Cape Breton textile artist Hélène Blanchet's series “Calgary Days” celebrates scenes, activities and events she experienced when living in Calgary. Her signature folk art style captures the people, the sights and the colours of the city brilliantly.
A natural story-teller, Hélène brings her stories to life in the minutia of detail featured in every piece. Tiny bits of cloth are painstakingly appliquéd with minuscule stitches onto a background of fine quilting, and adorned with wee glass beads and colourful embroidery threads.
Hélène Blanchet has been quilting for over 25 years. For several years her husband’s work took her to live in many parts of the world, including a brief stint in Calgary, Alberta. These travels have nourished her love of traditional textiles of all kinds and have had a large influence on her work. She draws inspiration from these traditions, the natural world, family and her beloved Nova Scotia.
What: Calgary Days, Textile art exhibition
Where: Craig Gallery, Alderney Ferry Terminal, Dartmouth NS
When: Opening & Artist Talk -- Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5pm - 7pm
Show runs: October 31 - December 2, 2018
Gallery Hours: (subject to change)
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday to Friday - noon to 5:30pm
Saturday - 9am to 5pm
Sunday - 11am - 3pm
Read more about Hélène Blanchet on our 2016 artist interview, Folk Art in Big Nature.