Eastern Shore Cooperator April 2019
The Art of Sandy & Robert Moser: Jewels of Lake & Sea
By Dee Dwyer
On a beautiful sunny February day I drive east to Sheet Harbour to talk with Sandy and Robert Moser who paint and photograph the landscape and wildlife of the Eastern Shore. Robert greets me outside and inside Sandy gives me a tour of their house with paintings and photographs on many walls. Robert’s photographs of sunrises and sunsets in Mushaboom and Taylor Head, and Sandy’s large paintings of loons sitting on an emerald lake, her jewelry of sea glass and silver–these are the jewels of the sea and lake that are the rich, colourful artwork of this husband and wife team.
Sandy Moser is a self-taught artist who has taken many workshops. Raised in the Annapolis Valley, she started painting as a child, did oil painting in grades 11 and 12, but switched to acrylic, watercolour, and gouache when she took up painting again in the 1990s after teaching high school and raising three children.
She shows me a binder of her artwork, of award-winning paintings, such as “Momma’s Treasures” of a mother loon with two young loons sitting in a rich green lake. This won first prize in the exhibit for the Contemporary Art Room Online Gallery in December 2018.
Another painting. of a piping plover and two young, won a Special Merit Award in the Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery’s Nature Art Competition in August 2016. The binder is thick with many pages of award-winning paintings of owls, loons, and endangered wildlife such as snow leopards.
“I want the viewer to be able to appreciate the scenery and habitat and the beauty of these creatures,” writes Sandy in her Artist Statement. As I survey the wildlife in her binder I find a recurring theme of animals and their young. “Raising babies in the wild is challenging,” she says, and she feels the responsibility that we have of preserving the environment.
Sandy has donated artwork and her time and effort to help the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Hope for Wildlife. She organized the Festival and sale of wildlife art at Cole Harbour Place for Hope for Wildlife several years ago. More recently she organized the Seacoast Trail Art Studio Tour in Sheet Harbour on September 29, 2018. She is multi-talented, creating beautiful jewelry from sea glass with pearls, and sterling silver. She also paints on silk, and hooks rugs.
“They would ask him to stop taking pictures so they could open their gifts,” says Sandy of her children and their father at Christmas. Robert Moser has been a photographer for over 35 years and bought his first camera, a Canon TLb, when he was a student at Dalhousie.
A member of the Truro Image Makers Photography Club, Robert has also won numerous awards. He twice won first place in the animal category of the NS Photo Guild. Now he and Sandy take their cameras in waterproof containers and step into their canoe to photograph loons.
“Living on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia for most of my life has allowed me to photograph wildlife and different landscapes and seascapes,” writes Robert, who has taught workshops in Sheet Harbour and at Liscomb Lodge. He will be teaching a photography workshop related to the 100 Wild Islands in late May through the local Parks and Recreation office.
To view the work of Robert and Sandy Moser go to their website at www.mosersartandphotograpy.com or to Norse Cove Supply, Liscombe Lodge, craft shows, or the Seacoast Trail Art Association Sale.
First Place Winner of Animal Competition
Our first Art competition “Animals” started in December 2018 and concluded on January 06, 2019. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Canada, China, Australia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Iran, Indonesia, Phillipines, United Kingdom, India, Austria, Ireland, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chille, Russia, Mexico, Switzerland and South Korea. The Animals theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, photography, mixed media, digital, photo on aluminum, etching, pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, collage, graphite, drawing, chalk, charcoal, scratchboard, egg tempera). The following evaluation criteria has been used for judging the artwork: creativity, interpretation of the theme, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium. Jury decided to select 72 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
Thank you, and enjoy the exhibition!
Art Room Gallery www.artroomgalleryonline.com
|Dear Sandy Moser
Congratulations!!! Your work has been accepted for the “Animals” art exhibition. We are pleased to inform you that your artwork will be included in our online exhibition. Your work has been awarded 1st Place. Please find attached your winner’s certificate for the 2018 “Animals” Art Competition.
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Thank you and congratulations once again on your excellent work.
Art Room Gallery
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I am creating some scenery paintings of our Wild Islands off the coast of the Ea
|stern Shore of Nova Scotia. These three latest paintings are done with acrylics.|
Deep Cove, Borgles Island
John Warren’s Gap, Borgles Island
Magalash Island, Mushaboom