Margaret George flattered to have gallery named after her

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Margaret George's daughter, Jannine Howell, named her new art gallery after George. George said she's very proud of her daughter and is happy to be showing her art in the gallery's inaugural exhibition this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Editor’s Note: The News is 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.

ANTIGONISH – An appreciation of beauty is something that obviously runs in the George family. Margaret George, mother of Jannine Howell who is opening a new art gallery in New Glasgow, has been painting since she was in high school. The artist was humbled when her daughter told her she would be naming the new gallery after her.

“I was shocked and I was astounded,” George said.  “I think it’s a tremendous compliment and I’m very proud of her.”

In addition to having the gallery opened in her name, George will also be showing art in its inaugural exhibition this weekend.

“I became interested in high school and then I went to the Ontario College of Art for three years,” she said. “After that, I went to the Arts Students League of New York.”

George said her art was shown multiple times in the U.S., and she won an award for her pastels.

George said she loves drawing people and she is happy to be living in a province with natural beauty that offers inspiration for artists.

“I love Nova Scotia for the landscape,” she said, adding that one of her outdoor scenes will be shown in the exhibition Sunday: a seascape oil painting that features a boat and fishermen. George will also show an abstract oil painting Sunday.

Being in her golden years hasn’t slowed down her art practice at all. In fact, George says she still paints everyday. “I have to,” she said.

She’s excited to have a new gallery opening with her work in it close to home, and the fact that her daughter owns it makes her even more anxious to see it open this weekend.

“It’s fabulous, it really is because art – you’ve got to have it in your community,” she said. “You have to encourage artists, so it’s great.”


Organizations: Ontario College of Art, Arts Students League of New York

Geographic location: New Glasgow, U.S., Nova Scotia

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