Welcome to the worldly adventures of SEVEN

SEVEN is a collective of multi-disciplined artists from rural Nova Scotia. Collaboration is the foundation for creativity, where each artist responds artistically in her own medium to a selected theme. Through collective discourse, various elements combine to form a much richer body of thought - adding new and perhaps unforeseen levels of creativity and interpretation.

Rurally routed to their tidal landscape, SEVEN knows, what goes out, does come in.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

What a Party!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  to everyone who joined us in celebrating the opening of our new exhibit, Udveksling, at The Craig Gallery last night.  People were so excited to be there (or perhaps just hungry lol!), that the place was hoping 20 minutes before the doors officially opened!

The enthusiasm and delight expressed by all who shared in our exchange with much laughter and hugs was the shining star on our many months of learning, exploring and creating.

Many thanks to my good friend, Sandra Gunther, for capturing these images.

Until next time....

Monday, March 28, 2011


With two days until the official opening of SEVEN's most recent exhibit, hearts and minds are aflutter along with busy hands working on the finishing details of our creations. We are also tying up last minute details such as picking up signage, making wall cards and writing our artist statements. All of this is occurring while two of our members are in the midst of lambing season which means many trips to the barn with late nights and early mornings to make sure all animals are safe and happy. Sigh, long inhale, a smile to start the day, and perhaps a strong cup of java to keep the energy flowing.

On top of preparing for the opening, we are also putting together our thoughts and experiences of our exchange to Denmark for a panel discussion. It should be lots of fun and a great way to hear of how seven women were able to travel to Denmark, exhibit in three galleries and then take inspiration back home to Nova Scotia. Although this may be the simplified version, it was really a project which took two years to come to fruition with lots of learning to be had.

We hope you will be able to join us for our opening at Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on March 30th from 7 - 9 pm. If not, our show will be on display until May 1, 2011 and our panel discussion will take place on Sunday, April 17 from 2 - 4pm. We look forward to meeting old and new faces and thank everyone for their interest and words of encouragement. We would also like to thank Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage for their financial support and continued interest in our project.

See you soon,

Acrylic, Graphite Pencil and Pastel on wood panel (Triptych) by Angela Melanson

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


With our exhibition at the Craig Gallery opening in less than two weeks, I thought to peak your curiosity a bit by sharing my artist statement and one of my images.  I hope you come to our opening reception.  There'll be wine and cheese and yummy treats, great conversation, old friends and friends you haven't met yet and, of course, great art and all seven of us Valley artists!

My Artist Statement :: Streetscapes and thoughtscapes.   Reflected constructions of placeless places where fluid and fleeting exchanges between pedestrians and mannequins occur.

We instantly imbue any human form, whether corporal or constructed, with personality – with story. It's this autonomic exchange which drives my work. I particularly enjoy that this anthropomorphism is applied to strangers, animals, toys with faces and even headless mannequins!

Until next time....

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

You're Invited!

No matter, how much planning ahead we do, it seems that all the tasks required to open a show bunch up in the final 3 weeks.  We're all excitedly working on our art, planning our artist talks and talking up our opening reception.

We're a happy group of creative individuals who take our art seriously, but know how to make time for laughter and sharing.  We'd love to tell you about our Danish and Nova Scotian experiences and we hope you'll share in our exchange at the Craig Gallery.  Here's your invitation:

Until next time,