,  including Jon Cleveland, Corey Isenor, Ainslie Moss, Jerry Ropson, Erika Sullivan, Jon Shaw, Sean Corscadden and Erin Ramsay, as well as an exciting collection of prints, posters and paintings by French artists 3615, Kashink, Papy Microgram, FMR, Gorellaume Undemi, Sword, and Kuny.

As only Sackville can do,  really great artistic talent pops up in places where you least expect it; this time in an old dollarstore.

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Jon Cleveland, 40 nights (detail), Gelatin

All Eyes on Meghan Fish Contemporary, Halifax

Scoot Bertram, May, 72 x 60in, acrylic on canvas

On March 25th, 2011, Meghan Fish Contemporary and Projects launched its first group exhibition at 2053 Gottingen Street. However, this is not a gallery space. Director Meghan Fish has created a primarily online and by-appointment gallery space featuring cutting edge painting, photography and new media work by emerging and established artists from across Canada. Collectors will be able to view the art online, by appointment locally at the Meghan Fish Contemporary Art + Projects showroom/office, or have work sent on approval to their own space. Also in the works are plans for pop-up events and exhibitions–an exciting way to showcase art in a series of changing venues around Halifax.

“I see this as a more progressive model for selling art,” explains Director Meghan Fish (née Dorward), who has worked in Halifax’s commercial art world for the last five years (most notably as the former Assistant Director at Studio 21 Fine Art). “It circumvents the inefficiencies of maintaining a traditional gallery space year round. In my experience, I’ve found that most art-buying audiences arrive through word-of-mouth. It made me realize that I didn’t need a static, physical space to sell art. Instead, I will focus my resources and energy on personal service —offering artwork installation services and lease-to-own options to clients who purchase work, while effectively promoting my roster of artists. Pop-up exhibitions will add to this hybrid approach in creating a unique and diverse experience for the public.”

Adrian Fish, Stage 2-1, 48 x 48in, limited edition of 10, Chromira print

Meghan Fish Contemporary “fills a void for local collectors” by showcasing both painting and photography in its stable. “There are very few galleries carrying photography in Halifax,” says Fish, “I am introducing the media in a commercial context in Halifax.”

Not only is she filling a void for local collectors, she is also filling a void for the rest of the world, by exposing her fantastic artists to the rest of the world through her mainly web based business.“We’re thinking outside the box, literally,” Fish laughs. “I plan to introduce the concept that galleries no longer have to be limited to one static set of walls on a daily basis. It’s a malleable, ever-changing, and virtual world out there now — without geographical boundaries. It’s time we embrace that in the art world.”