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: March 8, June 7, September 6, and December 6.

Winter Edition

Jack Bishop’s upcoming exhibition Adventures in Advertising will be shown next month at Hardware Gallery in Kentville, NS. The artist presents a curated collection of paintings featuring billboards and tractor trailer advertisements.  Bishop writes that he “is interested in the focus on advertising and commercialism within the frame of landscape painting”. The exhibition will run from January 4 to February 14, 2019. There will be an opening reception on January 10th at 7pm.

Virginia Houston was one of the top ten winners (Honourable Mention) in the Aqua Fest 2018 International Water Media Showcase. Paintings were created with water-based media – watercolor, acrylic, gouache, ink, or tempera. This contest was open to all artists worldwide. Winners were chosen on November 25th and Virginia received a one-year membership in the International Art Guide (Value $100.00). The contest was narrowed down to 144 paintings and there were 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners with 10 honourable mentions.

Justine MacDonald‘s new book, was scheduled for publication from SSP Publications on November 1st, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Remembrance Road: A Canadian photographer’s journey through European
documents, through photographs and essays, twenty years of travel and exploration through World War One and Two battlefields across Europe. It is the culmination of her Remembrance Road project – a series of exhibits and lectures hosted throughout the province during Fall 2017.

Su Rogers is several months into a Canada Council Explore and Create Grant. The proposal focuses on ancestry and origins. In the process she has made some stunning discoveries and had visits and revisits with the ancestors through DNA matches. She’s working on new ways of delivering a lot of information visually as well as interpreting creatively what she has discovered. Research, painting, diving into the old photos, receiving some vintage photos through matches and gathering information. It will ultimately become 3 large format triptychs – ancestral family from each of her parent’s side as well as a contemporary family triptych. Delivering all this through exploring new ways of working with canvas, paint, graphite and markers.

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond’s exhibition In/Visible is currently at the ST FX Art Gallery in Antigonish until the 20th of December. It will be at the Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth in 2020. Added to Katie Belcher’s essay (ARTsPLACE May 2018) Bruce Campbell, Director of ST FX Art Gallery, has paid tribute to Tila Kellman’s initial involvement with this work. Tila, sadly, continues to be in a nursing home in Antigonish.

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