solo show: sarah jones

Last Saturday was a full day of outdoor egg hunting with kids, Farmer’s marketing for yummies, and a gallery show opening that was not to be. You see, I had a good space between the Farmer’s Market and a play date for the kiddos that I was hoping to fill with the opening of the latest works of Sarah Jones. Except that it wasn’t the opening of the Sarah Jones show. I had the date wrong. Ack. Oh well, life is just like that, isn’t it? You gotta plan and then things get a little switchy shifty on you. Which brings me back to Sarah Jones. And days in the city. And switchy shifties. It is a long way around but stick with me here.

I love my days of playing in the downtown of my city. Even though there is plenty of grand and flashy changes going on in Halifax, the city has yet to lose its old historical Halifax charm. In rain and in sunshine, Halifax is still so darn pretty.

In her newest show, City, Sarah Jones captures what I think is the prettiness of the architectural history of Halifax (and New York City). Jones uses her thick paint style to showcase crumbly stone, faded brick, and thick pane windows alongside bare tree limbs and droopy telephone wires. And though I love her treatments of sky, I am delighted by the buildings being the focus.

If you have made the walk along Barrington, Hollis, or Granville Streets and been drawn to the wonderful shapes and textures of some of the old facades, then you will be drawn to this series of paintings. Just make sure you mark the correct date down so you can enjoy them in person.

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Sarah Jones’s City opens this Saturday April 2nd, 2016 1:30 – 3:30 pm at Argyle Fine Art , 1559 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Can’t make it this Saturday? The show hangs until April 23rd.

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solo show – summer edition: matthew carter

I don’t skateboard. (I mean other than standing on my husband’s board and doing a little scooty scoot.) My mom broke her leg skateboarding when I was a baby and the story is part of family lore so…I have always been a bit intimidated to try. But, now that I have had my first broken bone (crossing a street), I am less afraid to try. Skateboarding is on my list of new things to try this summer.

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I recently discovered Matthew Carter when I came across the above painting in my on-line wanderings. I saved it. My desire to skateboard is so that I may feel as free as this woman looks, carving along a long strip of pavement feeling the wind blow past. A sweep through Matthew Carter’s gallery of work provided lots of beautiful paintings. After I got past the fact that the painting, City Skater, looks like Jared Leto, I was struck by the atmosphere in Carter’s paintings. Carter’s city streets are beautifully quiet. Like they can be really early on a Sunday morning in the middle of Summer. It makes the city elements – buildings, roads, ramps, less like backgrounds and more like subjects themselves.

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And while it was the skater girl that drew me to Matthew Carter’s artwork, I am loving his car park paintings so hard. I love the shadows and light play. How beautiful he makes the car park.

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Matthew Carter lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.