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Before Everett, there was Emery, 14 x 20".
"Maud would have later sketched a picture of herself and Emery in embrace, hints that she wished for his return. A kiss is a kind of hope."

Lance Woolaver, The Heart on the Door.


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Maud's Wedding Dress

"It was lengthy, ribbed and gathered-in at the waist. Some skilled and patient artist had sewn beads of jet in rows, like a Lakota breastplate, from the neck to the waist. Imagine the hours expended."

Lance Woolaver, The Heart on the Door.


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"They (Maud and Everett) get their water from a well. They keep a trout in the well and call it "Fred"."
Shirley and Lance Woolaver, The Joyful Art of Maud Lewis, Chatelaine, Toronto, ON., Dec 1975.


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Whose Maud? Exhibited June 12th - July 28th, 2018
There were many social, physical, and emotional factors that influenced and shaped Maud’s life; an often-unknown fact about Maud was her relation to the Marshalltown Poor Farm, or Alms House. Set back from the highway from Maud’s own home in Marshalltown sat the imposing Alms house. Kenney and Rhude believe that before we can truly comprehend the work of Maud Lewis, we must first understand the relationship between both her life and the space in which she lived and found inspiration, and its influence on rural Nova Scotia's marginalization and socialization of the poor.
“To think that this chapter is merely a footnote in Nova Scotia’s history is to overlook the contemporary social issues ranging from the modern welfare state, to that of captivity, in all its various social guises. The Poor Farm is a modern tale whereby our collective concerns about being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space, have been housed, but not necessarily cared for or nurtured. It is a metaphysical prison that haunts us today.” – Laura Kenney and Steven Rhude



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Opening of Whose Maud? was great..thanks so much to Laurie Dalton, curator and Steven Rhude, painter extraordinaire and to all who came out, really appreciate it!
The show at Acadia University Art Gallery runs till July 28th, gallery hours are 12-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday.


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This is one of the pieces that will be in "Whose Maud?"
Opening is June 12, 7pm, 2018
Acadia University Art Gallery
Wolfville, NS

"The Maud Squad"


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WHOSE MAUD? | Laura Kenney & Steven Rhude
Exhibit Opening Tuesday, June 12, 7pm at the Acadia University Art Gallery, in Wolfville, NS
The artists will be in attendance. Light refreshments served.
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The exhibition, Whose Maud?, presents the work of rug-hooker Laura Kenney & painter Steven Rhude.
The exhibition takes as its central question: Whose Maud? in that there are many interpretations of Maud as artist, as individual, as folk art icon. The artist & her work have come to symbolize a bucolic rural landscape, but this stands in stark contrast to the harsh realities of her life.
The artists, Kenney and Rhude, by researching, repositioning, & reconsidering, through their own art practice, beg the audience to question, Whose Maud?
Curator: Dr. Laurie Dalton
The exhibit will continue until July 28 at AUAG, in the Beveridge Art Centre (BAC bldg), 10 Highland Avenue, Wolfville, NS
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays–Wednesdays & Sundays: 12–4pm. Closed Mondays. Groups may book free tours outside these times with advance notice.
Image: You're Richer Than You Think (detail), painting by Steven Rhude
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