Featuring the following artists:
Art Glass by Sue Obata
|| Statement from the Artist
As a working artist, my energy is split between
commissioned work and personal artwork. While I enjoy the challenges
that both present, it is with the personal artwork that I enjoy
the greatest freedom of expression and it is glass that draws
me the most as a medium.
Because of my traditional training, I enjoy using
a brush and find it has similarities to Japanese brush painting
on paper but instead of representational images, I find expression
in the lines and textures themselves. At times I combine painting
with etching, sandblasting, and layering of glasses. I have also
used all of these techniques with screen-printed images. Working
with the technical assistance and support of Sattler's Studio
in Nova Scotia, I am able to explore and extend the possibilities
of creating with a glass canvas.
Artist: Craig Rubadoux
||Statement from the Artist
"In my work I endeavor to express exuberance,
the joy of life, a spontaneous celebration. With line and color
I try to express the inner energy,
the spirit, the essence of life."
Rubadoux has participated in over 70 exhibitions. Solo exhibitions
have included the Ringling Museum of Art, the Fort Lauderdale
Museum of Art, the Lowe Museum of Art, and the Cornell Fine Arts
Museum. His artworks are included in many public and private collections
including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the High Museum of
Art, Atlanta; the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum
of Art, Fort Lauderdale; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg,
Florida; and the State of Florida.
Rubadoux primarily works on paper and canvas. His paintings are
intensely personal glimpses into particular emotions, and he frequently
speaks of his work as a journal. Greatly affected by his environment
and a love of nature, Rubadoux's painting style is colorful and
fluid. But Rubadoux's paintings are not literal documentations
of nature, he seems interested in the essence rather than the
facts of nature. There is an emphasis on line, color, and spatial
relationships. Compositions are unusual in that the subject is
seen hovering in a flat space and at eye level. While the subject
matter varies, it embodies the artist's personal conception of
the world and his feelings and responses to that world.
Art Glass by Wayne Boucher
Wayne is the recipient of the 2006 Nova Scotia
Portia White Award for excellence, innovation, and expression
in the arts.
Wayne Boucher studied at the Banff Centre, Alberta, and at the
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, receiving his
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1975. The following year he moved
to Graywood, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia where he continues
his painting practice at his studio in Parker's Cove.
Boucher's solo professional exhibition record spans the past three
decades. A major exhibition "Radiance and Counterpoint" curated
by Peter Dykhuis was at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Gallery
1 to October 22, 2006 and at the Western Branch of the AGNS in
Yarmouth from October 29 to January 5 2007.
The recipient of numerous grants from provincial and federal agencies
including a Canada Council Established Artist Grant in 2001, other
key professional successes include winning the 2004 juried competition
to execute the mural entitled Réveil for the new Interpretation
Centre at Grand-Pré National National Historic Site that marks
the 18th Century Acadian Deportation.
Boucher became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 2002.
Other active memberships include the Canadian Artists Representation,
and Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Arms Length Funding for the Arts.
Boucher is a founding member and past chair of the Annapolis Region
Community Arts Council and presently on the Exhibitions Committee
of the artist-run centre ARTsPLACE. ( more )
Art Glass by
Ivan Murphy obtained his degree in Communication
Design (Honours) from NSCAD in 1992. He currently teaches at NSCAD
University and works full-time from his Halifax studio.
Murphy's paintings have been shown at the Khyber
Centre for the Arts, the Anna Leonowens Gallery, private galleries
in Halifax and Toronto, and the Lieutenant-Governor's residence,
While still rooted in landscape, Murphy's current
work explores the idea of the canvas as a site of transition,
where shifting impressions or memories are reflected through an
ongoing process of obliteration and re-working.
Art Glass by
What informs my art and image-making? The land
- it's colour, texture, rhythms, and geological forms. I make
no attempt to copy the land but rather to interpret or adopt from
its shape and colour.
My "landscapes" are landscapes of the imagination.
They come into being through a non-objective process of continually
working and over-painting the texture of the canvas surface. Paint
is pushed, scrubbed, scraped, and thinned to washes, somewhat
imitating the natural elements that have shaped and stained the
land. Through the manipulation of my materials I am drawn toward
an unseen image, but in reality, the image appears out of the
scars and pigments that have been left behind.