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 Included in this work are Old Trout Funnies Issues 1-3, rare unpublished editions, various CBLA calendars, and context and interpretive writing by Brodie.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.

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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.

Mining Legacies’ Final Days

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Its the final days to see our current exhibition Mining Legacies so be sure to come take a peak today or tomorrow!.

Our next exhibition is the Witness Blanket. To learn more about that, visit our website or click here.

Canary in the Mine Talk

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Join us for an informal talk by Canary in the Mine creator, Heather Sparling, 2-4pm August 14. Canary in the Mine exhibit explores how songs document a history of mining disasters, their ability to tell how disasters affect families and communities, the impact of the news media and music industry on disaster songs and the significance of benefit and anniversary concerts

Mining Songs Part 2

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Our current exhibition is Mining Legacies. We asked local, Cape Breton, artists and community members to create artwork in response to what they saw and heard at the Glace Bay Miner’s Museum. In spirit of this exhibition we brought you Part 1 of Mining Songs the week of the opening and now, today, Part 2. Songs that celebrate and commemorate miners and tell their stories. Mining is such a huge part of Cape Breton culture and for many of us it is a sore subject. These songs hold such power and emotion in them. They are about the good and the bad times that came with the mines. This playlist ends, on a good note however, with Natalie MacMaster’s song “My Love, Cape Breton, and Me” because, despite it all, Cape Breton is our home.
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Opening Reception & Artist Talk

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There was such a great turn out at the Mining Legacies Opening Reception and Artist Talk! So many people showed up to view all of the great work created by local artists in response to the Miner’s Museum. We have to thank The Pit Lounge for providing the bar and the No Quarter Deli for catering the event and providing such great food! Also a huge thank you goes to Nipper MacLeod,  a member of The Men of the Deeps choir, who gave a fantastic performance of mining songs.

Here are some pictures of the events (click to enlarge):

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Mining Songs Part 1

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This Friday, 26 June @ 6 PM, is the opening of our next exhibition Mining Legacies. We asked local, Cape Breton, artists and community members to create artwork in response to what they saw and heard at the Glace Bay Miner’s Museum. In spirit of this exhibition we bring you Part 1 of Mining Songs. Songs that celebrate and commemorate miners and tell their stories.
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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!