Secord Gallery
Upstairs at 6301 Quinpool Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 1A4
(902) 423-6644

Monday to Thursday 9:30 - 5:30
Friday 9:30 - 7:00
Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
Summer and holiday hours will vary

A native of Nova Scotia, Judy Arsenault has lived for many years in Maitland, on the beautiful Fundy shore. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the '80s from the Nova Scotia College of Fine Art & Design University. Although she is currently a painter, Judy also studied printmaking at NSCAD. Twenty years of living in Maitland has greatly influenced her painting. She has found the power and the energy of nature's tides, the change of the seasons, and the rhythms of nature to be very compelling. Exploring landscape themes with a focus on abstraction, she strives to make the plein air tradition of painting relevant to her artistic practice by maintaining a tension between the subject matter and her personal painting style. Currently working in the mediums of acrylic and encaustic, she strives for looseness, movement, and an unfinished quality. Johanna Steffen received her academic and fine art training at the University of King's College, Halifax, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Classics and German, and at NSCAD University, where she earned her Bachelor of Design in Communication Design and her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her oil paintings display a distinctive sensitivity for the medium. Understated, sometimes almost monochromatic, her deft and subtle brushstrokes depict landscape and figures in landscape in a manner that is both definite and diffused. Subjects and narrative are familiar yet universal, and her restrained sense of colour imparts a sense of restful, atmospheric quietness. This section is under construction until we get closer to the opening.