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VANS Newsletter #423
May 16, 2018


VANS Matters
Awards and Scholarships
Nova Scotia Exhibition Listings

VANS Matters

Join us at the Visual Arts News magazine launch party for a toast, snacks, and 3D glasses on Thursday, May 17, 6 – 8pm at the Art Bar +Projects, 1873 Granville Street in Halifax. We’re celebrating 40 years of Visual Arts News with a special anniversary issue packed with more local content, including Nova Scotia’s Future Art World, Lou Sheppard, Sister Visions, Navigating the Intersection of Art +Craft, Yorodeo, Emily Vey Duke, Ursula Johnson, JJ Lee, The Magic Project and more! Contact for more info.

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 saying farewell to VANS’ former Executive Director Briony Carros and introducing our new Board Members and Executive Director! Please RSVP to before June 5th.

This spring VANS is offering great workshops on topics including Photoshop Essentials, Writing Your Artist Statement & Bio, and Writing Professional Applications. These workshops, taught by professional artists, experts in their field, and educators are jam packed with information sure to inform your professional practice. They are only $40 each for VANS members ($55 for non-members) and you can bundle two or three workshops and save! There will also be a free panel discussion in Halifax entitled: Sorting the Studio: dealing with a lifetime of work with attorney George Clarke and curator Ray Cronin on May 24. These workshops will be presented in locations across the province including , Lunenburg, Annapolis Royal and two locations in Halifax. You can register online today!

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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 new to working in an independent studio or an artist who has a specific project to work on and could use support to fund a short-term studio space. The Halifax studio (in the upper images) is in the Manual Training Collective (MTC) on the corner of Duke and Hollis Street. The only available slot for this is for two months in July and August 2018. The subsidized rent for members is $75/ month. Located on the 3rd floor of the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, 37 Nepean Street, the Sydney studio is 7′ x 10′, with partial dividers (see the lower images). The subsidized rent for members is $50/month + key deposit (deposit will be returned at the end of the rental). The available slots are from September to October 2018 – March 2019. Deadline for applications: May 31, 2018.

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 spaces of McNeil’s youth, hand drawn linocut maps, and abstracted digital photographs representing the transformation of what was a primarily a working class neighborhood due to commercial development. In Place is in the Corridor Galley until May 30.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia announces the departure of Executive Director Briony Carros on April 20th. Briony has been with VANS for over 16 years and has served as Executive Director for 14 of them. If you want to say farewell feel free to drop by the VANS office this week. She won’t be going far, though; she is becoming the new Director of Arts Nova Scotia and we wish her all the best! Briony says: I will miss VANS but I’m not leaving the arts community, in fact I will be serving a larger constituency by taking on the role of Director at Arts Nova Scotia. Thank you to all the members, artists and administrators I’ve worked with and come to know as friends and colleagues; your support and contributions have served as inspiration for me and I look forward to making new connections in the years to come.

VANS and Uncommon Common Art are thrilled to be facilitating an artist residency in Kings County. It’s a terrific opportunity for NS artists and the host community. This residency will involve the artist in both their own work and in community. Alex Mann has been chosen for this initial artist-in-residence collaboration. She is an emerging artist, working in textile embroidery and screen printing. Her focus is on creating unique and hand-made pieces that blur the line between the humorous and the morbid. She currently lives and works in Halifax, NS.

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 input and support made an invaluable impact on the vibrancy of our organization. VANS was also fortunate to have Susan participate as a mentor early on in our Mentorship Program. When Susan first offered to be a mentor, she recounted a story of how pivotal mentorship was in her own career as an artist and how she wanted pass on that experience to another generation of emerging artists. Her spirit of generosity and dedication to art practice made her a natural mentor and she continued to champion the program for its vital role in the arts community. She will be missed by so many, and VANS would like to pass on our sincere condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. Susan’s obituary was published in the Chronicle Herald. There was a Celebration of Life for Susan on Friday, March 9 at The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Thanks to all the VANS members who have already renewed their memberships for 2018! If you haven’t yet renewed your VANS membership (since October 2017) then it expired on December 31, 2017 but renewing is easy to do! You can renew your membership online, in person, over the phone, or by mail.

  • MAIL: Complete a membership renewal form and mail it with your cheque or money order, payable to Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7.
  • PHONE: Call us at 902-423-4694 during regular business hours (9:30am – 5pm Monday – Friday) and renew your membership with a credit card.
  • ONLINE: Visit our website and pay online using the secure PayPal, which also accepts credit cards.
  • IN PERSON: Come say “hi” at the VANS office (1113 Marginal Road) and you can pay with a cheque, cash, or credit card. Unfortunately, we can’t take debit.

We hope that you will renew your membership for 2018 and continue supporting activities and programs like our professional development workshops, En Route Artist Talk Series, VANS in Residence, PAINTS, Open Grants, Subsidized Studio, Mentorship Program, and Visual Arts News. See our website for a full list of membership benefits.

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 their discipline. The $25,000 prize is given to an established artist who selects a protégé, who is an emerging artist or cultural organization. The protégé receives $7,000 the total prize. The Visual Arts Nova’s Mentorship Program was honoured with the Protégé Award by Susan, which will be used to continue supporting emerging artists in our program for years to come. We are thrilled and so grateful! For over forty years, Susan Gibson Garvey has been active in the visual arts community as an artist, curator, educator, critic, and public gallery director. This includes 17 years at Dalhousie Art Gallery where she organized over 100 exhibitions and published numerous essays and articles focusing on contemporary artists from the Atlantic region. To read more about Susan Gibson Garvey click here.

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Coordinates, a new exhibition by Marla Benton, Philip Hodges, and Patricia Lindley, opens at the Lunenburg Art Gallery! There were 12 different GPS coordinates that were chosen around the Lunenburg & Blue Rocks area, then each artist went to each coordinate and found something to recreate in their medium. See the results of this exploration at the opening reception on Tuesday, May 29 at 5pm, or see the show before it closes June 24!

Interdisciplinary artist Kate Ward will be exploring space and time during her Craft LAIR residency at the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia from May 18 – July 8, 2018. Her practice engages with issues of public space and social engagement in contemporary cultures, creating ephemeral, transitory experiences and spaces in which her audience is invited to engage with, and contemplate. In this residency Ward will create modes of exchange, questioning value by facilitating moments in which the audience must negotiate between symbolic objects when removed from familiar contexts. Open Studio will be Wednesdays from 1 – 5pm and the other events include: Marks of time, Saturday June 23, 1 – 4pm and Stitches in Time, Wednesday June 20, 12-2pm. Call to RSVP to events: 902-492-2522.

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Alderney Summer Camp Registration is open! Alderney Landing proudly offers Art and Theatre Summer programming for youth annually, providing families with an opportunity to utilize the summer weeks to enhance their child’s cultural learning while providing a fun atmosphere and daily projects taught by local, professional artists with quality art materials. They take great care to hire local artists who can offer fun, quality projects while sharing their professional knowledge in their beautiful, Dartmouth waterfront location. They also take advantage of the phenomenal locale, enjoying daily outing with the classes and lots of fun activities. Call 902-461-8401 or visit their website for more details!

The Maritime Painted Saltbox is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! Come celebrate with artists Tom Alway and Peter Blais on the South Shore of Nova Scotia – 265 Petite Riviere Road, Petite Riviere. For the Month of May, they are open Wednesday-Sunday & Holiday Mondays from 10am- 5pm.

Fisherman’s Cove Gallery, 10 Government Wharf Road in Eastern Passage, is pleased to announce it’s reopening for the season on May 1st. Drop by and purchase a special work of art for Mother’s Day or any other occasion. Hours are 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week. Phone 902-465-3781 for more information or visit their website.

35 talented artists will be making their way to Parrsboro on June 14, 15, 16, 17 to compete for more than $6,000 at the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival. And, they’re coming from across the continent! British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, Massachusetts, Ohio and South Carolina. Plein Air is a power-packed event, and the artists waste no time in getting to work. After signing in, they will head out to their chosen locations early on Thursday June 14, and they are required to complete all of their work by 5pm on Saturday June 16. Then, every one of these original new pieces is framed and mounted – some with painting still wet! – for exhibition at The Hall, 44 King Street, in Parrsboro.

The MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Dartmouth is thrilled to announce their Summer Programs! There are weekly and full-day, week-long camps taking place throughout the summer. Summer camps are designed to give youth an avenue to explore their passions in a safe, creative, and inclusive environment. All youth between the ages of 12 – 19 with an open and creative mind are eligible to register for Summer Camps at the MacPhee Centre! While there are fees associated with some of their Summer Programs, they encourage individuals to inquire about bursaries. The MacPhee Centre is dedicated to eliminating financial barriers to ensure all youth are able to access programming. The Visual Arts Exposure Camp (July 23 – 27) is all about visual arts, fun, and creativity! Some of the art forms youth may be exposed to will include: sketching, painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture. There is no prior experience necessary with visual arts to be involved in this camp. See their website for a full list of camps.

