Art Feast with Alan Bateman and Holly Carr

                                                   Halifax Partner’s Program

                                                 Friday, September 23rd, 2022

                          (8:30 am – 4:30 pm – Meet in the Lobby at 8:15 am)

About the Artists

ALAN BATEMAN: Alan Bateman is forging a reputation as one of Canada’s finest realists. He comes from a rich artistic legacy, where painting was a natural pastime. He has inherited the artistic gifts of both his father, internationally known artist Robert Bateman and his mother, Suzanne Lewis, also a superb watercolourist, Alan Bateman was born in Nigeria in 1965, grew up in Burlington, Ontario and moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at the age of eight with his mother, sister and brother. Summers were spent with his father in Ontario’s Haliburton Highlands. He received formal training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the mid 1980’s. Influenced by the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Bateman’s work also invokes prominent East Coast realist painters; Alex Coville, Tom Forestall and Christopher and Mary Pratt.

Not surprisingly, for Bateman, life and work are intertwined in a natural process of discovery. He paints by observing familiar objects until they become part of him, and intuitive feeling that embodies his understanding of some place, some part of himself. ”To paint, I have to live in a place for some time, so I can absorb my surroundings – I’m not comfortable driving around the countryside looking for subjects. Nor am I sure how the evolution works – it just happens while I’m doing things in my day-to-day life. Something worth painting will suddenly become apparent to me – shadows of elm trees against the house, light on a wall, and the colours on a hardwood floor. Time and place are as important to me as the central object.” He now lives in a 200 year-old farmhouse near Canning, Nova Scotia with his wife, artist Holly Carr and their two children, finding inspiration in the surrounding rural terrain of the Annapolis Valley, in addition to his summers in Haliburton.

Alan Bateman is a two-time recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Award. He’s been very active with fourteen solo exhibitions and eighteen group exhibitions to his credit. He has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, including shows in Toronto, Halifax, Hamilton, Edmonton and Victoria.

HOLLY CARR:  Holly has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows and continues to exhibit nationally.  Holly has designed for theatre productions and large scale public installation. Her most ambitious installation to date is a larger than life environment created out of painted silk, “Light in the Forest” for Acadia University Art Gallery.  Her work has been widely used in advertising and illustration, including her first children’s book “What is Pink”.  Holly presently is working on 3 new books. In recent years Holly has branched out in to performance art, where she paints large works live on stage. 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 and the National Art Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.  Holly has also had successful performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and her own show with Symphony Nova Scotia where she painted an 8 x 32 foot painting live with the orchestra. Holly is looking forward to a number of upcoming performances including performances with the Toledo Symphony in Ohio. Holly graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a BFA and B.A.Ed.  Holly’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections.

About Their Home

Holly and Alan live on 11 acres of Annapolis Valley farm land.  Their home is over 200 years old. Through the generations it has been a place of worship, a cabbage storage site and a family farm. Holly and Alan moved to this property in 1990. They started the unending task of renovating; what to change, what to save. Scraps of old negatives found in the attic, mouse shredded letters and layers of wall paper. They are a small part of the story of this home.

$ 295.00 Per Person (Includes Transfer to and from a 200 Year Old Home in Canning Nova Scotia, Welcome snacks and coffee, complete Art Program, Luncheon and Entertainment and all taxes and gratuities) 

Guests Gather in the Main Lobby at 8:15 am. Motor Coach Tour

Dress: Warm casual.