Hardware Gallery, founded by the non-profit Kentville Art Gallery Society (KAGS), is located at 36 Cornwallis Street, at the corner of Cornwallis and Webster, in downtown Kentville. The mandate of the gallery is threefold:
To help boost the cultural environment in Kentville, in turn providing greater opportunity for economic growth and innovation, as well as increasing pedestrian traffic and vibrancy in the downtown core.
To provide emerging and established artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.
To engage the public with the intention of providing greater exposure to contemporary and historical aesthetic practices.
KAGS, incorporated as a non-profit society in January 2017, boasts a board of directors comprised of artists, art administrators, economic and real estate developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Working together, and in cooperation with the Town of Kentville (TOK), this group intends to be a unique and integral part of a movement that will transform and revitalize Kentville’s downtown core and beyond.
Our space is in the historic Calkin Buiilding, which originally was used as a hardware store. Our name recognizes this history.
Kentville Art Gallery Society board members
Genevieve Allen Hearn
Genevieve sees art and culture as an integral piece to building vibrant communities. She is an arts administrator, specializing in organizing cultural events and festivals. Currently, Genevieve is working for the Atlantic Public Arts Funders, organizing an Indigenous Arts Symposium for Atlantic Canada. She is part-owner and Operations Manager of The Grapevine, the Annapolis Valley’s bi-weekly arts and culture publication. She is also on the board of Uncommon Common Art - a seasonal public art project, and the Youth Engagement Working Group for the Municipality of the County of Kings.
Tina is the owner and designer at Arquoise Design, a letterpress and graphic design studio. Tina is fully bilingual and has worked with various agencies bringing her design savvy to clients across the Maritimes for over 18 years. A design purist at heart she has also collected various industry awards along the way for her logo and identity work. She now works comfortably from her studio in the Annapolis Valley. As a dedicated long-time designer and new printer, she is continuously seeking to improve her knowledge and skills in the meticulous craft of moveable metal type and 19th century letterpress printing.
Hilary Drummond has worked in the book trade for twenty years. She has been a bookseller at the Box of Delights Bookshop (Wolfville), Shakespeare and Company (Paris), and Atlantis Books (Santorini, Greece) among others. She previously worked at the University of King's College Library and in the acquisitions department of Brill Academic Publishing (founded in 1683). She holds a Masters Degree in Book History and Media Studies from Leiden University (Netherlands), where her thesis explored government funding within the Canadian book trade. She currently works as a freelance editor for various academic publications and research institutions.
John David (JD) is an entrepreneur and business consultant with a lifelong interest in cultural
development and the performing and visual arts. In addition to serving as a director of the Kentville Art Gallery Society he currently serves on the board of Strategic Arts Management (SAM). In the past, he has served as chair of the Art Allocation Committee for the City of Halifax and as a member of Arts Canada, and the Atlantic Film COOP. JD has experience in developing, funding and managing successful, local and international festivals and events.
Laura owns and operates Deep Hollow Print, an award-winning letterpress printshop and graphic design business in Kentville. She prints on a 1930s-era Vandercook cylinder press using antique wood type and her own carved linoblocks. She is involved in the local printmaking and music scenes in the Valley, and loves bringing artists from different media together.
Sasha holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, an undergraduate degree majoring in Painting from NSCAD University, is a Red Seal Carpenter, a freelance graphic designer, and has been a drummer for over twenty years. He has experience working in a large variety of media and is a proponent of the arts as a tool for social prosperity.