There are several amazing workshops at ARTsPLACE this spring and summer including Modeling on Clay and Mannequin Plaster Mould: Basic Sculpting with Vasilis Vasili, Botanical Drawing with Carrie Allison, and Experimental Surfaces: Machine Stitching, Water Soluble Stabilizer and Unexpected Materials with Amanda McCavour. See their website for more info.

MacGillivray Law is seeking artwork from across Atlantic Canada inspired by Viola Desmond’s act of protest at the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. They will accept all 2D mediums that can be shipped, the minimum size is a single sheet of paper to a maximum size of 4’ x 8’. Artwork should be inspired by Viola Desmond’s act of protest. However, it is not limited to depictions of that particular event. Other than the piece being 2D, there are no limitations on the form or substance of your work. MacGillivray Law’s Jamie MacGillivray is restoring the theatre where Desmond made her stand. One wall was exposed when a neighbouring building was demolished. The winning pieces of art will be photographed in a high resolution and imprinted onto architectural panels on this wall, which will be permanently placed on the building. There are $20,000 in awards. Deadline: May 31.

Four members of Winding River Art Gallery– Vera Carver, Barb Hines, Virginia Houston and Colette Samson are presenting an art exhibition entitled May Menagerie at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro, NS from May 1 – 31, 2018.

ART= WORK T-Shirts Available! VANL-CARFAC is excited to be re-launching the ART=WORK campaign in partnership with the Mary MacDonald Foundation. This joint fundraiser will support visual artists, curators, and art workers living in Newfoundland and Labrador through programs and awards distributed by their organizations. The T-shirts are $20 each and come in sizes include, XS (ladies S), S, M, L, XL, 2XL.

You are invited to the 2018 painting season of the Plein Air Artists Annapolis Valley Group. Twenty-six paint-out locations, dates and map links have just been announced for the 2018 painting season of the Plein Air Artists Annapolis Valley Group. Take a look at their locations and program on their Facebook page.

Makers Art Market & Creation Space is an exciting new business opening in Windsor, NS. It is a non-profit social enterprise that will serve as a place of learning, sharing, gathering, buying, selling, creating, and, obviously making! They intend to evolve to the needs of artists and of our community. Windsor Makers have secured a site, and are presently undergoing significant renovations with the intent of opening their doors in April. Makers is a place where the community can learn, teach, tinker, gather, collaborate, share, innovate, socialize, build, create, buy and sell. Now they need instructors! Virtually no art genre is off the table. They want to hear from those of you who could offer to teach classes at Makers. You identify the classes and they will find the students and you can teach (and keep the mess) at Makers! They are also seeking supplies for workshops and artwork to sell on consignment in their retail site. They need members! Use Makers rather than building your studio. Use their equipment and support our efforts to deliver this incredible space to our community. Visit their website and Facebook page for more info.

Craft Nova Scotia’s Aestival Festival tickets are now available! Each year, to celebrate the beginning of summer, members of Craft Nova Scotia donate their work in support of our organization, between 105 and 120 pieces of fine craft are collected for the event. One hundred tickets to the event will be sold. Throughout the evening numbers from 1 to 100 will be drawn, corresponding to the ticket numbers. When a ticket holder hears his or her number called, they have 20 seconds to select one object from all the craft displayed. Not just a gift of amazing craft, Aestival is a fantastic evening out with friends, family and other craft enthusiasts. Join in Friday, June 8th at 7pm for a evening of fine craft and great company. For more information or to buy tickets call 902-423-3837 or stop by and visit us at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax.

Anna Leonowens Gallery opened a Treaty Education Space. On October 2, NSCAD dedicated its new Treaty Education Space as part of the Port Loggia Gallery at the Port Campus. The Treaty Space Gallery is one of the initiatives NSCAD has undertaken in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Beginning in summer 2017, Indigenous students Carrie Allison Goodfellow (MFA 2018), Brandon Hollohan (BFA 2018) and Glenn Knockwood (BFA 2019) researched “responses to treaty” and the ways treaty education spaces have been used on university campuses. The gallery has been developed under the guidance of the Anna Leonowens Gallery and NSCAD professor Dr. Carla Taunton. The Treaty Space Gallery will continue NSCAD’s commitment towards Indigenous knowledge mobilization and ongoing support of Indigenous contemporary art. Working in the spirit of the Anna Leonowens Gallery, in which the work of leading artists is shown alongside NSCAD students, this new space will foster the merging of current Indigenous community-based knowledge with productive academic and artistic research.

The Khyber Member Shop is a non commercial small storefront located at 1880 Hollis St in Halifax, which carries original artworks, craft, publications, music, fashion and miscellaneous items for sale by the artists. Space for selling items is available to Khyber Members, which you can become through signing-up online or in person! This is not a commercial space, however you can choose to make a donation to the Khyber when your items are sold or at any time. Items should be small and limited in number. Although they will take all possible precautions, the Khyber is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items and cannot offer compensation should something to that effect occur. If items do not sell within 6 months, they will be returned to the artists. Apply by filling out their application form and they will be in touch soon if your work is selected and space is available.

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Awards and Scholarships

The Arts Nova Scotia Artist Recognition Awards are presented annually at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala to artists in three categories: Emerging Artist, Established Artist and Indigenous Artist. Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, each award carries a cash value of $5000. The awards help showcase the recipients’ work to residents of the province and to people beyond our borders. This visibility will encourage artistic and economic well-being for the recipients and contribute to the health of Nova Scotia’s artistic sector in support of a well-rounded community. Who will you nominate? Deadline: June 15.

The Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts provides grants to arts organizations, as well as to both emerging and established artists across the full range of artistic media: theatre, visual arts, dance, writing, music, fine craft, as well as multi-media and inter-disciplinary projects. Grants are available to individual artists and to arts groups and organizations, applicants must be based in Lunenburg County, and the project must have a public component: performance, exhibition, workshop, other. Deadline: May 30.

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The Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF) supports arts training in Canada. The CATF provides financial support for the ongoing operations of Canadian organizations that specialize in training artists for professional national or international artistic careers, at the highest levels. To be eligible for funding, your organization must exist primarily to provide professional arts training, or have established professional arts training as an integral component of your overall activities; offer training activities that clearly align with program objectives; and be incorporated in Canada as a not-for-profit organization. Application deadline: June 30 by 2 pm.

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts are granted to artists in recognition of remarkable careers in either of those fields. There are up to eight awards of $25,000 each: up to six awards of $25,000 each for distinguished achievement in the visual (including architecture and photography) or media arts; one award of $25,000 is presented as the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts; and one award of $25,000 is given to recognize the outstanding contribution to the visual arts, media arts or to fine crafts of an individual or group in a volunteer or professional capacity. Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a recognized Canadian specialist in the visual or media arts or fine crafts. Deadline: June 1.

The Lumen Prize, now in its seventh year, is an internationally renowned award that recognises excellence in the field of digital art. They champion established and emerging artists working with digital technology with a prize fund of $11,000 and a travelling group exhibition. Any artist, anywhere can enter (it costs US$47.50 to enter two works). The categories are Still, Moving Image, AR/VR, 3D/Interactive, the BCS Artificial Intelligence and the Meural Student Award. All finalists are eligible for three further awards: the People’s Choice award, the Founder’s award and the Gold award. All art is eligible as long as it engages with technology in some form. Deadline: June 1.

Responding to the expressed needs of the community, the 4Cs Foundation, Halifax’s only source of grants for community arts, announces a new grant for community arts activities. They are calling these new grants SEED grants as they provide funding to explore, to test ideas, to try new methods and to respond to emerging issues and opportunities within a community. Groups, organizations and community artist leaders are eligible and invited to apply for a SEED grant. Two categories of funding make grants are available for up to $3000.00.  There are no deadlines for applying. The process is agile and responsive, with a short turn around between applying and hearing back on your application. See the 4Cs Foundation website for detailed criteria and eligibility information. The SEED grants continue the 4Cs Foundation community arts capacity building work by funding the development of new ideas and approaches for community arts with artists, groups and organizations. If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Terri Whetstone, 4Cs Foundation Executive Director 902-422-4805. Deadline: Ongoing.

Do you know a young artist who is going to art school next year? They can apply for the Krylon® Clear Choice Art Scholarship. In an effort to help students with the soaring costs of tuition while also contributing to the fine arts establishment, Krylon is awarding five scholarships of $1000 to future fine artists and giving ten students a gift pack of Krylon art supplies. In addition, the art program at each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a large gift package of Krylon Artist Sprays and Adhesives.  Krylon Products Group Clear Choice Art Scholarships are available to high school seniors (graduating before June 29th, 2018) and college freshmen and sophomore students in the US and Canada.  Students must be enrolled or accepted and seeking a degree at a US or Canadian university, college or art school as a declared major in a visual arts program such as painting, drawing, sketching (excluding graphic design, fashion design, interior design, film, music or the performing arts). The full application is available on their website. Deadline: May 31, 2018.

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There is still room in our Writing Your Artist Statement and Bio workshop with Sarah Maloney in Lunenburg on Saturday, May 26 from 1 – 4pm. This workshop is full of all the tips for writing the two things that artists get asked for the most! There will also be an opportunity to write, edit and receive feedback in the workshop. Or, once you have your artist statement and bio done, you should also take our Writing Professional Proposals workshop with Melanie Colosimo on Wednesday, May 30th at VANS from 6 – 9pm. Members can take both workshops for $70 (or $40 each). Register online today or by calling 902-423-4694.

Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery has lots of great courses coming up, including: Watercolour Painting with Margaret Wiles Mondays 1 – 3:30 pm from June 11 to October 1; Acrylic Painting with Diana Vertis McIsaacon Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm or 1:30 – 3:30pm from June 12 to October 2. They are also offering Copperplate Etching with Bob Morouney 9am – 4:30pm, July 11, 18 and 25 and Handbuilt Pottery with Melanie Landau 1 – 3:30pm on June 21 & 28; July 6 & 13; August 3 & 10; and September 7 & 14.

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Take a workshop at Art Lab in Parrsboro this summer! There are a variety of workshops on offer, including Abstract Composition with Monika Wright on June 2 & 3, Plein Air with Watercolours and Richard Sneary on June 18 & 19, Demystifying Encaustic with Lynn Rotin  July 14 – 15, and Watercolour Painting with Joy Laking on August 11. There are even more in the fall, like Stone Carving with Heather Lawson on October 13, so check out the Art Lab or the Parrsboro Creative website for more details and registration info.

Upon popular demand Maria Doering is offering two one day Monotype workshops in Dartmouth this month on May 19 and 20. Both workshops focus on Monotype printmaking but participants will be experimenting with different materials in each. Now that spring is finally here it will be fun to play with found plant material and experiment with the image making potential of foliage, flowers, leaves, moss, bark, etc. The second workshop is going to focus on using textiles, and fibre textures, fabric and yarn scraps to create unusual textures and use this method as a tool to create one of a kind imagery. Both workshops are ideal for people who are sensitive to chemicals and smells as no solvents will be used and the inks are the less toxic Akua inks. Clean up will be with a dish soap and water mixture. There are only 5 seats in each workshop, registration ahead of time is required. Please contact Maria at or 902-719-5007 to register for one or both workshops.

Sign your child up for after school art classes in Truro. Did you know that creativity is recognized as one of the most critical skills for the next generation? Its value reaches well beyond the arts to affect every discipline and numerous industries. Join Kate Ward to learn the concepts of colour, texture, composition and technique whilst developing fine motor skills, confidence and practice problem solving. We practice many different painting techniques as well as focus on colour theory and idea generation. Exploring brush stokes and mixing colours to create an image inspired by our imagination or the world around us. Each child works at their own pace in a small group setting and is encouraged to develop their individual style. Class times can be structured according to your needs and around other commitments. The cost is $25 per hourly lesson ($100 per month). Contact Kate at or 902-210-6577.

Cape Breton Centre for Craft is offering lots of interesting workshops in the next few months including Mother’s Day Card making on May 5 with Alison Uhma, Intro to Knitting with Tamsin Slootson June 5, Indigo Shibori (Introductory to Intermediate Level) on June 16, and Linocut Printmaking with Tamsin Sloots on June 19.

Ron Hazell is offering a three day watercolour workshop June 21 – 23 entitled Painting Water in Halifax. This workshop will focus on painting water in all its different states, from dead calm to breaking ocean swells against rock cliffs. We will explore painting water through various exercises and demonstrations. An overhead mirror will provide an unobstructed view of the demos. All levels of experience are welcome, including beginners. Workshop fee is $225. For more information and to register, contact Ron at

AFCOOP has a bunch of great workshops coming up in April, May and June! Register today for Marketing for Film, Spring Editing Series (Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Da Vinci Resolve), MoVI Demo Night, Handmade Emulsion, Film Manipulation/ Destruction, JK Optical Printer, and Handmade 16mm Camera. See their website for dates, descriptions, and to register.

Take a course in Intuitive Abstract Painting with Monika Wright at the Art Lab in Parrsboro! Abstract painting might not look hard, but it can be more difficult than landscape or figurative painting because there is nothing to refer to in reality, nothing to tell you whether you’ve ‘got it right’. For many people, knowing how to get started…and knowing when to stop, is overwhelming. That’s why the key elements of composition, colour and texture are so important. You’ll learn techniques that will carry you from the initial inspiration through to completion to create your own masterpieces. The cost is $175 and runs June 2 & 3.

Check out the 2- or 5-day textile workshops at LaHave Weaving Studio in Lunenburg this summer.  Here is some of the first courses in their workshop schedule. They are offering a 5-day Introduction/Refresher to Weaving with Lesley Armstrong (no experience needed) June 11 – 15 or July 16 – 20; a 5-day workshop on Rug Weaving with Lesley Armstrong June 18 – 22; June 25 – 28  you can take Weave a Rag Rug with Lesley Armstrong. July 2 & 3 there will be a 2-day workshop: Weave a Set of Coasters with Lesley Armstrong (no weaving experience needed); then July 9-13 they are offering Unfolding the Mysteries of Pattern with Nancy Price 5-day (no experience needed) and on July 23 – 27 there will be Textile Field Trips to the South Shore with several instructors. LaHave Weaving Studios has even more workshops listed on their website so check them out and register.

Chester art centre is offering Demystifying Oil Painting with Malcolm Callaway April 12, 19, 26, May, 3, and 10 from 1 – 4pm. Artist Malcolm Callaway is back this spring for 5 classes teaching the many skills of oil painting. Classes start April 12th and run every Thursday afternoon until May 10th from 1 – 4 pm. You shall be exploring all aspects of colour, mixing, application and composition in oil paint. There will be demonstrations and tricks of the trade. You will be working on your own projects and some assigned. You will be using non-toxic mediums but aprons are advised. Cost: $140. Material list will be supplied. Space is limited.

Take a workshop at Argyle Fine Art! They are offering Painting with Polaroids with Mary Garoutte on Saturday, May 5, 5 – 7pm, $65. See their website for more info.

Great workshops coming up at ARTsPLACE! Modeling on Clay and Mannequin Plaster Mould: Basic Sculpting with Vasilis Vasili is a 2-day workshop May 12 & 13, 10 – 3pm. Large-scale Watercolour Flowers with Carrie Allison-Goodfellow is a 2-day workshop on June 9 & 10, 10 – 4pm and if you can’t get enough then the same instructor is teaching Botanical Drawing for Beginners over 2 days on July 14 & 15, 10 – 4pm. Experimental Surfaces: Machine Stitching, Water Soluble Stabilizer and, Unexpected Materials with Amanda McCavour is August 25 & 26, 10am – 4pm and will focus on constructing dynamic, textured, mixed media surfaces with machine embroidery and Sulky® water-soluble stabilizers. ARCAC members get a discount. See their website for more info and to register.

Take Basic Acrylic Painting with Jaime Lee Lightle at Round Hill Studio on May 27, 10am – 3pm. This workshop will cover the the basic techniques of painting with acrylics such as materials and set up, composition, colour mixing and pigment choice, brush handling techniques and blocking-in and underpainting. The workshop will start with a 60 minute demonstration by the instructor, then individuals will break away to work on their assigned project with one-on-one guidance and feedback from the facilitator (2-3 hrs). Every one will leave with a finished art project. Cost is $75 plus tax with some materials included.

Three day acrylic painting workshop with Sandi Komst on September 12, 13 & 14 at the Fraser Cultural Center in Tatamagouche. Get ready to capture the light! These three days will be spent painting from your own photos sketches, with demonstrations daily, and exercises designed to help you see, understand and capture light at different times of day and in different atmospheric conditions. Come prepared to paint, learn and have fun. Space is limited so book early. Cost is $225. For registration and information contact Mary Weckman 902 893 9271 or

Leya Evelyn is offering workshops in abstract painting at St. Luke’s United Church in Tantallon, NS. Working in water-based paints, a series of exercises will help loosen your brush work and pull you out of the realm of the representational. They will look at balance, tension, focus, image, colour and ground. All levels of experience welcome. Dates: Every other Wednesday, April 4, 18, May 2, 16, 30, June 13. Time: 11am to 4pm. Cost: $360 for all six workshops, or a drop-in fee of $65 for the day. The workshops include discussion, work time and critiques of work done in class as well as on your own time. Explore where your art is now and where it could be. The format will be with exercises for the first hour or two and then you can work on your own pieces or continue with what you started in the morning. The exercises are intended to open up different possibilities within the realm of abstraction. These workshops will challenge, satisfy, frustrate and give you a foundation for creating solid painting ideas. Contact: Leya Evelyn at or call: 876-8326 (cell: 499-4111).

The Lunenburg School of the Arts is always thinking ahead, so you can actually register for their summer workshops now! They are offering a ton of fun options taught by excellent instructors. Workshops include: The Magic Landscape with Hangama Amiri on July 2 – 6; Egg Tempera Painting with Tom and William Forrestall on July 16 – 20; Bowl-O-Rama Ceramics Workshop with Doug Bamford and Marla Benton on July 30 – August 3; A Lunenburg Sketch About with Emma FitzGerald on August 13 – 17 and Summer Screen Printing with Maria Doering on August 20 – 24. They are also offering a Youth Art Week with Jason Skinner and Marla Benton on August 13 – 17. See their website or call Hilda at 902-640-2013.

