the two big COVID-19 questions

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Can I still buy art from Herringbone Gallery during the pandemic?

Absolutely. Supporting artists by buying their work online (especially when they can’t exhibit anywhere else) is good for them and good for you, too. As a recent buyer wrote, “I thought, what better time for a little happiness.”

But is it safe to get art in the mail?

Yes. According to the Canada Post website:

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have assured us it is safe to handle mail, including international mail.

According to the PHAC, there is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages. In general, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces, there is a low risk of spread from products or packaging shipped over a period of days or weeks. Currently, there is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted by imported goods or packages.

If an artist is feeling unwell, has any reason to suspect he or she might be carrying the virus, or has tested positive for it, that artist will let us know his or her work will be unavailable for a while.

Herringbone welcomes Nova Scotia’s Gilles Boudreault

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Since retiring from the military, Gilles Boudreault has been able to indulge his passion for painting.

‘The Fall Colours’ by Gilles Boudreault

Gilles is a born experimenter, always keen to try out new styles, mediums and subject matter.

‘Herring Cove, NS’ by Gilles Boudreault

We love Gilles’ exuberant use of colour and adventurous spirit and are delighted to welcome him to the Herringbone family!

‘Birch Trees in the Fall’ by Gilles Boudreault


Herringbone welcomes Nova Scotia’s Barbara Gibson

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Is it a coincidence that the work of Nova Scotia’s Barbara Gibson appears to be heavily inspired by the colours and textures of the ocean? We think not.

‘First Light’ by Barbara Gibson

Experimenting with pattern, rhythm, translucency, transparency, layers and fluidity, Barbara enjoys playing with the paint and revelling in the spontaneity of her process until that magical moment of completion, when the final result always proves to be a surprise.

‘Beach Glass’ by Barbara Gibson

We love the energy of Barbara’s work and are delighted to welcome her to the Herringbone family!

‘Spring Thaw’ by Barbara Gibson

Herringbone welcomes Nova Scotia’s Blanchard Smith

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Since retiring, Blanchard Smith has finally been able to devote his days to his first love: making art.

‘Blue Velvet’ by Blanchard Smith

Drawing endless inspiration from nature, Blanchard works in oils and watercolours to capture his experiences and memories for all to admire.

‘The Naked Forest’ by Blanchard Smith

We salute Blanchard Smith for never losing sight of his artistic dreams and are delighted to welcome him to the Herringbone family!

‘Jewel on the Pond’ by Blanchard Smith



Herringbone welcomes Ontario’s Jane Boyd

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Palette knife + paint = perfection. Jane Boyd wields her favourite tool like a magician, turning ordinary landscapes and waterscapes into impressionist gems of colour, texture and form.

‘Hues of Lake Huron’ by Jane Boyd

Happily getting “lost in the moment,” Jane simplifies her subject matter as a way of exploring the essence of what she’s seeing and of conveying that essence to the viewer.

‘Fall Fantasy’ by Jane Boyd

Jane’s award-winning work has appeared in countless international exhibitions and features in numerous private collections and we couldn’t be happier to offer some of her incredible paintings right here at Herringbone.

‘Summer Greens’ by Jane Boyd

Herringbone welcomes New Brunswick’s Jennifer Pazienza

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For more than thirty-five years, Jennifer Pazienza has been having an “old-fashioned affair with oil paint” – and what an affair it continues to be. With a doctorate in art education in her back pocket, Jenn keeps racking up awards and accolades from her many international exhibitions, all from her home (and envy-inducing studio) in rural New Brunswick.

‘Abbondante’ by Jennifer Pazienza

As a “student of the ephemeral,” Jenn paints to remember and understand and help us, her lucky viewers, reflect on our own place in the world.

‘Dal Segno’ by Jennifer Pazienza

We are delighted to welcome Jenn to the Herringbone family and can’t wait to see what she produces next.

Herringbone welcomes Nova Scotia’s Ted Coldwell

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Ted Coldwell, fine art photographer and self-described romanticist, has a serious eye for detail.

‘Blue Brocade’ by Ted Coldwell

Driven to share “the inherent beauty of the world around us,” Ted offers a new perspective on the small bursts of aesthetic magnificence it’s so easy to overlook in the mad rush of daily life.

‘Rivet 1’ by Ted Coldwell

We love Ted’s incredible focus on shape, texture and colour and are delighted to welcome him to the Herringbone family!

‘Serpent’ by Ted Coldwell

Herringbone welcomes Ontario’s Steve Leskew

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Whether working in pastel or acrylic, Steve Leskew captures the beauty of his subjects with a realism that takes your breath away.

‘Through the Narrows’ by Steve Leskew

Striving to “create works of art that can be passed down from generation to generation,” Steve’s work has a timeless quality that defies artistic trends and fads.

‘Golden Hour’ by Steve Leskew

Unlike this guy below, we’re delighted to welcome Steve to the Herringbone family!

‘Majesty’ by Steve Leskew

Herringbone welcomes British Columbia’s Lois Griffiths

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“Painting,” writes Lois Griffiths, “is a balancing act between opposite ideas – direct observation and intuition, control and spontaneity, even between the literal and figurative.”

‘Only’ by Lois Griffiths

It’s imperative for a painter to always be pushing the limits and trying new things, she believes, citing “a continuous desire to progress” as a hugely motivating factor in her work.

‘Soon’ by Lois Griffiths

We believe that Lois’ beautiful, attention-grabbing work more than meets her goal of reaching beyond the canvas to “engage the viewer to connect and share a moment” and are delighted to offer some of her work here at Herringbone.

‘Resonant’ by Lois Griffiths


Herringbone welcomes Ontario’s Christopher Cape

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Plein air painter Christopher Cape believes that true understanding is brought about by the only connection to reality we possess: our senses.

‘Dream Journal’ by Christopher Cape

“Painting en plein air,” he writes, is “any time a person sets out to paint life at the moment of visual creation, making all the decisions from the point of conception.”

‘Beneath the Heavens’ by Christopher Cape

We’re thrilled to welcome Christopher (and his thoughtful, entertaining descriptions of his work) to the Herringbone family.