Ian’s response to Orlan­do

Ian’s News and Events:

Parish House Series -The Tata­m­agouche Exhi­bi­tion: Open­ing, 7 pm on Fri­day, 29 April run­ning to Tues­day 24 May  at the Grace Jol­ly­more Joyce Arts Cen­tre at Cream­ery Square, Tata­m­agouche, Nova Sco­tia

For more infor­ma­tion on Ian’s Parish House Series, Show and Recent Work, please vis­it his web­site by click­ing here, the site will open in a new win­dow.

April 10,2016

A reflec­tion offered to us on the East­er neo-icon in our pres­ence in the Chan­cel:  “It is both beau­ti­ful and pow­er­ful. To me it is a land­scape as well as an abstract work and it evokes the stormy blood and dirt of Earth­ly life and moves us up into the blaz­ing grace and ener­gy of the Holy Spir­it and into the bril­liant trans­for­ma­tive cloud of the res­ur­rect­ed Jesus and the poten­tial to pro­ceed towards the heav­ens where there is all of the beau­ti­ful peace­ful blue.  I also love the colours and how the paint­ing is a focal point of colours that fit so beau­ti­ful­ly with­in our mul­ti-coloured church so won­der­ful­ly.  The paint­ing is so blessed and I find pro­vides me with anoth­er way to get clos­er to God.” — Mary Lynch

Feb 28, 2016

Inno­v­a­tive min­istry laud­ed” Ear­li­er this week, Rev’d Lisa Vaughn, Dioce­san Parish Vital­i­ty Coor­di­na­tor, vis­it­ed with our Rec­tor and Ian McK­in­non to learn about our Artist-in-Res­i­dence ini­tia­tive. We, the War­dens of St. Paul’s, wish to share with you this “affir­ma­tion” received from her:  “For two years St. Paul’s has raised up and sup­port­ed the cre­ative min­istry of an Artist-In-Res­i­dence. Gift­ed abstract painter and NSCADU part-time fac­ul­ty, Ian McK­in­non, has intro­duced this con­gre­ga­tion to inno­v­a­tive and cap­ti­vat­ing addi­tions to litur­gy with his colour­ful paint­ings. His curat­ing exhi­bi­tions of oth­er artists’ work and the bridg­ing to and from the art school and wider pro­fes­sion­al art com­mu­ni­ty are won­der­ful exam­ples of mis­sion in the local con­text. Rela­tion­ships with those out­side the church are being cul­ti­vat­ed through the vision­ary lead­er­ship of the Rev’d. Dr. Paul Friesen, Ian and oth­er sup­port­ive parish­ioners. Mis­sion is all about turn­ing out­ward and cre­at­ing sacred spaces to engage with peo­ple who seek to encounter The Divine in fresh ways. As the Dioce­san Parish Vital­i­ty Coor­di­na­tor, I wish to com­mend Ian, Rev. Paul and all the sup­port­ive lead­ers at St. Paul’s, for this arts-relat­ed mis­sion ini­tia­tive. We will share your mod­el with oth­er parish lead­ers as they dis­cern how to use the gift­ing God has giv­en them in their own par­tic­u­lar con­text. BRAVO!

– In Christ Jesus, The Rev’d. Lisa Vaughn”


THE NSCADU PORT LOGGIA SHOW: The show dates for my NSCADU Port Log­gia show are con­firmed! Fri­day, 16 Jan­u­ary 2016 to Sun­day, 31 Jan­u­ary 2016 inclu­sive. There will be a NSCADU spon­sored recep­tion at noon hour on Fri­day, 16 Jan­u­ary.

The third painting to be embedded in our liturgy at St. Paul's is titled " all saints" and is the fourth of a newly emerged theme of paintings in Ian's studio work at Parish House.

The third paint­ing to be embed­ded in our litur­gy at St. Paul’s is titled ” all saints” and is the fourth of a new­ly emerged theme of paint­ings in Ian’s stu­dio work at Parish House.

Click here for Ian’s lat­est read­ing rec­om­men­da­tion.