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L’Arche Cape Breton is seeking a full-time (35 hours per week) art facilitator/program assistant at The Angel’s Loft Craft & Art Studio. This position will have a one-year contract beginning in June and will require weekends from June – October. L’Arche is an international federation of communities where people with and without developmental disabilities live and work together. L’Arche Cape Breton is a large organization spread through rural Inverness County with several diverse work programs and a vibrant community life. The Angel’s Loft craft studio produces framed art, greeting cards, weaving, papier mâché, and woodworking, and has received the Craft Sector Contributor award from the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. Responsibilities would include designing collaborative art projects for men & women with disabilities, providing instruction and skill building with various art mediums, curating & managing pop up shops (Farmer’s Markets) and supporting individuals with daily living tasks. Please see their Facebook post for the full job call. Deadline: May 23.

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is currently accepting applications for the position of Program & Print Traffic Assistant. The contract position is 15 weeks. Reporting to the Festival’s Program Manager, the Program & Print Traffic Assistant is responsible for administrative tasks relating to film submissions, invitations and subsequent communications and materials delivery, along with other assigned tasks. For the full job description please see their website. Application deadline: May 25 at 5pm.

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Paint Nite Halifax is looking for a part time lead artist/event host. At Paint Nite they walk inexperienced painters through a simple painting step by step in a restaurant/bar setting. They are not an art class, but more of an art party and they’re looking for someone with experience in acrylic painting that is able to speak (on a microphone) to a group of people to make painting fun! Your position would consist of bringing the supplies from the storage unit to the venue, setting up the venue and then instructing a group of people through a painting. At the end of the event you would then clean up the venue and bring the supplies back to their storage unit located in downtown Halifax. Priority will be given to someone that has their own vehicle – if you do not have a vehicle, they are interested in hiring an assistant as well. This position requires you to meet the artist at the venue to help with set up and take down, and during the event you would be taking photos, giving helpful tips and keeping everyone stocked up with supplies. There would be 2 to 3 events per week as a part-time employee in the Halifax area (Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Lower Sackville). Paint Nite shifts typically go from 5 – 10pm on weekdays and 11am – 4pm or 1 – 6pm on weekends. Check out the paintings on their website and if interested, please contact

Alderney Landing and the Craig Gallery are hiring university summer students! The positions available are for the Art Gallery Assistant, who will be responsible for attending to The Craig Gallery’s daily administrative duties, promoting the artists and art within the Gallery exhibits, and liaising with Gallery patrons; and the Art and Theatre Camp Counselors, who are responsible for all aspects of the Children’s Art and Theatre camps​​, including programming and preparing materials. During the weeks of the camps they are responsible for children aged 6-12. Other tasks include assisting instructors, assisting children with art work, directing activities, related class structure and child supervision. Please send cover letter stating qualifications and experience, and resumé to

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is currently accepting applications for the Executive Director of Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Publisher of Visual Arts News. The Executive Director oversees all aspects of the organization’s operations and finance, including development, communications, partnerships, and planning/programming of year-round activities, under the guidance of the Board of Directors. Duties include grant writing and reporting; fundraising; program development and implementation; management of financial records and budgets; hiring and management of a staff and volunteers; regular reporting to the Board of Directors; coordination of board meetings; and general administration. This position requires a highly motivated, professional and experienced individual with strong oral, written, organizational and managerial skills; experience with financial recording and budgets; keen attention to detail; and significant computer proficiency. The ability to work independently and multi-task in a deadline-driven environment is critical. Previous experience should include substantial management/administrative experience, preferably in the not-for-profit sector. Knowledge of visual art practices is necessary and an extensive knowledge of Nova Scotia’s visual arts community is desirable. Applications must be received no later than May 18, 2018 at 5pm. Please send your C.V., a cover letter and three references to (subject heading: Executive Director Hiring Committee).

Call for Applications: seeking counselors for Alderney Landing’s Children’s Art and Theatre Camp. Art and Theatre Camp Counselors are responsible for all aspects of the children’s art and theatre camps, including programming and preparing materials. During the weeks of the camps they are responsible for the safety and well being and happiness of children aged 6-12. Other tasks are registration, check-in, check-out, filing reports, assisting instructors, assisting children with art work, directing activities and related class structure and child supervision. To qualify for this position the candidate should currently be a full time student who is returning to full time studies in the Fall. Candidates should also enjoy and have experience working with children in a team environment, have an interest in art and performance, take direction well, be organized and have a very positive outlook. Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and resume listing applicable experience to For more info on this year’s Art and Theatre Camp Programming check out their website.

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Spring Seconds Sale! There will be a pottery clearout of Bread & Butter Pottery and Therese Bombardier Designs at Wonder’neath Studio, 2891 Isleville Street, Halifax on Sunday, May 27th 11am-3pm. Remember that it is cash only!

Head to the opening of Bear River’s artist run gallery, the Bear River Artworks Gallery. Take a look at their new paintings, photography, sculpture, mosaic glass, and jewelry. They’ve also added three new artists to the gallery. This Friday, May 18 from 6 – 8pm at 1913 Clementsvale Road (the Oakdene Centre), Bear River, Nova Scotia. The gallery is open 7 days a week from Friday until Thanksgiving.

Tuesday May 22 is your last chance to have your say about the sale of the Khyber Building to the 1588 Barrington Building Preservation Society. Council will vote on whether to sell the building to the Society after the hearing. They’d love to see all of our supporters there and would love it even more if you felt like speaking in support of our proposal (if that’s your thing)! Sign up to speak at 5:30pm at Halifax Regional Council at the hearing on May 22 or you can sign up to speak or submit written comments ahead of time through the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

Beginning on May 11, Main & Station will be hosting a Saturday morning life drawing session. Main & Station’s Life Drawing sessions are Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm with a half hour break. This is an uninstructed session. They provide the facility, the seating, and the model. They will also have some drawing boards available on a first come, first served basis. You bring your own supplies. Some paper will be provided.

Get your tickets for the Aestival Festival! Each year, to celebrate the beginning of summer, members of Craft Nova Scotia donate their work in support of the organization and between 105 and 120 pieces of fine craft are collected for the event. One hundred tickets to the event will be sold. Throughout the evening  numbers from 1 to 100 will be drawn, corresponding to the ticket numbers. When a ticket holder hears their number called, they have 20 seconds to select one object from all the craft displayed. Tickets for the Craft NS Annual Fundraiser on June 8th in Halifax are on sale NOW! Contact the Craft NS office for details and tickets, (link sends e-mail) or 902-423-3837.

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Inspired by the surroundings that envelop White Point Beach Resort and the 7400 km coastline of Nova Scotia, SEA’spired Outdoor Sculpture Show is a celebration of the sea. Starting Sunday, May 6 with the Grand Opening at 2pm and continuing until October 8, you are invited to meander and stroll along the shoreline to discover more than 30 sculptures by a collection of 18 Nova Scotian artists. White Point is proud to have the opportunity to collaborate with this collection of artists in presenting this intimate and unique presentation of their works in their outdoor gallery, in honour of their 90th Anniversary. Curated by Gift Shop Manager, Cathie Pincombe, this show promises to be one of the most dynamic to be enjoyed in 2018. Sea’spired Artists include Franz Fraitzl, Tom Alway & Peter Blais, Brad Hall, Sarah Irwin, Mary Jane Lundy, Beverly McInnes, Jan Hull, and Shauna MacLeod.

Westcote Bell Pottery in LaHave, south of Bridgewater, next to the LaHave bakery, is expanding. They have built a brand new building that is a rebuild of the old country store that was demolished in 1994. The building has been re-created with all the architectural elements around the front windows. Inside are two large showrooms to display the artwork created by Vaughan Smith and Jacqueline M Cohen, co-founders of the pottery. To celebrate this 12 month project they are having an open house on May 19, 5-8pm, catered by the LaHave Bakery with music by Pennybrook. There will also be an Empty Bowls fundraiser for the LaHave Fire House. Vaughan Smith has donated 55 bowls to be sold at half price, $15 including soup and a roll, all proceeds going to the Lahave and District Fire Department. In addition the first 100 patrons through the doors will receive a free planter and water tray. All welcome.

Now in its eighth iteration, Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative 8: Inner/ Outer Space is Eyelevel’s biennial exhibition of artist’s books, multiples, and printed matter. This year’s Reshelving Initiative exhibition: INNER / OUTER SPACE has brought together over 70 works by a group of 40 new artists, and many more from Eyelevel’s bookstore archive, to imagine new worlds, possible futures, and forgotten pasts through the mobile and site-responsive nature of printed matter. The list of featured artists is great and includes Ben Mosher, Devon Berquist, Elyse Moir, Erica Flake, Hannah Genosko, Justice Colwell, Mollie Cronin, Ryan Josey, Terri Whetstone, Tinofadzwa Chiome, and Wes Johnston. It opens May 4 and is on view until June 8. The exhibition will exist both inside and outside of Eyelevel’s new physical home at 100-5663 Cornwallis, where an installation and all related programming will be hosted.

