Brief updates relaying VANS member notices concerning current practices and professional successes. Members’ News is emailed to members quarterly.
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LA BAIE STE. MARIE/YARMOUTH – Region 1
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ANNAPOLIS WEST – Region 2A
Shela Breau spent the month of March in Bellepais Northern Cyprus where she painted and visited ancient sites. Later she took a side trip to Israel to learn more about ancient pottery and archaeology. Two weeks in Paris lead her to Pont-Aven Brittany where she found another artist she wants to study with later next winter. New techniques learned this winter with Tory Hughes at the FSGNE workshop are being utilized at the new print makers studio in Parker’s Cove. It is simply incredible to work with such a dynamic
group of artists there.
ANNAPOLIS EAST – Region 2B
Judith Leidl: A GROUP EXHIBITION OF ART WORK BY WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE VALLEY, Jack’s Gallery, Just Us Coffee/Acadia Cinema Coop, 450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS.
Ron Hayes: New art exhibition “Currency” by Ron Hayes at ArtCan, and is also participating in Uncommon Common Art, a full-summer Annapolis East outdoor event of “uncommon art in common places.” Maps available after June 15 in area businesses and Visitor Information Centres around the province. Website: www.uncommoncommonart.com.
Terry Drahos Summer Art Classes for kids age 7-12 at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. To register, go to: http://terryhavlisdrahos.com.
SOUTH SHORE – Region 3
Corey J. Isenor (Lunenburg based visual artist and musician) will be included in Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography exhibition PROOF 20. This annual exhibition of photo-based work by Canadian emerging artists brings together a varied and fascinating combination of artists: Derya Akay, Pascale Arpin, Lindsey Bond, Maegan Broadhurst, Alexandre Cv, Corey J. Isenor, Petra Malá Miller, Turner Prize*, Yi Xin Tong. The exhibition sees artists interpreting cultural, personal and natural landscapes. PROOF 20 runs from June 21 to July 26, 2013. Opening Reception: Friday June 21, 6 to 9 PM. Gallery 44, 401 Richmond Street West Suite in Toronto.
Lezlie Morgan and Patty Rhinelander are presenting “New works” at the Lunenburg Art Gallery (79 Pelham Street at Duke). The show runs from July 16th – August 25th Opening reception will be Tuesday July 16th 5:00 pm….everyone is welcome.
Don Pentz will be having a retrospective survey of his work at the Nova Scotia Archives Gallery, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, from Aug. 6 to Aug. 29, 2013. The exhibition opening will take place Wed. Aug.7 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This collection of acrylic paintings includes an assortment of nonrepresentational imagery from the late 1970’s to the present day. All are welcome to attend the opening and visit the exhibition.
Andrea Redmond Studio Gallery 11451 Peggy’s Cove Rd., Seabright, N.S, B3Z 2Z3. Open Wed-Sunday 12-4 p.m. and always open by chance or appointment. New and recent works by artists Andrea Redmond, Dianne Crockard, Cyndy Dean, Brennan Gough, Sarah Irwin, Mary Jane Lundy, Carol Ann McNeil, Mora Morris and Barry Whiting. www.andrearedmond.ca
Linda Roe‘s work was juried by Swoon Gallery and her encaustic piece, “Looking Out for Evangeline” has been selected for the Farm Life group show.
South shore member Sue Westby will be showing her latest works at Swoon Gallery for the month of JULY. The show’s opening reception date and time has not been announced yet but will be available on Swoon’s website sometime next month (www.swoonfineart.com). Sue will be attending the reception and all are welcome to enjoy the visual feast.
HALIFAX – Region 4A
Sarah Burwash was featured in Issue 51 of Selvedge Magazine.
Joyce Glasner is one of thirty artists whose work has been selected to appear in Still Point Art Gallery’s current online exhibition, Still Point V (www.stillpointartgallery.com), which runs May1 – July31. In addition, one of her mixed media paintings will appear in the summer issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly.
