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In Transition/Connections - two solo art shows with paintings by Barbara McLean & sculptures by Carol SmeraldoVisual Voice Fine Art is proud to present two solo show with paintings by Barbara McLean and sculpture by Carol Smeraldo.

When speaking about abstract art in Nova Scotia, Barbara McLean's name is imperative, though she began as an expressionistic landscape painter.
In Transition is about her work evolving more into abstraction with the passing of time. Barbara describes the process: "The choice was not a conscious one, the work evolved and lead me. I am still following."
Her work in the show is charged with energy, colour and passion.

Carol Smeraldo, a potter by trade, also began creating sculpture and one-of-a-kind pieces later in her career. The sculptural work in Connections is about the ebb and flow of the creative cycle in all of us. Carol explains "It became clear to me that during the 'down' times a great deal is going on internally. Connections are being formed among seemingly disparate ideas, colours, motifs. Expectations begin to surface with the realization that this is actually a fertile time which cannot be rushed and the resurfacing of inspiration will follow." Fittingly the ocean is ever present in the forms, colours and motifs of the sculptural work in the show.

See the artist's biographies: Carol Smeraldo and Barbara McLean.

Don't miss the first glimpse of this strong exhibit and meeting the artists at the free opening reception on Saturday, June 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
The show continues until July 28th, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.

Colour Monotype Workshop at Visual Voice Fine Art

Thurs, Aug 18 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm for $75+tax per person
ALL materials included.
Lunch $8+tax extra (soup & half sandwich), or bring your own.
PreRegistration Required call 902-843-9464

Join us for another fun day of printmaking at Visual Voice. Monotype is a very experimental and direct process of image creation through the use of printmaking equipment. You will not be creating an edition of multiples but instead remove ink from a plate with various rags, Q-tips, and brushes and found materials to create a single print. You may create up to 10 different images during this workshop using multiple colours as well as multiple layers.
You can come prepared with an image idea or spend the day experimenting with found materials with this much more direct and painterly printmaking technique. You do not need previous knowledge of printmaking to participate in this workshop. Please bring an apron or old t-shirt and any thin/flat found materials like dried leaves, thread, paper cut outs. If you can’t think of anything, not to worry, there will be materials supplied as well.
If the weather is forecast to be beautiful we are planning on setting up the workshop outside next to the gallery, in case of rain it will be inside the gallery space.

The instructor is artist and printmaker Maria Doering, who teaches at NSCAD and has taught 2 other workshops at Visual Voice. See Maria's bio here. *Includes the use of a press!

The O'Pears in concert at Visual Voice Fine Art on Friday, July 29, 2016Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to open their concert season with:
The O’Pears are a female folk trio based in Toronto, with a sound and style that is both classic and contemporary. With the homegrown musicality of The Wailin Jennys, the sibling-like blend of the Andrews Sisters, and the lyrical sensibility of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The O’Pears, with their signature jaw-dropping harmonies, hold listeners captive. They have most notably performed at NXNE, the Sing! Vocal Arts Festival in both Toronto and Austin, Texas, and were recent favourites at the 2015 Lunenberg Folk Harbour Festival in Nova Scotia. After the success of their debut EP, “Our Own”, The O’Pears are excited to release their first full-length album, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, this summer.

Hear the beautiful sound of The O'Pears HERE.

Suggested donation per person is $15 at the door.
100% of proceeds go to the performers.
Doors open at 7:00 pm. Limited seating.

Sep 3 - TBA
Sep 10 - Jake Hanlon & Amy Brandon (Jazz Guitar Duo)
Oct 1 -  Bill Stevenson (Jazz Piano, Vocals, Entretainer)
Oct 8 - TBA
Oct 15 - TBA
Oct 22 - TBA
Oct 29 - TBA

Custom Framing, Free Layaway, & Gift Certificates at Visual Voice

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Looking for a very particular piece of art? Drop by the gallery, we have more than what is viewable out front. We also arrange commissions and workshops.

Visual Voice is located at 128 King Street | Downtown Truro | NS  (902) 843.9464
Gallery Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 12:30 to 5:00pm
or by appointment.

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