Art from the Heart is on May 18, 6:30 – 7:30pm at the AGNS Western Branch. Please join the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth for an inspiring and informative evening featuring the groundbreaking work of the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing Initiative (ACHH), a partnership between Indigenous communities, the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University. The evening will feature an engaging presentation by Dr. Margot Latimer and Karlee Johnson, a short video, Q + A, and reception with light refreshments. On view will be a selection of paintings from the Art from the Heart exhibition by young people involved with the ACHH Initiative.

The Lunenburg School of the Arts and the Nova Scotia Association of Architects are presenting a lecture series! The process and work of architects is often hidden and unexplained. This series is intended to present a variety of architectural topics by local architects who live and work within the South Shore community. The architects who present the topics are diverse both in their educational, professional and life experiences. They are hopeful that the community will enjoy these presentations and ignite a shared interest in the improvement of their built environment. On May 17 William Ungar presents The Architect Next Door then on June 21 Sydney Dumaresq gives a lecture on The Life and Times of the Shubenacadie Canal. They have more lectures planned for the fall so for the complete list please visit their website.

Fort Sackville Foundation is hosting Painting at Scott Manor, Art in the Making 2018, at 15 Fort Sackville Road, Bedford, on Saturdays from July 7 to August 11. Come and find your inspiration to paint on the grounds of Scott Manor House. Complete information and registration form are available here.

The IWK Kermesse Art Show and Sale takes place this coming May 17 – 26. There will be over 100 original paintings donated by local artists and the proceeds from the Show and Sale will support the Auxiliary’s contributions toward providing care and comfort to patients and families at the IWK. So join them on May 17 from 7-9 pm for the opening reception (everyone is welcome). The Show takes place at the Chase Gallery, NS Archives Building.

The Canadian Craft Federation/FCMA’s 13th national contemporary craft conference titled Placemaking: The Unique Connection Between Craft, Community and Tourism, will take place in Nova Scotia from October 10th – 15th, 2018. This national event will highlight the role of contemporary craft culture in strengthening and encouraging community development. By exploring the positive impact of craft practice on both physical and virtual communities, the conference will share information on craft culture’s role in enhancing the sense of belonging, understanding, and appreciation of community members, leading to happier, healthier, more positive social interactions. Through the presentations, workshops, networking sessions and cultural events of Placemaking, the use of culture as an impetus for positive change will drive conversation through creation, expression, sharing and celebration. In partnership with Craft Nova Scotia, Craft Alliance, NSCAD University, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Lunenburg School of Art and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, this year’s event includes more collaboration than ever before. There will be a limited number of seats available at all these events. Stay tuned for more details – coming soon.

Lou Sheppard: A Strong Desire (Choreography with Leelee Eko Toyosi Davis) is at the Khyber. In a monthlong Khyber residency in April 2018, Lou Sheppard will be working on a choreographic translation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria. The DSM text represents a psychiatric diagnosis that allows access to trans health care like hormone therapy and surgery. It also represents the medicalization of Trans identity, acting as a barometer against which Trans experience is judged. Using large printed versions of this text, Lou will translate the negative spaces surrounding the words into labanotation, a standardized dance notation. This notation will then be choreographed, performed and documented with Leelee Eko Toyosi Davis. A Strong Desire will then be presented in an exhibition with publication at the Khyber Centre for the Arts, on view during gallery hours April 28 – May 26.  Throughout their month-long residency Lou will be hosting weekly open studio events where they will be sharing their research and watching dance films. These are free to attend and popcorn is provided. Artist talk and publication launch: 6 – 9pm Monday, May 21.

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Apply for the Arquetopia Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency in Oaxaca Mexico or Cusco Peru. It’s a production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) in diverse techniques from the areas, which vary depending on the supporting fiber; the options are wool and cotton. Residents learn preparations and traditional recipes to prepare and use natural dyes, mordents, and fixatives. This unique instructional residency offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists age 22 and over. Deadline: May 27.

The airCRAFT Emerging Artists Residency at The Centre for Craft NS strives to support emerging artists taking the next steps in their careers. Through a 9-month residency the Centre will work with each resident one-on-one to individualize and tailor the program to suit their particular objectives for their art careers. Whether the resident would like to pursue a career in production or to create a new body of work to exhibit in galleries, this residency is for them to explore and develop their practice towards the next step in their career. With studios in Ceramics, Wood, Jewellery, and Weaving/Textile the program supports up to 3 participants. Deadline: August 17.

Mauser EcoHouse Artist Residency in the Central Pacific Coastal area of Costa Rica provides artists with a tranquil and inspirational space where they can immerse themselves in their individual projects. There, artists are encouraged to be self-directed and pursue their personal, creative objectives. The program focuses on furnishing artists with luxury accommodations, ample work space and serene surroundings so that individual or group projects can be worked on, and creativity can flourish. At the Mauser EcoHouse artists can expect a lush jungle setting on our 1.5 acres of land. The property contains numerous indigenous fruit trees, edible plants, herbs and a working greenhouse. Two banana circle composts andfive swales are also on the site. Pricing: $16-$35 per night depending on length of stay and private or shared room. Deadline: Ongoing.

Are you an artist or a craftsman who wishes to experience a collective and in situ residency on a farm in Quebec? RURART Production residency, the 2018 summer edition, offers the chance to various artists to experience a unique and collective residency. For a duration of one month, artists are invited to work on or rework a piece of their own. Following a self-organized group structure, the participants share and support each other and have autonomous space to work on their own. During the residency gardening, well being, and artitic worksops are offered. After 10 days of research, artists are asked to share their work with the public within the same environment they worked in throughout the residency. The six presentations are created in the format of a path passing through different stations on the farm La Généreuse. Deadline: May 28.

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White Rabbit is a 7-day interdisciplinary residency set in a rural landscape on the edge of the Bay of Fundy in Economy, Nova Scotia. The residency is process-focused, encouraging artists to create work that is responsive to their environment. During the week-long residency, participants work with their initial idea as a malleable, living thing, and allow it to take shape as they engage with the Red Clay landscape. Residents are free to wander through orchards, stream beds, tall forests, hills, meadows, and shorelines and to make their work in whichever location they are most drawn to. Artists from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to apply (textiles, dance, theatre, ceramics, paint, poetry, philosophy, words, audio, projection, documentary, film, performance, music, you-name-it). The most important thing is to be willing to engage with the landscape, and with other artists, to find a conversation between the process/end result, and the chosen site. Submissions deadline: May 21.

Residency Opportunity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park! In collaboration with Parks Canada, Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is excited to open the call for applications for this autumn’s artist in residence program in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Last year was the inaugural year for the program, and after much success, it will be offered to professional artists practicing in visual or craft based arts again this autumn. This Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for a professional artist to focus for a concentrated period on developing new projects, or to work on existing projects, within quiet, natural surroundings. Last year’s artist in residence, Amélie Jérôme said, “To be surrounded by such diverse landscapes fueled my imagination and enriched my work, and my experience in the park continues to inform my practice”. For more information and the full application, visit their website. Deadline for applications: June 1.

The Banff Artist in Residence in Visual + Digital Arts (September 17 – October 19, 2018) provides time and space for artists, curators, and arts professionals to create, research, experiment, and cultivate new directions in their work. In addition to a private studio space and shared facility use, artists are surrounded by a community of artistic peers and have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances by world-renowned visiting artists, all within Banff Centre’s spectacular mountain setting. The Banff Artist in Residence offers opportunities to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Participants are provided with a studio, accessible 24 hours a day, as well as access to our extensive facilities to further develop production techniques. Knowledgeable staff are available to provide technical support and assistance. Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible). Application Deadline: May 23.

The Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant is an eight- to ten-week residency awarded to two emerging artists to create a new artist’s book and teach young people at Women’s Studio Workshop. Their Art-in-Education (AIE) program is a model for arts education and operates in conjunction with the Kingston City School District. AIE provides a high quality arts experience by bringing students to a professional artist’s workspace and giving them concentrated time to learn printmaking, papermaking, and book arts.Generally, the resident dedicates her first month to producing a limited edition artist’s book, which is hand-printed and bound in the studio. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance. This grant includes a stipend of $350/week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions. Deadline: All applications must be physically mailed and postmarked by November 15.

New residency program at Beaver Dam Farm in Nova Scotia. Starting in mid June or first of July, they are holding week long Artist Residency programs. They’d like to host experienced artists at their beautiful farm. Artists who are able to work independently taking advantage of all the farm’s facilities. There are a few more details on their Facebook page.

The SPiN Artist Residency at Pikes Ibiza is an art escape that engages in creating a better world through art. Without the pressures from normal daily life, the attending artists will engage in progressive ideas, take risks and have mutual dialogue with other international artists. In addition to painters, sketch artists and print makers, the residency accepts writers, photographers, videographers, new media artists and graphic designers. At the end of the month they organize a group gallery show for all of the art residents at Pikes. This is a funded residency with little or no cost to the artists. Residents share an open studio space. They also have a 9 meter weather proof geodesic dome that will be available to work in. Residents can work in their studio space for 7 days a week, at all hours. Depending on the scheduling of the rooms, selected artists can choose to attend for a one (1) week, two (2) week or a full month period. This residency has been formulated to encourage creative, experimental thinking and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists. Each artist will work among a community of artistic fellows while creating art through an autonomous and unrestricted working atmosphere. Deadline: September 15.

The Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists & the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Visual Arts Gallery have partnered to offer a funded summer residency and exhibition. We welcome applications from emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists working in all media, and especially those interested in community engagement, social practice, and socially-engaged works. Artists will reside at the Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists duplex as they develop new work for the exhibit. The residency start date is flexible depending on the needs of the artist and proposed project, but can last anywhere between four to eight weeks. The University of Illinois, Springfield is funding a summer residency in Enos Park. It can be up to eight weeks in duration, beginning as early as June 1st and ending by August 4th. The stipend is $1,000 and the housing costs of $200 per month will be covered. At the conclusion of the residency, the artist will hold a show in the Visual Arts Gallery on the UIS campus. Deadline: August 1

The Nonesuch Residency program offers residencies in Parrsboro, NS and Montreal, QC. The Nonesuch mission is to have fun and to encourage artistic activity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community involvement. Residencies are available to established and emerging visual, literary, sound and performance artists as well as philosophers, historians and anyone else whose application is accepted. Nonesuch Residents in Parrsboro will be offered accommodation in one of the following: the third floor apartment of Main & Station, a room in a ground level 2 bedroom apartment in the centre of town, a cottage perched on a cliff overlooking the Minas Basin, or a billet in a private residence. Standard residencies can last from 2 to 4 weeks. For more information please visit their website. Deadline for applications: ongoing.

Apply today for 360 Xochi Quetzal Free Fiber Residency in Mexico. 360 Xochi Quetzal is an artist and writer’s residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, visual artists, fiber artists, new media artists, dancers and string musicians working with fiber materials or content are all welcome to apply for a free one month residency from December 15, 2018 – January 14, 2019. You could spend the winter working on your art in sunny Mexico. This year they will focus on fiber related applications. For visual artists, this may include all fiber related media: fiberart, fiber installations, basketry, embroidery, quilting, textile design and printing, knitting, mixed media, paper-making, book arts, crochet, felting, beading, dyeing, rug hooking, wearables, jewelry, weaving and tapestry, fiber sculpture, and vessels. Read their full call for entry hereDeadline: July 29.

The Nonesuch Chefs Residency. The Nonesuch Café is a small coffeehouse and eatery located in the picturesque seaside town of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The café is on the ground floor of Main & Station along with myriad used books, kickshaws, and art. The upper levels of the building offer accommodation space for Nonesuch artist’s in residence as well as workshop, exhibition, and performance space. They specialize in mushrooms, sea vegetables, and an international vegetarian cuisine. The Nonesuch Chefs vegetarian residency program offers chefs of all styles and experience the opportunity to try something different. This is for someone who seeks inspiration, a challenge, an opportunity, or maybe just a change of scene. The challenge is to run a successful café eatery in a very small seaside town. The opportunity is what you make it into. Applicants who are selected will be provided with personal accommodation, a furnished, heated, and powered kitchen and dining area.To apply for a Nonesuch Chef’s Residency, write them a letter about who you are and what you would like to achieve and email it to or mail it to Main & Station, PO Box 507, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0M 1S0.

Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island offers self directed residencies. Focus on your work in a distraction-free environment! They offer a range of comfortable accommodations for your self-directed residency. All of the studios feature high ceilings and large windows that get lots of natural light; the bedrooms are modest yet cozy, appointed with a single bed, side table, lamp and blackout curtain. Linens are provided. Their Winter season runs from October 1 to April 30, and the Summer season runs from May 1 to September 30. Different rates apply. Availability can be limited during peak season (May to September) so they encourage prospective guests to book well in advance to secure preferred dates. Visual Arts Studios range in size from 250 to 750 square feet. The studios feature large wall surfaces, work tables with lamps, and a comfort area with chairs and a coffee table.

The Textilsetur Textiles Skill-Share Residency in Blönduós, Iceland calls for artists. The Icelandic Textile Centre residency seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation and reflection for artists and scholars working inside the textile field. They hope that the scenic setting, including the old town of Blönduós and the river Blanda, support and enhance the creativity of artists and scholars by providing them with uninterrupted time for work and exploration. Each artist in residence will be invited to present a skill-sharing workshop for their fellow residents. In return you receive numerous skill-sharing sessions from other fellow residents. Duration: November 2017: 3 weeks; December 2017: 3 – 4 weeks; January to April 2018: 1 – 4 months. Cost is €525 per three-week period in November and December; €700 /month January – April standard residency cost, all facilities included. Deadline: ongoing.

The Ou Gallery Residency in the Cowichan Valley, BC. The Ou, located on Vancouver Island, was an old boatbuilding workshop that is converted into a gallery and studio space. They aim to be ‘more than just wall space’ and their monthly exhibitions are curated to reflect a contemporary & emerging art space unique to the Cowichan Valley.  The goal with the residency program is to bring international creativity & perspectives to our Gallery & Workshop, and bring artists of all different cultures here to share their art & ideas with the community on their little Island. The Ou welcomes 2D & 3D artists, printers, writers, poets, performers – makers who need time away to focus on a series, or who would like to teach workshops & gain experience. They’re open to hosting events & interesting, challenging, ideas. Artists here for 2 weeks + are eligible to present an exhibition of their work. In addition to your suite with your private bedroom, you will have access to the Hall for studio space. The amount of space provided will depend on your project goals, but you can always feel free to setup an easel. Cost: 1 week: $350 | 2 weeks: $750| 3 weeks: $900 | 3 Months: $2,100. Deadline: ongoing.

The 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. They now offer four live/work spaces. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. They offer a personal residency that can be applied for throughout the year.

The North West River Artist-in-Residence Program is a pilot program which is an initiative of the Labrador Institute and Grenfell Campus Art Gallery/Fine Arts Division, Memorial University of Newfoundland. The program is situated in the Labrador Institute Research Station at North West River, Labrador. The residency is open to artists of all disciplines (including visual arts, film, audio, music, theatre, writing and curatorship). The residency welcomes artists who wish to research, develop and/or produce ongoing or new bodies of work. Artists will be expected to make a community presentation (workshop, public lecture, studio tour, reading, for example). Subject to availability, residencies are from up to 4 to 12 weeks in duration. Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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The board of directors of the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival is calling for submissions for original designs for this year’s festival awards. These awards will be presented to participants from around the globe and will serve as a one-of-a-kind Maritime keepsake for each winner. Interested artists are asked to consider that the awards should be lightweight and easily packed for travel. Please consider packaging for travel within your submission. In addition, the award should incorporate the LITF brand – the Jester Fish – and provide a place to identify the award (e.g. Best Canadian Production, Best Actor). Ten awards are required, with a budget of $2,000, including HST. The successful artist will also be highlighted in the festival program. Deadline for submissions: July 31.

The call is officially out for the 31st annual CFAT Media Art Scholarship! Before you send in that application, join them for a scholarship info session on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 – 9:30pm! The CFAT Media Arts Scholarship program is a rigorous six-month education and mentorship opportunity where participants make a media art project. Selected applicants are required to make a media art piece in a medium in which they have little to no previous experience. The Media Art Scholarship Program is open to any member of the public who is not currently attending a similar program. You do not need to be an artist to apply, but you do need to have a clear vision/concept for your art project. Deadline: June 7 at midnight. 

The Northumberland Art Council has put out a call for submissions for their Members’ Show and Sale. For this group show, Under the Influence, they would like their members to invite someone who has influenced them as artists to exhibit their work along with them in this show. They can be from far away, long ago, or just down the street! For the exhibition, please include a description of how this person has influenced your work. While members must have a current membership, it is not required for the invited artist. They are looking forward to highlighting the wonderful work of our artist members. Under the Influence will be at the Fraser Cultural Centre in Tatamagouche, June 22 -July 11.

This summer The Lunenburg Art Gallery is hosting the 18th annual Paint Sea On Site Art Festival on July 21 & 22.  Calling all artists to paint in the Paint Sea On Site Art Festival! All painting and drawings must be done on site. Registration is $25 which includes: Morning coffee and muffins, free ball cap, two lunches, Mix n’ Mingle Reception Saturday. The Registration Form and further details are available on their website or phone: (902) 640-4044. Deadline: June 30.

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Nocturne has put out a Call For Projects for Nomadic Reciprocity, curated by Raven Davis. Responding to the settler state of Canada’s, one-sided, and documented history, Nomadic Reciprocity encourages artists from all territories and all treaties to reflect on their connection to the political environment of Canada, the Indigenous land we occupy, the social conditions, and each person’s lived experiences as Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people; while encouraging collaborations grounded in reciprocity. It is their goal to encourage artistic collaborations, while using art as a catalyst for re-imagining our future, and our communities. They seek to display themes that can be linked to history, colonialism, social justice and Indigenous sovereignty allowing visibility of artistic works that are not common in organized public spaces and galleries and attempt to showcase artistic works which create space for a deeper understanding and conversations about the country we live in and the Indigenous land we occupy. There will be an info session May 3, 6 – 8pm at Alteregos Coffee House, 2193 Gottingen St, Halifax. Deadline: June 10.

