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Renew your VANS Membership today!

In our 40th year, VANS celebrated by bringing more programming around the province. As 2017 winds down and you are thinking about renewing your VANS membership, here’s a look back at the last year. Perhaps you enjoyed Lewis Hyde’s lecture … Continue reading

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You’re invited to the CFNS Open House

You are invited to the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia’s holiday Open House! As a member of the Cultural Federations, Visual Arts Nova Scotia (along with Dance NS, ANSM, Craft NS, the Choral Federation, SAM, Theatre NS and the Writers’ … Continue reading

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VANS in Residence in Kings County

Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Uncommon Common Art (UCA) are thrilled to be facilitating an artist residency in Kings County, Nova Scotia. This partnership is a terrific opportunity for NS artists and the host community. This month-long residency, with an … Continue reading

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Carl Snyder – Artist Profile

Carl Snyder received a B.A. and M.L.S. from McGill. Photography had long been of interest so, while working as a librarian, he started moonlighting as a darkroom technician at a commercial photography studio in Montreal. Soon he was assisting on … Continue reading

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“Rapport: The Red Black White Series” – Terri Whetstone

The Red Black White Series is Terri Whetstone‘s on-going collage project exploring the common language of aesthetics and design at play in the art works. With a restricted palette, the works focus on the dynamic interplay of colour and shape. … Continue reading

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“Connection”: a Photopolis Exhibition of Photography

As part of Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography Gary Castle, Shannon Donovan, Philip LePage, Doug Van Hemessen, Katarina Marinic, Brandt Eisner and Susan Malmstrom exhibit varied and intensely interesting images on the theme of “connection”. This exhibition was curated … Continue reading

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Moving Forward, Looking B(l)ack: Visual Art in Nova Scotia

A panel discussion featuring women who curate, create, and activate. With Pamela Edmonds, Lucie Chan, Bria Miller, and Jade Peek. Facilitated by Sylvia Hamilton. Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00pm Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax Doors open … Continue reading

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Register for our Fall Workshop Series today!

Registration for the Fall 2017 Workshop Series is now open! This season, you can register for workshops in Halifax, Bridgewater, and Sydney. These include Documenting Your Work with Steve Farmer, Talking About Your Work: Networking in the Arts with Sarah … Continue reading

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Announcing the 2017-18 Mentorship Program Artists

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the participants of this year’s Mentorship Program. After receiving many truly excellent applications, the program will be supporting four dedicated emerging Nova Scotian artists. NAT chantel, Lux Habrich, Bree Hyland, and Karen … Continue reading

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2017-18 Mentorship Program

Mentees: NAT chantel NAT chantel is an African Nova Scotian emerging artist in multimedia, textiles and sculpture. Collections of written language influence and direct her to recount historical experiences of oppression, silence, and marginalization, that draw into question the narratives … Continue reading

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PAINTS Deadlines for 2017

PAINTS brings together professional visual and fine crafts artists, educators and students all over the province. We’re always looking for more artists who interested in spending some time working with children and youth. All members of VANS or NSDCC are … Continue reading

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“Ropeworks” – Violet Rosengarten

Mixed media artist Violet Rosengarten‘s vibrant exhibition, Ropeworks, is composed of painted surfaces and painted rope on wood or canvas. These colourful textured reliefs play with the natural way that rope meanders, entangles and coils. Her colour choices refer to … Continue reading

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Sign up for a Peer Application Review Group!

Want some feedback on your next application? Get a fresh perspective with Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Peer Application Review Groups. Visual Arts Nova Scotia is facilitating an eight week peer-review process to help members strengthen their upcoming proposals. Artists will … Continue reading

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Fall 2017 Workshop Survey

We are definitely still enjoying the summer, but we are starting to plan our Fall Workshop Series and for that we are asking for feedback from members and artists. Let us know what you would like to see VANS offer … Continue reading

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“Anguish and Rapture” – Hannah Genosko

Emerging artist Hannah Genosko exhibits a series of work exploring experiences of revelation through the perspective of invented outsider artist named Elevia Anne Mitchell. A portion of the work is made from Elevia’s perspective, imagining she used artwork to process … Continue reading

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Visual Arts News Website Exclusives

Did you know that new articles from Visual Arts News, as well as exclusive web content like podcasts and blogs, are regularly posted to the Visual Arts News website? Even if you’re a subscriber (or a VANS member with a … Continue reading

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En Route Artist Talk – JJ Lee

JJ Lee artist talk in Halifax Art Bar + Projects Friday, July 14, 2017 at 6pm Visual Arts Nova Scotia is excited to present an artist talk by visiting artist JJ Lee, in collaboration with Anna Leonowens Art Gallery Art … Continue reading

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“Celebrate!!!” – Marla Benton

South Shore artist Marla Benton shows a body of work inspired by her young daughter who started celebrating everything and anything, all the time. Benton described these celebrations as “a beautiful ritual to take on as an adult”. She started … Continue reading

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The Initial Show: VANS’ 2016 – 17 Mentorship Program Exhibition

Highlighting the talents of mentees Alexis Vessey, Ben Mosher, Ryan Josey, and Kate Grey, the Visual Arts Nova Scotia 2016-17 Mentorship Program Exhibition The Initial Show also includes work from mentors Sarah Maloney, Craig Leonard, Bryan Maycock and Andrea Dorfman. … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: 2017-18 Mentorship Program

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Mentorship Program pairs emerging artists with established artists to take part in a ten-month mentorship from September to June. Focusing on supporting the goals and ambitions of emerging artists throughout the province, mentors may be asked … Continue reading

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“Resonance” – Krista Sheehan

Emerging artist Krista Sheehan uses a combination of oil, acrylic and charcoal to create paintings focusing on emotionally charged landscapes, some of which carry personal meaning and others are from spaces that echo with a collective emotional weight. Her solo … Continue reading

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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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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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