Ten years after his death, Alex Colville is being re-remembered in Wolfville thanks to a new outdoor art project.
The Alex Colville Wolfville Gallery installation started on October 31, with pieces mounted on the side of the building that borders the eastern edge of the Post Office Park. The Gallery will feature reproductions of nine iconic images, most of which were created by Colville when he lived in Wolfville.
It’s fitting that the artist will have his works on display close to the Town's war memorial as Colville was appointed an official war artist in 1944 and painted in England, France, Holland, and Germany.
In 1973, Colville moved his family to Wolfville, his wife, Rhoda Wright’s, hometown. He painted during this time, and he also served ten years as Chancellor of Acadia University.
In July 2013, Alex Colville died at his home in Wolfville.
The new installation comes after years of work by the Art in Public Spaces Committee that was supported by annual funding from Town Council. This new showcase is intended to reach a whole new generation, exposing, and celebrating the amazing collection of work that Colville created.
The Alex Colville Wolfville Gallery features nine reproductions of iconic paintings, a photo of Colville, mounted in a door frame, and an interpretive panel.
An accessible walkway is being planned for the site.
An event to celebrate the installation is being planned for Saturday, November 18 at 2pm at the Gallery wall. Full details will be shared soon.