Craft Nova Scotia Summer & Christmas Show Applications are now online. The Craft Nova Scotia (formerly known as Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council) Summer Show will be returning to Victoria Park for 2018, a beautiful treed park at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, right across from the Public Gardens. The event, open to all current juried Craft Nova Scotia members, will take place July 20 – 22.  The Craft Nova Scotia Christmas Show will be returning to Cunard Event Centre for 2018, located at Pier 23 on the Halifax Waterfront. The event, open to all current juried Craft Nova Scotia members, will take place November 16 – 18.  They will continue this year with early registration discounts. Please note that in order to take advantage of the $50 early registration discount you must pay your booth fees IN FULL by the early registration deadline of Tuesday, May 8.

The Art Ex Festival Corporation is seeking artist’s submissions for Art Ex 2018 proposed projects and/or workshops. Art Ex is a weekend visual arts festival being held September 28 – 30 in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador. Visual artists working in all media are invited to submit proposed activities for Art Ex 2018. Artists may want to consider the following proposed activities, an exhibition, art talks, hands-on workshops for children, youth and adults, an installation, short film making, professional development, artist circle or discussion panel. Artists are encouraged to consider innovative and fresh ideas for Art Ex 2018, with the theme of “Express yourself with Art”. Deadline: June 30.

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 new to working in an independent studio or an artist who has a specific project to work on and could use support to fund a short-term studio space. The Halifax studio (in the upper images) is in the Manual Training Collective (MTC) on the corner of Duke and Hollis Street. The only available slot for this is for two months in July and August 2018. The subsidized rent for members is $75/ month. Located on the 3rd floor of the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, 37 Nepean Street, the Sydney studio is 7′ x 10′, with partial dividers (see the lower images). The subsidized rent for members is $50/month + key deposit (deposit will be returned at the end of the rental). The available slots are from September to October 2018 – March 2019. Deadline for applications: May 31, 2018.

Trashorama 2018: a celebration of art made from garbage is September 21 – 30 in Parrsboro. Main & Station are seeking proposals and submissions from artists, environmentalists, and scientists. There will be exhibitions, speakers, workshops, and a communal project to create large outdoor sculpture using trash collected from local beaches. For more information please check out their website or contact

The Points East Plein Air Festival (formerly Montague Plein Air) will take place this summer July 4-8 throughout beautiful eastern PEI. They invite you to get creative and experience painting on location in beautiful Prince Edward Island. Celebrate your creativity & enjoy the company of the other participating artists in this open art festival. To mark the 5th year of the festival this year’s prize amounts and categories have been increased. Registration is now open at

The Giants of Nova Scotia Photo Contest is looking for the most outstanding photographs of trees and forests from across Nova Scotia. 12 monthly photos will be selected for a calendar, the proceeds of which go to the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute for work to prevent the spread of invasive pests in our forests. The winner receives $50 per photo selected; 1 cover photo will be selected and the winner receives $100. Up to 3 photos per photographer. Winners will be notified September 24. More details can be found on their websiteSubmission deadline: September 14. 

Main & Station is seeking sculpture for the Parrsboro area. Sculpture must be suitable for outdoor public display. It should be stable and free-standing. Artists will be expected to install their own sculptures within the designated time frame and remove them the week after the tour ends leaving the site in its original condition and to have the necessary proofs of insurance. Any artist can apply and each chosen work will receive an honorarium. For more information about this Main & Station initiative, please visit their website, phone 514-717-4823, or contact Harvey Lev or Judith S Bauer, at

Presented by Avon River Arts (formerly the Hants County Arts Council), Artisans in Action is a series of pop-up shows and demonstrations showcasing Nova Scotian artists and artisans, taking place the first Sunday of the month, June through October, at the Avon River Heritage museum in historic Newport Landing. They are currently accepting artists for all of the upcoming 2018 Artisan in Action events, the cost to participate is $25 per person/per event. As always artists and artisans are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and they accept up to 3 artists from each medium, for each event (excluding Paint Avondale, which is open to as many artist as can be comfortably accommodated along the historic Newport Landing waterfront). To register please visit their website and download the registration form.

Call for Expressions of Interest for the Healing Arts Project Sobey Cancer Support Centre – Dr. Susan K. Roberts Lodge that Gives. This fall the Canadian Cancer Society, in partnership with The Robert Pope Foundation, will launch the Healing Arts Project – a ten-week series of creative sessions led and delivered by a different artist each week.  The Lodge is a home away from home for cancer patients and their families. It provides meals, accommodations, programs and services to those who are receiving cancer treatment in Halifax. Each evening workshop will consist of up to 20 participants from a variety of ages and backgrounds. Each session will be no more than two hours and allow participants to use art to come together and share a fun, hands-on, artistic experience during their cancer journey. Workshop content can include visual art, music, dance, drama or literary art. Selected artists will receive a CARFAC recommended stipend for prep, workshop and materials. Please submit a one-page summary of your proposed workshop idea along with your CV to Donna Wellard, Canadian Cancer Society, 5826 South Street, Halifax, NS B3H 1S6; Deadline: July 6.

Nocturne has launched their 2018 call for Nocturne Venues! This year Nocturne is seeking interested venue participants who are looking for artists to transform their space on the night of Nocturne or host lead up events like artist talks or workshops! By filling out this application, your venue will be added to a list that is made available to local and visiting artists looking to apply to the festival. The artists then contact the venue owners to discuss. Hosting a project is a great way to generate interest and exposure for your space and organization or business. On the night of Nocturne, your venue should be accessible to the artist on Saturday, October 13th at 8am until 12pm on Sunday, October 14th to give the artist time for the preparation and removal of a project. For more information please contact Nocturne’s Executive Director: or visit Deadline: June 1.

Pictou Seaside Marketpace is held from mid-June to mid-September in the Curling Club building on the Pictou Waterfront at 66 Caladh Avenue. There has been a Market running out of this building for approximately 20 year and it has operated primarily as a Craft Market most of that time. However, the new Marketplace is committed to focusing on consumable products, entertainment, food, artisan creations, tourist services and most importantly, a Community Gathering Place. They are looking for artists to demonstrate their work, caricature artists, and artists for coop booth spaces. See the Creative Pictou County newsletter for more info. Send submissions ASAP to

The Northumberland Arts Council has put out a call for submissions for “Under the Influence”, their members’ show and sale at the historic Fraser Cultural Centre. Members are asked to invite someone who has been an inspiration to show their work alongside the member. Information must be sent to the coordinator by June 15 and the work must be delivered on June 20. For more information please see the complete call here.

The Winding River Art Gallery and Gifts at the Mastodon Ridge, Stewiacke, a not for profit co-operative is seeking four new members. It presently has space for three sculpture/3D artists such as jewellers, potters, woodworkers, etc, and one hanging artist. They are looking for ‘core’ members only at this time who would be required to work approximately three days per month and pay a yearly co-op fee. All work would need to be juried. For more information, please contact Virginia Houston at or by phone at 902-861-1937. The Gallery reopens May 1, 2018.

This year is the 7th annual Avondale Art Fair & Ginger Fest at the Avondale Sky Winery! It will be held on June 16. The fall event, the 6th annual Avondale Garlic Fest, will be another large draw for artists. It will be held on September 15th. They are looking for artists to apply for either event so please visit their websites for more details. They also hope to draw a fair number of new artists to these events to always keep these festivals fresh for those who attend. See their website and application form for details.

The Nova Scotia Potters Guild has put out a Call For Entry for their upcoming exhibition: Quaff. The executive of the Nova Scotia Potters Guild is happy to announce the 2018 members exhibition at Government House, the office and residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. They are honoured to have been granted the opportunity to show their work September 20 – October 24, 2018 and participate with Government House for Nocturne 2018. This show is open to both functional as well as sculptural works. They encourage you to think outside the box, challenge your creativity, and create work that inspires. Quaff is open to all individual members of the NSPG. Individuals who are not currently members of the guild may participate in the exhibition by paying membership dues. This will be open to all Maritime ceramic artists including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. The jurors will be considering content, craftsmanship, and concept. There will be a fee of $10 for each entry in either category. Individuals with questions are encouraged to contact the NSPG Exhibition Committee: Deadline for submission and entry fees: June 25.

FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax – a charming and historic coastal city – into an international mecca for the arts, abuzz with filmmakers, industry types and film lovers. Their call for entries is now open for each of their six categories. Offering a first look at the best international films of the festival season, FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival is a champion of local filmmakers, committed to bridging the gap. Earlybird Deadline: May 18.