Susan Malmstrom accepted a grant from Arts Nova Scotia on behalf of The Repository of Wonders, which will be used towards the creation of a Natural Sciences Wing for the Repository. She also had an exhibition of a series in progress, Design for Divination, at Swoon Fine Art in April.
Natan Nevo has presented three (3) paintings at the Contemporary Art Society Juried Show and Sell. Exhibited 6 paintings at the Little Mobile Gallery for Seniors in Greenwich , NS. Will present as well 6 other paintings at the Polish St. Faustina Church on Polish Festival, at 29, Farrell street, in Dartmouth, NS.
Steven Peters: Last summer I won second prize in the 2012 Painting and Sculpture Competition of Ground Arts, a NYC-based arts organization, and as a result, last February my ceramic sculptures were included in a 3-person show in their Chelsea gallery. Driving my pieces down, dealing with customs and setting up the show proved to be an incredible and at times bizarre adventure. I learned a lot, especially about how difficult it is to penetrate the NYC art world. Here is a link to an article about the show: http://artefuse.com/2013/02/opening-night-for-m-o-modus-operandi-exhibition-at-ground-arts-curated-by-kelly-worman/
Su Rogers – I received a Canada Council Project Grant for the coming year, so I am very pleased with this turn of events!
Ronnie Scullion’s Artech Camps – Imagination in Motion! www.artechcamps.com begins its 9th year of “creative technology” camps, with programs specializing in animation, film, robotics and video game design for kids (from 6-16 years). March Break and summer camps are offered at the Shambhala School in Halifax and in Lahave (South Shore) where artist and camp founder, Ronnie Scullion, makes her home. Artech caters to the interests of tomorrow’s game designers, film makers and new media artists! It empowers young people, giving them new skills and ways to express themselves, using technology for creative ends. Check out the Galleries on Artech Camps’ website www.artechcamps.com/gallery.
Addison White DOWNTOWN is series of portraits of the unnoticed utilitarian beauty contained in Downtown Halifax, as seen through the lens of local photographer and artist, Addison White. Opens June 22, 2013 at noon. Mugs Etc Coffeehouse at 1335 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
DARTMOUTH, BEDFORD, SACKVILLE – Region 4B
Rose Adams had a recent show (2 person show with Judy Arsenault) of new works at Secord Gallery. March 15- April15th. Rose’s series of collage and mixed media paintings of flowers painted on site are titled her “Resurrection Series.”
Pat Loucks will have a solo exhibition of her textile installation work titled “Skin Deep” in Portalegre, Portugal this summer. The Galeria Temporaria de Exposicoes do Castelo is located in a 13thC. castle in the city of Portalegre. The show opens July 12 and continues until August 31. Pat Loucks Textile Art.wordpress.com.
Hannah Minzloff The photographs from Hannah’s recent exhibition Portraits on Portland have been put on permanent display in Alderney Landing, at the market level. This installation was made possible thanks to District 5 Councillor Gloria McCluskey. Portraits on Portland is the first in a series of five suites of community portraits in the province of Nova Scotia –Dartmouth, Yarmouth, Annapolis Royal, Antigonish and Sydney. The completed suites of work are scheduled for exhibition at the Chase Exhibit Room, Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax in August 2015. http://thechronicleherald.ca/community/dartmouth/1128287-portland-street-captured-and-captivating.
Susan Paterson just returned from Toronto where she took a workshop entitled ‘In the Studios of the Old Masters’ at the Academy of Realist Art. In the 7 day course students copied a master painting to learn oil painting techniques used in the 1800s. She won a scholarship from the Academy to attend the workshop. Also Susan had an article published in the April/May issue of International Artist about her watercolour painting.
