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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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Visual Arts News magazine’s new look!

As you may have noticed, there have been some big changes at Visual Arts News magazine! First, there was the move to a perfect bind, which meant 12 additional pages filled with great artists each issue. Then, the Visual Arts … Continue reading

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“Flock” by Ben Mosher

Flock is emerging artist Ben Mosher‘s exhibition featuring drawings of birds that will definitely make you smile. This delightful impromptu exhibition is only on for two weeks so catch it at the Corridor Gallery before it closes on January 30. … Continue reading

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Corridor Gallery still accepting applications

The Corridor Gallery gives members of Visual Arts Nova Scotia an opportunity to create an exhibition of their work.  We are accepting applications from members for June, July, August, September and November 2018. The Corridor Gallery consists of the two walls in … Continue reading

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VANS Mentorship Program Receives Protégé Award

At the 2017 Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala, Susan Gibson Garvey was awarded the Portia White Prize, which recognizes cultural and artistic excellence on the part of a Nova Scotian artist who has attained professional status, mastery and recognition in … Continue reading

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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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VANS in Residence in Kings County

NEW DEADLINE! 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, … 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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