Friday, October 30, 2020

NEW Ocean Inspired Gift Ideas by Kimberley Eddy!

If you're looking for a fun gift idea this holiday season, consider purchasing some original art! We've just received these NEW Cheeseboards and Ornament/Suncatchers by Kimberley Eddy! 

These original resin poured designs from Kimberley's Custom Ocean Agate series, are made from food-safe acrylic resin, and add a decorative element to your entertainment needs. These Cheeseboards can be used for any occasion, and make great gifts, only $85 each!       

Kimberley Eddy, Custom Ocean Agate Cheeseboard,
12" x 8", resin, ink, acrylic and bamboo

Kimberley Eddy, Custom Ocean Agate Cheeseboard, 
12" x 8", resin, ink, acrylic and bamboo

SOLD Kimberley Eddy, Custom Ocean Agate Cheeseboard, 
12" x 8", resin, ink, acrylic and bamboo

These "Ocean Escape" Ornaments and Suncatchers can be hung from a Christmas Tree, or proudly displayed in your window.  These thoughtful gift items can be enjoyed year round. Available now for only $50 (each).

Kimberley Eddy, Ocean Escape Christmas Ornament/Suncatchers, 3.75" diameter (approx.)

Kimberley Eddy, Ocean Escape Christmas Ornament/Suncatchers, 3.75" diameter (approx.)

Kimberley Eddy, Ocean Escape Christmas Ornament/Suncatchers, 3.75" diameter (approx.) Left (available) &  SOLD (Right)

Kimberley Eddy, Ocean Escape Christmas Ornament/Suncatchers, 3.75" diameter (approx.)
SOLD (Left)  &  SOLD (Right)

Kimberley Eddy, Ocean Escape Christmas Ornament/Suncatchers, 3.75" diameter (approx.)

For purchase inquired contact the gallery at (902) 425-9456 or via email;

To see more of Kimberley Eddy's work, follow the link to our FLICKR page HERE

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Discover the MYSTERY of ART

A few Saturday's ago it was a dark and stormy night....and NOCTURNE happened despite the pandemic and challenging weather. Brave folks darted in and out of galleries and spaces, between raindrops in the name of art. Although this was a very different Nocturne experience for us this year, we were grateful to be able to host anything at all with Covid-19 hanging around and want to THANK YOU for supporting us. 

We hosted two fabulous shows by Anne Marie MacEachen and Anna Whalen inside the gallery and an interactive outside exhibit called the SCENE OF THE CRIME with the help of a local theatre company and local businesses too. You can still enjoy these beautiful, playful and mysterious shows at our gallery in person or online anytime. 

Artist Anne Marie MacEachen's paintings are filled magic and mystery in her show called Illuminations. See the FULL SHOW HERE.

Overpass, Acrylc on Board, 24" x 24", Anne Marie MacEachen
Overpass, Acrylic on Board, 24" x 24", Anne Marie MacEachen

 Artist Anna Whalen has been taking viewers on a tour of memory lane and nostalgia with her paintings.Each are accompanied with a QR code that Anna carefully crafted to take you to specific videos on YouTube that were the inspiration for her specific works or give you a glimpse into the weird and wonderful world of popular culture, advertisements and the influence of media on our daily lives through the ages. 

To give you an example, here's a painting that we love of a TV Dinner by Anna....which by the way, is painted as if it were life sized...and when you scan the QR Code for this painting you end up HERE. 

The age of fast food and way back to the 1940s. You can still to this very day, purchase a tv dinner just like this one.  Are you hungry yet?   SEE THE FULL SHOW HERE.

The SCENE OF THE CRIME show is a group show inspired by the popular board game CLUE. Artists were asked to create works with that in mind and the results were marvelous!

