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Local artwork takes flight at Dine By Design East

Halifax event will be showcasing work by celebrated local artists, including Alan Bateman and Randy Mugford.

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Dine By Design East challenges 10 design teams to create fabulous dining rooms inside of blank plywood boxes, utterly transforming the first floor of the Olympic Community Hall venue for our gala evening and auction on Thursday, October 1.

Meanwhile upstairs, gallerists will be working their own magic on the venue to create a mini gallery district.  Participating galleries include Studio 21 Fine Art, Secord Gallery, Teichert Gallery (formerly Art Sales and Rental), Swoon Gallery and The Dart Gallery. All artworks will be offered for sale.

Morning At The Breakfast Table by Rosemary Clarke Young. On display at Swoon.

Morning At The Breakfast Table by Rosemary Clarke Young. On display at Swoon Gallery.

Brandt Eisner, director/owner of Swoon Gallery, has organized a special juried exhibition, Feast for the Eyes, for Dine By Design East, inviting artists to submit work on the rituals of dining, food or food preparation. “I was thrilled that Swoon was given an opportunity to have a pop-up exhibit and, as a NSCAD alumnus, I’m happy to contribute,” says Eisner. “A jury of five plus me whittled 60 submissions down to 18. The final exhibit is exciting and diverse. I can’t wait for opening night! “

Also at the gala on October 1, you’ll have the chance to bid on a unique surfboard, painted by acclaimed Nova Scotia artist Alan Bateman for Jonathan Legate’s space in the show. Valued at $10,000, the painting features a bucolic landscape. Bateman will be present to talk about the board and the creative process. The board is on display at Secord Gallery until Wednesday, September 30th.

Surfboard by Alan Bateman.

Surfboard by Alan Bateman.

Another live auction item garnering attention is a dining table by Portuguese Cove artist Randy Mugford of 65Design. He handcrafted this black walnut table with Nova Scotia granite infused in concrete; it’s valued at $2,700. In an interesting coincidence, out of 50 applicants, Mugford was chosen by the Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria to create a table for its gallery. (Robert Bateman is Alan Bateman’s father–I really hope Randy and Alan meet up at the gala!).

Black walnut table by Randy Mugford.

Black walnut table by Randy Mugford.

This is just a tiny sampling of the fine artwork that will be on display at Dine By Design East. Be sure and take in our events to experience even more pieces created by our region’s top artists.

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