Christene Sandeson Art

Visual Artist in Nova Scotia

Birdsong Painting by Christene-Sandeson

“Birdsong” 2024, Acrylic/panel, 3(10″x8″

morning sketch

Morning Sketch by Christene Sandeson

Life, Land & Water

Christene works as an artist and art educator, diverse paths which have sustained her through life’s highs and lows.

Her recent acrylic on canvas paintings focus on liminal memories developed into abstract land & water “scapes” using various painting process. Sharing her work with you brings great joy.

Below find more about the artist, a curriculum vitae, a selection of artworks and how to reach Christene.

Follow Christene

In addition to the selected works on this website, you can view recent updates and processes on my social media:

I enjoy reading what you think of my paintings! May I add your email to my annual exhibit invitations?

3-paintings-by-Christene-Sandeson

Three acrylics on canvas in progress. These paintings explore the use of Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Cadmium Red Deep

Christene Sandeson Artist

Photo of Christene Sandeson by Myra Hencher

About

I began working as a visual artist in the 1980’s. During those early years, I received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation award, coowned Signatures Gallery of Fine Art, and produced “The Secrets of Seeing” a televised art education series that ran nearly 10 years with Eastlink (formerly Bragg) Communications.

In the 1990’s I completed my Masters Degree (Education) and sought art education opportunities. I provided visual art programs to Federal Inmates, public school Students, and to college students.

I retired from teaching in 2013 and returned to the art studio where I continue to create and exhibit my work.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

1974 Diploma Nova Scotia Teacher’s College
1976 B.A., B.Ed: Acadia University, Wolfville NS
1995 M.Ed. Saint Marys University Halifax, NS

Art Educator

1999 – 2013: High School Art Teacher, Visual Art 10, 11, 12:
Chignecto Regional Centre for Education at South Colchester Academy

1996 – 2004: Art Expression Programmer
Corrections Service Canada at Nova Institution and Springhill Institution

1990 – 1999: Art Educator (part time):
Institute for Early Childhood Education

1985 – 1988: Interim Art Professor (three terms)
Nova Scotia Teachers’ College

1985 – 1990: Substitute teacher
Chignecto Regional Centre for Education

 

1980 – 1990 Developed and implemented “The Secrets of Seeing” a televised art education program
Bragg (Later Eastlink) Communication’s Community Access Programming

Exhibitions

2024: “Liminal Space: Mind the Gap
Group: Debby Finkbeiner
, and Heather Drysdale Fraser Cultural Centre, Tatamagouche,

2022 “Nude on a Swing
Gr: Andrea Carroll
, Debby Finkbeiner Austin Fraser Cultural Centre, Tatamagouche, McCarthy Gallery, Truro NS,
Marigold Centre, Truro. Primarily abstract works

2022 “Connections and Contrasts: The Lost Show”

Gr: Deborah Maurer, Meryl Cook, Janet Doble, Dawn MacNutt, Genny Killin Ice House Gallery, Grace Jollymore Arts Centre Tatamagouche, NS. ,

2021 “It’s a Kind of Magic”

W: Truro Art Society group show Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro, NS

2021 “Shine”.
Gr: Jen Power, Kate Ward, Rebecca Hill, Katie Huey, Meghan Johnson Colchester Regional Public Library.

2020 “Look up, Look Down” (Pond Life series)
With: Janice Stewart
Ice House Gallery, Tatamagouche

2017 “Art 5” (Primordial Dawn)
Gr: Carolyn Bedofrd, Todd Vassalo, Leslie Morin, Irene Boudreau. Fraser Cultural Centre, Tatamagouche

2004 “Dark Night Moon”
Solo. A year of full moons created the year following the death of my husband Truro Art Society at, Colchester Regional Public Library

 

1997 “Resurrection”
Gr: Barbara Carter, Regina Coupar, Rene Forestall, Tom Forestall, Suzanne MacLaughlan Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax., NS,

1996 “From the Well”
Gr: Gilian Collyer, Kate Delmage, Julia MacLean, Antonia McGuane, TeriRobin Vernon, Rachel Roebtaille
Dartmouth Heritage Museum
,, Christene Sandeson

1996 “Summer Studios”
Gr: Suzanne McLaughlan, Regina Coupar, Alan Syliboy, Mastodon Ridge, Stewiacke, NS

1995 “Spirit of Origins”
Gr: Henry Bishop, Jason Ng, Alan Syliboy, Christene Sandeson. Dartmouth Heritage Museum.