 Then during NOCTURNE night, participants explored Barrington Street in search of clues from each of the paintings that had been displayed in local businesses windows. If all the clues were answered correctly, the answer to WHO DUNNIT was revealed. In case you DID this that evening or later the next day, the final answer to the CLUE SHOW was: Miss Scarlett was the murderer, in the Kitchen with a Candlestick. Congratulations to all that got that correct and the winner of our prize too!

 YOU CAN SEE THIS SHOW ONLINE HERE, but later this week we'll create an online mystery with these paintings, so that whether you are near or far, you can still enjoy the mysteries of art. 

Scene of the Crime painting "I'm Often Following you..", 15" x 30, Acrylic on Canvas by Adrien Smith

During the night of NOCTURNE, The Villain's Theatre acted out a "silent play" that was visible through the gallery windows to get our detectives inspired. It is a playful scenario of Colonel Mustard trying to solve a murder; painting out his theories with mustard, of course- while the culprits sneak around behind him trying not to be caught. Take a peek below OR CLICK HERE.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Get your Halloween inspired masks by Yoko White!

Just in time for Halloween! Celebrate in style with these Jack O' Lantern inspired masks by Yoko White.  Each handmade mask features an embroidered pumpkin grin. These masks are a costume in themselves! Have fun trick-or-treating while staying safe this year.  Available now while supplies last!

We've got lots of great styles to choose from, all unique and hand made by the artist.  To see more of Yoko's work, follow the link to our Flickr page HERE

For purchase inquires, contact the gallery; 
902.425.9456, or via email at

Saturday, October 17, 2020


Hello Everyone! NOCTURNE TIME IS HERE AGAIN, and this year we are hosting in-person events at the gallery with safety precautions in place, so please drop by anytime today or tonight  from 11am until 10pm to enjoy local art at it's finest!


Beginning at 7pm, the fun really begins and the weather is supposed to clear by then, so fingers crossed! JOIN US FOR A FUN SELF GUIDED CLUE INSPIRED SCAVENGER HUNT art show! You can explore this show tonight and all day tomorrow (Sunday) .  

FIND OUT THE FULL DETAILS ON THE SCENE OF THE CRIME HERE as well as the other great programming happening tonight which also include a short play by Villains Theatre and live music with the URBAN SURF KINGS. 

You can download the Clue Sheet below and print off or save to your device. 


                              TO DOWNLOAD YOUR CLUE SHEET CLICK HERE


FOR THOSE OF YOU AT A DISTANCE, we'll take you on a tour via FACEBOOK LIVE throughout the evening and post the artworks next week here, so you can take part from afar too. But tonight our focus is on the folks coming through the doors and our hope is that we have friends and families enjoying art together. 


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

VISUAL ART- THEATRE- LIVE MUSIC! Celebrate NOCTURNE 2020 with Us this Week!

 This time last year, we were bracing ourselves and prepping the gallery for upwards of 3200 visitors  in celebration of NOCTURNE- one of our favourite times of the year. 2020 has thrown things off a bit to say the least, but the shows must go on! We've got some IN-PERSON and ONLINE visual art shows for you to enjoy as well as THEATRE and LIVE MUSIC too. 

Check out the full line-up at the gallery below, plan your visit and check back here for updates throughout the week and sneak peeks!. We hope to see some of you here this FRIDAY or SATURDAY! OPENED LATE BOTH DAYS! You can check out the full NOCTURNE schedule online HERE.



October 14th Wednesday & October 15th, Thursday 11am-5:30pm   

We are opened per usual for you to enjoy the various artworks by our gallery artists. So many new works have arrived in the last few months, so we hope you'll enjoy taking a look around. We may be bustling around the gallery prepping for new shows, but we are always happy to have visitors.


We will have two brand new shows hanging on the walls created especially for NOCTURNE 2020. Both will be hung in our main gallery, so they are accessible to all in person (no stairs required). Both shows will also be online from the link on this blog under the tab NEW WORKS TO DISCOVER!

