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.
2017 “PRIMORDIAL DAWN” , Northumberland Arts Council, a collection of acrylics on canvas, small soap stone carvings, and rubbings taken from those carvings are intended to suggest the early morning ‘dawn’ of life’s awakening, using the imagery of an early morning sunrise, tidal ebb and flow, and designs inspired from the fossilized remains of ammonite and chambered nautilus shells.
This exhibition 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, Truro, NS: 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
2004 CALICO CAFE RESTARAUNT, TRURO, NS
2000 “SEASONS”, TRURO ART SOCIETY
1998 “EQUINE PORTRAITS”, CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY, WOLFVILLE, NS
1995 “VISUAL SOUNDS” DARTMOUTH HERITAGE MUSEUM Focusing on the premise that sound could be seen as well as heard enabled me to understand how primary mark making and the elemental sounds have a similarity of orientation. This exhibition was created with the consulted help of Dr Walter Kemp, Chair of Dalhousie Music Department, Simon Walt, cellist with Symphony Nova Scotia, and Jeff Reilly, performance musician. This exhibition subsequently travelled to the NS Community College in Truro, NS.
1992 “EMANCIPATION”, THE A GALLERY, TRURO, NS Working with Black historian George Glyke, I rated paintings, drawing and sculpture depicting a portion of Truro’s Black Community. This involved collaboration with curators Henry Bishop and Wayne Adams of the Black Cultural Centre in Dartmouth as well as several members of Truro’s Black community. This 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. This series of incised drawings and acrylics on textured cotton flannel was inspired by the Nova Scotia war cairns and cenotaphs around the province of Nova Scotia. Approximately 22 memorials were depicted.
1990 “PORTRAITS”, TRURO ART SOCIETY. A series of portraits of the business and political leaders within the town of truro. I had asked approximately 20 people to pose for me, including the (then) police chief Lonnie Murray, mayor Douglas Carter, and human rights activist Helen Dorrington.
1992, 1989 1986 FRASER CULTURAL CENTER, Tatamagouche. Various solo exhibitions.
2019 “LOOK UP, LOOK DOWN”, Ice House Gallery at the Grace Jollymore Arts Centre. Exhibiting alongside Janice Stewart, Christene’s contribution will be surrealistic selections from her Pond Life collection of water and life images based on the shallow waters of ponds and shorelines.
2017 November, The Avon River Art Society at the Bread Gallery, “Long Winter Nights”
2017 September collection, Novel Tea
2017 July, Fraser Cultural Centre. “Art 5”. My collection of 20 works under the theme of “Primordial Dawn” was part of an exhibition featuring individual shows by 5 artists: Carolyn Bedford, Irene Boudreau, Leslie Morin and Todd Vassalo. Displayed at the Fraser Cultural Centre, showcase for Northumberland Arts Council, it was a collection of acrylics on canvas, small soap stone carvings, and rubbings taken from those carvings are intended to suggest the early morning ‘dawn’ of life’s awakening, using the imagery of an early morning sunrise, tidal ebb and flow, and designs inspired from the fossilized remains of ammonite and chambered nautilus shells. This exhibition was later shown in Truro at Novel Tea and portions of it with the Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival, Holiday Inn, Truro, NS.
2016 July “Illustrational art” Swoon Gallery, Novel Tea, Truro, NS
2016 July “July @ the Marigold” Truro Art Society juried group show with Marilyn Whalen, Dianne Redden, Jim Hardiman, Judy Hardiman, Brandt Eisner
2016 FEB / MARCH “5th Annual Juried group Show”, Hants East Art Council Bread Gallery, Brooklyn, NS.
2015 JULY “OUT OF THE ATTIC”, MACLELLAN & MOFFATT FINANCIAL GALLERY, Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro, July 2015, exhibiting with the Attic Painters.
2014 & 2015 ART PURCHASE PROGRAMS: Municipality of the County of Colchester Art Purchase Program, and, Town of Truro Art Purchase Program
2014 – 2015 COLCHESTER EAST HANTS HOSPITAL CORRIDOR GALLERY
2014 MARIGOLD CULTURAL CENTRE Attic Painters’ continuous lobby exhibition.
2013 – 2015 MCCARTHY GALLERY, NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, TRURO, NS, TRURO ART SOCIETY members’ exhibitions
1998 “P.A.I.N.T.S.” ART GALLERY NOVA SCOTIA. An exhibition of work by the community of Professional artists in the schools.
1997 “RESURRECTION’ ATLANTIC SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, HLIFAX., NS
With artists Barbara Carter, Regina Coupar, Rene Forestall, Tom Forestall, Suzanne MacLaughlan. Combining art with spiritual thought reveals the variety of artist interpretations. My contribution was a 12X12#48” stone totem carving combining Judaeo-Christian and Celtic imagery.
1996 “FROM THE WELL” DARTMOUTH HERITAGE MUSEUM. A collaboration with Gilian Collyer, Kate Delmage, Julia macLean, Antonia McGuane, Teri-Robin Vernon and Rachel Roebtaille, this work explored the concept of looking within and explored different ages and orientations. My contribution was to create portraits in acrylic of the artists.
1994 “SPIRIT OF ORIGINS”, DARTMOUTH HERITAGE MUSEUM. With artists Henry Bisho (African-Canadian) Jason Ng (Chinese), Alan Syliboy (Mi’Qmaw), my contribution was to create a stone carving that symbolized this diversity.
1994 “ENERGY”, SOCIETY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS, JOHN B AIRD GALLERY, TORONTO ONTARIO
1993 “STONE” WATERMARK GALLERY, AMHERST, NS. with Regina Coupar. This technically oriented exhibition focused upon how one process could be diversified, My contribution was stone carving.
1985 “DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES” MOUNT ST VINCENT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, HALIFAX., NS
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
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.