I cannot thank 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery enough for their perseverance in these very uncertain times. The new series "Earthlings" is now hanging in the gallery and is also available online through Facebook and the gallery's own website. I am overwhelmed by the positive and very touching comments and private messages I have received. To know that people are connecting with the work and understand what I was trying to say means everything. That is what every artist hopes for from their work. Anyone wishing further details or who are interested in taking an Earthling home, please contact 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery.
Expect the upexpected. The world has been shaken by the pandemic that is COVID19 and things have changed very quickly. As with so many businesses, 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery has closed for the time being and my exhibit opening has been postponed until a later, safer date can be chosen. Gallery owner extraordinaire, Cheryl Bell, none the less has immediately sprung into action, putting my new series of paintings online and is working her magic in promoting the new series. Four have just sold. I am beyond grateful, most especially under these uncertain circumstances. My heartfelt thank you to Cheryl and to the new owners.
One month and counting! I'm looking forward to seeing this new series hanging in the gallery. Once the paintings move from studio to gallery walls, they always look different to me. Cheryl at 14 Bells Fine Art does a wonderful job of knowing just where each piece should hang, and, which paintings will look best next to each other. This is when I step back and let go. The artwork must speak for itself now. Watching others make a connection with my paintings is why I make art.
Looking forward to the opening of my first solo show in three years on Saturday, March 28 at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery located in the Hydrostone Area of Halifax. The image here is just a very small detail of a larger painting.
This new series is bold and a bit of a departure for me. The inspiration came from probably the most important issue facing our planet today. I wanted to say something and share my feelings through very simple and yet hopefully emotive paintings.
Everyone is welcome to the opening on March 28. I hope to see you there.
Over the last year, I've had the pleasure to do interviews and write articles about the visual arts for The Grapevine, a local paper dedicated to arts, culture, and community in the Annapolis Valley. Here's a link to their online publication: Grapevine.
Meeting other artists and discussing their art making process is an inspiration and sharing their stories is my way of giving back to the art community and the community at large. I am always amazed at the number of wonderful artists living and working in this area and the caliber of work they produce. And yes, I am probably prejudiced when I say this is one of the most beautiful and inspiring parts of the province in which to live. I look forward to meeting even more artists in the year ahead. Thank you all.
For me, being an artist, is first and foremost about expression, of communicating in a language of colour and texture and movement. Painting is a joy and a challenge and the heart of my work. Right now, I am excited to be creating a new series of paintings for my upcoming solo show at 14 Bells Fine Art. Stay tuned for more updates.
I also teach art classes though I sometimes feel I learn as much as my students. Teaching is a great exercise to remind myself about the foundation skills and the excitement I felt painting for the first time.
I also firmly believe in giving back and contributing to the art community and the community where I live as a whole. Writing about other artists for a local paper allows me to shine a little light on the important place art has in all of our lives.
Last but not least is the time I spend working on the business side of my art practice. The life of an artist is not so different from any profession, though creating art perhaps defines who artists are as much as what artists do.
This weekend, Sat, August 3rd and Sun, August 4th, from 1pm to 5pm both days, I'm hosting an open house at my art studio for the first time! Stop by for a look behind the scenes where all the art begins. I'll have a good variety of paintings on display and will be happy to talk art! I'm just one stop in a list of wonderful Kings County artists welcoming visitors to their studios. Visit the Studio Rally Facebook page for full details on locations on all the participating artists. Hope to see you!
Always great to visit 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery, especially when I am delivering new paintings. The gallery/artist relationship is so important and I'm very lucky to be represented by the very professional Cheryl Bell at 14 Bells. Stop in someday soon and ask to see my new work! Hope you enjoy.
I am so grateful for all that I have, family, friends, and home. I treasure my time outside, exploring nature and enjoying the wonders of this beautiful planet. I am grateful for thoughtful discussion on important issues we all face today - climate change and an evolving society. I am even grateful for moments of difficulty and sadness, as each helps me grow. I am eternally grateful for every opportunity that comes my way, and the inspiration to not only make art, but to share the benefits of creativity with others. Finally, I appreciate time in my studio where I can quietly reflect on all these things and hopefully offer something positive in return.
Where does the time go? One year ago I happily joined the family of fine artists represented by 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery in the Hydrostone Area of Halifax. Gallery Owner, Cheryl Bell, has outdone herself in creating one of the finest galleries in the city, establishing a strong clientele of art collectors and enthusiasts in just one year. Congratulations to Cheryl and 14 Bells Fine Art on a very memorable first year! All your efforts to support artists and professionally showcase their art are much appreciated.
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art