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Photography and art books from the 2014 Holiday Reading Guide
Rails Around the Rock

Rails Around the Rock

A Then and Now Celebration of the Newfoundland Branchlines
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

Rails Around The Rock is an all-colour then & now celebration of the branchline and industrial railways of Newfoundland. In this follow-up to Rails Across the Rock: a then and now celebration of the Newfoundland Railway and on the 30th anniversary of the closing of the last branchline, the reader is taken on a photographic journey to the beautiful bays and coves and to the interior of the province. Through images captured from 1956 to 1984, readers can ride the mixed trains on the Carbonear, Arg …

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Halifax in Watercolour

Halifax in Watercolour

The Paintings of Alexander Cavalié Mercer, 1838-1842
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

British Artillery officer Alexander Cavalié Mercer is most famous in history circles for his detailed account of his experiences leading up to and including the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Fewer know him as an amateur artist, but Mercer often composed what he called “souvenirs,” paintings and sketches of his postings in Europe and North America. While posted in Halifax, Mercer painted nearly 80 watercolours of the area between 1838 and 1842.

Halifax and Watercolour showcases 50 of Mercer’s …

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Simply Modern

Simply Modern

Contemporary Design for Hooked Rugs
edition:Paperback
tagged : rugs

With over two decades of experience as a rug-hooker, studio-owner, and teacher, celebrated fabric artist Deanne Fitzpatrick introduces readers to the possibilities of modern rug-hooking design.

Rug-hookers of all levels will find Fitzpatrick’s instructional narratives and step-by-step methods for creating everything from themed rugs to pillows to ornaments an accessible and inspirational introduction to the craft. Tips and techniques such as how to choose and dye your own materials, achieving t …

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Black Ice

Black Ice

David Blackwood: Prints of Newfoundland
edition:Paperback
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David Blackwood was born in 1941 in the outport community of Wesleyville, to a family with a long seafaring history. Recognized as an artistic prodigy, he was awarded a Government of Newfoundland Centennial scholarship to study at the Ontario College of Art, in Toronto. By the age of twenty-three, one of his etchings had been purchased by the National Gallery of Canada.

Blackwood has been telling stories about Newfoundland in the form of epic visual narratives for 30 years. To bring this narrativ …

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Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback Hardcover Paperback

Regarded as one of Canada's finest still life realist artists, Mary Pratt's luminescent paintings form the visual focus of Goose Lane Edition's Mary Pratt, a career retrospective that examines every aspect of this unique artist's creative journey. Featuring seventy-four full colour reproductions of Pratt's most renowned works and a complete chronology of her career, including an selected list of her solo and group exhibitions, the book is augmented with a series of essays by five acclaimed art c …

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"The reality comes first, and the symbol comes after. I see these things, and suddenly they become symbolic of life." — Mary Pratt.

Luminescent canvases form the visual focus of Mary Pratt, a career retrospective that examines every aspect of Pratt's unique creative journey. Pratt's paintings — including Eggs in an Egg Crate, Salmon on Saran, Eviscerated Chickens, Cod Fillets on Tin Foil, This is Donna — have achieved iconic status. Capturing what she describes as "the stuff of life," Mary Pratt's work elevates the mundane to the monumental, creating silent moments infused with significance.

This major volume, the first on Mary Pratt's work in almost twenty years, features more than seventy-five reproductions of her most renowned works as well as essays by five of Canada's finest art writers: columnist and art critic Sarah Milroy; Catharine Mastin of the Art Gallery of Windsor; Mireille Eagan and Caroline Stone of The Rooms; and Ray Cronin and Sarah Fillmore of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Together, they create a conversation around Pratt's technique and influences, examining the themes that weave through and around her art: the role of place and personal biography, the passage of time, the very act of looking and, of course, the "stuff of life."

Mary Pratt is designed to accompany a major touring exhibition organized by The Rooms and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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Prince Edward Island: Landscape and Light

Prince Edward Island: Landscape and Light

edition:Hardcover
tagged : landscapes

In 2014, John Sylvester is celebrating his 30th year of photographing some of Canada's most remarkable places. This book  is a retrospective of his main inspiration -- Prince Edward Island. It includes much new material, but also includes many beloved classic images that have graced the pages of his previous books. Prince Edward Island: Landscape and Light takes us on a journey showcasing John Sylvester's approach to photography, not only making images at the edge of day and night, but also the …

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Charlottetown: Then and Now

Charlottetown: Then and Now

edition:Paperback

D. Scott MacDonald's father, W. Blair MacDonald had a keen interest in the changing landscape of Charlottetown, and documented a number of these changes with his slide camera. Instilled with a keen sense of  history at an early age, Scott and his family have always treasured the work that their father did to preserve Charlottetown's history. So, over 50 years later, Scott has nowretraced his father's steps to record how the city has changed over that time. Standing in the exact spot where his fa …

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