Call to artists for NSCAD University’s Treaty Space Gallery, located at the Port Loggia (1107 Marginal Road), will continue NSCAD’s commitment towards Indigenous knowledge mobilization and ongoing support of Indigenous contemporary art. This new dedicated permanent space aims to foster treaty education and understanding of the treaties signed on this land. NSCAD’s Treaty Space Gallery is calling on professional artists and students to submit proposals that respond to the notion of treaty, in historical and contemporary as well as literal and conceptual forms. This space will explore concepts of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ‘co-existence’ stipulated in the recent Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (June 2015) as a key framework towards decolonizing together. Artists who work in a diverse range of mediums as well as contemporary and traditional disciplines are welcome to apply. They welcome the personal and unique perspectives of all Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to take part and engage in the notion of treaties and to become familiar and respond to the ‘Peace and Friendship’ Treaties specific to this territory. Deadline is ongoing.

Hardware Gallery is a new art gallery in Kentville, NS and they are currently taking artist submissions for all media. This is an ongoing call. Currently there are no deadlines for submissions. Artists should send 10 images of artwork, image list and a CV to info@hardwaregallery.caImage files should be no larger than 1mb each, filename’s being labeled with the artist’s name and the image list document should be clearly correlated with filenames and include year completed and dimensions. For video, please send web links. Video files are too large to receive over email. Hardware Gallery will collect 35% commission on sales, with funds being used to help keep the nonprofit gallery in operation.

Seven Bays Bouldering in Halifax will be showing work by a new artist every month. Individuals are allowed to sell their work from the space and keep 100% of the sale money, but they are also welcome to simply display their work if they prefer. The space is mostly limited to flat works that will be displayed on the walls with a track and wire hanging system, but some accommodations can be made for artists who also have three-dimensional works. While they have a great community at their gym, and have not had any serious incidents, please be advised that Seven Bays will not be liable for any damage to works while they are being shown. Anyone interested can email with images of their work, titled with their name, the medium, and the dimensions as well as which months would work for them. Seven Bays will be trying to install on the first Tuesday of every month and require that the artist be present to assist with the install and take down.

Gallery Nineteen Nineteen seeks artist submissions. The gallery is a 450 square foot art gallery/community-gathering space in north end Halifax. It is housed within Halifax’s oldest flowershop, Dean’s Flowers which was established in the year 1919. Local Atlantic Canadian artists’ work are featured in five-week cycles, the slots they are filling begin September 2018. If you are interested please send a 150-word bio, six or more images of your works and a link to your website to or call 902-454-0900.

The Teichert Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is currently accepting submissions. New works are juried biweekly by their volunteer accessions committee who meet every other Monday. The deadline for submission is every other Sunday before 3pm. Artists may submit up to five works at a time. Please have your works titled (title should be written on the back of the work along with your name) and attach or email your biography, CV, or both. You will need to determine the sale price for you work. The gallery’s commission rate is 35%. If you are unsure about pricing your work they encourage you to browse around the gallery and look at comparable works. Works may be dropped off anytime during gallery hours, no need to set up an appointment. For more information see their submission guidelines.

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Nova Scotia Exhibition Listings

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ACADIA UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, WOLFVILLE: Whose Maud?, Laura Kenney and Steven Rhude, June 12 – July 28. Opening reception June 12, 7pm.

ARGYLE FINE ART, HALIFAX: Finding Depth, Kim Eddy, May 11 – June 2.

ART 1274 HOLLIS, HALIFAX: Awakening, Christine Sonntag and Jean Hughes, opens May 3, 6 – 8pm.

ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA, HALIFAX: Folk/Funk, July 22 – July 15. The Light Fantastic, March 23 – September 16. Perfectly Bright, March 20 – May 27. Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō, April 13, 2018 – March 17, 2019. Transatlantique: the art of fashion and costume design in Paris and Halifax, March 31 – September 23.

ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA, YARMOUTH: Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Made Time Stand Still; Maud Lewis: As Collected by John Risley; Thaddeus Holownia: Sable Island; Picture Perfect, Mark Kasumovic, December 1 – June 10.

ARTsPLACE, ANNAPOLIS ROYAL: ARC: In/Visible, Charlotte Wilson Hammond, Chapel: Footprints, Janet Larkman, Brad Hall, Sharon Irving-Kennedy; Mym: Cats, Snakes & Ladies, Cameron McIntosh, May 20 – July 1. Opening:May 27, 1 – 3pm.

ART ZONE GALLERY, HALIFAX: Ocean View, Paulette Melanson, Rae Smith, Beverly Hubley, Debbie Mosher and Kristen Herrington. Opening: May 25, 6 – 8pm.

AVON RIVER HERITAGE MUSEUM, AVONDALE: 20th Great Little Art Show, Avon River Artists, May 4 – 31.

CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, SYDNEY: Through a Quiet Window, Steve Jansen, May 11 – July 6.

THE CHASE GALLERY (NS ARCHIVES), HALIFAX: The IWK Kermesse Art Show and Sale, May 17 – 26.

THE CRAIG GALLERY, DARTMOUTH: Main & Case Galleries: Erotic Landscapes, Carlos Gomez, May 3 – June 3.  Artist Talk: May 19, 2pm.

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: From the Vault: Ars Longa, May 25 – July 8.

EYELEVEL, HALIFAX: Printed Matter Artist-in-Residence: Tinofadzwa Chiome, May 1 – 31. Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative:8 Inner/Outer Space, May 4 – June 8.

14 BELLS, HALIFAX: April Showers Group Floral Show, Fuze, Tylor McNeil, Eleni Manolakos, Rhonda Marineau, Sanna Rahola, Lisa-Maj Roos, and Al Simm, May 12, 1 – 4pm.

GALLERY NINETEEN NINETEEN, HALIFAX: Portraits, Erin Hollingshead, April 30 – June 1.

GALLERY 97, LOWER SACKVILLE: It’s Spring: a show of 17 artists, May 1 – July 3.

HARDWARE GALLERY, KENTVILLE: My North American Home, Terry Drahos, April 27 – May 30.

HERMES, HALIFAX: Behind Closed Doors, Erica Flake, May 5 – 27. Closing Reception: May 25, 6pm.

ICE HOUSE GALLERY, TATAMAGOUCHE: Alan Syliboy, June and July. Opening reception: June 1, 7 – 8pm.

INVERNESS COUNTY CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, INVERNESS: Hot Potato and Student Exhibit, May 5 – 27.

JACK’S GALLERY, WOLFVILLE: Paintings by students from Port Williams, Glooscap, L.E Shaw and Gaspereau Elementary Schools, closes May 27.

KHYBER CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, HALIFAX: A Strong Desire, Lou Sheppard. Choreography with Leelee Eko Toyosi Davis, April 28 – May 26. Artist talk and publication launch: May 21, 6 – 9pm.

LUNENBURG ART GALLERY, LUNENBURG: Tactile Explorations, Brad Allen, Brad Hall, Scott Hamlin, Alexa Jaffurs, Wayne Jay, Patricia Loucks, and Penny Ridley, April 24 – May 27.

MMFI GALLERY (MARIGOLD CULTURAL CENTRE), TRURO: May Menagerie, Winding River Art Gallery members Vera Carver, Barb Hines, Virginia Houston and Colette Samson, May 1 – 31.

MARY E. BLACK GALLERY, HALIFAX: Inflate, Catherine Allen, May 18 – June 8. Opening reception: May 17, 6pm.

MOUNT ST VINCENT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: The One Who Keeps on Giving, Maria Hupfield, March 17 – May 20. Material Remains, Frances Dorsey, Nancy Edell, Svava Juliusson, Leslie Sampson and Anna Torma, May 26 – July 22.

OXFORD RIVERSIDE GALLERY, OXFORD: A Sense of Snow, Local photographers,  April 4 – May 4. My Nova Scotia, ​May 28 – June 22.

PARKLAND AT THE GARDENS, HALIFAX: Ruth Rideout Exhibition, March 23 to May 4.

PEER GALLERY, LUNENBURG: New Watercolours, Tom Ward, May 19 – 30. Opening May 19, 2- 5pm.

ROSS CREEK CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, CANNING: Cultured Pallets, Soheila Esfahani, April 10 – June 20.

ROUND HILL STUDIOS, ANNAPOLIS ROYAL: Love and Knowledge, Arlene Dubo, May 4 – 31.

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: The Closer Together Things Are, April 7 – May 27.

ST FX UNIVERSITY GALLERY, ANTIGONISH: McNeil Gallery: Indigenous Art, Loretta Gould, Amanda and Darren Julian, Chelsea Brooks, David Brooks, Jay Bell Bird and Lorne Julien, October 12 – May 18.

SECORD GALLERY, HALIFAX: Ephemerals, Susan Tooke, April 13 – May 18.

SISSIBOO COFFEE BAR AND GALLERY, BEAR RIVER: Emotional Landscapes, Sophie Paskins, April 15 – May 31.

STUDIO 21 FINE ART, HALIFAX: Red, Marilyn McAvoy; Ascension, Charley Young, May 4 – June 6.

TEICHERT GALLERY, HALIFAX: May Group Show, May 3 – 28.

VIEWPOINT GALLERY, HALIFAX: Colours of the Earth, Ted Coldwell, May 3 – June 1.

VISUAL VOICE FINE ART, TRURO: Fishful Thinking, Nancy Robert; Bright Horizons, Dorothea LeBlanc, May 12  – June 9. Opening reception: May 12, 7 – 9pm.


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