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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia presents Gold. A Nova Scotia Treasure

Submitted by on February 10, 2013 – 10:47 am

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia presents Gold. A Nova Scotia Treasure, an exhibition on view through March 31, 3013, telling the little known 150 year old story of Nova Scotia and its relationship with gold.

Co-curated by Shannon Parker, Curator of Collections at the AGNS and Debra McNabb, Director at the Museum of Industry, this multifaceted exhibition was inspired by the discovery and identification of 15 watercolours by Frederick B. Nichols, rare paintings that document the first of Nova Scotia’s three gold rushes, as well as other industrial landscapes around Halifax. An American engraver and mining engineer, Nichols moved to Nova Scotia in 1865 because of his interest in our gold fields, and worked here as a chemist, mining engineer and professor of geology.
This bilingual exhibition explores the story of Nova Scotia gold, from its geology and mining history to the millions of people around the world who tuned in for news updates during the Moose River Disaster of 1936.

Sponsored by Kinross Gold Corporation the exhibition also features an extensive series of oil sketches by the Group of Seven and all manner of gold items including a Nobel Prize, Anne Murray’s gold record for Snowbird, gold jewellery crafted by Nova Scotian artisans and a stunning collection of gold medals from Nova Scotian athletes.

Gold: A Nova Scotia Treasure is a partnership with the Museum of Industry in Stellarton and incorporates a travelling exhibition, a virtual exhibit – funded by the Virtual Museum of Canada – to be launched Spring 2013, a school program and a study tour. The exhibit also includes contributions from the Nova Scotia Museum, the Department of Natural Resources, Minerals Branch, and Nova Scotia Archives. www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

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