Maritime theme draws art to Maritime Museum

Contemporary Art Society members showcased samples of their maritime-related work through an exhibit of recent art and the results of CAS’s annual “Paint the Same” event at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic March

By Philippa Wolff

Contemporary Art Society (CAS) members showcased samples of their maritime-related work through a temporary exhibit of recent art and the 2012 results of CAS’s annual “Paint the Same” event at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic March 9.

“Paint the Same” allows members to compare their artistic styles – each year the membership selects a photo and each artist is given the opportunity to interpret it with their own artistic license.

This year’s photo was taken by CAS member Rod Stewart. Members voted CAS member Michael MacDonald’s interpretation their favourite Mar. 1.

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CAS’s former president, Dennis Curran, created the event in 2006. He says he was inspired by the eclectic painting mediums of the society’s members.

“It’s getting now fairly easy to recognize, without even seeing any signatures, who did which painting because of their particular style,” he said.

Curran, along with fellow CAS artists Laurie Mireau, Doug Scott and Jo Anne Muise, was also on site for a live painting demonstration.

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“It’s very intense,” said CAS President Kathy Richards of painting in front of a live audience. “You have to be able to focus right on your subject. It’s also good to have people question … Sometimes they might see something and be wondering why you did something this way, and sometimes it makes you think.”

This is the society’s first time hosting a event at the Maritime Museum. Museum Visitor Events Coordinator Ian Mullan says that the museum and CAS have since discussed making the showcase an annual event, though no decision has been made for certain.

“Definitely with the Contemporary Art Society and with us being in Nova Scotia, a lot of their work does follow maritime themes, so it worked out quite well,” Mullan said. “… Definitely it’s not out of the question that we’ll be doing another Contemporary Art Society event in a year from now.”

CAS President Kathy Richards discusses the society’s relationship with the Maritime Museum, the museum’s influence and the value of painting before an audience.