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About Art: Nature brought to life in local art show

Published on April 22, 2015

Wildlife and nature artist Sandy Moser is one of three artists whose work is being featured in the ‘Fin, Fur & Feather’ show, running until May 9 at Visual Voice Fine Art Gallery in Truro.

I also paint wildlife scenes with pastels, and I use suede matboard for this medium. This allows me to use various layers to create detail. Another medium I use is scratchboard with an Exacto knife to carve the image.

What is your most important artist tool?

I use very small brushes for the detailing and I like to use sable brushes for this. Without these brushes, my work would look very different.

Which artist has inspired you the most?

I have always admired Robert Bateman as an artist. He is an icon in Canada. There are so many great wildlife artists Artist Sandy Moser gets up close and personal with a Siberian tiger. Moser’s work is being featured in Fin, Fur and Feather, an art show in Truro.

Moser immerses herself in nature and from that experience creates art.

What’s your background?

I am a self-taught artist who has taken many workshops in the past 15 years. I have studied with

world-renowned artists Zoltan Szabo and Cheng- Khee Chee. I have studied wildlife art through a 12-month course from North Light Art School and I have also studied with wildlife artists Ron Decker and Derek Wicks.

Why do you make art?

I paint for my pleasure and fulfillment. I am driven to create images on canvas and paper. I want to capture a moment in time; a remembrance for history’s sake of endangered and vulnerable species of the world. I want the viewer to be able to appreciate the beauty of these creatures and perhaps they will understand how important it is that each of us must do our part to try to preserve the environment for their habitat.

How do you work?

My wildlife art is very detailed so for most of my paintings I use canvas and I gesso it several times and sand it between coats. This gives me a smooth surface to create detail. I use Liquitex paints. They allow me to apply paint with a palette knife or I dilute the paints to create thin glazes.

that I admire and study their works. Some of them are John Seerey -Lester, Guy Coheleach, John Banovich, Terry Isaac, Carl Brenders and Derek Wicks.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I have won numerous international awards in my career, but the most memorable was the first time I entered an online realism competition, I won first place. It was an exceptional feeling to be given this award by your peers.

Favourite or most inspirational place?

I live on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and I am immersed in nature. One of my favourite spots to be is Taylor Head Provincial Park. There are so many birds and animals that I photograph for my paintings. One year there was a nesting pair of great horned owls that I photographed for six weeks. There is just so much to see there.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on a painting of piping plovers. I am working with gouache paints on watercolour paper.

 Where do you sell your work?

You can find my work at Visual Voice Fine Art at 128 King St. in Truro. The gallery is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5pm. http://www.visual-voice.ca/fineart/about.html and my website www.sandymoserart.com/.

Janice Guinan is a local artist who passionately believes in the importance of visual art. Her About Art column appears each week in the Truro Daily News. Guinan also writes a weekly column for the Colchester Weekly News. Both can be viewed online at www.trurodaily.com. Contact her at janice@janiceguinan.com.

Nova Scotia, Canada

http://novascotia.com/events/festivals-and-events/fin-fur-feather-wildlife-art-show-opensintrurothis-saturday/

‘fin, fur & feather’ WILDLIFE ART SHOW opens in Truro this Saturday

Location

128 King Street, Truro, B2N 3L4, Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

Contact

T: 902-843-9464     E: gallery@visual-voice.ca

Description

Visual Voice Fine Art gallery in downtown Truro reopens for its 6th season with a wildlife art show entitled ‘fin, fur & feather’, displaying the work of artists Sandy Moser, Twila Robar-DeCoste and Kate Georgallas. The exhibit focuses on portraying Nova Scotian wildlife. Though the show does not overtly suggest any form of activism, both the artists and the gallery hope through the pure enjoyment of these pieces, attention is drawn for the needs of this valuable heritage.

The show features tender scenes of baby animals with their parents, animals at play, studies, and highly stylized pieces. As the show’s title suggests, there are fish, birds and furry critters, large and small. There is something for everyone to love in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, and watercolour.

The three artists that form the show, feature wildlife often in their work.

Sandy Moser paints animals almost exclusively. She has a passion for photographing and portraying the individual animal’s character and beauty in highly realistic paintings and watercolours. Her work is noted for showing each hair and feather, and has won numerous awards in competitions.

