Author Archives: VANS

Hallie Watson – Artist Profile

Hallie Watson spends ten months of the year in Halifax and two months on a farm in Ontario. She makes landscapes and still life with oil pastel on paper and oil on canvas. Her practice also includes regular life drawing. … Continue reading

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Take our Fall Workshop Survey!

With the recent heatwave it’s hard to think about the fall, but we’re starting to plan the VANS Fall Workshop Series and we’re asking for feedback from members and artists. There are so many places doing great skills-based art workshops, … Continue reading

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“No Photography!” by Jesse Webber

In the current exhibition at the Corridor Gallery, artist Jesse Webber shows his unsettling photographs of mannequins and storefront displays. While they provided good practice with his new camera, taking these photographs in stores gave the artist new insight on … Continue reading

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Introducing the New Grad Program!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce the New Grad Program! This 14 week program is designed to help recent graduates navigate the transition from a full time student to a professional artist. During the program, all participants will … Continue reading

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Visual Arts News Editor

Visual Arts News magazine is seeking an Editor. Visual Arts News is the only magazine dedicated to contemporary visual art in Atlantic Canada. Published three times a year in May, September and January, every issue includes engaging essays, profiles, reviews, … Continue reading

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“The Pantry” by Ada Denil

In the current exhibition at the Corridor Gallery, artist Ada Denil shows her series, entitled The Pantry. This collection of painted works, drawings, and some small three-dimensional pieces depicts twisted and contorted figures that appear to be bound by the … Continue reading

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VANS in Residence in partnership with Lumière!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia, in partnership with Lumière Arts Festival Association, will host a 5-week Artist in Residence program in Sydney, NS. This residency provides for the artist to work a 40 hour week. Approximately 30% of the time will … Continue reading

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VANS Announces New Executive Director

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to announce their new Executive Director: Becky Welter-Nolan.  After a lengthy search, the VANS Board of Directors has hired Becky, who will start as the ED in July. Becky Welter-Nolan is a professional artist … Continue reading

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2017-18 Mentorship Exhibition at The Craig

The Craig Gallery, July 12 – 29. Opening: Wednesday, July 11, 6 – 8pm. Mentee Artist Talk: Saturday, July 14, 2pm. Highlighting the talents of emerging artists NAT chantel, Lux Habrich, Bree Hyland, and Karen Langlois, the Visual Arts Nova … Continue reading

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Apply for the Mentorship Program

The call for applications is out for the 2018-19 Mentorship Program! The VANS Mentorship Program is designed to support the individual artistic methods and professional ambitions of emerging artists in Nova Scotia by providing access to the skills and experience … Continue reading

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“Colour Kerfuffle” by Randy Engelberg

In the exhibition, Colour Kerfuffle, artist Randy Engelberg, shows a small retrospective of her process-oriented abstract painting work from the last five years, including work from her current series. All the paintings in this collection are non-objective, hard edged, abstraction … Continue reading

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VANS’ AGM is June 21

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting is Thursday, June 21 at Wonder’neath, 2891 Isleville Street in Halifax. The short meeting will begin at 6pm and will be followed by pizza and a facilitated art making activity! We will be … Continue reading

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“In Place” by Gerard McNeil

In his exhibition, In Place, Gerard McNeil explores issues of location and permanence through a series that combines abstract photographs and linocut memory maps of familiar places. These diptychs and triptychs contain hand drawn memory maps of the places and … Continue reading

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Apply for a Subsidized Studio

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Subsidized Studio program in Sydney and Halifax is accepting applications from VANS members. There is no expectation of work to be completed during the studio rental. It is an opportunity for an artist who may be … Continue reading

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Register for our Spring Workshops!

This spring we are offering great workshops on topics including Grant Writing, Exhibition Prep & Installation, Photoshop Essentials, Writing Your Artist Statement & Bio, and Writing Professional Applications. These workshops, taught by professional artists, experts in their field, and educators … Continue reading

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Job Opportunity: Executive Director, VANS

Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) is currently accepting applications for the Executive Director of Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Publisher of Visual Arts News. Deadline: Applications must be received by May 18 at 5pm. Start date: June 4, 2018. Salary: … Continue reading

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Thanks and farewell to Briony Carros

Visual Arts Nova Scotia announces the departure of Executive Director Briony Carros on April 20, 2018. After over 16 years with the organization, it is difficult to do justice to her many contributions to VANS and the arts community. The … Continue reading

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“Matte, Satin, Gloss” by Kate Grey

Matte, Satin, Gloss is a collection of familiar household objects made by emerging ceramic artist Kate Grey. Grey’s work often examines the relationship between how we view objects, primarily household objects, and women. The objects in this exhibition,  including ceramic … Continue reading

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New Deadline for PAINTS Projects

Do you know a school that could use a PAINTS project but missed the January 30th deadline? Don’t worry, we have added a spring deadline this year so schools and teachers can apply for a PAINTS project. Tell your local … Continue reading

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Remembering Susan Wood

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of artist, member and friend, Susan Wood. Susan was a long-standing member of VANS and had served on our Board of Directors since 2014. Her thoughtful … Continue reading

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“Summer” by Erin Hollingshead

Emerging artist Erin Hollingshead is back in the Corridor Gallery for another great exhibition of her colourful, large scale portraits. The series of realistic portraits of contemporary women is done with oils and acrylics, and sometimes other materials such as … Continue reading

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Subsidized Studio Program in Sydney!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that our Subsidized Studio program will now offer our members subsidized studio space in downtown Sydney! Member artists can apply to rent space for 2 – 3 months from April 1, 2018 … Continue reading

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“People of Parrsboro” by kimmerT

This exhibition is a series of portraits of the people that artist kimmerT met while on residency in Parrsboro in September 2017. The first in the series were completed during the residency and are a study of realism and abstract … Continue reading

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New Webinar Series on Grant Writing Essentials

UPDATE: Studio Sessions webinar series is sold out! Studio Sessions Webinars return this winter! Starting on Wednesday, February 21, at 6pm AT, this three-part online workshop series will focus on grant writing essentials for artists. Each one hour session will be … Continue reading

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