one week L A T E R . .

opening day with the girls

Four friends and I piled in the car and drove to Church Point to celebrate a birthday (not mine) and visit the show. This time the weather was perfect, sunshine all the way, wind gentle and sweet.

We added the labels, writings and the artist statement … and then we cheered. The show is officially    O P E N ! ! ! !

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R E L I E F :  Artist Statement

Figurative works by Claude Chaloux and Kate Church.

The show explores the concept of the surfaces of a  material form attaching to surfaces of emotion evoked by the word relief. Each of the artists has worked independently in following and interpreting this concept.

The title has a double meaning.  In the French language, relief means landscape, which is a subject of the show, explored in the different surfaces and textures. In the English language, the Oxford dictionary defines relief as ‘a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress’. 

These two aspects of the meaning of the word R E L I E F are found throughout this exhibit and hold the spirit of the show. Surfaces are the major emphasis of the exploration and conceptually the material connection of the two artists.


The show celebrates Claude Chaloux’s arrival in the province of Nova Scotia 33 years ago.  Claude and Kate share a friendship of more than a decade.


Ce titre a été choisi pour le double sens du terme.  En français, le Larousse dit: ” Ce qui fait sailli sur une surface. (…) sculpture

dont le motil, les formes se détachent en saillies plus ou moins fortes par opposition à la ronde bosse.”

En anglais l’Oxford définit relief comme: ” un sentiment de réassurrance, de relaxation; se libérer de l’anxiété ou de la détresse”

C’est par le relief, la surface les textures que l’expression créatrice des deux artistes se rejoint .


Cette exposition coincide avec l’arrivée, il y a 33 ans, de Claude Chaloux en Nouvelle-Écosse.  Kate et Claude partagent un belle et longue amitié depuis plus de dix ans .

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Several friends made the long journey despite the hurricane, only to find the University in the dark and the show unreachable … to you and those I have not heard from … my sincere apologies for being unable to reach you, and gratitude for your effort. Please let me know you tried, I would love to know and will find a way to bring the show to you, even if it is via a video/slide show … it is indeed a very long way to Church Point .

Here are images of Claude’s pieces I promised to post. E N J O Y ! !!

ANd, if anyone is “down the French Shore” our show is there until August 31st. Look for the building with the tourist bureau. Open from 7am – 7pm.  If the gallery for some reason is locked, they will open it for you at the desk or the cafeteria.

Claude’s gallery shop is just down the road :  ART & MINÉRAUX : left hand side, heading towards Digby in Belliveau Cove, here is his email :

art & mineraux



~ by kate church on July 14, 2014.

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