Throughout the summer and autumn, Sarah Beth Goncarova was here in Nova Scotia bending branches, wiring lights and recording sounds. In August and September we were privileged to have her experiential sculpture, What Gifts the Rain May Bring, installed in the secondfloor gallery at Main & Station. She also created installations in the gardens at West Bay and at The Pond House. Check out the videos, words, and images below for a taste of her wonderful creations.
Sarah Beth Goncarova is also a poet…
What Gifts the Rain May Bring
for Judith and Harvey
What you call Invasive Species
I see for what they are—
scourged by hurricane winds,
dried up and tired and
picked at and picked over
Oh-so-ready to rest their broken bones
into the damp
In these I see
a haven in the trees
for fireflies lost and forgotten
from the wind who
will always have her way
A nest to nourish lost dreams–
the ones most meaningful and yet
most likely to be sneered at
and declared Invasive
and sprayed with Round-Up
and chopped up don’t worry
it’s better this way
I see a place where you can do handstands and cartwheels
and build castles in the mud
and forts in the trees
and play Uno in your undies
in a tree house by flashlight
and talk like gangsters
and chew on carrots like cigars
and drink root beer floats without mom knowing
and blow bubbles through straws
with your nose
We all need a place to play–
a nest for fireflies lost and forgotten
where you can do anything
or do nothing
and just watch what gifts the rain may bring –
even when, especially when
we are all grown up.
Venus of Parrsboro. A living sculpture of alder wood and moss, commissioned by The Pond House Pottery Center, Nova Scotia.
“Her movements large and lush, flush with green, she bends and twists in roaring dance and silent prayer to sights unseen.”
To see and read more of Sarah Beth’s work, visit her website http://goncarova.com/
Sarah Beth Goncarova’s latest sculptural installation opens at Main & Station’s secondfloor gallery on Friday, August 22nd, at 8:30pm.
Come on by to immerse yourself in the art, meet Sarah Beth, and enjoy a little refreshment.
168 Main Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
On a tour of eastern Canada to perform ‘Eesti: Myths and Machines’, this autumn, dancers and choreographers Thea Patterson & Peter Trosztmer, and artist Jeremy Gordaneer will be in Parrsboro for a Main & Station Nonesuch Arts Residency which will culminate in a public performance. The residency group will also include dramaturge Lois Brown, lighting designer Rasmus Sylvest, and sound designer Jean-Sébastien Durocher.
The group have performances of Eesti scheduled in Halifax from September 25th through 27th at liveart Dance Productions as well as an intimate sound performance at Parentheses on the 28th. On October 8th they will perform at Neighbourhood Dance Works in St John’s.
Eligibility: Open to all
Guidelines for Art
Sculpture must be suitable for outdoor public display. It should be stable and free-standing. Artists will be expected to install their own sculptures within the designated time frame and remove them the week after the tour ends leaving the site in its original condition and to have the necessary proofs of insurance.
How To Submit
Send submission and/or CD/DVD to:
Main & Station, P.O.Box 507, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0 or by e-mail to email@example.com
An electronic submission or a CD/DVD should be labeled with the name of the artist. It should have at least 3 images of the sculpture. Each image must be a PC-compatible JPEG file at 300 dpi, as close to but not larger in either dimension than 750 pixels. Each JPEG file must be named in the following format – “last name_title_view #.jpg” – where the artist’s last name is followed by underscore, title of artwork, underscore, view number (1, 2 or 3), file extension.(jpg) Please do not present your work as a montage of images (ie., in a PowerPoint file); each image must be a separate JPEG.
Self-addressed stamped envelope of proper size and sufficient postage should be enclosed if the artist wants the return of submitted materials
Artist is responsible for transport, anchoring system, installation of the sculpture, and removal after the tour leaving the site in its original condition and will require all the necessary insurance.
We will notify you if your work is accepted.
Sculptures can be made available for sale or rental.
The sculptures will remain on exhibit for at least 1 year.
Each chosen work will receive an honorarium.
An artists reception/ vernissage will be held.
Main & Station will be opening an art gallery as part of the depARTment store we will be operating in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. We are looking for art works for both exhibition and sale.
We are looking for contemporary Art, Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics, Photography etc. All submissions will be juried. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.