Sunday, November 11, 2012

Photos: The Folk Art of Nova Scotia

If you see a mailbox that looks like this, you know that a colorful character lives here. The house in the photo below is obviously the house that goes with this mailbox.
This is the Black Sheep Gallery, which features the works of more than 40 folk artists. It is about an hour east of Halifax. Upon seeing this, even though we had along way to drive, we had to stop and take a look inside.
Walking up to the entrance begins a sensory overload. I think it is worthwhile that people pursue artistic expression regardless of whether they have received formal art training or are self-taught.
The proprietor is very religious, and some of the art has a religious theme.
The artist who owns the gallery is Barry Colpitts. I asked if I could take his photo. He obliged, posing in one of the folk art chairs in the gallery. Here is a link to the website for the Black Sheep Gallery.
In Nova Scotia it seems that you are never far from the woods.

3 comments:

glenda said...

My goodness what a feast for the eyes. The artist does look like a character. Love the "bird chair".

Jo said...

perfectly named...
Definitely a place you wont forget in awhile...

Audrey Sandford said...

The Black Sheep Gallery (www.blacksheepart.com) is owned and operated by Audrey Sandford. The gallery, which is situated in a converted 1200 square foot fish plant on the shore of Jeddore Harbour, is located less than one hour east of Halifax. The work of over 40 Nova Scotia folk artists past and present are featured, as well as a selection of folk art from Ontario and Quebec. We also offer the work of several well known folk, self taught and outsider artists from the United States including Rev. Howard Finster, James Harold Jennings, Sybil Gibson, S.L. Jones, Mary T. Smith and David Butler. Nova Scotia artists shown at the gallery include Joe Norris, Maud Lewis, Joe Sleep, Eddie Mandaggio, Clarence "Bubby" Mooers, Cyril Hirtle, Phyllis Cosman, Barry Colpitts, and Leo, Ransford and Bradford Naugler. Barry Colpitts lives on Highway #7 in East Ship Harbour about 25 minutes from the Black Sheep Gallery.

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