The display – Maud Lewis: From the Permanent Collection – is scheduled to open to the public May 27 and will be up at least until the end of September.
“It’s great to bring an exhibition of Maud’s work to her birthplace,” said Nancy Noble, director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “It’s remarkable that a person with her physical disabilities was able to paint at all, let alone create such colourful, joyful and animated works of art.”
In a media release announcing the show, the gallery says Lewis’s paintings – from oxen teams to lighthouses – “reflect the spirit of rural Nova Scotia and a life inextricably bound to the land and sea.” The Yarmouth exhibition comes at a time when there is great interest in Lewis, given the popularity of Maudie, the film about Lewis that has been a box-office sensation in Atlantic Canada.
Angela Collier, coordinator of the AGNS western branch, said the gallery has been selling more Maud Lewis-related items since the movie’s release and she expects the trend will continue after the film starts playing in American theatres.
“People are coming in,” Collier said, “and so I’ve just put in a massive order because the summer’s going to be busy. The movie’s going to be released in the U.S. in June, so they’re going to be coming here looking.”
The gallery also has been getting inquiries by phone from people interested in Lewis, Collier said.
“I got a call from somebody from Victoria, B.C.,” she said. “’We just saw the Maud movie and we’re coming to Yarmouth.’”
Collier expects many people – like this caller from the West Coast – will be drawn to Nova Scotia, thanks at least in part to the Maudie movie and the interest it has sparked in Lewis and her art.
For more information about the Maud Lewis exhibition or about the art gallery in general, visit www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca