Christene Sandeson has prepared and exhibited artworks, and, has provided art programming in various educational settings since 1976. Working as a visual artist and educator her entire working life, it might seem unusual that her educational background was not in the field of the Visual Arts, but in the field of Education. Her Bachelor of Art and Bachelor Education degrees from Acadia University were earned in 1976 and her Master’s of Education from Saint Mary’s University earned in 1995. Her knowledge of Art media, design and technique were learned through experimentation with media born from a desire to push herself forward.
The list that follows is a document of the solo and group art exhibitions that Christene has participated in, and the some of the permanent collections in which her works are located. Between 1999 - 2013, Christene exclusively taught Visual Art 10, 11 & 12 with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board, Nova Scotia, and so a gap in her exhibition history will be apparent to the reader of this list.
2020 “Pond Life Series”, Novel Tea Cafe, Truro, NS
2017 “PRIMORDIAL DAWN” , Northumberland Arts Council, Tatamagouche, and Novel Tea Cafe, Truro, NS: This collection of acrylics on canvas, small soapstone carvings, and rubbings taken from those carvings was intended to suggest the early morning ‘dawn’ of life’s awakening. sing the imagery of an early morning sunrise, tidal ebb and flow, and designs inspired from the fossilized remains of ammonite and chambered nautilus shells. Originally part of the Art 5 group show, the exhibit was later shown in Truro at Novel Tea and portions of it with the Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival, Holiday Inn, Truro, NS.
2004 “DARK NIGHT MOON” TRURO ART SOCIETY at, Colchester Regional Library: A collection of artworks created during the year following the death of Robert Bruce Sandeson, documenting the full moons of each month of that year.
2003 “SUMMER SHOW”, ECONO MUSEUM, BASS RIVER, NS
2000 “SEASONS”, TRURO ART SOCIETY
1998 “EQUINE PORTRAITS”, CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY, WOLFVILLE, NS
1995 “VISUAL SOUNDS” DARTMOUTH HERITAGE MUSEUM, Dartmouth, and McCarthy Gallery, Truro, NS: Interested in whether various sounds could be represented by marks and shapes, Sandeson consulted with professional musicians Dr. Walter Kemp, Chair of Dalhousie Music Department, Simon Walt, cellist with Symphony Nova Scotia, and Jeff Reilly, performance musician to get their views on the relationship between sounds and mark making. The resulting body of work included acrylics on canvas and hanging works on Denier nylon with the Jeff Reilly trio interpreting those works into sounds and in some cases melodies.
1992 “EMANCIPATION”, THE A GALLERY, TRURO, NS: Collaborating with local historian George Clyke, Curators Henry Bishop and Wayne Adams of the Black Cultural Centre in Dartmouth. The acrylic paintings featured portraits of historic members of Truro’s Black Community. Exhibition travelled to the Carriage House Gallery in Wolfville N.S.
1991 “MEMORIALS” CUMBERLAND COUNTY MUSEUM (AMHERST), CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY (WOLFVILLE), DARTMOUTH HERITAGE MUSEUM (DARTMOUTH), NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, TRURO.Featuring incised drawings on paper and acrylic paintings on textured cotton flannel, Sandeson created images inspired by the war cairns and cenotaphs which are located around the province of Nova.
1990 “PORTRAITS”, TRURO ART SOCIETY: This series of portraits was based on prominent people in her home town of Truro and included Mayor Douglas Carter, Police Chief Lonnie Murray, human rights activist Helen Dorrington Price among many others.
1992, 1989 1986 FRASER CULTURAL CENTER, Tatamagouche: Various solo exhibitions.
AMCA FOODS, INC
ART GALLERY NOVA SCOTIA
ISAAC WALTON KILLAM HOSPITAL
NOVA SCOTIA OURT OF APPEAL
NOVA SCOTIA ART BANK
NOVA SCOTIA BLUEBERRY PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION
PUGWASH DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL
TIM HORTON CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
TRURO NOVA SCOTIA
COBEQUID SALMON RIVER FISHING ASSOCIATION
COLCHESTER LEGION STADIUM
COLCHESTER REGIONAL LIBRARY
INSTITUTE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
MARIGOLD GUILD TAPESTRY @ COLCHESTER COUNTY MUSEUM
MUNICIPALITY OF THE COUNTY OF COLCHESTER (2015)
NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, TRURO CAMPUS
NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS’ COLLEGE
Truro Daily News various articles including
2015 11/13 Home Grown Art
2014/04/07 Inside the Corridor Gallery
2014 /12/10 Life Experiences give depth to a local artist
Robin Metcalfe. Studio Rally Art an Craft of Nova Scotia. Goose Lane Editions and Studio Rally Productions. “The connecting thread, Chirstene Sandeson”, page 24 - 25. 1999.
Dee Appleby, ed.. Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Artists, Volume 11. “Christene Sandeson”, pp 104-105. 2010
2019-present: Represented by the Teichert Gallery, Art Sales and Rental program in Gallery of Nova Scotia
2017-2020: Represented by the Art Bomb Daily, Eastern Community
2013-present: Marigold Cultural Centre, Attic Painters Lobby, Prince Street, Truro., NS
Truro Art Society, McCarthy Gallery, Nova Scotia Community College, Truro, NS
1990 - 2000: THE CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY, WOLFVILLE, N.S.
1990-2000: THE ARTS SALES & RENTAL SOCIETY of the ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA.