Author Archives: Darlene Strong

Darlene Strong

About Darlene Strong

Darlene Strong is a Nova Scotia ArtsSmart artist and a professional counsellor, in addition to being a published author, musician and singer from the African Nova Scotian community. Darlene understands that painting is one the oldest forms of art and her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas. Much of her work reflects rural settings with a personal touch of warmth, expression and country charm. Of public interest are the seven art exhibits promoting cultural and social change. A spiritual overtone connects viewers to her personal philosophy. The 15 Year Retrospective Exhibition was featured at the Cumberland County Cottage Grove Museum and Archives and photographed with permission by the renowned pianist Mr. Woody Woods from Las Vegas. Artistic achievements, exhibits and awards include the UNESCO 44th AGM, CSC, Colourblind International, CARABANA, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Blue Dot Gallery, Nova Scotia Genealogy Society, The Black Loyalist Society, CANSA, Dorland Haight Galleries, Owens Art Gallery, Nova Scotia Government AHM poster, University of PEI, Halifax Freedom Festival and the NS Department of Education. See more of Darlene’s work on Flickr.

The Crops / The Chattel

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The Crops by Darlene Strong

The Crops and The Chattel are part of a series of ten paintings depicting the arrival of an African family to (what is now) Canada in 1785 and their subsequent contributions to Black history.

The paintings were created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The exhibit has travelled to African heritage venues in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with the support of the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, the Town of Amherst, the Nova Scotia government and the Cumberland County Museum. The work has also been disseminated online to help promote a deeper understanding of and respect for African-Canadian history.

The Chattel by Darlene Strong