Great Women of STEM

June 22, 2016 - One Response

HALIFAX – Thanks to all who showed such interest in my portraits of women of accomplishment in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Look for my next Great Women of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) show, June 2017, at the Nova Scotia Archives. This time I’ll be focusing on Great Women of the Ocean, Earth and Sky! For more information about my art, go to adio, Jo


Thank you!

June 13, 2016 - Leave a Response

Thanks to Liane Heller for her wonderful story in the Local Express (the digital publication being produced by the striking Herald workers – bless them) about my Female Chemistry art show on at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. It runs until June 25h. And thanks to the folks who came to the show opening last Friday, and those who helped make it such a success. It was a lot of fun! Here’s the link to the Local Xpress story…

‘Female Chemistry’ Honors Women

April 17, 2016 - 6 Responses

HALIFAX, May 17, 2016 – Working on a new show ( June 3-25th at the Public Archives of N.S. ) honouring women who’ve accomplished amazing things in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). My daughter Julia is the inspiration. I’d like her to know what women have done – in those fields. And, hopefully, get inspired. I have a feeling engineering may be her path, down the road…we’ll see. In the meantime, it’s been so so so much fun learning about Nobel Prize winners Marie Curie, Gertrude Elion and Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkins. And Alice Ball – (oh Agnes – gone too soon at 25 –  but not before you did something wonderful). Plus the wild and wonderful Hertha Ayrton. The formidable Lise Meitner. The under-the-radar Mary Morgan. And Rosalind Franklin… If you’re in the Dal neighbourhood (the Archives is at the corner of Robie and University) come and see them!

Nova Scotia Nine update

April 24, 2013 - Leave a Response

A quick update: The Nova Scotia Nine portrait collection, which now hangs in the lovely, new boardroom at RBC Dominion Securities at Purdy’s Wharf, has been acquired by RBC for their national art collection.

These large-scale, contemporary portraits honor women who accomplished amazing things on Nova Scotia soil. Their faces, and stories, are not well known but history reveals they powerfully influenced Nova Scotia’s – and, in many cases, Canada’s – culture, heritage and society.

A book about The Nova Scotia Nine was recently produced by the Nova Scotia government and launched at the Lt.-Governor’s House during a ceremony marking International Women’s Day.

To read more about them, click the link in the banner above.

Some Fresh Work

March 24, 2013 - One Response

Here are a few images of my latest paintings: the first is a partial pic of a new work, based on 3 baseball players. (Can you guess who ?)

To get a view of the full painting – a trio of ball players whom my husband asked me to paint for him (a 50th birthday present) – scroll down …

These photos are via my friend Elissa Barnard, who took them on her phone when she stopped by the other day.

Here is  “Anthem: O Canada””… which I was going to put in an upcoming fundraising event, for Sacred Heart School in Halifax. (I decided instead to do a new painting: a oil portrait)

… I cropped the photo of “Anthem” a bit ..

And below is the full image of  “The Baseball Boys”…

(I will also post a close-up image of Anthem girl’s eye, since it gives a great sense of color…).

Hmm, let’s see.. here goes…

Before I go, below is a “”thumbnail” sized image of Elissa’s pic of the painting “”The Baseball Boys””.

from left:

Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig.

The painting is about 2×4 feet… and is now hanging in Greg’s office.

New Paintings, New Plans

April 16, 2012 - Leave a Response

The 6-month showing of “The Nova Scotia Nine” portrait series has wrapped at The Halifax Club, and I’ve decided to devote some blog time and space to showing my latest paintings here, online. I’ll post images of the portrait series along with the paintings most recently completed. Watch this site for more….

As for “The Nova Scotia Nine” (you can click the link above to read more about women), they’ll be making independent appearances at various events around town, including an upcoming federal ministers’ meeting.

KPMG Hosts Halifax Club Reception for The NS9

November 7, 2011 - Leave a Response

This blog tracks the origin & evolution of Jo Napier’s Art Exhibit honoring “The Nova Scotia Nine- Great Women of N.S.

The Halifax Club

Since the Great Women of NS Art Exhibit moved to that elegant business bastion – The Halifax Club – the reception has been strong.

Most recently, KMPG hosted a by-invitation, women-in-business event; it centered around a private showing of my “The Nova Scotia Nine” collection of contemporary, interpretive portraits of great women of Nova Scotia.

It was a sparkling evening and I’d like to thank KPMG for staging such a great event around “”The Nova Scotia Nine“”.

Great Women of NS Portraits Storm The Halifax Club

July 2, 2011 - One Response

This blog tracks the origin & evolution of Jo Napier’s 2011 Art Exhibit honoring “The Nova Scotia Nine- Great Women of N.S.

The Halifax Club

The Great Women of NS Art Exhibit has moved to that elegant business bastion, The Halifax Club.

Thanks to Jodi Bartlett, the Club’s wonderful General Manager, for the warm welcome.

Crowds were steady and reactions to the portraits were very, very strong at The Public Archives, where the show had its 2-month Summer “”run””. Jodi says the response to the portrait collection, at “”The Club”, is equally strong.

Great Women of N.S. Art Exhibit Run Extended

June 24, 2011 - Leave a Response

Hi Folks,

Just found out my Great Women of Nova  Scotia Art exhibit, featuring The Nova Scotia Nine, will continue  – for another month – at The Public Archives.

Then, it moves to The Halifax Club for late summer/fall…more later.

The traffic has been steady and the feedback tremendous.

My thanks to all who have visited and shared their thoughts on these great women of N.S.

An Amazing Month

June 22, 2011 - 2 Responses

This month has been amazing: had a great launch for the Great Women of Nova Scotia & Other Works of Art and am meeting such wonderful people who are drawn to the show. The highlight for me at the opening receptioin was meeting relatives of The Nova Scotia Nine, including two daughters and a granddaughter of Rita Joe – who drove all the way from Eskasoni for the opening reception for the show, as well as a collection of relatives of Marie-Henriette LeJeune – Ross (aka Granny Ross) and Mabel Bell.  

I’m going to post a  few photos from the opening reception, to give you a flavor for things in case you missed it…

News of The Nova Scotia Nine has now spread across the Atlantic: N.S. Tourism called to ask if an IcelandicAir/American Express film crew could stop by the show. (Which they did: The interview will air for the next 3 years on the Iceland-Halifax direct flight as well as a national travel show.)