Hardware Gallery Becomes Tides Contemporary Art Gallery

Hardware Gallery Becomes Tides Contemporary Art Gallery

The Valley’s newest art gallery is officially open in Kentville. Tides Contemporary Art Gallery is a non-profit gallery featuring the work of more than a dozen established and emerging artists from Kings County and southwestern Nova Scotia.

The gallery is a project of the Kentville Art Gallery Society (KAGS) which is also involved in other public art and community education projects in the area. Tides is located at 36 Cornwallis Street, Kentville, across from the Kings County Museum.

“Our gallery is simply a transition from the vision and hard work of Hardware Gallery, which started at the same location almost three years ago,” says gallery co-ordinator and KAGS Chair, Bob Hainstock. “The Tides Contemporary Art Gallery operates on more of a co-op gallery model, where staffing is provided mainly by artists themselves, and operating costs are covered by membership fees. “Therefore, we are viable and stable from day one and can focus almost entirely on finding and encouraging Valley artists to work and exhibit in their own region,” says Hainstock.

The gallery also has a growing list of community volunteers who “sit” the gallery occasionally and who will also receive small year-end thank-you gifts from the artists, as well as exclusive volunteer workshops in such things as printmaking or painting.

The current group exhibition features several guest artists with international reputations and exposure in top New York and Toronto galleries, as well as several artists just beginning their exhibition experience. Artists will change their exhibition work every month.

Tides Contemporary Art Gallery will also feature an art gift boutique and art rental program. The gift boutique will feature smaller, less expensive two-dimensional and three-dimensional art pieces. The art rental program is designed for home or office and includes rent-to-own features, as well as opportunities for business rewards to company employees or customers.

For further information contact: Bob Hainstock
902-599-3450 or bjhainstock@gmail.com