Nova Scotia’s ‘Group of 8’ arrives in Truro this September

Published on July 9, 2014

New exhibit at McCarthy Gallery showcases work of realist painters

Four years ago, eight of Nova Scotia's most prominent realist artists started meeting in Halifax.

The group consists of Tom Forrestall, Ed Huner, Paul Hannon, Steven Rhude, Susan Paterson, Shelley Mitchel, Gordon MacDonald and Joy Laking. The group registered as a society called PLANS (Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia) and one of the goals of the group is to raise the profile of realist painting in Nova Scotia.

PLANS successfully fundraised, hired a national curator, Tom Smart, and organized an exhibition called Capture 2014. This exhibition had an open call and more than 100 professional Nova Scotian artists applied. Eventually, after studio visits, 26 artist's paintings were chosen.

Capture 2014 opened at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in January 2014. It broke all attendance records set during the past 60 years of the gallery's existence. Now Capture 2014 is traveling to the St. Francis Xavier Art Gallery, Acadia Art Gallery and University College of Cape Breton Art Gallery.

The eight volunteer organizers all have distinct realist painting styles and PLANS has decided to also do an exhibition called Across the Surface that features a collection of works by each of the founding artists. These artists have come together to advance realism by showing people the exciting work being produced in this province.

The Truro Arts Society is delighted to bring their exhibition to the McCarthy Gallery. Everyone is invited to the opening reception Sept. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition continues in Truro until Sept. 25.