265 Petite Riviere Road,   Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia B4V 8W9
Tel/Fax: (902) 693-1544 Toll Free: 1-877-624-4513
E-mail: saltbox@eastlink.ca

Fine Art Paintings by
Peter Blais

Peter Blais born in Ottawa, attended Carleton University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970. The previous year, he made his professional acting debut at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg. By the late ‘70’s, Blais had begun to establish himself as an emerging fibre artist in Toronto. He had solo shows at the Ashcroft Munroe Gallery in Yorkville as well as at the St Lawrence Centre. Group shows included Galerie Scollard, the Harbourfront Gallery and the Toronto Metro Library. In 1977, he created the fibre costume designs for John Wood’s production of King Lear at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. Commissioned art work was created for clients that included King World Productions of New York, The Ontario Science Centre and the Ramada Inn, Toronto Airport.

Throughout his career, he has continued to design for the theatre – most recognized for his collaboration with Toronto playwright, George F. Walker. Blais’s theatre designs now form part of the collection at the University of Guelph Canadian Theatre Archive.

In 1982, Blais was commissioned by the Crime Writers of Canada, to create the original design for the Arthur Ellis Book Award – awarded annually to Canadian crime writers of both fiction and non-fiction.

A multi-talented artist, Blais has also enjoyed a long career as an actor since 1969. Most closely associated with the Toronto theatre, he has also appeared at theatres across the country including the Neptune Theatre, National Arts Centre and Theatre Calgary. In 1973, he appeared at the Shaw Festival and played a command performance for the Queen.

Twice nominated for the Dora Award for Best Actor in the Toronto theatre, he was also nominated for a Gemini Award in 1999 for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series. The previous year, he won the Best Actor Award at the Yorkton Film Festival.

In 1978, Blais was a guest instructor at the Nova Scotia College Of Art And Design.

In 1997, he moved to Mahone Bay, NS, and in partnership with Tom Alway, established the Maritime Painted Saltbox Gallery.
Returning to his career as a visual artist, Blais began to work with paint on canvas as well as exploring the traditions of Nova Scotia folk art in a number of forms – from furniture to sculpture. Since 2005, he has shown at annual Nova Scotia Folk art Festival in Lunenburg – the premiere juried event for maritime folk art.

His acrylics on canvas as well as his folk art and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, can be seen at the MARITIME PAINTED SALTBOX GALLERY in Petite Riviere, Lunenburg Co, Nova Scotia.

Peter Blais
Maritime Painted Saltbox Gallery
265 Petite Riviere Rd
Petite Riviere, Nove Scotia B4V 8W9
Tel/Fax: (902) 693-1544


The Maritime Painted Saltbox
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About the Artist
Peter Blais