I am just putting the finishing touches on a colouring book featureing my art before the colour is added. This is just a little self publishing trial as we see what kind of production will be needed. Drop buy our open house on Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12th from 11am to 6pm to see new work as well as some new clothing I have been developing.
One of my paintings has been lego- ized! I designed a mural for the Discovery Center that is being turned into one of the largest lego murals in Canada by famed Toronto Lego Master Robin Sather. I am not allowed to reveal the final art work, so I have only posted a tiny fraction of the imagery. If you are available come to the launch next week (info. below) I will be there painting on silk and you are welcome to paint along with me!
March 30th | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Join us as we kick off a very special fundraising legacy event – THE BIG BUILD – Canada’s largest LEGO® Mosaic Wall. All proceeds from this event will go towards the New Discovery Centre (scheduled to open later this year).
Take part in special events and activities:
My last live painting in 2015. performance at the IWK this morning at an event announcing the Sobey's 3 million dollar donation for mental health research
Published October 29, 2015 - 5:05pm
Holly Carr creates a magical storybook for adults in her new solo exhibit of silk paintings, I Can’t Sleep When I’m Dreaming, at Secord Gallery, 6301 Quinpool Rd., Halifax, on just through Saturday.
Carr’s playfulness, vitality and wonderful use of colour and pattern make this new work, as always, a joy. She explores both fanciful and sinister imagery that puts viewers inside a fairy tale of their own creation. Everywhere, nature is abundant in flowers, twisting vegetation, insects and birds — lots of birds.
There are ravens holding their blue eggs in their beaks; tea cups, each in a different nature-based pattern, at a bird tea party interrupted by an owl; and animals in portraits as spirit guides.
New for this always adventuring artist is the addition of music and light to Red Riding Hood, facilitated by Ian McKay, who defines himself as “creative technician & possibilitist.” The viewer turns the key, a wolf suddenly appears as a silhouette howling at the moon and each panel turns on and off with sound and light as Red Riding Hood makes her journey with a chorus of skeletons playing instruments.
Carr also includes motion-activated raven sounds with her giant hanging Raven Man painting on silk.
Much of her latest imagery has to do with birds and eggs. In Dreamer, though, a woman rides a whale above Halifax Harbour with the Town Clock in the distance.
“The narratives throughout this collection are inspired by my dreams, fears, desires, and a fanciful interest in the esoteric,” says Carr, in an artist’s statement.
“The colourful endless running reel in my brain can at times be all-consuming, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Carr, who lives in the Annapolis Valley, recently performed with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto and the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval. She is working on a book connected to her large installation A Light in the Forest, exhibited in the fall of 2013 at the Acadia University Art Gallery.
Also at Secord are four realist paintings by her husband, Alan Bateman, including a fire on the beach at Scotts Bay looking over to Cape Split and a non-Valley, Georgia O’Keeffe-style image of an animal skull on the wall next to a slightly open wooden door, all in the most subtle pale blues and greys.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.