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Current & Upcoming Exhibits/Events


We are very excited to be planning a brand new art program for youth which we will be running  in the late Spring of 2019. We've received partial funding and we're now seeking additional help in the form of volunteers, in kind donations of art supplies, woodworking tools, art making tools, printing, carving, textiles, a sewing machine, and also financial donations and sponsorships. We are now actively canvasing our community to raise the additional funds and supplies needed to make this community project the great success we want it to be!

If you or someone you know may be able to help, or if you'd like more information, please contact Lee Cripps at The Craig Gallery regarding our ART CLUB project.
902-461-4698 x215 or

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Bryan Maycock

Main Gallery

January 8 - February 2, 2020

The Last (non) Picture Show: with apologies to Peter Bogdanovich

In theory, if not always in practice, daubs of paint to a painter are as words to a novelist. Words carry meaning and mediate the conversation between the author and the story, the story and the reader. When, fifty years ago, I was using a paint roller, my ‘conversation’ was flat and uninteresting. Such is Minimalism; although, at the time, I found a minimal conversation to be quite satisfactory. I worked hard to ensure that edges and surfaces were blemish-free. If memory serves, John Berger, when describing a particular kind of easel painting, asserted that the artist’s intent was to render the material immaterial. In effect, the viewer should see the objects but remain unaware of the oil paint. With paint roller in hand, my intent was much the same. See colour. See form. Don’t see acrylic paint and certainly don’t see evidence of my hand.

Slow forward fifty years. This new work, while clearly related to that much earlier work, privileges a richer material conversation. As surfaces build, blemishes and other unplanned aspects of process take on a previously rejected importance. I am now both entertained and informed by the materially unexpected. But I can only stand to go so far with such spontaneity. I still have a plan and that usually involves serial investigation where visual threads connect one piece to another. In this body of work one such thread is the use of circular and diamond shaped formats. In one sense, this may be all there is to see. There are no pictures and it’s certainly not presented in black and white. But hopefully evidence of, and opportunities for, a richer visual conversation will be apparent.

Maurice Plomske

Case Gallery

January 8 - February 2, 2020

Maurice Plomske, first experienced plaster in his grade 8 industrial arts class pouring a plaster mix into a mold of an Indian Chief’s headdress after which he decoratively painted and hung it on one of his attic bedroom walls. As a young person drawing and painting on the attic ceiling walls was considered by his parents an acceptable expression of youth. He went on in school to the University of Guelph thinking he would study economics but found himself “drawn” to the fine arts.

There at the University of Guelph, Maurice continued to study in the disciplines of lithography, Intaglio, drawing, sculpture and art history. Working under Walter Bachinski in print making, and John Fillion for sculpture and drawing. After graduating from Guelph Maurice moved to Ottawa and worked full-time on theatre productions at the Ottawa Little Theatre. He built stage sets and painted backdrops with 2 other full time stage hands for a number of years.

Eventually, Maurice decided to leave theatre and obtained a career in the print industry designing and selling business forms. Shortly after joining the print industry he met his future wife, Veronica, from Nova Scotia, who was living in Ontario. It was through Veronica, that Maurice found Nova Scotia, not only a great place to visit but to live and raise their family. He continued to work in business form design until its industry downturn after which he took up a position with Saputo Dairy Products, until retirement.

Years prior to retiring Maurice regained his interest in the arts by starting to sculpt with clay and plaster focusing on building a portfolio of work. Some of that work is now on display at The Craig Gallery under the title, “Instrumentals”.

“Instrumentals” is a grouping of 5 reliefs pieces all with a theme of jazz music. Influenced in various parts by members of his family with a musical bent, a jazz musician brother-in-law, travel experiences, and just the daily influence of television soundtracks from sitcoms over the our life time. Soundtracks from the pink Panther, Peter Gun, Hawaii-5-0, The Odd Couple, Seinfeld and The Simpsons only to name a few. So the 5 reliefs are designed to entertain the viewer with a theme that is amusing and whimsy, so not to complicate the message but to charm the audience. Maurice portrays the character and subject mostly in a style of realism adding the abstract as artistic licence. The art work is originally modelled in various clays and cast in either polymer cements or dental plasters with finished patinas in acrylic.

Over the last few years he has exhibited at Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, and with the Truro Art Society at the McCarthy Gallery in Truro, Nova Scotia. He is thankful and pleased to now exhibit at The Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, N.S.

100 Dresses
Sharon Cave

Main Gallery

February 5 - March 1, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 5, 5pm-7pm

Gerri Frager

Main Gallery

March 4 - 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 4, 5pm-7pm

"Taropy" Textiles based installation
Meghan Dunsmuir

Case Gallery

March 4 - 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 4, 5pm-7pm

Robert E. Williams

Main Gallery

April 1 - May 3, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 1, 5pm-7pm

Sculpture and Paintings
Dawn MacNutt & Taiya Barss

Main & Case Gallery

May 6 - June 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 6, 5pm-7pm

"Taropy" Textiles based installation
Dartmouth Visual Arts Society

Main Gallery

June 10 - July 5, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 10, 5pm-7pm

Visual Arts Nova Scotia
Mentorship Program

Main & Case Gallery

July 8 - August 2, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 8, 5pm-7pm

Wooden Masiacs
Jefferey Dunnigan Smith

Main Gallery

August 5 - 30, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 5, 5pm-7pm

Shauna MacLeod

Main Gallery

September 2 - 27, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 2, 5pm-7pm

Group Show and Sale
Dartmouth Visual Arts Society

Main Gallery

September 30 - October 11, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 30, 5pm-7pm

CMHA Mosaic for Mental Health

Main Gallery

October 15 - November 1, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 15, 5pm-7pm

Charlotte Wilson Hammond

Main Gallery

November 4 - 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 4, 5pm-7pm

Sara Avmaat

Main Gallery

December 2, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 2, 5pm-7pm

Departures: The Geary Street Cemetery Interactive Media Tour

Media artist Leola LeBlanc, in collaboration with local youth, created Departures: The Geary Street Cemetery Interactive Media Tour, an interactive on-line map and interactive walking tour of the Geary Street Cemetery that is accessible to youth and the public. The tour and map will be incorporated into curriculum created for Elementary, Junior High and High School students in collaboration with Alderney Landing’s Bluenose Ghosts Festival. (approx. 145 schools will be invited to participate)

The project has created an interactive map and tour filled with creative information relating to the historical significance of the Geary Street Cemetery.

Click here to view the interactive map.

For more information on all the exciting Bluenose Ghosts Festival activities click here! Click here to view the Geary St Cemetery coverage on Eastlink TV.

For more information please call
Lee Cripps
Fine Arts Program Director
(902) 461-4698

This project was funded by HRM Residency Initiative and Alderney Landing

Gallery Hours

Sunday - 11am - 3pm
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday to Friday
- 12noon to 5:30pm
Saturday - 9am to 5pm
*Gallery hours are subject to change*

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