Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to Display Newly Discovered Maud Lewis Artwork Timing Coincides with the Opening of Maudie in Halifax

Halifax, NS (April 10, 2017) – With a new film about her life set to be released, and a recently discovered original work Maud Lewis is enjoying a renaissance. The famed Nova Scotia folk artist, who toiled in extreme poverty and with severe physical hardship, is one of Canada’s most well-known yet under-appreciated artists.

The recently discovered original - Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fishermen, Bay View, N.S. – found in a donation bin at an Ontario thrift store will be coming to Halifax courtesy of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The 11” x 13” work on pulpboard is a rare find, and has generated interest from around the world. It will be on display in the Scotiabank Maud Lewis Gallery from April 11-April 16 when it will be returned to Ontario and auctioned off by the Mennonite Central Committee. The painting is estimated to be worth $12,000-$16,000.

“As soon as we saw this newly discovered piece, we were captivated by it,” says Nancy Noble, the Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “It seems only fitting that it should come home to Nova Scotia, its inspiration, even if only for a short time. It’s just one more piece of the Maud Lewis story we are honoured to tell in the Scotiabank Maud Lewis Gallery.”

The timing is propitious. April also sees the release of the film Maudie which tells the story of Maud and her marriage to itinerant fish peddler Everett Lewis. Well known British actor Sally Hawkins plays Maud and is creating Oscar buzz for her portrayal. Hawkins, together with actor Ethan Hawke, star in the Newfoundland-Irish co-production which opens in Halifax on April 14, and across the Maritimes on April 28. The film, 10 years in the making, has received critical acclaim during its global festival run.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is home to the largest public collection of Maud Lewis works in the world and also to Maud ’s original house, which features prominently in the film, and remains one of her earliest and most stunning canvases. For a limited time, a collection of photographs taken during the shooting of Maudie and costumes worn by both Hawkins and Hawke are also on display.

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For more information about the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, visit the High-resolution images and interviews with the film producers and AGNS Maud Lewis experts are available.

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About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada’s largest arts museum. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, it houses the province’s art collection and offers a range of innovative exhibitions and programming.

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