Monika Wright

Monika Wright Visual Artist, SCA

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BIOGRAPHY Monika creates art in Halifax, Nova Scotia – and sometimes elsewhere, when she’s travelling the world. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), a member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) and ArtSpa. Monika has received a variety of awards and is actively engaged in her own art practice as well as that of her fellow artists through exhibitions, workshops and volunteer work.

Her mixed media paintings and fine art photography are held in private and corporate collections in Canada, Europe, USA and South America. Her work has been published in International Women Celebrate, in the 50th Anniversary Edition of Enroute Magazine, in Exposure, and in Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop and the CBC Sharing the View Calendar.

ARTIST STATEMENT Art has the power to be transformative, to rearrange our vision of the world: territorial, geographic, religious and economic. We are all part of one puzzle, divisible only by our own thoughts and actions. In a world obsessed with darkness, I want to introduce light, hope and joy. What we choose to see and believe will determine how we live, not just where we live.

My paintings incorporate universal symbols such as circles and lines - circles being emblems of unity, wholeness and infinity, and lines representing boundaries which separate us, but which also connect us to one another. Vibrant colours and organic shapes spring out of a spontaneous, intuitive style that invites viewers to ignite their imagination and create an interplay between the artwork, the artist and the viewer.

My photography includes architectural details, focusing on light, lines - form over function as well as images of the people and their culture, revealing a slice of life, a mood, an experience of being in the moment.

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Exhibition CV
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: monika@monikawright.com Web: www.monikawright.com Phone: 902-229-2048

EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS 2015

2015

January – The Craig Gallery “Permafrost” Exhibition – Dartmouth, NS

January -  #Hashtag Gallery – Toronto, ON

February – Toronto Artist Project – Juried Exhibition - Toronto, ON

March – Art Zone Gallery – “Endless Possibilities” - Halifax, NS

 April - June - Seventy3 - Dartmouth, NS

May - Art Zone Gallery - "Intangible Thoughts" - Halifax, NS

May – ArtFocus Exhibition -  “Brainstorm” – Bedford, NS

May – The Craig Gallery/ Swoon Gallery – “No Place Like Home” – Dartmouth, NS

October – Art Zone Gallery – “Exceptional Experiences” – Halifax, NS

Representation: Statement, Bedford, NS; Eloquen Art Company, New York; Teichert Gallery, Halifax, NS; John A. Libby Fine Art, Toronto, ON; Gallery 215, Maitland, NS; Going Coastal, Chester, NS. 

2014

November – December – Pop Up Studio S – group show – Bedford, NS
November – The Big Reveal – Solo show – Waterbury Lane, Upper Tantallon, NS
November – Kids at Heart – Swoon Fine Art Gallery – Hammonds Plains, NS
September – SCA group show - Salmon Arm Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC
August – September – Etobicoke Art Gallery – Toronto, ON
August – Anderson Gallery Group Show – Lunenburg, NS
July – August – Nova Scotia Archives – Pop Up Swoon - Halifax, NS
June – July – Winding River Gallery – “Minis” group show – Stewiake, NS
June – November – Representation by Gallery 215 – Selma, NS
May – National Art - Halifax, NS – “Temptation to Fly” – solo show April – Swoon Fine Art & Antiques – Halifax, NS – “Temptation to Fly”
April – December – Representation by Going Coastal Gallery – Chester, NS
January – December - Representation by Swoon Gallery – Halifax, Nova Scotia
January – April– Representation by AyrSpace Gallery – Ayr, Ontario
January – December – Representation by Jason AleXander Gallery – Collingwood, NS January – December – Representation by Art Sales and Rental Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, NS

2013

November – ViewPoint Gallery – Halifax, NS – “Telling Our Stories-Becoming Canadian” October – 2nd Place Overall Winner – The Artist Table Exhibition
October - December – CBC Sharing the View 2014 Project – Halifax, NS
October – Mosaics for Mental Health – Live Painting – Donation

