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. Deadlines: September 9, December 7 and March 9, May 31.

Shela Breau returns to Thailand to paint portraits, print and batik. Later will do research at Angkor Wat. In February is signed up for Life Drawing in Rome. Hopes to do printmaking in Granada this March. Currently studying archaeology in order to return to another Field School specializing in Roman mortuary practices.

Nora Gross exhibited watercolour paintings at Visual Voice Gallery in Truro from Sept. 24th to Oct. 29th along with Lynn Johnson and Betty Anne Gaetz. Nora is currently nursing four broken ribs and was taking it easy over the Holiday Season.

Michael McCormack has completed his work FUTURE TELEPHONE, which was featured at the Yukon Arts Centre and Dalhousie Art Gallery in the spring and as an interactive installation at Antigonight festival in Antigonish in mid September. His work STATION continues to travel showing at Ace Art Inc. in Winnipeg, MB from February 25th – March 31st, 2017. After a few months working full on curating Nocturne: Art at Night, Michael is happy to be back in the studio working on some new work.

Alexandra McCurdy was one of the master artisans whose work was curated into the exhibition XL/Excel at the Mary E. Black Gallery last month. The exhibition was curated by Jeff Cowling.

Pamela Swainson has recently returned from seven weeks in Iceland where, thanks to a professional development grant from Arts Nova Scotia, she spent the month of November in the Gilfelag Artist Residency in Akureyri. Her project, “Familiar Strangers”, explored issues past- and present-related to the massive exodus of people from Iceland around the turn of the last century. A presentation of her time in Iceland and a showing of her large scale drawing “The Price of Hope” will take place at the Tatamagouche Library on Thursday, January 26 at 4pm. All welcome. There will be cake!

Sally Warren: The recent ‘One Size Fits All’ Art Show and Sale at the Mahone Bay Centre was an unqualified success.  In an open call for submissions 70 artists submitted 250 works of art (6X6 inches).  Priced between $50 and $150 sales exceeded $10,000 with artists getting 100% of sales. They were also able to raise almost $1000 for the Mahone Bay Centre through the modest registration fee. The project was a great example of how funds can be raised without taking a percentage from the artist’s sales.


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