Visu­al Arts Nova Sco­tia is delight­ed to offi­cial­ly announce the par­tic­i­pants of the 10th anniver­sary VANS Men­tor­ship Pro­gram, with estab­lished artist and men­tor-Ian McK­in­non- click here

Artist-in-Res­i­dence Press Release:

Foun­da­tion draw­ing teacher Ian McK­in­non has been named artist-in-res­i­dence at St. Paul’s Angli­can Church—the first to hold the posi­tion since the church was found­ed in 1749.

This was out of the blue for me. I got a text just as I was turn­ing in one night. The rec­tor (Paul Friesen) report­ed that the Parish Coun­cil had dis­cussed it and would I accept?” says Ian, seat­ed in one of the well-worn pews of the his­toric church, the old­est sur­viv­ing non-Roman Catholic church in Cana­da and the old­est build­ing in Hal­i­fax.

He’s hon­ored by the role and the “great gen­eros­i­ty and real enthu­si­asm” in which it was offered to him. “As I under­stand it, the posi­tion is mine to make.”

A 1980 grad­u­ate of NSCAD, Ian has worked through­out his career as a stu­dio-based artist and teacher to inte­grate the artis­tic and the spir­i­tu­al; he regards his artis­tic prac­tice as being a con­ver­sa­tion between the­ol­o­gy and con­tem­po­rary art.

I’ve always felt the mak­ing of art—not just the con­tent of my art—to be med­i­ta­tive and con­tem­pla­tive. And that’s how I came to the Chris­t­ian faith, through my art prac­tice,” he explains.

In 2008, he chose to delve deep­er into his dual roles as an artist and a per­son of faith and applied to Trin­i­ty Col­lege at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to for a master’s degree in The­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies. His the­sis, enti­tled Mutu­al Illu­mi­na­tion and the Artist: Dis­pos­ses­sion, Dis­in­ter­est­ed Love and Mak­ing Oth­er, was both a per­son­al exam­i­na­tion of his artis­tic out­put through a the­o­log­i­cal lens and a ques­tion­ing of how/why the­ol­o­gy and the art world became so sep­a­rate over the cen­turies when once in lock step. Think of Michelan­ge­lo paint­ing the Sis­tine Chapel or Leonar­do da Vinci’s Last Sup­per.

After doing his master’s degree (he also has a MFA from Con­cor­dia), the next log­i­cal step would seem to be enter­ing the priest­hood. Ian thought so too, but now believes he has not been called to be a parish priest, but to con­tin­ue in his voca­tion as an artist/teacher. Being named artist-in-res­i­dence is a joy­ful affir­ma­tion of that belief. He hopes to make St. Paul’s more open to host­ing art exhi­bi­tions, like the one held just before Christ­mas; Per­cep­tions and Per­spec­tives was an exhi­bi­tion of draw­ings of St. Paul’s inte­ri­or by stu­dents in his first-year draw­ing class.

He will also be able to set up a stu­dio in Parish House, locat­ed just across the street from St. Paul’s, and hopes to return to paint­ing.

Accord­ing to a press release sent out by the church, “St. Paul’s artist-in-res­i­dence pro­gram was recent­ly estab­lished to sup­port and invig­o­rate the his­toric role of St. Paul’s in Hal­i­fax, and to return St. Paul’s to the cen­tre of the Halifax’s art con­ver­sa­tion. Its aim is to bring togeth­er artists, advo­cates, edu­ca­tors, and gov­ern­ment offi­cials to exchange ideas and devel­op con­ver­sa­tions that strength­en the rec­i­p­ro­cal rela­tion­ship between the arts and St. Paul’s Church.”

St. Paul’s is rebrand­ing itself, if you will, and rebuild­ing its con­nec­tions to arts and cul­ture amidst its unin­ter­rupt­ed 264 year old call­ing to the wor­ship of the tran­scen­dent, its nur­tur­ing of spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines and its social out­reach to the mar­gin­al­ized of our down­town neigh­bour­hood,” says Ian. “I’m hap­py to be here to encour­age things to hap­pen.”

Read about the Artist-in-Res­i­dence here  Chron­i­cle Her­ald March 22

Lis­ten to Ian McK­in­non, our Artist-in-Res­i­dence, on CBC Infor­ma­tion Morn­ing March 14th.  Info­Morn­ing Inter­view

Read more about it here. NSCADU News