October – present – AyrSpace Gallery – Ayr, ON - representation
July – present – Jason AleXander Gallery – Collingwood, ON – representation
July – present – Swoon Fine Art – Halifax, NS – representation
October – ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS - “Memento Mori”
May – June – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia AS&R – Halifax NS, “Art off the Map”
March – Halifax, NS, “Halifax Art Battle 47” – Winner
March – October – Copper Fox Gallery – Halls Harbour, NS - representation
January – December – ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS – Photography
January – December – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Sales & Rentals - representation January – February – A Hidden Gallery – Halifax, NS - “Happiness”

January – December – Lailas – Brampton, ON – representation

2012

October – February – A Hidden Gallery – Halifax, NS – “Happiness”
October – December – Muir Murray Estate Winery – “Symposium of Art on the Vine” October – “Indivisible” – ViewPoint Gallery, Group show
October – December - SCA Exhibit – Halifax Club, Halifax Group Show
September – October – Coburg Coffee House, Halifax – “Geographically Incorrect” with Fabienne Leydecker
August – October – Dalhousie University Club – “Equal Earth”
July- August - Copper Fox Gallery – “Georgraphically Incorrect“– Halls Harbour, NS wth Fabienne Leydecker
April – June – FRED – Halifax – Art Map Group Exhibition
January – Swoon Fine Art Gallery – Hammonds Plains, NS – Group Show – “City Seen” January – December - Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Sales and Rental Gallery – continuous sales and rentals
January – December - Fine Art America – online art sales
January – December – Lailas – Art publications
January – Designer Café & Gallery – Kentville, NS – Solo Show – “Anticipating Spring” January - Coburg Coffee House & Gallery – Halifax, NS – Solo Show – “Transformations & Colour”

2011

November – January 2012 – Coburg Coffee House – Solo Show – “Transformations & Colour” – Halifax
October – ViewPoint Gallery – “Seeking Duende” Group Show – Halifax
January – December – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Art Sales and Rentals - Haliifax

January to December – Lailias - Photo Transformations – reproductions - Toronto November – International Photography Exihibit – group show – Beijing, China October – ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax – “Flamenco” – juried curated group show September – ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax – “One Art” – juried curated group show

2010

March – AyrSpace Gallery – Ayr, ON – “International Women Celebrate” – 100 women in a group show and fund raiser for Haitian women
February – Craig Gallery, Dartmouth – “Paris Salon”, VANS Group show
October – ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax – Installation: “Song & Dance” Group show

July – ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax – “Among the Vanities” – Group show
July – Port Hawkesbury Art Gallery, Cape Breton, NS – Artspa group show
February-March 2010 –“Caminando con Torres Garcia” – two exhibitions: Punto del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay, South America
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Sales and Rentals Gallery – ongoing
Art in a Box, Halifax – November to March
Total Kneads, Halifax – Group Show – February to April

2009

November – March 2010 – “Art In A Box” – Juried Exhibit, Halifax
November – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Sales and Rentals Gallery – Juried exhibition November – Art & Jules – “Joaquin in His Shoes” Group show – Halifax

October – “Small Works” – Craig Gallery – Dartmouth
October – “Free Flow” – ViewPoint Gallery – Group Show
Since 2008 – Lailas Inc. Art Publisher & Distributor – Galleries and retailers in North America January – Advantage Gallery, Fall River, NS – “The Dancers” – Group show
Since 2006 – Art Sales & Rentals – AGNS, Halifax, NS
Since 2006 – ViewPoint Fine Art Photography Gallery , group shows throughout the year May – “Flight” – Shearwater Aviation Museum 100 Anniversary – Group show

