29 artists ambitiously interpret the province’s rich visual culture

June 25, 2016, HALIFAX—The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia presents Terroir: a Nova Scotia Survey, from June 25, 2016 to January 15, 2017, with works by 29 artists selected through a one-of-a-kind process that invited the submission of works in a diversity of artistic mediums, with no demographic or age restrictions. What results is an inventive exhibition showcasing arresting works by the artists—acclaimed and emerging—providing the public an opportunity to engage with Nova Scotia's rich visual culture.

From the Latin “terre,” meaning land, terroir is defined as the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology, and climate of a certain place express in certain agricultural products, most notably wine. Loosely translated, terroir is a “sense of place”, and this exhibition seeks to ambitiously unearth and celebrate the unique flavor of Nova Scotian’s very own terroir.

Curators David Diviney, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia), and Bruce Johnson (Independent Curator), worked collaboratively throughout this new phase. Part 1 of the project, Terroir: a Nova Scotia Retrospective, opened in April 2015 (and is ongoing) and explores the flavour and makeup of work collected over the Gallery's 100-year history. This latest Survey phase takes the original concept and infuses it with a sense of newness and vibrancy through contemporary works that depict Nova Scotia through various lenses, ranging from the contemplative to the humorous, and the political to the impassioned. With some works having been completed just weeks before installation, the public will have an opportunity to experience an extremely current landscape of works that directly reflects a true sense of time and space for the province's artistic community.

“It's been thrilling to work on a project of this scope and nature that evokes such a strong flavor of Nova Scotia's current visual culture,” said Sarah Fillmore,co-curator. "The unique process allows us to present the artists' exciting practices and works rooted both in history and the present-day. The overall presentation has resulted in a remarkable and memorable harvest of works."

Terroir artists:  
Wayne Boucher John Macnab
Mark Bovey Dawn MacNutt
Carly Butler Sarah Maloney
Matthew Collins John Mathews
Melanie Colosimo Ben Mosher
Frances Dorsey Jayé Ouellette
Denise Dumas Susan Paterson
Margarita Fainshtein Amanda Rhodenizer
Steve Farmer Steven Rhude
Lorraine Field Kent Senecal
Angela Glanzmann David Stephens
Ursula Johnson Susan Tooke
Laura Kenney Christopher Webb
Janice Leonard Charley Young
Anne Macmillan  

As one of the Gallery’s main attractions for the 2016/17 season,Terroir spans more than three floors of space, with a special publication that will become available in the fall. Works are presented in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, video, drawings and mixed media. A listing of additional special events, including educational programming, artist and curator talks and special tours, will be added to the website on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of the exhibition. A tour with the curators is scheduled for this Sunday, June 26 at 2:30 pm.

On Friday, June 24 at 6:30 pm, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia hosted a special reception at the Gallery for members, partners, sponsors and special guests to celebrate the exhibition and its artists, which was attended by approximately 500 people.

Terroir: a Nova Scotia Survey is on view until January 15, 2017.

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About the exhibition: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/exhibitions/terroir-nova-scotia-survey

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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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