"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ViewPoint Gallery: Unique exhibition has artists respond to Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art"

Photo: The Walker, by Teresa Alexander-Arab

(Halifax, Nova Scotia) - ONE ART at ViewPoint Gallery is a group exhibition of twelve photographers and one contemporary composer. In it, these artists have responded to Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art." This exhibition's photographers were selected by an independent jury: Adriana Afford, Robert Barriault, and Anne Simpson.

ONE ART participants are: Teresa Alexander-Arab, Binnie Brennan, Marla Cranston, Heather Francis, Laurie Gunn, Rena Kossatz, Sandy Leim, Irene Miller, John D. Scott, Roxanne Smith, Sandi Wheaton, and Monika Wright.

The composer is Ian Crutchley, who was commissioned by ViewPoint Gallery to create this sound installation. This is the first time ViewPoint Gallery has collaborated with a composer. The artists are local, national, and international, and range from first time exhibitors to artists with considerable exhibition experience. The work in the exhibition is richly contrasting, varied, and all linked together by the poem "One Art."

There will be a series of events accompanying the exhibition. The première of Ian Crutchley's sound installation "How To Lose Things: Lessons From Elizabeth Bishop" will be on Sunday, September 4, at 2 p.m. On Sunday, September 11, at 2 p.m. there will be a panel discussion about the exhibition that includes several of the artists, one of the jurors, Robert Barriault; and Sandra Barry, Bishop Scholar and co-founder of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. On Sunday, September 18, at 2 p.m. Sandra Barry will be giving a presentation "Contemplating Elizabeth Bishop's One Art." On Sunday September 25, at 2 p.m. the Gallery will be presenting a reading series of Elizabeth Bishop's poems read by Brian Bartlett, Lorri Glenn Neilsen, Alex Pierce, and Margo Wheaton.

All events will take place at ViewPoint Gallery.

This exhibition is part of the EB100, a year long celebration of the centennial of the birth of Elizabeth Bishop.

ONE ART opens at ViewPoint Gallery (1272 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia) on Thursday, September 1, 7-9 p.m. The exhibition continues until October 2. The Gallery's hours are Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 5 p.m., and Thursday - Friday, 5 - 7 p.m.

For online press kit please see: http://viewpointgallery.weebly.com/media.html

For more information contact:
Roxanne Smith (902) 469-9756

ViewPoint Gallery is an artist-run non-profit co-operative, whose members are photographers working together to nurture and promote their artistic passion and the practice of their craft, to exhibit and market their work, and to actively engage in the cultural life of the broader photographic community.

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