The J Franklin Wright Gallery in Port Hawkesbury will be displaying a selection of works by Nova Scotia artist Carol Morrison. Her signature landscapes and floral studies will feature prominently in the exhibition. The display will open with a public reception on November 9 at 7:00pm, with light refreshments.
Morrison’s artwork is informed by her scientific inclinations and background. Born in Leeds, Morrison received her education at Oxford and emigrated to Halifax to work as a research scientist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. She subsequently acquired her MSc and PHd as well as an education degree, and taught at Dalhousie before she returned to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, all while starting a family and maintaining her artistic pursuits on the side.
A turning point in Morrison’s career occurred when her laboratory closed in 1997 and her job was moved to New Brunswick. A retraining grant enabled Morrison and her family to remain in Nova Scotia and complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 2005, the same year she completed her BFA, Morrison received the Elizabeth Greenshield Award for emerging artists. She used the grant money to travel across Nova Scotia and produce works inspired by the province’s natural beauty.
Morrison’s works will be available for viewing through January 4. For more information on the J. Franklin Wright Gallery and events at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, visit www.phcivic.com