1995 “Visual Sounds”
Solo: Representing various sounds with marks and shapes in consult with professional musicians Dr. Walter Kemp, Simon Walt, and Jeff Reilly
Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Dartmouth N.S.
McCarthy Gallery, Truro, NS:

1994 “Energy
Gr: Society of Canadian Artists
, John B Aird Gallery, Toronto

1993 “Stone”
With: Regina Coupar
Watermark Gallery Amherst
, NS.

1992 “Emancipation”
Solo: Portraits of Truro’s historic Black Community in collaboration with local historian George Clyke, and in consultation with Curator Henry Bishop and Wayne Adams of the Black Cultural Centre in Dartmouth.
A Gallery, Truro, NS

1991 “Memorials”
Solo: Works rendered on incised paper (drawing) with graphite and and on textured cotton flannel with acrylic paint, inspired by provincial war cairns and cenotaphs.
Travelled to various museums through province.

1990 “Portraits”

Solo: Portraits based on home town figures, sittings including Mayor Douglas Carter, Police Chief Lonnie Murray, human rights activist Helen Dorrington Price. Truro Art Society sponsored and held in Colchester Regional Public Library

1985 “Diverse Perspectives”
Gr: featuring select women artists from around the province Mount St Vincent University Art Gallery, Hfx, NS

Art in public collections

AMCA Foods Inc., Art Gallery Nova Scotia, Cobequid Salmon River Fishing Association, Colchester Legion Stadium, Colchester Regional Library, Truro Daily News, Fulton Insurance, Institute for Early Childhood Education, Ikea corporation, Isaac Walton Killam Hospital, Marigold Guild Tapestry at the Colchester County Museum, Municipality of the County of Colchester, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Nova Scotia Blueberry Producers Association, Nova Scotia Community College (Truro Campus), Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Pugwash District High School, Tim Horton Childrens’ Foundation

Publications and anthologies

Dee Appleby, ed. Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Artists, Volume 2.
“Christene Sandeson”, pp 104-105. 2010

Robin Metcalfe. Studio Rally Art and Craft of Nova Scotia.
Goose Lane Editions and Studio Rally Productions. “The connecting thread, Chirstene Sandeson”, page 24 – 25. 1999.

Representation

Teichert Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 1985 – current
Signatures Gallery, 47 Inglis Street, Truro NS,
Coowned with: Regina Coupar, Christine Parker Hunter, Alexandra Marriot and Audrey Hanrahan during the years 1980 – 1985; building destroyed by fire)
Carriage House Gallery, Jack Sheriff, Wolfville NS, (late 1980’s up to mid 1990’s

Blue Iris 2022, 26" x 21.75"

Blue Iris” 2022, 26″ x 21.75″ , acryl/canv

Selected Artworks

This selection of artwork is a representation of pieces created since the 1980’s.

My social media accounts contain many updates and works in process:

 

Forest by Christene Sandeson

“Forest” 2023, 24 X 48”, acrylic/ canvas

Pond Galaxy

“PondGalaxy” 2024, 16″X32″-acrylic/ canvas

Solstice by Christene Sandeson

“Solstice”, 2024, 24×48-acryl/canv

Wandering

“Wandering”, 2022, 16″ x 16″, acryl/canv

Cathedral Window

“Cathedral Window”, 2023, 26″x22.5″ , Acrylic-canvas

Bottles

“Bottles” 2023, 16″ x 16″, acrylic on plywood

Works in Private Collection

The following are examples of works in private collections.

Sailing Morning

“Sailing Morning Noon Night” 2022, 2(20″X20″) acrylic/

Cottage Sunset

“Cottage Sunset”, 2018, 24″X24″ Acrylic canvas

Life around Me

“Life around me” 2021, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 X 26

Contact Christene Sandeson

For purchase enquiries, collaboration opportunities, or just to say hello, please use this form to send me an email.