Twila Robar-DeCoste is a member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), with a background in science and a love of nature. She has illustrated 18 books and publications, mostly on natural history, for such clients as N.S Tourism, The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural history, Agriculture Canada, Ducks Unlimited, and Canadian Geographic.

Kate Georgallas has taught art at St. Francis Xavier University since 1990. She is a painter and printmaker who credits her life in rural Nova Scotia as a source of constant inspiration. Her work portrays landscapes, people, wildlife as well as farm animals.

To view it visit Visual Voice Fine Art gallery in Truro from April 11th to May 9th. Meet the artists, enjoy the art, a nibble, and a refreshment at the FREE public opening reception held the evening of Saturday, April 11th from 7 to 9 pm.

 

To learn more about Visual Voice Fine Art’s artist biographies, workshop or event information, visit: www.visual-voice.ca/fineart

The gallery is located in downtown Truro at 128 King Street. (902) 843-9464

Hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 12:30 to 5pm or by appointment. 

 

About Art: Area wildlife theme of new art show in Truro

Published on April 15, 2015

Kate Georgallas is one of the artists being featured in the ‘fin, fur and feather’ art show at Visual Voice Fine Art Gallery in Truro. This fox is one of her pieces being featured.

Visual Voice Fine Art Gallery in Truro has opened for its sixth season with a wildlife art show entitled ‘fin, fur & feather.’

The show displays the work of artists Sandy Moser, Twila Robar-DeCoste and Kate Georgallas. The gallery is known for hosting a variety of cultural events including concerts, workshops, talks, and language courses to accompany the different art exhibits which change each month.

Art Gallery owner, artist and curator Nuri Guerra provides us with more insight into this show and the featured artists.

What is the opening show for 2015?

At least once a year the gallery features a show that celebrates Nova Scotia in some way, and this year we are focusing the opening show on our wildlife. Our province is rich in natural beauty and fauna. Although the show does not overtly suggest any form of activism, both the artists and the gallery hope through the pure enjoyment of these pieces, attention is drawn for the needs of this valuable heritage.

What kind of work is included?

The show features tender scenes of baby animals with their parents, animals at play, studies, and highly stylized pieces. As the show’s title suggests, there are fish, birds and furry critters, large and small. There is something for everyone to love in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, and watercolour.

Who are the featured artists?

The three artists that form the show feature wildlife often in their work.

Sandy Moser paints animals almost exclusively. She has a passion for photographing and portraying the individual animal’s character and beauty in highly realistic paintings and watercolours. Her work is noted for showing each hair and feather, and has won numerous awards in competitions.

Twila Robar-DeCoste is a member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), with a background in science and a love of nature. She has illustrated 18 books and publications, mostly on natural history, for such clients as Nova Scotia Tourism, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Agriculture Canada, Ducks Unlimited, and Canadian Geographic.

Kate Georgallas has taught art at St. Francis Xavier University since 1990. She is a painter and printmaker who credits her life in rural Nova Scotia as a source of constant inspiration. Her work portrays landscapes, people, wildlife as well as farm animals.

Is there a charge to attend the show?

The shows are always free to attend, and include an opening reception the first evening so you can meet the artists and hear from them first-hand the why and how of each artwork. If you really love a piece you can always purchase it so you can take it home. We offer interest free layaway, so you can pay a little at a time without any added costs.

Where is the gallery located and what are its hours?

Visual Voice Fine Art is at 128 King St. in Truro and it opens Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and closes between shows. To learn about upcoming events and shows, check visual-voice.ca/fineart or facebook.com/VisualVoice.ca

Janice Guinan is a local artist who passionately believes in the importance of visual art. Her About Art column appears each week in the Truro Daily News. Guinan also writes a weekly column for the Colchester Weekly News. Both can be viewed online at www.trurodaily.com. Contact her at janice@janiceguinan.com.

Fin, Fur and Feathers at Visual Voice Gallery

 

Dart Gallery

The Owls Are Not What They Seem… June 19 – July 3

Posted by The Dart Gallery | June 17, 2014 | Exhibits | No Comments

This group show features 25+ local artists and a wonderful range of work.

Join us to celebrate owls, those mystical, adorable creatures, and Twin Peaks, a TV show that continues to inspire over 20 years after its conclusion.  Exhibit runs June 19 – July 3

Here’s a wonderful Twin Peaks inspired video of our new exhibit!  By Mark Sawatzky and starring Carey Lee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk9VkhR_fXg

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