Labelle exhibits his ‘Return to the Garden’

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Marigold to host exhibition of Peter Labelle’s new artwork

Visual artist, animator, teacher, community arts volunteer. As of these descriptions apply to Peter Labelle.

Labelle is also the subject of a new exhibition at the Marigold Cultural Centre. The exhibition features new work from his “Return to the Garden” series, which was first unveiled in 2011. Evolving from Labelle’s journals and sketchbooks, the images explore a family’s emotional and physical journey of love, healing and growth.

That journey began for Labelle in 1999, when the death of his children Sienna and Leif resulted in Labelle spending the following years in physical, emotional and spiritual rehabilitation.

In memory of his children, Labelle established the NSCC Animation Camp for Children, which funds the Sienna and Leif Labelle Memorial Scholarship in support of emerging artists through the NSCC Foundation. Labelle moved to Nova Scotia from Timmins, Ontario in 1997 to help create and teach in the Digital Animation Program at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC).

Between 2001-2011, Labelle developed a new body of work in private. Labelle, who works in beeswax, encaustic and oils textured with organic materials, finally made the new work public in 2011 when he exhibited “Return to the Garden” Creative Process Exhibition at NSCC McCarthy Gallery following a 12-month sabbatical. This was his first public exhibition since the 1998 “Defragmenting” Exhibition, White Water Gallery, North Bay, Ontario.

The new works are something of a break with his past art, which focused on figurative paintings exploring the mythology of humanity’s movement with nature.

Prior to coming to the NSCC, Labelle completed his formal training at Sheridan College in the Classical Animation, Independent Film Making and Interpretative Illustration programs. He also studied at the Ottawa School of Art in the Intensive Drawing and Painting Program.

He currently teaches life drawing and animation at NSCC. He recently served on the Arts Nova Scotia and The Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award Jury, and as a selection committee member for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. He is the founding chair and faculty advisor for NSCC Animediafest: Student New Media Animation Festival and Co-chair of the NSCC McCarthy Gallery.

Labelle lives in Truro with his partner Charmaine and his children Keifer, Saren and Shawnacey. To celebrate his work and creative process from the last 30 years, Labelle is launching www.peterlabelle.com.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Sheridan College, Marigold Cultural Centre NSCC Foundation Ottawa School of Art Arts Nova Scotia Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council Nova Scotia Talent Trust New Media

Geographic location: Ontario, Nova Scotia, North Bay Truro

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