Artist-in-residence to be featured in upcoming exhibit

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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. The inaugural exhibition of the Margaret George Gallery will open April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.


By Amy MacKenzie

The News

NEW GLASGOW – Katie Hagan moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia to study art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since she graduated last spring, Hagan secured a position as one of New Glasgow’s artists-in-residence through NSCAD’s Community and Studio Residency Program.

Fast forward seven months and Hagan is now showing her work in an upcoming exhibit at a new gallery in New Glasgow.

Hagan is one of 10 local artists who will have work shown in the inaugural exhibition of the Margaret George Gallery.

Hagan said her work is described as photo-realism.

“I just finished a series of four portraits of people that I’ve known over the years,” she said. “The photo realistic quality of the painting sparks a different appreciation for imagery in a world where images are rampant.”

In the inaugural exhibition at the Margaret George Gallery, Hagan will show a painting she made based on a photo of her mother on a bus in Europe in 1972. The painting was also shown at an exhibition in the residency studio in October.

"The technique I used, I did use oil but I used it very thinly. I watered it down with solvents quite a lot so the paint is thin and the brush is almost dry,” Hagan said of the painting at the time. “It has blurred lines, so it's difficult in this photo to see any definite lines. Everything transitions nicely into each other."

Hagan said she is enjoying her time in Pictou County, though it was an adjustment for her, having only lived in larger cities. She said she’s been busy with the residency, working with students in the area and giving workshops and talks in addition to creating her art.

“Now that it’s getting warmer we’re hoping to do more outdoor work with younger people whether it be children or adolescents to try to get them interested in what we’re doing as well as get them interested in art practice that they could possibly have one day,” she said. “We are doing a project with a number of schools around the county the ones that are being amalgamated in 2014. We are going to be painting tiles with the students that will be mounted on the walls of the school.”

The inaugural exhibition of the Margaret George Gallery in The Celtic Circle will take place Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Organizations: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Ontario, Nova Scotia Europe Pictou County

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