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: September 7, December 7, March 8, and June 3.

Summer Edition

Hallie Watson‘s show, The Treasure Project, opens at the Saint John Arts
Centre on July 6th and continues to August 31st. The image/text pieces
in the show can also be viewed on her website,

Anna Syperek just spent four months on the largest work she has ever painted. Journey consists of five panels in oil, each 60” x 30”, and is an allegorical landscape which reflects the  journey of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha, a group of remarkable religious women…from the farms of Cape Breton to the west coast of Canada. It was commissioned to honour the Sisters by the Town of Antigonish, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, St. Francis Xavier University and St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation.

Andrea Pottyondy will be having a solo exhibition What the Tide Brings at Round Hill Studio, Annapolis Royal, NS. Reception: Friday, July 6th, 7 – 9pm.  Show on until July 30th.

Peer Gallery, ‘On and Off the Wall’.  Peer Gallery, Contemporary Art co-operative, Lunenburg, exhibits at Chase Gallery, Nova Scotia Public Archives, Halifax, September 8 – 28, 2018. The exhibit is 2 and 3D from 15 current members. A gallery in its 17th remarkable season. The Power of Cooperation: Support, unpressured, new expressions, cost sharing. Bringing the Lunenburg to Halifax – bringing Halifax to Lunenburg: A dedicated display focuses on Lunenburg: the Lunenburg Art Map, Lunenburg School of the Arts, LAMP and the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts and more. Member artists exhibit locally, Canada and US.

You are invited to view a new Photographic Exhibit by Sherry Hudson. Moods of the North Atlantic features seascapes from the shores of Nova Scotia, edited to reflect Sherry’s strong connection to the sea.  You can grab a cup of coffee and wander upstairs at the Barn Café and Social House in Mahone Bay during the month of June to view the exhibit or have a glass of wine at Petite Vineyards in Petite Riviere during the month of July and visit the exhibit there. You can also review the exhibit online on Sherry’s website

Artist/painter Michael Greer’s painting “Eve” was selected to be part of the Society of Canadian Artists’ 50th International Open Juried Exhibition at the Papermill Gallery, Toronto. The show will also be featured online at ​during the run of the show, which runs from July 24-August 19, 2018. For more on Michael and his work, including “Eve”, please go to

Sarah Gignac is a new member and excited to join the VANS community. She is a filmmaker and artist, and recently has begun exploring ways of incorporating her two passions through animation. Recently she has been awarded a Canada Council research and exploration grant and the Helen Hill Animation Award. Both awards will allow Sarah to focus on animation projects that use painting and collage techniques to create short, poetical, abstract animations. She lives and works in Halifax.

Maria Doering will be the artist in residence at the Saint John Arts Centre in New Brunswick for the month of June, and together with NY based artist Fiona Chinkan will be in residence at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in July, culminating in the show “Shared Energies: Momentum” on display throughout August.

To Catch the Wind: recent paintings by Wayne Boucher RCA are at Secord Gallery, Halifax, NS June 8 to July 7, 2018. Opening: June 8 at 7pm. August 2 to September 9, 2018 there will be a group show with Wayne Boucher, Donna Boyko, Sharon Irving Kennedy, Ted Lind and Sophie Paskins at the Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, NS. Then August 2018, a Pop Up Exhibition at the Artist House, Lucky Rabbit and Company, Annapolis Royal, NS. September 29 to October 2, 2018 Wayne is teaching a workshop “Painting From The Inside Out” at Art Lab, Parrsboro Creative, Parrsboro, NS.

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