Stepping into the realm of art history

Seniors programs available in New Year

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
Published on December 27, 2012
Truro's Dee Appleby holds ‘Road Near Eganville,' an original oil painting on board by Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson. Appleby will touch on the Group of Seven during an introduction to art history course she will be teaching at the Marigold Cultural Centre in the New Year. Submitted photo

TRURO - Seniors with an interest in the arts can get their fill in the new year thanks to a number of programs held at the Marigold Cultural Centre.

Tim Hortons Fine Arts Programs for the Young at Heart (50+) will offer many classes, including an introduction to art history with Dee Appleby.

"I've always loved history and loved talking and studying about art," said Appleby, who has been teaching the course with the Senior's College Association of Nova Scotia in Truro and Halifax for two years. "For me, it was just a natural extension of all my interests to teach art history."

The course encompasses history, archaeology, art and architecture, all subjects of interest to Appleby.

"I love to study mankind, his activities and what he creates," she said. "The most beautiful things created by him are in the realm of art history."

For six weeks, participants can bring their Friday lunch to the class, which begins Jan. 11 and runs from noon to 1 p.m. Topics range from early medieval art, renaissance, romantic, neoclassicism, impressionism and post-impressionism, modernism, surrealism and cubism.

After studying art history at university in Montreal, Appleby moved on to operate a private gallery for three years and publish two books on Nova Scotia's contemporary landscape artists.

She jumped at the chance to teach art history through the seniors' college and hasn't looked back.

"There were 60 people in my first class," she said. "I was very surprised. The class got so big that they had to move it from the Douglas Street school to the Marigold.".

During the course, students will learn about the Group of Seven. Appleby has access to three original oil paintings by group member A.Y. Jackson, including the ‘Road to Eganville' from 1958. All three paintings, said Appleby, are for sale through the owner. Jackson was appointed a companion to the Order of Canada in 1967 and is widely regarded as an individual integral to the development of modern art in Canada.

Along with Appleby's course, other programs feature singing lessons with Ross Thompson, script analysis workshop with Leana Todd, watercolour classes with Nancy Crowe Samson, and ukulele with Angela Dwyer-James.

For more information on the classes, contact the Marigold Cultural Centre on Prince Street at 897-4004.