Events & Exhibits

For ease of planning, events are listed in chronological order below.

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September – October 2015

North Hills Salt Box Talks – Fall 2015

This program is designed for those who would like to discover artefacts and art history, appreciate North Hills Museum and the surrounding community. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable and delicious baked treats and refreshments. Each lecture is $10.00 per person. A great way to spend fall Tuesdays!

Registration required, call 902-532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 • 10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:30 – 3:30pm
History of European Landscape Painting Part 1

We will trace the origins of the European landscape in the pastoral images found in Hellenistic and ancient Roman art. Examine the use of the landscape motif and its decorative beauty found in medieval religious paintings and illuminated manuscript. Discover the sharply observed details and luminous space in 15th century renaissance paintings from Northern Europe and Italy. Learn about the 16th Century taste for panoramic views and the bourgeoning art of topography, and the ideal landscapes of the 17th Century embellished with the ruins from the classical world.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 • 10:00am – 12:00pm, or 1:30 – 3:30pm
History of European Landscape Painting Part 2

Our travels through European art continue in 18th Century France and England featuring rich pastoral landscapes. Topographical ‘Views’ reach the height of popularity with the Grand Tour in Rome and Venice. The later 18th and early 19th centuries present new themes in landscape painting such as the ‘Sublime’ (the power of nature) and ‘the Beautiful’ (pleasing meditations on nature). We will also examine the more spontaneous observations of nature found in the works of the 19th century French Realists, Impressionists; such as Monet and Pissarro, and the Post Impressionists; such as Van Gogh and Cezanne.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm, or 1:30 – 3:30pm
Flora & Fauna – The Hidden Meaning

Discover the symbolism behind the use of many flowers and plants in religious paintings from the 15th to the 17th centuries in Europe. Flora and fauna in art provided a language that allowed the mass public to be able to decipher the hidden meanings and moral messages found in painting, especially in works that exhibited the passage of time and the seasons. We will examine the 17th century emergence of the ‘Still Life’ painting as a separate branch of Dutch art. The impact of naturalism will also be addressed in 19th Century European art.

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July – October 2015

North Hills Family Workshop Series

Experience the wonderful works of art at North Hills Museum and share unforgettable moments with your children as they discover their own creativity in the studio workshops. For budding artists 5 – 14 years of age accompanied by an adult.

Cost per child: $5.00 for each workshop: includes museum visit and all materials. Advance registration required.

July 19, 2015, Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
“Beacon of Light”
Lighthouse Workshop
Nova Scotia has the largest number of lighthouses in Canada, with more than 160 to visit. Learn about the history and different styles found within our province and community. In our studio construct and paint your very own lighthouse.

August 16, 2015, Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
“A Mixed Bag of Sculpture Part 1”
Clay Cast Cameo & Statuette Workshop
Find out the story behind the sets of travel souvenir cameos at North Hills and cast you very own set using soft paste clay. Afterwards, be inspired by the museum statuette collection and learn about structure and stability when creating movement in a figure; then, create a clay statuette reinforced with wire framework. (cameos and statuettes will require a few days to dry)

August 30, 2015, Sunday 1:00 -4:00 pm
“A Mixed Bag of Sculpture Part 2”
Clay Cast Cameo & Statuette Workshop
Make a travel souvenir box for your set of cameos, creating an edition. Paint your statuette to look like a bronze sculpture; ready for installation at our fall exhibition.

September 27 – October 3, 2015
5th Annual North Hills Revisited: Family Workshop Exhibition
, 396 St. George St. Annapolis Royal

The public is invited to attend an exhibition of art works created by the young participants in the Family Workshop Series at North Hills Museum.

For more information or to register, please contact us at 902-532-2168, or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Birthday Workshops: Choose one of our workshop themes for an exciting and unique birthday party at the museum.

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September 13, 2015

North Hills North Hills Museum Garden Party

Join us for an afternoon of live music, tea and wonderful treats.

Sunday, September 13, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm.

Free family event; donations welcome.

For more information or tickets, please contact us at 902-532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com

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Currently showing

O'Dell From a Humble Block of Wood – The Eugene “Bud” Hamm Wood Carving Collection

Hamm carvings The Annapolis Heritage Society has recently been gifted with the extraordinary collection of wood carvings created by Eugene “Bud” Hamm of Clarence, Nova Scotia. A self-taught carver and great lover of language, Mr. Hamm enjoyed creating beauty with both wood and words. (In addition to his carvings and plaster bas-reliefs, Mr. Hamm also published 21 volumes of poetry.)

Hamm carving - bird From a Humble Block of Wood showcases Mr. Hamm’s interest in the natural world as well as his connection to his fellow man. This charming exhibit of the carvings of a lifetime is on display at the O’Dell House Museum from late July to the end of the year.

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Currently showing

O'Dell Age of Sail in Annapolis County

Goes To Sea

A perennial favourite, our exhibit The Age of Sail in Annapolis County features shipbuilding artifacts from our own Wagstaff and Hatfield collections. The ship’s painting was found in 1967 in the attic of the O’Dell House Museum, and the half models in the collection were used by shipbuilders as scale references during vessel construction.

It is open at the O’Dell House Museum now until the end of the year.

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