Exhibitions – Cape Breton Centre for Craft



Darren Calabrese, Carl MacNeil, Dinao MacCormick, Chad Tobin, Steve Wadden

July 23 - August 21, 2020

Turf is a collaborative exhibition of fictional, documentary and contemplative photographs, exploring literal and abstract concepts of home.

On a spectrum between place and feeling, individual meanings of home emerge. Turf asks how the individual shapes the place, and how the place shapes the individual.

In the literal sense, the artists illustrate relationships with land, identity, community and changing geographic and social landscapes.

In the abstract, the photographs raise questions about intuition and perception— imagining home as a sense of being and creative process as a means of transportation.

Homing: relating to the ability of some animals to return by instinct to their place of origin.

Turf will be displayed in the Centre’s Loft from July 23 – August 21, 2020.

To view the exhibition online, click here.

For more information, contact 902-270-7491 or INFO@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.

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South Side Boularderie Online Community Exhibition

This series of community photographs is a result of the experience of isolation during the global pandemic. It is a result of realising that I did not know many of my neighbours faces. Pre-pandemic life was: gym, work, home, sleep repeat. While being locked down at home, and with a sad lack of cardio equipment in my dreary basement gym, I began walking on my beaten rural roads and meeting neighbours, appropriately social distanced of course. In some cases, it was the first time I was seeing my neighbours faces and I’ve lived here for nearly a decade.

The impetus for this series of community photographs was a result of the lovely and heartwarming gesture of one of our young residents who went about the community leaving motivational messages on painted rocks. This spurred me on to do something creative to help me (and perhaps them) feel more connected to our community during this difficult time.

Like so many of us during COVID-19 I had been looking for a creative outlet, and while I am not a professional artistic photographer, I used this medium as a means to make a connection during an extraordinary time.

These photos capture some of my community members and their pets. Some residents are newcomers while others are “lifers”. I hope to add to this collection and continue to not be so cyclical in my daily routines.

–Lori Burke, Executive Director

For more information, contact 902-270-7491 or INFO@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.

A Beautiful Place

Catherine Moir

October 30 - December 24, 2019

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is pleased to introduce, A Beautiful Place, an exhibition by Cape Breton visual artist, Catherine Moir. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Centre’s Loft.

Catherine uses oil and acrylic on canvas in a variety of sizes for the  20 plus paintings featured in A Beautiful Place, that represent the landscape and life found in Cape Breton. Also included are five paintings that Catherine recently completed while visiting her daughter in Australia.

Catherine Moir is an experienced landscape artist established within the art community in Cape Breton. Born in Halifax, Catherine attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design at an early age where she learned drawing and painting. She also studied figure drawing at St. Mary’s University and the University of Alberta.

Catherine moved from Halifax in 1984 to live in Cape Breton permanently, painting the landscape, buildings and figures. She works en plein air and then in her own studio outside her home on the Morley Rd. in Eastern Cape Breton. For the past eight years, Catherine has been the coordinator for the Art of Living program which has an exhibition every summer at the Centre with established artists and cancer patients.

A Beautiful Place will be displayed in the Centre’s Loft until December 24, 2019.

For more information, contact 902-270-7491 or INFO@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.


Susan Reeves, Onni Nordman, David Stephens, Lynda Lou MacIntyre, Leona Sulewski, Steve Wadden, Teena Marie Fancey, Gordon Kennedy, Melissa Kearney and Paula Muise

September 26 - October 26, 2019

Join us for the opening reception of Ten645 on Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Centre’s Loft.

Ten645 is an exceptional exhibition by 10 Cape Breton artists in response to a collaboration with 10 artists in Nairobi, Kenya. The project seeks to break down preconceptions, cultivate a better understanding, and create artwork that embraces two art communities separated by only 10,645 kilometres.

The artists created a diverse collection of pieces in response to the objects from the Nairobi artists. The results are unique, recalling the found pieces, interpreted by and through the hands of visual artists using a variety of techniques. The exhibition showcases a variety of disciplines including handmade, photographic, digital, installation and conceptual. The multimedia exhibition will also feature the found objects from BrushTu.

Ten645 will be displayed in the Centre’s Loft until October 26, 2019.

For more information, contact 902-270-7491 or INFO@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.