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An Element of Unreasonability


My exhibition at the Jo Beale Gallery opens next Sunday.  I’m calling it An Element of Unreasonability. Unreasonability is not really a word, according to spellcheck.  But it definitely describes my work, my life and my feelings about both.  Unplanned, unexplainable, just existing.  It all happens, one day to the next. With no reason beyond the intense desire to live as fully as possible and create the same in my paintings.

The exhibition will be at the Old Red Schoolhouse, in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia from July 7 to 26.  The opening reception is  Sunday, July 7th, 2-4pm.  If you are anywhere near the Cove, do stop by!  Gallery hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

The invitation also includes a statement and brief bio:

Artist Statement

“These paintings are an evolution arising from the internal revolution I experience daily. The challenge of growing beyond known solutions charges the working process of making art.”

Leya Evelyn has worked as an abstract painter since her early twenties. At Yale, she studied under Josef Albers, concentrating on painting and colour. After twenty-four years in New York City, she moved to Nova Scotia. She now resides near Halifax and exhibits extensively locally as well as in galleries across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Leya’s abstract paintings are about explorations, possibilities, imaginings and openings. The work considers the painting process, the marks, the colour and the impact of these to be image itself, without literal references.

Jo Beale Gallery is in two locations this season exhibiting fine art by outstanding Canadian artists who make Nova Scotia their home. Enjoy the beautiful drive along the Peggys Cove Road and visit our gallery in Glen Margaret (10327 Peggys Cove Road, Glen Margaret). Also view our changing exhibits in the Old Red Schoolhouse in the Village of Peggys Cove.

Contact: Jo Beale 902 823 1960


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