|Eli Whiteaway was born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. He took over his father's shoe making and repair business and he later opened "Eli's Store" a general store in Shelburne. Eli started carving as a young boy and later carved peices for his yard and to sell as souvenirs in his store. His animals, people and three dimensional paintings and assemblages are original and decorative.
Eli was one of 22 artists selected to participate in "Folk Art Of Nova Scotia", held in 1976 which was the first exhibition of contemporary Nova Scotia folk art organized by the Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia. This exhibition toured Canada from January, 1977 to May, 1978.
Ref: Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival Society, A Joyous Vision - Contemporary Folk Art In Nova Scotia (1995); Marie Ellwood, Folk Art of Nova Scotia (1976); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, A Life of Its Own (1997); Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).
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