Here is a list of screenings and film festivals that have taken place for “Drowning in Colour: The Art of Wayne Boucher” directed by Alan Collins and produced by Violet Rosengarten. Screenings: 1. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; 2. King’s Theatre, Annapolis Roya; 4. Atlantic Museum of Fisheries, Lunenburg; 5. NSCAD, Halifax; 6. Spring Garden Library; 7. Marc Lescarbot Theatre, Universite Sainte-Anne, Pointe-de-l’Eglise; 8. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth; 9. Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville; 10. Mc Carthy Hall, NSCC. Film Festivals: 1. FIFA (Festival International du Film sur l’Art), Montreal; 2. IMAF (Island Media Arts Festival), PEI.
Jacqueline Steudler is glad to report that her paintings will be represented this summer through Colouratura Gallery in Cape Breton, www.cabottrailart.com, Gallery 215 in Selma, www.artgallery215.com, Designer Craft Shop at Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax http://designercraftshop.blogspot.ca, and Art Sales & Rental Gallery, Halifax. New works are uploaded to Jacqueline Steudler’s website on a regular basis. Have a look at www.jacquelinesteudler.com
Anna Horsnell Wade SCA is partnered with clay artist, Carol Smeraldo for their new exhibit, “Ever Present: Clay Works and Paintings” at Swoon Fine Art in Hammonds Plains, NS from June 1st to 30th. This body of work is also available to see on her website (http://www.annahorsnellwade.ca) and http://swoonfineart.com. Anna also exhibited work in “Art Off the Map” at Art Sales and Rental and “Sky and Steel”, VANS in the The Hub Gallery, both in May.
EASTERN SHORE – Region 5
Rowland Marshall participated in Poetry Readings in the Old School at Musquodoboit Harbour, joining this art with hand sewn, artist booklets for the attendees.
Charlotte Wilson-Hammond has been very busy over the winter working on a series of paintings which she hopes to exhibit sometime in 2014. Inspired by her involvement with the CBC /Feed Nova Scotia project, she is revisiting her old passion for sea and sky. As well Charlotte is very pleased to being awarded a print by Tony Urquhart. These prints are being given to those who have made a significant contribution over the years to CARFAC National. The awards are appropriately called ‘The Tonys’ and commemorate CARFAC’s 45th Anniversary.
CUMBERLAND/COLCHESTER & EAST HANTS – Region 6
Judy Arsenault reports that she had a very successful show of New Works with Rose Adams at the Secord Gallery in March and April. Also her participation in the 2012/13 VANS Mentorship Program continues to enrich and inspire her practice.
NORTH SHORE, ANTIGONISH – Region 7
Carolyn Ritchie Bedford showed six of her paintings in the inaugural exhibition of the new Margaret George gallery in New Glasgow and was featured in the NG News. She also took part in the Gala Auction at St. FX University with a live art event and will be featured in the VANS AGM exhibition . Having recently wrapped up a PAINTS program at the local school Carolyn is back to her large figure sculpture with working from a live model while searching for a photographer artist that would collaborate with her on the sculpture progress with video.
Debbie Lamey-MacDonald participated in the Tearmann Celebration of Art Night . and is also getting preparing to resume plein air outings documented on her blog “Diary of a Plein Air Painter”: http://www.lameymacdonald.com/blogspot.ca. Outings for the Nova Scotia Plein Air Painters Group http://www.nspap.com will begin again. Anyone who would like to join can send contact Debbie via email All levels and mediums are welcomed.
Region 7 Exhibit Narc Mine opened June 1 2013 at the Margaret George Gallery in New Glasgow featuring works by twenty of the Region’s members. The exhibit continues until June 30 2013. The gallery which is part of the Celtic Circle Cultural center, is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-5pm.
Eliza Fernbach will be presenting her cinema poetry and thesis on cinema poetry at the e-poetry festival in London, England on June 18 2013. Two of her works “Staring at the End of the Line” and “Passing” were recently acquired for distribution by the Cinedoc Cinema collection in Paris, France. She is currently working on a feature length cinema poem “Sacred Sort.”
CAPE BRETON – Region 8
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