Local artist uses range of materials

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Natalie Gordon of Pictou is one of the 10 artists who will showcase their art in an upcoming exhibit at The Celtic Circle in New Glasgow. Gordon says she uses a range of materials in her art. Amy MacKenzie – The News

Editor’s Note: The News will be profiling the 10 artists who will have art showcased in an upcoming exhibit at New Glasgow’s new art gallery at The Celtic Circle on Forbes Street. The exhibition opening will be April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

PICTOU – Natalie Gordon’s palette isn’t limited to different types of paint.

The Pictou-based artist is one of 10 who will be showcased in an upcoming exhibit at a new gallery in The Celtic Circle in New Glasgow. She is launching her own art and design company called Ant Nat that offers craft-making lessons and handmade, local crafts and art.

Gordon said she always painted, and later in life took painting lessons and went to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

“I use a huge range of materials, that’s what I like to use, a whole bunch of different things,” she said. “For the show, I have some screen-printed primate heads two-by-two, some encaustic wax pieces – six jelly fish, and the last I hope to finish by then is a two-part acrylic painting with crushed glass sand and seaweed in it.”

Gordon said she has shown her art in galleries before. But those galleries were in Halifax and Toronto, not in Pictou County. She said she’s looking forward to showing her work locally.

“I’ve been very limited by a car accident that took away the use of my dominant arm for years, so I’m working my way back to art practice,” she said. “But I think it’s going to be really fun. A lot of people know me from running the Farmer’s Market, but a lot of them probably don’t know that I’m an artist.”

Gordon said having an art gallery open in New Glasgow is “a blessing.”

“There’s just a gaping hole, you’d think you would find a gallery in a town the size of New Glasgow. I hope it’s really well supported locally and tourists will find their way there.”

Organizations: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Forbes Street, Halifax Toronto Pictou County

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