Naomi Hill Based in the Annapolis Valley, Naomi is a fine art photographer who examines themes of transcendence, caregiving and mothering in still life compositions and maritime landscapes. Isolating naturally-occurring forms with her camera has become contemplative, observing how time spent in nature changes one's perceptions of existence and belonging.
Naomi’s photography has been published in several print and online publications. She has placed twice in the Uk-based Toast art competition. Her work has been shown in a group show at Laughleton Gallery, a solo show at Makenew and in a joint show with painter Mary Reardon at Harvest Gallery. Naomi is represented in the Annapolis Valley by Harvest Gallery and in Lunenburg by Pentper Contemporary Art Gallery.
Shelagh Howard is an award-winning photographer and visual artist whose work explores time, memory, and the universality of the human experience, with the human form as both focus and framework.
For Shelagh, photography is a personal epiphany: a liberation, a revelation, a revolution. Through her unflinching lens, she invites viewers to dismantle the slick edifice of artificially constructed identities, and to instead turn inwards and reflect on the nature of the true, vulnerable self. Working in nudes and portraits, Shelagh leverages multiple and long exposures to create dichotomous images that are both vividly dynamic and achingly minimalistic.
A Toronto native, Shelagh studied psychology at The University of Toronto, and photography at Ryerson University, and has since created and exhibited works in both Canada, the US and Europe, building a strong professional reputation. She has been published in Songlines Magazine UK, Opera Canada, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, VICE magazine, on billboards in Times Square, NYC and Dundas Square, Toronto, and in press and digital media internationally. Shelagh’s work was selected for the juried SNAP - ACT Silent Auction (March 2019 and 2020) and the Live Auction (2021) and she received an honourable mention at the 14th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards in Barcelona, Spain. In 2021, she received the 2021 Artist Award from the Cornell Henry Art Gallery in San Diego. Shelagh has exhibited both at home in Canada and abroad in the U.S. and Europe.
David Goldman is an award winning documentary and portrait photographer/filmmaker. Born in Toronto he has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. He currently resides in Nova Scotia.
Having started his career in Los Angeles photographing musicians and celebrities. David quickly developed a unique eye and was tapped to photograph Blink 182’s seminal post punk album Enema Of The State that went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide. Eventually Goldman moved to New York and changed his discipline to focus more on documentary projects. Partnering with organizations like UN Women and numerous NGO’s he has traveled extensively in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia and the Northern Territory of Australia.
As a portrait photographer Goldman works to create what he calls “the human connection” with his subjects and in turn the viewers of the work. His photographs bring awareness to issues such as maternal health, human trafficking and marginalized people.
He is also drawn to the emptiness of space. To imagine an area that is normally full of activity yet captured devoid.
Anna Bald is a settler artist based in Apsamkuk/Petite Rivière. She is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in ceramics, design, and painting. In addition to her BA from the University of Victoria (2009), she studied fine arts at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and the University of Victoria. Bald has exhibited her works on both coasts of Canada. Her first major public art installation Introduced and Invasive Species (2018), funded by the Canada 150 project and the Municipality of Lunenburg, can be seen on display at the Broad Cove Community Hall. She has taught ceramic courses at the Lunenburg School of the Arts for two years.
Drawn to the meditative rhythm and therapeutic healing discipline of tapestry weaving, Mary Anne has spent many years honing her weaving practice, creating a unique aesthetic at House of Woolly Thyme, based from her home in a colourful neighbourhood in old town Lunenburg.