Event Details
July 11, 2017 - July 15, 2017
Anna Leonowens Exhibitions & Openings
Anna Leonowens Gallery
Gallery exhibitions and openings

Anna Leonowens Gallery opens at 5:30pm on Mon 10 July with exhibitions by Vanessa Cornell, Heather Murray, Hila Peleg, Helah Cooper and visiting artist Janso Isso. Everyone is welcome!

July 11 - 22, 2017
Opening Reception: Monday 10 July, 5:30 - 7PM

Gallery 2
Janso Isso, visiting artist

Artist Janso Isso is a Kurdish-Syrian refugee who arrived in Nova Scotia on November 7, 2016, with his wife, Himo Hussin and their young daughters, Mavie and Melly. Born in 1974 in Al-Hasakah in northern Syria, Janso fled war and made his way to Lebanon, where he and Himo registered as United Nations refugees. Janso worked throughout Lebanon and Qatar, taking on artistic assignments through commissions.  Janso is self-trained, and works in a number of painting styles, from classical and renaissance-era to modern, and in a variety of media, including sculpting, bas relief, trompe l’oeil, and beautiful and highly intricate decorative arts.  His work is highly vivid and expressive.  He has received numerous citations for his art from the ministries of culture in Syria and Lebanon.

Janso and his family have been sponsored by Crichton Park Friends of Refugees in Dartmouth. That group is supporting the family financially for their first year in Canada, and is helping them with the practicalities of life – from registering the girls in school, arranging medical care, to enrolling the parents in English classes. Janso has been painting non-stop since he arrived in Nova Scotia.  His work can be seen at www.jansoisso.ca.    

July 11 - 15, 2017
Opening Receptions: Monday 10 July, 5:30 - 7PM

Gallery 1
Hallucinate All Over Me
Vanessa Cornell, Heather Murray, Hila Peleg, undergraduate and graduate exhibitors

Vanessa Cornell, Heather Murray and Hila Peleg use this exhibition as an opportunity to explore their histories, discovering how the implications of historical ghosts influence their work and implicate their lives and art practices. Using the female nude as a catalyst, the artists will produce paintings that work with layering as a tool to criticize, unpack and examine what it means to play the role of a female artist in 2017.

Gallery 3
Helah Cooper, undergraduate exhibitor

With a focus on textiles, sculpture, collaboration and performance, Helah Cooper’s Interdisciplinary installation engages the viewer in a game-like structure with multiple potential arrangements. Objects within the installation can be re-organized by performers to create an imagined, non-linear narrative. In this work Cooper aims to encourage new pathways for communication and a sense of queer absurdity: hybridized objects such as hand-made tools, home décor, pompoms, theatre props and slippers suggest specific functions but are ultimately useless.

For additional information:
Kate Walchuk