Co-founders of the art gallery at Celtic Circle, Jannine Howell and Joan Krawczyk, discuss Jimy Sloan’s paintings with local artist Dawn MacNutt. Sloan’s solo exhibition started Sept. 7 and runs for the month. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS
NEW GLASGOW – Jimy Sloan may not be in New Glasgow anymore, but his art still is. The Celtic Circle is doing their first solo artist show this month, and it’s all for Sloan.
“I think it’s a really great point for me,” Sloan said.
The cohesive group of paintings depict different themes of northern Nova Scotia and were all created under a grant from Arts Nova Scotia. They directly reflect conversations he had in the community and researched further during his time in Pictou County.
The founders of the Margaret George Gallery are very excited for people to take a look at the 11 pieces on display.
“He’ll bring a good crowd,” said Jannine Howell and Joan Krawczyk, co-founders of the gallery.
Sloan was in New Glasgow as one of three artists-in-residence, a partnership with the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
“It allowed me to go from a being a student with a few unrelated paintings to a group of work now being shown at Celtic Circle,” Sloan said.
Howell and Krawczyk are grateful for Sloan’s time in New Glasgow and say the community bonded with him.
Local artist Dawn MacNutt said Sloan was very accessible and personable.
“He’s a breath of fresh air.”
Sloan seems to have connected with the area as well. He says the space he was given, the history of the area and the rich landscape really benefited him.
Sloan overlaps photographs of his own as well as pictures taken from publications and the Internet. He then creates a painting that weaves in different imagery.
Krawczyk says his work shows movement and allows people to interrupt different things from the pieces.
“He’s not a big guy, but he does big paintings.”
One piece that stands out shows church steeples, including the one at Celtic Circle, and power lines.
“Wherever you go, you see power lines,” said Krawcyzk, adding they fracture landscapes, but also show history.
Sloan finished his residency in New Glasgow in August. He is now living in Prospect, N.S., and is working on his next project.
The exhibition is running until Sept. 29. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
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