Celebrating a new chapter
November 4, 2013

Retired NSCAD professor Suzanne Gauthier in her Sleeping Dog Studio, 5524 Cornwallis Street, Halifax.
If Suzanne Gauthier twirled around her studio, her artistic career spanning 40-plus years would flash before her eyes.

And that works for visitors to her Sleeping Dog Studio too—an impromptu spin takes in the linocuts made in Winnipeg during the mid-1970s, black-and-white shadowboxes made in Toronto during the early 1980s and large-scale drawings in colour made in Montreal during the mid-1980s. There’s so much more that it’s dizzying.

“It’s been a real task to go through all the crates and see what’s there,” says Suzanne, sipping blueberry tea and petting her dog Lucky, who looks up at her adoringly. “Some haven’t been opened in decades, so it’s been a real discovery.”

Suzanne, who retired after 24 years at NSCAD, is getting ready for Over the Sofa, an exhibition and sale of drawings, prints and collages. The opening reception is set for Friday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the studio, located at 5524 Cornwallis Street, Halifax. The exhibition runs to December 14. Hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.

The twist: Suzanne will take off one per cent for every year since an artwork was created. In that case, a lithograph from 1974 would be 39 per cent off from the 1974 price.

“I’d like to move them along to people with wall space,” she says.

She’s been in her studio since 1992, and looks forward to a new period of artistic ferment, post retirement.

“It’s been 24 years of being very engrossed with trying to give students the best education possible, and that does put a cramp in studio production,” she says. “A studio artist needs to spend time with the materials, and then the playing can happen.

LINK: http://suzannegauthier.ca/

Prof. Gauthier with some of the linocuts she made in the 1970s. They'll be available for sale during Over The Sofa, an exhibition and sale of 40 years of drawings, prints and collages.