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 8, December 8, March 9, and June 1.

Fall Edition

Wayne Boucher: September 6 – October 6, Figments at Gallery 1919, 1919 Stanley Ave., Halifax, with Boyko, Irving-Kennedy, Lind, and Paskins. September 15 – 16, Presentation and Workshop, Seaside Art Group, in Port Dufferin, NS. September 30 – October 3, Wayne Boucher: Painting From The Inside Out, a 4 day intensive for Parrsboro Creative Workshop at Art Lab. Spaces still available, contact Parrsboro Creative. October 1 – 20, Wayne Boucher: Tripping The Light at Art Lab, Parrsboro, NS.

Maria Doering, together with New York City based artist Fiona Chinkan, was artist-in-residence in Princeton, New Jersey, where they completed a collaborative drawing project called Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between. The resulting work was displayed in New Jersey in April. In June and July, she was a visiting artist at the Durban University of Technology in South Africa. In September, she is artist in residence at the Saint John Arts Centre in NB, and will be showing both Internal Dialogues and Cells, Souls and Personalities at the centre throughout September and October, with an opening reception September 8th.

Christine Koch‘s exhibition ROCK FIRE ICE: Images of the Torngats, is currently on exhibit in the Parks Canada Discovery Centre in Woody Point, Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.  It opened July 1 and is on until October 9.  It features large-scale paintings and prints of the Torngat Mountains, where she travelled two consecutive summers with geographers from Memorial University of Newfoundland who were doing climate-change research on the glaciers. Also, in her most recent residency in Halifax at NSCAD Christine was working on reduction linocuts of glacial imagery.

Neal Livingston was on a national tour with his new award winning feature documentary film 100 Short Stories, doing 12 screenings in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Nelson, Kamloops, Vancouver, Powell River, Campbell River, and Toronto, May 25th to June 18th.

Lumière, Cape Breton’s seventh annual contemporary art festival, will take place in Sydney on September 21, 22 & 23. Lumière brings art to the streets, sidewalks, shop fronts, and public spaces of Sydney Waterfront District. New to the Lumière Festival this year is a special island-wide Food/Communities Project, a screening of Canadian short films at the Highland Arts Theatre, and the Lumière Lantern Parade. The beloved Art-At-Night event – expected to draw crowds of up to 10,000 – will take place in the Sydney Waterfront District on Saturday, September 23 from 7pm – midnight. Everyone is welcome! For artist profiles and full events listings visit

Frankie Macaulay was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Nonesuch Art of Paper Awards. The finalists group exhibition will be held at Main & Station in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia and Montréal, Québec.

Justine MacDonald Remembrance Road: Photographs from the Battlefields of Europe: This past April, photographer Justine MacDonald travelled to Europe to attend the ceremony marking the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and to photograph World War One and Two sites. This fall, she shares the experience with her community through two photography exhibits. Kings County Museum, Kentville will host an exhibit of photographs and information from the trip from September 8th to December 12th, with an artist talk:

Main & Station Art of Paper Awards exposition features approximately 80 works from over 15 countries. Opening September 23, 2017 Vernissage 3 to 8 pm, until October 14 at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro.

Alexandra McCurdy recently has had three of her “sea glass bowls” purchased by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for their permanent collection of ceramics. The bowls are decorated with patterns from the rugs, quilts, and quillwork of Nova Scotia, and the bottoms of each bowl contains a pool of melted sea glass.  The sea glass is found on the islands off the south shore of Nova Scotia by the artist and her granddaughters.

Hiraeth, an exhibition of new paintings by Megan LeForte and Caitlin McGuire, is opening September 15th at Argyle Fine Art in Halifax. Hiraeth is a Welsh concept defined as, “a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.” Both are approaching the concept from different perspectives. Closes October 7th.

Natan Nevo‘s painting was accepted by the Shaar Shalom Synagogue into its permanent exhibition. Furthermore, this painting will be on the front page of the Synagogue’s Yearly Bulletin, that will be issued for the Jewish New Year. This painting represents the Great Tlomackie Synagogue in Warsaw, Poland, which was built in 1878 and destroyed by Nazis in 1943. At the time of its opening it was considered the Greatest Synagogue in Europe.

The Life of Jean, an installation by Margaret Nicholson will be at the Museum of Industry, Stellarton, Nova Scotia until October 1, 2017.

In September Andrea Pottyondy‘s artwork is featured in the Society of Canadian Artists 49th Open International Juried Exhibit at the Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Museum Toronto, opening on September 7th. She’s also one of 48 artists exhibiting in the Rørpost Collaboration exhibit, opening at the Discovery Centre, Halifax on September 16th. Her art is also featured in the Nonesuch Paper Awards Finalist Exhibit which opens in Parrsboro on September 23 and then travels to Montreal in December. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, Andrea was invited to participate in the Canadian Hungarian Artists Collective exhibit at the International Clarence Street Pavilion which runs from September 29 – October 28.

Carolyn Ritchie Bedford will be doing a bronze casting pour at Antigonight September 16 with collaborators Todd Vassallo, George Bedford, and Randy Sutherland in Antigonish, 6 pm to 10pm in Chisholm Park. Carolyn and Todd Vassallo will be unveiling a sculptural installation October 1 at New Glasgow Square waterfront. Carolyn and a consortium of local artists will be displaying at the Museum of Industry with a gallery exhibit after Thanksgiving and a common wall art project very shortly.

Kas Stone was invited to represent Nova Scotia in the nation-wide InFocus Canada project that celebrates our country’s natural heritage and raises awareness and funds for some of its important charities. Launching in September 2017, the project showcases a photograph from every province and territory, printed on eco-friendly, limited-edition scarves, and sold through the project website ( Sales of Kas’s “Seabound Coast” scarf will help to support her charitable partner, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust ( in its vital work preserving our province’s wild spaces. Learn more at

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond continues to work on her upcoming exhibition In/Visible which opens in Annapolis Royal in May 2018 at ARTsPLACE and then travels to St. FX. Art Gallery in the Fall 2018. This work was to be supported by curator and good friend Tila Kellman.  Tragically, Tila and her husband Martyn were in a terrible car accident on the 104 whilst returning to Antigonish from the airport, having been in Cuba. This happened in May and they were in the QE11 for at least three months. Tila has now been transferred to St. Martha’s Hospital in Antigonish and her condition is still pretty fragile. Support from friends and colleagues is much appreciated.

ViewPoint Gallery, in conjunction with Nocturne and Photopolis, is presenting SHOWCASE as the October 2017 exhibition. Open to all – Free to attend. SHOWCASE is a group exhibition, presenting selections of the best work by ViewPoint Gallery’s exhibiting members. Every month, ViewPoint members display their photography on the gallery’s walls, but SHOWCASE is an opportunity to see selected images which best represent each artist’s creative focus. Opening reception: Thursday, October 5, 6-8pm.


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