Bob had an important solo exhibition at Acadia University Art Gallery through October-December, 2017. All work was mixed media on rust collagraph prints, mounted on 48”x48”wood panel. Several of the pieces are mixed media on 48"x48*' woodblock prints. The exhibition is a visual discussion on the depopulation of rural North America because of industrialization/globalization and the diminished viability of rural culture. The show also suggests additional threats to rural viability through climate change and loss of environment. The title of the exhibition is, "Emptying Landscapes: An Altered Place"
Later in 2017, Bob joined with Nova Scotia printmaker Sally Warren for their third show at Peer Gallery in Lunenburg. The show was titled, "Stand Back, Come Closer" and gives accurate reference to the scale of work by the two artists -- Bob's large 48"x48" rust prints, and Sally's smaller, more intimate figure prints.
Bob's exhibition schedule continues with a two-month show at Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Art in Annapolis Royal, as well as guest artist in the Elephant Grass Print Co-op exhibition at ArtsPlace in Annapolis Royal. He was also exhibiting work in the group show at Teichert Gallery in Halifax, the former sales and rental gallery for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Judy also had a busy studio schedule in 2017 as more visitors come to the North Mountain studio/gallery to view her expanding range of clay creations -- both functional and non-functional. A major shift for Judy has been her new interest in sculptural and figure work in clay. The past two winters provided opportunities for workshops with several outstanding clay artists in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. With her educational and direct experience in complex human emotions and physical forms experienced as a nursing manager for more than three decades, she plans to explore this subject more in 2018 and beyond.