We’re excited to be hosting this exhibition of new works by well–known Nova Scotia artist couple Holly Carr and Alan Bateman. The exhibition, Light in the Forest, is presented in conjunction with Holly’s multimedia production of the same name, which takes place on Saturday, November 2 at 7pm at St. Matthews United Church in Halifax. Endorsed by the CMHA NS division, Light in the Forest is an original and unique all-ages, multi-faceted theatrical experience that takes the audience on a journey from the dark foreboding forest with all of its inhabitants and brings them slowly into the light through a series of mysterious and beautiful reveals. “Light in the Forest”, the multimedia production and companion book, contain a message of hope that shines a light on and destigmatizes mental health issues, in particular anxiety and depression. Holly’s always optimistic work is a perfect vehicle for such a positive message. Holly Carr has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting. Holly has exhibited her work throughout Canada, and has designed work for many public installations and theatrical productions. In recent years, Holly has branched out into performance art, working with numerous musicians and performers including a cross Canada tour with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café, as well as performances with world renowned violinist Min Lee in Singapore, The National Art Center Orchestra in Ottawa, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Nova Scotia. Alan Bateman is one of Canada’s finest realist painters, and his work is well known for its distinctively fluid and refined technique. He comes from a rich artistic legacy, where painting was a natural pastime. Influenced by the work of his father, Robert Bateman, as well as Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, he is a two-time recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Award. Alan has had a very active career, with many solo and group exhibitions to his credit, as well as many commissions. He has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, including shows in Toronto, Halifax, Hamilton, Edmonton and Victoria. In the USA he has exhibited in Ohio, Oregon and Minnesota.