woodland


- Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:30 PM - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 7:30 PM
- Inverness County Centre for the Arts 16080 Highway 19 Inverness, Cape Breton

An immersive installation of sculpture, painting, projection and sound that evokes the mystery, complexity, and vitality of the woodland. 
woodland is presented as part of inFlux 2019, a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary festival of the arts based at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts.
The artists’ reception will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 5:30 pm in the gallery. All are welcome.

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Greg Davies
Greg Davies is the Curator of the Cape Breton University Art Gallery and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Lumière Arts Festival in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He is also a practicing artist and formerly taught art history at McMaster University, the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph, Ontario.

Robin Hill
Robin Hill is an artist whose work focuses on the intersection between drawing, photography, and sculpture. Her recent work takes on a collaborative sensibility, where objects and materials which have been rejected by others have served as starting points for acts of transformation.

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Neal Livingston
Neal Livingston is a visual artist, and an award winning independent documentary filmmaker, who lives in the Inverness/ Mabou area of Nova Scotia. In 2009 Livingston produced his first sculptures since those produced in Art school in the 1970’s. Tree Art is an edition of 32 pieces made from trees he selected from his eco-certified woodlot. Livingston has made 40 films and has been producing films, and visual art works - primarily paintings and photography for 50 years since the age of twelve.  He has a BFA in Fine Arts 1976 from York University, and attended NSCAD and Dalhousie for the 4th and final year of this degree. Livingston has produced documentary films on a wide variety of topics, from the political to the personal to the humorous, and these films have been shown on television and film festivals, locally, nationally, and internationally. Several of the films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s.

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Robyn Love


Robyn Love is an artist who lives and works in Newfoundland, Canada. She received a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City in 1988. Love has exhibited at galleries and museums internationally. Her site-specific projects include a New York City Percent for Art commission for the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica, Queens, NY, a five-kilometer-long handmade installation in Cheongju, South Korea, and a large-scale, multimedia installation titled The House Museum in Newfoundland. She has presented her participatory performance piece, SpinCycle, at The Brooklyn Museum, among other venues. Her current participatory project, Branks, has received generous funding from ArtsNL. In 2019-20, Love will travel and share Branks with women's groups around the province.

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Elizabeth Whalley
Elizabeth is a Canadian  artist living and working  in Quebec and Nova Scotia. Her work often examines phenomena at the intersection of the man-made and  natural worlds demonstrating their often problematic but also sometimes surprisingly beautiful interplay. Elizabeth explores how the transmitting technology of a visual experience influences the way we see it.  Engaging the public to co-create projects is an important part of her practice. The direction of her studio research is often prompted by the results of these interactions.  

Elizabeth has created participatory and public artprojects in New York including work for the TD Bank’s Art for Trees; Conflux; Flux Factory; and Galapagos artspace. She has created interactive pop-up projects in Sydney, NS, Sackville, NB, Morin Heights, QC, and Ridgewood, NY. Elizabeth was awarded a Canada Council travel grant, a McNair Scholars research grant, and a Pratt faculty grant. She received my MFA and an Advanced Certificate (PIMA) from Brooklyn College after studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She has taught at Adelphi University, Haverford College, Pratt Institute, Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, and Brooklyn College. Elizabeth is the manager of the Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness, NS.

Merryn Tresidder
After growing up on the rural Cornish peninsular, Tresidder graduated from The University of Westminster in 2013, and has exhibited and coordinated shows in London & Cornwall, UK and more recently Canada. Merryn has worked with numerous artist lead institutions, as well as the Tate Gallery in St Ives, where he designed & delivered learning activities aimed at young audiences. He received the Laurel Woodcock Scholarship on entry to NSCAD, and will be continuing his research into the Celtic colour concept; ‘Glas'. Merryn is a founding member of the autonomous, census driven ‘GUNSCAD’ ([Unofficial]Graduate Union of Nova Scotia College of Art & Design).

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Laura Kenney
Kenney began rug hooking when she moved to Truro, NS in 1998. She took classes with the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova in Truro which gave her a good basis in rug hooking. Her work has been represented by the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival since 2009. It was at the festival after talking with the artists and seeing the art, that she realized her humourous, colourful rugs were indeed folk art. Kenney received juried status with the Nova Scotia Craft Council in 2010. Her work “Morning Routine” and “Waiting for the Cat to Let her Out” was purchased by Nova Scotia Art Bank for their permanent collection in 2010 and 2016. Kenney was featured in Rug Hooking magazine in 2013, “The Stories of Laura Kenney” and in the book “Simply Modern” in 2014. In 2016, Kenney had her first solo show at Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax and a selection of Kenney’s work will be included in “Terroir”, a group show at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2016-2017.

Meghan Macdonald
Meghan Macdonald is interested in the power that spaces and objects hold with individuals as well as in the collective memory. A textile designer with Calica Studio and artist, she holds an Advanced Honors Diploma in Textiles from Sheridan College and a BFA from NSCAD. Meghan grew up in Parry Sound, Ontario and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Frankie Macaulay
Frankie Macaulay is a visual artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Combining photography and paper sculpture, the artist creates three dimensional artworks influenced by nature and architecture. Macaulay has exhibited in Atlantic Canadian galleries (Hermes Gallery, Craig Gallery, Red Head Gallery) and events (Nocturne: Art at Night and the Nonesuch Art on Paper Awards), as well as outdoor settings such as a regional park in Halifax (Tree Versus, 2015; independent project), Grand Pré National Historic Site (Uprooted, 2017; Uncommon Common Art), and a parking garage in Stuttgart, Germany (Fumes & Perfumes, 2018).

Macaulay graduated with honors from NSCAD University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Photography, and was awarded two Ted Brown Photography Scholarships, the Reznick Student Creativity Award and the Arthur Lismer Award of Academic Excellence.

Lisa Oxley

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Alice MacLean
Alice was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where the surrounding lakes and Atlantic ocean inspired her curiosity with nature. Alice first studied Biology at Dalhousie University, which established her observational and investigative approach to understanding the world. At NSCAD University she concentrated on painting, and strengthened her abilities with figurative and observational representation, and attended the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris. Fluidity is at the heart of Alice's work. Alice has exhibited her work in Halifax, Paris, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Toronto, where she was recently living to expand her experience in the arts, she currently lives in Dartmouth.

These reflective works allow the memory of walking in nature; into unknown destinations and into new terrain, to configure into an abstracted composition based on the experience. The colour, the depth and the darkness I viewed during different times of day inspired both a playfulness, curiosity and exploration, while also eliciting uncertainty. Based on an evening and a late-afternoon walk, these works capture a visual memory held in the mind, using the fluidity of watercolour to metaphorically capture the moment and colour into a composition.

Monika Zarzeczna

Kate Ward

Sage Sidley