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 9, December 7, March 9, and May 31.

ViewPoint Gallery presents the NSCC Photo Graduation Exhibition (a guest group show) from June 1 – July 6, 2017. Opening Reception: Thursday, June 1, 6 – 8pm. The 2017 Grad Show will be a diverse collection of images put together by the graduating students of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Photography program. The NSCC Photography students have studied in various areas of photography, including portraiture, architecture, product, advertising, and editorial. Students also specialize.

In April, Gail Sutherland was delighted to be one of the ten artists selected to represent Canada in The Fabriano in Acquarello Conference 2017, which took place in Fabriano, Italy. Lunenburg Art Gallery is currently hosting Coastal Impressions, which features the work of three Nova Scotian Artists (Ron Kuwahara, Gail Sutherland and Ron Sutherland). In June, at the Keshen Goodman Library, Gail Sutherland is one of the featured artists in Plein Air Paintings of the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes (BMBCL). In June, Gail Sutherland will be one of the 37 plein air artists selected from across North America to participate in the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival.

If you are in PEI this summer, Elizabeth Sircom invites you to visit the pop-up Confederation Portrait Gallery, at 67 King Street in downtown Charlottetown. Featuring commissioned and historic painting and sculpture, as well as a model railroad, the exhibition presents some of the actors and arguments associated with Confederation from the perspective of the Maritime provinces. Opening night is June 16 at 5pm. All welcome.The exhibition will run from June 16th through Labour Day, Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sundays 1 – 6pm.

Historia Atlantica Su Rogers will have an exhibition at dis.cord gallery in Lunenburg, NS for the month of July. The exhibition consists of three dimensional works. Ten small, found, vintage cabinets house found, vintage, handmade fishing tools and references to late 19th century to early 20th century, before factory ships and the bureaucracy took over management of the seas. The assemblages consist of references to material culture of the fishery as well as references to the dependence on religious beliefs. The fish being the sustenance of the communities and the church being the heart of the communities.

Andrea Pottyondy: In 2015 Andrea’s daughter Jasmin Stoffer, a teacher in Nunavik, wrote a haiku a day. The following year Andrea chose one of Jasmin’s haiku each week and responded with an artwork. In 2017 they published Visual Haiku – A Mother Daughter Journey, which is available on Blurb. A date for an exhibit will be decided some time this year and proceeds from the sale of all the artwork will be donated to a charity in support of woman and children.  Please check on Andrea’s website,, for future date announcement.

Alexandra McCurdy has had three ceramic pieces purchased by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for their permanent collection.

Frankie Macaulay is participating with Uncommon Common Art in Kings County, NS. Uprooted, an outdoor installation of miniature architectural paper sculptures inspired by Acadian culture, can be seen at the Grand Pré National Historic Site.

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. For more info see here:

All you need is love. And lobster. On June 18 a unique art show opens in Annapolis Royal. Cynthia A. Henry has combined her love of surrealism and humour in a contemporary, culinary showcase, featuring a menu of fifteen acrylic paintings, celebrating the savoury experience and sexual language of dining with the female lobster. “I treat my canvases as an adventure in space and possibility. I like to take an idea, twist it, turn it, and then add something else. To paint is a joy, but to inspire is a privilege.” Her lobster feast opens on Father’s Day, 1 – 3 pm in the Mym Gallery in ARTsPLACE and runs until July 16.

Nora Gross, member of Art 1274 Hollis St. Gallery, invites you to the opening of the 150 Lighthouses on June 29th from 6 – 8pm, refreshments served to the playing of the harp by Chris Sonntag. Nora has been working hard to provide lovely views of many of the provincial lighthouses. Nora is President of Painters’ Palette Society and the members plus mentors Ron Hazell, Chris Gorey, Bill Rogers, Brian Ateyo, J’Anna Jacqulyn have put together a cookbook called The Art of Cooking with images of their work plus a recipe inside. Nora has 20 books for sale at $45 each with one of her original paintings inside. Contact

Shela Breau returned to Cambodia to discover more temples near Angkor Wat. A month in Italy was spent in Rome, Pompeii and Florence visiting galleries and archaeological sites. While unable to take in a painting class in Rome, Shela joined an avid group of Life Drawing artists in Chiang Mai. But the real highlights were the Etruscans and a visit to Knossus to learn about the Minoans.

Wayne Boucher is teaching Painting from the Inside Out – a 4 Day Master Class at Art Lab Studios and Gallery in Parrsboro September 28 – October 1. In this intensive and vigorous four-day workshop Wayne Boucher works one on one with each artist and leads a daily group critique. The objective of the workshop, through preliminary explorations and studies is to create a responsive dialogue between the artist and their paintings in bringing essential elements of signification and process into a final work(s). The course is $350 and registration may be completed online through Parrsboro Creative Cultural Campus.

Lesley Armstrong cordially invites you to the Opening at LaHave Weaving Studio on Saturday, June 10 at 35 Falkland Street, Lunenburg (part of the Lunenburg Foundry site). Weave a small tapestry, check out the looms and renovated space, and enjoy some refreshments. Fill out a ballot for a FREE introductory or intermediate-level weaving workshop during the summer. Bring a friend! See more at

Phyllis Adams has three pieces from her Serenity collection exhibiting in Pierscape 2017 –Celebrating our Accomplishments.  The exhibition runs from May 28 through June 3 in Whitney Pier, Sydney.


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