We're hosting new paintings by Anne Marie MacEachen in an exhibit called "ILLUMINATIONS" which is a suite of acrylic paintings that highlight a perfect serenity that can exist in simple moments such as when the tail lights reflect in the rain on the road or the street lamps light up the clouds.   

Also opening on Friday is the latest paintings by Anna Whalen in a show called "Hey, I got an idea, Let's play Make Believe. This collection of playful, spirited oil paintings take a stroll through nostalic popular culture from the 1960s to the 1990s, with each work titled with wise and not so wise quotes from the greats. Bring your cell phone to the show and scan the accompanying QR CODES to be transported to the tv shows or advertisements portrayed in the paintings.  

BONUS: Friday, October 16th, Anna Whalen will bring her art studio and practice into the gallery. She'll be working on a painting in the gallery between 4:30-6pm, so please drop by and say hello or watch from the gallery window. Here is a glimpse of the painting she will be working these folks look familiar to you? We think they are "out of this world". 


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 11am-10pm:



MEET ARTISTS ANNA WHALEN &  ANNE MARIE MACEACHEN  and celebrate their new shows with us! This will be like an opening reception but socially distanced and safe, and with treats! Make sure to bring your cell phones to interact with the show by Anna Whalen and to take some pictures to share online to encourage others to visit our gallery and all the other great locations to explore. Make sure to use the hashtag #nochfx20

 Then  Later that evening....


BE PART OF OUR CLUE INSPIRED SHOW CALLED SCENE OF THE CRIME – Artwork by a variety of local artists and Clues will be scattered all over Barrington Street for you to discover in local windows of local amazing businesses!  LOOK FOR THE CRIME SCENE numbers and find hidden clues in the art to move you along to the next painting by a local artist that is simply to die for!

STARTING POINT: PICK UP YOUR CLUE SHEET at our gallery door from our butler on guard that evening or print off a pdf version of it from our blog at  on Saturday!

Painting by Jack Ross


WATCH A SILENT PLAY FROM OUTSIDE OUR GALLERY WINDOWS DEPICTING MURDER AND MYSTERY to get you in the mood, thanks to the theatrical talents of The Villains Theatre. The play will happen in our windows a few times that evening, lasting approximately 5 minutes each time. We hope to have it recorded so you can enjoy it afterwards should you miss it's playing times in person. 

GREAT NEWS!  You can continue to solve the art crime on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th all the artwork will stay in place until Monday, so get outside and walk around. Remember you can pick up your CRIME SHEETS via a link to be posted HERE on Saturday. 

Painting by Amber Gillespie

****WINNING: Other than having a super  fun time discovering art with us, simply return your completed CRIME SHEETS to us in person to the gallery the following week, OR email ( us a photo of your completed sheet. You may also send us a message via social media with either FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM by NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 21st to be entered to WIN a PRE-SHRUNK GOLDEN TICKET to the hottest little art show in Halifax, happening in January, valued at $175!!  ****







Friday, October 2, 2020

Attentions Artists: DEADline Extended for Clue- Inspired Show! There's still time....get involved!



THE SCENE OF THE CRIME: An Exhibition of Mystery and Suspense!

 BE PART OF NOCTURNE 2020on Saturday, October 17th. 

We're planning an interactive art show for Covid times called "The Scene of the Crime" is loosely based on the popular murder mystery boardgame of CLUE. We are currently looking for submissions that capture the  feeling or essence of the places, people and items in the game but with your own styles, subject matters etc.  

***We are not as interested in very literal responses to this ( ie just a painting or replication of the board game per say) but works that can stand on their own, even if they weren't part of this show. This will be strongly considered when decisions are made.***

Rooms: Ilustrated in the painting below by Isobel Hamilton is a painting similar to what she may paint but applies very well to the theme of the show. 

Portraits: Don't necessarily have to be straight ahead portraits...they could be studies in colour theories, or objects creative! 

Weapons: We are hoping for these to be created as playful sculptures or less imposing items. A juxtaposition if you will...