Members’ News

Brief updates relaying VANS member notices concerning current practices and professional successes.  Members’ News is emailed to members quarterly.

To participate artists must be current VANS members. News items must be no longer than 100 words and written in 3rd person. Deadlines: December 7, March 8, June 7, and September 6.

Fall Edition

Rhonda Barrett has recently secured a lease for both studio and gallery space on the 3rd floor of historic Veith House in the North End of Halifax and extends a welcome into the space. Monthly art events and classes are planned, including some for children. All current works by Rhonda will also be display, and visitors are welcome to see works in progress and to chat about her process of collage in her studio during open hours. For more information and a schedule of events please visit

Maria Doering‘s Cells, Souls and Personalities series of linocuts is on display at the St. FX University Gallery in Antigonish for the month of September. Her print Nostalgic is one of 79 pieces selected (of 687 entries) for the 2018 Pacific States Biennial North American printmaking exhibition, juried by Washington, DC based artist Helen Frederick and organized by the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

Nova Scotia illustrator and long-time VANS member Lil Crump has illustrated a children’s book, Anna at the Art Museum, launched September 11th of this year. A great introduction for any budding young artist the book can be found in local book stores or ordered on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or through Annick Press.

Nora Gross is teaching beginning watercolour at DeSerres Art Store 1546 Barrington Street, Halifax.  All supplies are included for $45. For more information call DeSerres at 902-425-5566.  There are classes every month, Nora teaches watercolour next on October 12th from 1 – 3pm.

Kristen Herrington is expanding her collaborative portfolio and teaming up with her husband, Mike Ryan (singer-songwriter for Halifax based band, “The Town Heroes”) for a winter 2019 project. The duo will be producing an album and corresponding artwork for each song. Kristen will be painting her interpretation of Mike’s musical creations, all of which will be available for purchase in both original and print version.

Virginia Houston‘s latest exhibition NEWFOUNDLAND-From the Edge is now on display at Novel Tea, 622 Prince Street, Truro from September 8 to September 30 daily.

Sarah Irwin is having a solo exhibition opening at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, September 29th called Poet Trees. Invented arboreal portraits, each one paired with responsive verse written by Irwin, providing insight about the artist’s imagination while encouraging the viewer to practice their own. At the Hydrostone Market, Halifax.

Andrea Pottyondy, SCA will be feature artist at Teichert for the month of November with her exhibit Enduring Ephemera. “I’ve always been intrigued by paper ephemera. The vintage newsprint, ticket stubs, show posters, receipts, handwritten notes and other printed material in the public domain are reminders of past events and bring back memories of a short lived experience. The artworks featured in this exhibit include many florals. Flowers have always appealed to me as they express a special language.  With the help of many donors, I have intuitively given the ephemera a new life or purpose. I hope you enjoy the voyage!”

Violet Rosengarten is having an exhibition entitled Some Enchanting Islands at Round Hill Gallery in Annapolis Royal from September 1 – 29. The opening is on Saturday, September 1 from 7 to 9pm and she is giving an artist talk on Sunday, September 2 at 2pm.

Jayne Wark is teaching a Professional Arts Writing course at NSCAD University this year. The program cultivates writers in the area and is working with Visual Arts News on opportunities and resources for emerging art writers.

Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte, NS presents In/Visible, an exhibition by Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, September 9 – 18. The show will be open daily, 12:30 – 2pm, in the Clam Factory until September 16th.


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