Ron Hayes has been both teaching and creating art over his extensive and diverse career. Exhibiting for over 40 years in Toronto, New York, Zurich and Halifax he now has his own gallery in Canning.
Academically, Ron has a Master of Arts from The European Graduate School with a minor in psychology. He has worked in the past as an expressive art therapist in Toronto and now uses this training to help new students to overcome their fears and difficulties while exploring painting.
ArtCan was created in Canning, Nova Scotia in 2001 as a place to create and exhibit art. Ron is now retired from teaching at Acadia University in their Art department but continues to hold classes in a studio at ArtCan.
Ron is working primarily with oil paint and exploring the local landscape of Nova Scotia from which he draws inspiration. Ron always travels with his set of watercolours having painted in over 20 countries around the world. His work has been shown in Canada, the USA, and Switzerland.
His current body of work can be seen at Lightfoot&Wolfville Vineyard and always at ArtCan.
Art Exhibitions (selected)
|1978 – 95||Group and Solo shows at Idée Gallery, Toronto|
|1984||Group show at Gallery 620, Toronto|
|1993||Group show “Art on the Waterfront” Harbourfront, Toronto|
|1996||Duo show with Ronan Walsh at Del Bello Gallery, Toronto|
|1996||Duo Show with Ronan Walsh at Jadite Gallery, New York City|
|1998||Group show with Tom and Rene Forrestall at Neptune Theatre|
|2000||Group show with Wayne Boucher and others at Grand Pré Winery Gallery|
|2001||Solo show at Galerie Maria Schönenberger-Kyrimis, Zürich, Switzerland|
|2001||Group show at Argyle Gallery, Halifax|
|2002||Group show Carlton Gallery, North Carolina U.S.A|
|2002||Nova Scotia Designer Craft’s Council ‘Show of Hands’|
|2002||Vermont Arts Festival, Stratton Mountain, Vermont, U.S.A.|
|2002||Nova Scotia Designer Craft’s Council Winter Exhibition|
|Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|2003||Visual Arts Nova Scotia Cobalt Exhibition, Halifax|
|2003||“What to Where” solo exhibition, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, NS|
|2005 – 18||Acadia University Art Gallery, Alumni and Members|
|2001 – 19||ArtCan Gallery solo exhibitions and group shows|
|2007 – 08||Pilar Shepard Gallery, Prince Edward Island|
|2008 – 19||Group shows, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville Nova Scotia|
|2009||Acadia University Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Group show|
|2010||Solo show, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia|
|2008 – 12||Uncommon Common Art Project, Nova Scotia|
|2012||“Currency” solo exhibition Gladstone Art Gallery, Toronto|
|2015||“Crossing Paths” Chase Gallery Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|2017||Acadia University Art Gallery Annual Show|
|2019||“Natural Selection” Chase Gallery Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|2020||ArtCan exhibition with Michael Greer|
The Ice House Juried Exhibition Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
“Travels through eh Paintbox” Plein air watercolours from 20 countries.
“Posturing” Chase Gallery group show
“Dirty Pictures” Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyard