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Annual General Meeting and Call for Board Members

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting is Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Fraser Cultural Centre in Tatamagouche. We have fun activities planned and 40th Anniversary events to discuss so we would love your company. We will have coffee … Continue reading

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Info Sessions – Becoming a PAINTS Artist

We are offering info sessions on Becoming a PAINTS Artist with Andrea Ritchie, PAINTS Coordinator. Join us as Andrea Ritchie answers your questions about the Professional Artists in the Schools program. If you are interested in becoming a PAINTS artist … Continue reading

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VANS Offers Subsidized Studio Space

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the extension of our Subsidized Studio program offering our members studio space in North End Halifax. Artists can apply to rent space for 2 – 3 months from September 1, 2017 – … Continue reading

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“The Fine Print” – Nova Scotia Printmakers

The Nova Scotia Printmakers, VANS group members, promote original prints regionally, nationally & internationally through workshops, demonstrations & exhibitions. Their exhibition of small works, The Fine Print, runs from May 2 – 25 in the Corridor Gallery. The Nova Scotia … Continue reading

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Sign up for our Spring Workshop Series

This season’s professional development workshops feature topics such as Pricing, Marketing, Grant Writing, Dos and Don’ts of Exhibition Proposals and Writing for artists. Running May to June in Halifax, Dartmouth, Lunenburg, Shelburne, Antigonish, and Inverness, the series features the expertise … Continue reading

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En Route Artist Talk Series

Visual Arts Nova Scotia announces the return of the En Route Artist Talk Series bringing national and international visiting artists to different areas of the province this Spring and Summer. VANS presents artist talks starting with Gráinne McHugh in Wolfville … Continue reading

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Kevin P. Comeau – Artist Profile

Kevin Comeau is a professional sculptor from Meteghan River, Nova Scotia. He’s an Acadian-Métis, using his surroundings and natural material as inspirations for his sculptures. To date his works have been exhibited locally and regionally, and purchased by private collectors. … Continue reading

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“Postcards from the Island” – Gary Castle

Lantz-based artist Gary Castle exhibits haunting photographs of the historic little peninsula known as Horseshoe Island. Postcards from the Island is at the Corridor Gallery April 4 – 27. Describing the work on view, Castle explains: Horseshoe Island beach, in … Continue reading

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VANS in Residence

VANS is excited to announce the artists who have been chosen for the three VANS In Residence initiatives this spring. We have both rural and urban residencies in HRM this year, involving fantastic partners. Each artist will spend their time … Continue reading

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“Serenity” – Phyllis Adams

Cape Breton artist Phyllis Adams was a photographer who decided, upon her retirement, to re-interpret her photographs in paint. The exhibition displays her recent landscapes and portraits, inspired by her photographs of Cape Breton. Serenity is at the Corridor Gallery … Continue reading

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The Public Life of the Imagination: A lecture by Lewis Hyde

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) will present a lecture by the poet, essayist, translator and cultural critic Lewis Hyde. This event will explore questions related to the value and meaning of art in contemporary life … Continue reading

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In Memory of Felicity Redgrave

On behalf of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Felicity Redgrave. Felicity was a founding member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, who will be remembered as a passionate maker and educator … Continue reading

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“Bird’s Flyin’ High” – Rhonda Barrett

Self-taught artist Rhonda Barrett’s experimentation with different media has brought her to paper collage and the joy that can be found in little bits of paper glued to canvas. Her pieces are created from newspaper as it has been printed; … Continue reading

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WORK IT! WORK IT! A Boot Camp for Artists

Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, we have to cancel WORK IT! WORK IT! Boot Camp for Artists. We hope to reschedule in the spring but we don’t have new dates at this time. Visual Arts Nova Scotia, in partnership … Continue reading

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Studio Sessions Webinars Return!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia announces the return of Studio Sessions, the webinar series for artists, which debuted last winter. Starting on Wednesday, February 15, at 6pm AT, this three-part online workshop series will focus on professional development for artists in … Continue reading

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Sara Roth – Artist Profile

Sara Roth is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work bridges illustration, installation and sculpture. She holds a BFA from NSCAD University and a Diploma in Fine Craft from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. She previously worked as part … Continue reading

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VANS in Residence Deadline Extended

We’ve extended the deadline for artists to apply for each of the three residencies taking place this winter and spring. These residencies balance the artists’ own work with community engagement in three communities. Check it out! Visual Arts Nova Scotia … Continue reading

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“I Never Want To Grow Up” – Erin Hollingshead

(Halifax) – Recent NSCAD University graduate Erin Hollingshead has created a new body of work, which incorporates imagery that delves into the inner child into powerful portraits of adult women. Stuffed animals and classic childhood items add colour and excitement … Continue reading

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Join our 40 for 40 Campaign!

VANS is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and we will focus on creating more accessible and engaging programming across the province! If you want to support VANS programs such as the Professional Artists in the Schools (PAINTS) program, the … Continue reading

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Space left in Halifax Workshops

There are still a couple of slots available for upcoming workshops in Halifax! Documenting your Work with Steve Farmer on November 16th has room for 2 more and Taxes for Artists with Nora Macnee on November 19th can take three … Continue reading

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“Internal Dialogues” – Maria Doering

Artist Maria Doering exhibits a series of paintings, each of which is a mixed media work of acrylic paint, printed linocut, lithography, fabric or knitting. Doering combines intricate patterns, textures, and systems that speak about a person’s character and energy, … Continue reading

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PAINTS Info Sessions for Artists

PAINTS Coordinator Andrea Ritchie is hosting a free info session at VANS after the Taxes for Artists workshop. You can come just for the info session, or sign up for the workshop too! Questions? Contact Andrea at 902 423-4694 or … Continue reading

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Fall Workshops in Lunenburg, Sydney and Halifax

VANS Professional Development Workshop Series takes place in Sydney, Lunenburg and Halifax this year. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our workshop in Wolfville due to low registration but we really want to run all the rest of these workshops (especially … Continue reading

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S2WR – Artist Profile

S2WR is the Halifax-based collaborative duo of DIY technologist, Shawn Wolchyn and multidisciplinary artist, Sally Raab. Raab graduated from ACAD in 2010. An arts administrator and self-proclaimed governance nerd, she works as a freelance bookkeeper and chairs the board of … Continue reading

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