Rug hooker Laura Kenney and painter Steven Rhude were among 29 Nova Scotian artists whose work was featured in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's recent Terroir exhibition. The intent of the exhibition was to explore regional artistic production through the culture from which it emerges. The diversity and excellence showcased in that exhibition shed yet more light not only on the vast talent that exists among Nova Scotia artists, but also on how the region's culture and history has influenced the work of the artists. We're honoured to be able to host Saving Maud, an exhibition of new works by these two talented Nova Scotian artists. In this exhibition, the artists have created works that give us an entertaining and deeper understanding of the life and legacy of folk art icon Maud Lewis. Regarding Saving Maud, Steven Rhude writes: "After Terroir, Laura Kenney and I continued to discuss rationalization and Nova Scotian culture. As the subject of Maud arose, we thought to unearth another Maud with an exhibition of paintings and rug hookings, and our reasons appeal to the premise that the picture we currently see of Maud through the lens of various provincial or institutional campaigns, is not necessarily the one that fully encompasses the person we have come to know as Maudie, and the contemporary folk culture experience. Through our art, and via the exchange with each other's ideas, drawings, books on Maud, and correspondence, our Maud comes back from the dead, goes to see her own movie, has her portrait done with Everett, and redirects her house back to Marshalltown Road and the community where it originated. To see her legacy through another artistic lens forms the intent, yet with the understanding that in reality, how could we really ever know an artist like Maud?"