Book of the Month: “Old Trout Funnies”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogues, Biographies about artists, Art Magazines among other books. To view our entire catalog click the Library Thing button in the side bar.

This month however we are featuring a book that has just been released by Ian Brodie  and Paul MacKinnon and is available for sale in the CBU Art Gallery.

Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army is a collaborative work between Ian Brodie, the Associate Professor of Folklore at Cape Breton University, and Paul “Moose” MacKinnon, a native of Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, who was the initial creator of Old Trout Funnies. In this book Brodie “explores the themes and the legacy of Old Trout Funnies, providing the cultural and historical context for a project that was intensely esoteric and in-the-moment”. Included in this work are Old Trout Funnies Issues 1-3, rare unpublished editions, various CBLA calendars, and context and interpretive writing by Brodie.

 

The official book launch in the CBU Art Gallery is to be announced.

In the mean time be sure to check out the current exhibition in the Gallery surrounding these works which includes archival material from the Beaton Institute and pick up your copy of Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army!

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Book of the Month: “Mining Photographs and Other Pictures”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogues, Biographies about artists, Art Magazines among other books. To view our entire catalog click the Library Thing button in the side bar.

This month’s feature is Mining Photographs and Other Pictures (1948-1968) by Leslie Shedden:


This past month the CBU Art Gallery was home to artwork inspired by the Glace Bay Miners Museum and the great workshops held by Victoria Ward and Gary Blundell. If you don’t want the theme of CB mining to end and want to see some photographs of what the mine and miners looked like, then this book by Leslie Shedden is perfect for you!

With essays by Donald Macgillivary and Allan Sekula and editing by Benjamin Buchloh and Robert Wilkie, this volume published a major selection from the photographic archives of Leslie Shedden, a local photographer active from the 1940s to the 1960s in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Besides his daily and common functions as a community photographer (portraits, advertising, work and school events, architecture), Leslie Shedden continuously worked on documentation of the working conditions in the coal and iron mines of Cape Breton. The photographic documentation was commissioned by the local coal mining corporation, which gave him access to the underground mines as well as to all other work areas. All major aspects of the mining activities, the conditions of manual labour, and the gradual transformation to mechanized mining are recorded in systematic and detailed photographs. An equally detailed systematic body of photographs recording the family and community life of the miners complements the body of photographic images documenting the labour conditions in one of the oldest North American coal mining districts.

– Amazon

Book Details

  • Softcover
  • Publisher: Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1983)
  • Language: English
  • LC: HD 9554. C23 G55 1983

If you would like to take a look at this book, you can ask a volunteer at the front desk or search for it using the LC number above.

Book of the Month: “The Fine Arts in Canada”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogues, Biographies about artists, Art Magazines among other books. To view our entire catalog click the Library Thing button in the side bar.

This month’s feature is The Fine Arts in Canada (1925) by Newton McFaul MacTavish:

The CBU Art Gallery is the home to many Canadian works and treasures. This month we bring you a book that will tell you all about Canadian art.

Company of Canada, Limited. 21s. Dell MR. MACTAVISH says that the whole purpose of his book “to make known something about the progress of art, especial the fine art of painting, in a country where art has not yet become an urgent national need.” He does this unpretentiously, gives many illustrations and biographical notes, and his book, therefore, forms a useful work of reference for those specially interested in things Canadian. It is too uncritical, we fear, to attract others. We know that S. W. Morrice was a painter of genuine, if frail, distinction an-I that there are a number of fresh and vigorous landscape painters in Canada—artists like Clarence Gagnon, Lauren Harris, and A. H. Robinson are much too good to be patronized— but the effect of the rest is to show what Canadian painters lose by the absence of keen criticism and encouragement from those who feel art to be ” an urgent need.”

– The Spectator

13 AUGUST 1926, Page 22

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Toronto : The Macmillan company of Canada, limited, 1925.
  • Language: English
  • LC:N 6540 M3 1925

If you would like to take a look at this book, you can ask a volunteer at the front desk or search for it using the LC number above.

Inside the Collection Selfies

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We had a great time with the Inside The Collection exhibition. So many amazing pieces of artwork were exhibited for the very first time and there was a great turn out! As you may know we have a campaign running called #SelfieInTheGallery where you take a selfie of yourself enjoying all the art we have to offer in the gallery. Me and Savannah, another volunteer, took selfies with our favourites in the exhibition. Be sure to take yours before it closes this weekend!

 

To submit your selfie and have it featured here simply tag your Instagram image as #SelfieInTheGallery, post it on our Facebook page CBU Art Gallery, or submit it through email to cbuag_collections@hotmail.com

Mining Legacies

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Inside the Collection is in its final week of exhibition. If you haven’t seen it yet or want to see it again be sure to come into the CBU Art Gallery before Friday!

Our next Exhibition that will begin install on the 15th is Mining Legacies. Almost a year ago now, we brought in to resident artists and hosted a workshop where people were asked to respond to what they saw in the Miner’s Museum, Glace Bay. These works were made by Cape Bretoners about our great island’s history. This is one exhibition you won’t want to miss!

Film Screening

If you’re looking for a fun night on a budget, then look no further than the film screening happening tomorrow night in the CBU Art Gallery in conjunction with our Inside the Collection exhibition!

Thursday we will be showing an exciting documentary on the life and work of Andy Warhol.

Film Screening

If you’re looking for a fun night on a budget, then look no further than the film screening happening next Thursday in the CBU Art Gallery!

Thursday is our next film screening we have a double bill for you! We will be showing Hunters and Gatherers and So Wrong They’re Right. Both are short films on people with interested and somewhat bizarre collections. From bread tabs to 8 tracks, this is one you won’t want to miss.

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Film Screening

If you’re looking for a fun night on a budget, then look no further than the film screening happening next Thursday in the CBU Art Gallery!

 

Inside the Collection: Book-list

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogs, Biographies about artists, among other books. To view our entire catalog click the button in the side bar that looks like this:

With our current exhibition, Inside the Collection, we decided to pull out some of our resources in our Library. We have biographies, exhibition catalogs, and many more resources to help you learn all you can about the artists in the gallery. If you are interested, ask one of the volunteers at the front desk to see our selections. To see a full list of books click here.