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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Get Better ~ SEVEN at Swoon Gallery

SEVEN will once again be exhibiting their work in a gallery setting. This time around we have the wonderful opportunity to show our work at the lovely Swoon Gallery on Hammonds Plains Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
We invite you to join us at our opening reception on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 from 2 - 5 pm. We would love to see you there. The exhibit continues until September 1st, 2012. For further information on the gallery exhibit, visit www.swoonfineart.com.

The theme for SEVEN's show is based on the poem Get Better, written by the poet in the collective, Kelly Marie Redcliffe. The six visual artists in the group created pieces inspired by the words, thoughts, ideas and visions they gleaned when listening to and reading the poem in their own studios. With six different mediums, six different creative styles, and six different interpretations, this show is sure to offer up a new way of interpreting the written form.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Permission Granted

It started innocently enough.  A creative challenge to the group - each member brings to the next meeting a book to be altered.  A book goes home with a member to be altered and the work shared at the next meeting.  And so on, until we've each altered all seven books.    

Several insights were gained during this 7 month project:

altering only a portion of a book in anticipation of those who will alter after you, imposes interesting limitations on how you'll alter.

having to alter based on previous alterations, can be either freeing or constricting, depending on your mood.

some of our group were rather shocked that others of our group were altering without reading the books.

people can get rather silly when there are no expectations put upon the creative output.

We made it to 6 alterations each.  We shared each round and more than a few laughs.  And, on round six, it was meekly suggested that maybe we could quit now.  I seem to recall there was some pleading and begging.  Someone suggested that perhaps we have a big bonfire and burn the whole lot of them with some form of ceremony and alcoholic beverage.   Then it was decided that we would post some of the highlights and invite comments.  It's important to note that these were never intended to be seen by anyone but our group.

Artists often find there's little opportunity to create just for the fun of it - usually there's a gallery owner or a client to impress (and often, the one we strive to impress the most is ourselves).  The book alteration process was meant to be simply fun with no expectations placed on the outcome. And, in this I think we thoroughly succeeded.  We hope you enjoy looking as much as we enjoyed altering.

Until next time,

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What's in the Box?

Seven has a secret, from you and from each other. As one of our fun projects going on currently, Seven is participating in a secret inspirational art piece. Each month a member of Seven receives a piece done by another member. From this piece we are to create a work inspired by the former piece.
I am fourth in line to have received a piece, which no-one but the creator "Angela" has seen. From her piece I have created another work. At our next meeting I will return Angela's piece to her, (still unseen by other members) and my project ( boxed ) will be passed on to the next artist.

I have had fun with this project and I can't wait to see what will be revealed when all of the pieces are done. Maybe we will do an online reveal. Inspiration comes on many levels, and the fun part of this will be to follow the thought trail, and see how far we have come from the original piece; or maybe it will surprisingly come back to full circle. If there are only 6 degrees of seperation, who knows we could have a duplication.

Three months to the reveal.