2008

Since July 2006 Art Sales & Rentals, Halifax NS Juried works
November 7 – December 5 ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS “Intimate Portraits”
November 7 – 30 Advantage Gallery & Escape Café, Halifax, NS “Gallery to Grinds, Juried show
October 3 – 29 Corridor Gallery, Halifax, NS “Mixed Messages” Nocturne & Photopolis Juried Show
July 1 – 29 Fort Point Museum Gallery, LaHave, NS “Serendipity”
April 28 to May 24 FRED, Halifax, NS “Art off the Map” Group Show at FRED,
April 17 – 30 Art Sales & Rentals, AGNS, Halifax, NS “New Faces”
February 20 – April 2 ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS “The Stillness Shall Be Dancing
April – July Cumberland Health Care Foundation Art Gallery, Amherst, NS “Inner Landscapes” January 10 – February 17 ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS “NewPoints – Essence of You” January 20 – February Pier 21, Halifax, NS “Inspired by China” – Pier 21 Gallery

2007

Continued from 2006 Art Sales & Rentals, Halifax NS Juried – rented & sold
November 2 –3 Argyle Fine Arts, Halifax, NS “ Ross Creek Secret”
November 5 – 29 ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS “Urban Statements”
November – March 2008 Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS), Halifax, NS “Art in a Box” Juried show

September 1 – 30 LACDA, Los Angeles, California – “Snap to Grid”
July 5 -29 ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS Solo Exhibition – “Transformations”
May 28, 2007 Argyle Fine Arts, Halifax, NS “St. Joseph’s Night of Art”
April 1 – May 30 Aggie Martin Gallery, Solo Show, “Carried Away” Brampton, ON
February – May Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS), Halifax, NS “Art in a Box” Juried April – Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD, Halifax, NS “Night Shift”

Publications

Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop - 2013
Exposure – Winning Photographic Images 2012
100 Women Celebrate - AyrSpace Gallery - 2010
April – Enroute Magazine 50th Anniversary Issue “Flash” – 2008
Continued to 2009 – Laila’s Inc. Fine Art Publishers, Brampton, ON (Canada & USA) – 2008 Art Evolution Fine Art Publishers, Calgary, AB, (Canada & USA) – 2006
April – Enroute Magazine 50th Anniversary Issue “Flash” – 2008
Continued to 2009 – Laila’s Inc. Fine Art Publishers, Brampton, ON (Canada & USA) – 2008

Reviews/ Interviews

Chronical Herald – March 2014 – Swoon Fine Art Exhibition – “Temptation to Fly” – Elissa Barnard
Masthead News – November 2013 – “The Power of Art – Meet Monika Wright” - Kevin McGrath

Metro News - October 2012 - Exhibition Review
Chronicle Herald – Oct. 2009 “Free Flow” Group Show Review Featuring “Dancing with the Devil” – Elissa Barnard
Breakfast Television, Halifax, NS interview for “NewPoints – Essence of You”
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, NS feature for “NewPoints – Essence of You”
Amherst Daily News, Amherst, NS Interview for “Inner Landscapes”
Daily News, Halifax, NS Interview & feature for “Transformations” solo show
Brampton Guardian – Arts & Entertainment feature for “Carried Away” solo show

Membership

ViewPoint Gallery Cooperative – President 2011-13 VANS, Visual Arts Nova Scotia
SCA – Society of Canadian Artisits – Elected member CARFAC

Education

Workshops & Courses:
Vincent Crotty – Boston, USA
Brian Atyeo – Halifax, NS
Robert Burridge – Palm Springs, CA
Leya Evelyn – Abstract, Halifax, NS
Wayne Boucher – Abstraction, Halifax, NS
Callum Cameron – Light and Shadow - Bucerias, Mexico Justine Kerr – Felting, Halifax, NS
Tara Grude – Felting, Halifax, NS
Christopher Webb - Realism - Halifax, NS
Heathery Sayeau - Faces & Figures, Halifax, NS
Nikon School of Photography
Humber School for Writers, Toronto, ON
Neilsen Centre - Arts Program, Toronto, ON

Formal Education

University of Western Ontario, London, ON
University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
Travelled throughout Asia, South Pacific & Africa (other travels throughout my life included more than 70 countries)

Volunteer/ Community Work

ViewPoint Gallery Board Member/ President/ Committee Chair Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Cancer Society
MS Society Canada

Ronald McDonald House Habitat for Humanity

 

Peel Literacy Guild 

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