“Transient Light”
Solo Show of New Oil and Watercolour Paintings
October 20 - November 14, 2015
Opening Reception - Tuesday, October 20, 4-6pm

Opening on October 20th at Lyghtesome Gallery is a solo show of new work by one of the Maritimes' best known and admired realist painters, Anna Syperek.  Entitled “Transient Light” the exhibit will feature new oil and watercolour paintings, both landscapes and interiors, that follow the seasons of the year.  

Lyghtesome Gallery first featured the work of Anna Syperek 40 years ago when the gallery opened on College Street and has been privileged to be associated with the accomplished artist throughout her long career, through many solo and group shows and other collaborative projects.  Her last solo exhibit at the gallery was held in 2010.  The primary inspiration for Anna’s work continues to be the beauty of her own surroundings, in and about the town and county of Antigonish.  She recently referenced a short poem by Mary Oliver in talking about her approach to painting.  The poem reads:  “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention.  Be astonished.  Tell about it."  

Anna Syperek’s many accomplishments have contributed a great deal to the cultural activity of the province as a whole.  She is a juried member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and a founding member of the Nova Scotia Printmakers Association and the Society of Antigonish Printmakers (SOAP).  Her work can be found in the Canada Council Art Bank and the N.S. Art Bank and in private and corporate collections across Canada, in the US and Europe.  She was one of only 30 artists from across Canada chosen for the 2011 national portrait exhibition, The Kingston Prize, at the Royal Ontario Museum.  Her first Old New Scotland Exhibition toured Scotland in 2005 and was followed by a second exhibit that continued to explore the connection that the 19th century Scottish immigrants felt to their new homeland.  It was entitled “I Can See Far Off Yonder” and after opening at the St.Francis Xavier University Art Gallery toured several public galleries in Nova Scotia in 2014.  Her work was also included in the traveling group show “Capture 2014- Nova Scotia Realism”, initiated by the Dalhousie University Art Gallery, and will be a part of the follow-up film entitled “Searching for Realism” being premiered at this year’s Antigonish Film Festival.  The film is produced and initiated by PLANS, Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia, and directed by Anna’s husband, Peter Murphy.  A well-loved teacher as well, Anna has just retired from teaching in the Fine Arts Department of St. Francis Xavier University but still serves on the Board of Directors of the St.F.X. Art Gallery. In 2014 she received an Alumni Award of Excellence from St.F.X. University for her years of service.

“Transient Light” will be on exhibit at Lyghtesome Gallery, 166 Main St., Antigonish, from October 20 - November 14 with a public reception on Tuesday, October 20 from 4-6pm.