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: June 1, September 7, December 7, and March 8.

Spring Edition

Lesley Armstrong is pleased to announce the Summer 2018 workshop schedule for LaHave Weaving Studio in Lunenburg. Join them for 2- to 5-day textile workshops that include learning about pattern, Embellishment!, a variety of weaving topics, spinning, tapestry, and Textile Discoveries Tour of the South Shore. Join them for “Textile Conversations”, free illustrated talks open to the public. Contact Lesley at 902-220-5430.

Shela Breau will be wrapping up 5 months of painting and drawing once again in Thailand. Having an opportunity to meet with other artists from around the world who prefer to draw has obliged her to learn new techniques. A side trip to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia opened up possibilities as well. She continues to work on Facial Reconstruction and archaeology via distant learning with UK universities.

Emerging artist and sculptor, Franz Fraitzl has been nominated as on of the 12 finalists at the all Canadian Sculpture Competition in Kingsbrae Garden, St Andrews. The sculpture that nominated Franz as finalist is titled The Thread of Life,  an all metal sculpture telling a story that everyone can relate to. To reach Franz you can email him at His studio/shop is located at 268 Boutiliers Point Rd in Boutiliers Point, St. Margaret’s Bay.

Dawn George: See Weeds, a looped video installation examining three weeds and the direct effects the weeds have on film stock via hand-processing and eco-processing techniques, will be on display at the Gladstone Hotel’s annual Grow-Op Exhibition April 18th – 22nd in Toronto.

Nora Gross, Atlantic Regional Director of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) has been invited to conduct a beginner watercolour class at DeSerres Art Store at 1546 Barrington Street in Halifax. Each class is a stand alone class to learn how watercolour works. The first two classes are on Fridays, March 23rd and March 30th from 1 – 3 pm.  April classes are the same time on the 13th and 27th.  Space is limited. For more information call DeSerres at 902-425-5566.

Alexandra McCurdy has had a ceramic piece called Oh Canada Black Box accepted to the permanent collection of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts in Toronto, Ontario. She also won the Main and Station Art of Paper Award (best work by a Maritime Artist) for her piece Under Wraps. The award is $500 and a two week residency in Parrsboro.

Stéphane Richard is having an exhibit at the Round Hill Studio Gallery in Annapolis Royal of his prints titled Nature in focus, from April 6 to April 28. Opening reception is April 6 from 7 – 9pm.

Ruth Rideout‘s Exhibition is March 23 – May 4 at Parkland at the Gardens, 5732 College St., Halifax. The Opening Reception is Friday, March 23, 1 to 3 pm. Introduction at 1:30. Please sign in at the front desk. Ruth received her BFA in 1949 from Mount A., studying under Alex Colville & Lawren Harris.  She mastered various media: oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, printmaking, stone rubbing, sandcasting & pottery. An accomplished portrait artist, she taught art in Yarmouth for many years.  Her work has been exhibited widely, including in one of the VANS/Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s travelling collaborations. She resides at Parkland Gardens.

Along with ViewPoint Gallery‘s regular programming the gallery provides space for photography classes taught by Eric Boutilier-Brown, a ViewPoint member. Spring Courses are coming up soon. Please go to the following links for details: Photo 101 – intro photo course, Black & White Photography, and Creative Photography.

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond will be exhibiting new work opening at ARTsPLACE on May 20th, with the opening reception on May 27th. Using a process of drawings on digitally printed mylar, this exhibition explores the now serious process of aging and degeneration and yet the beauty and strength of our timeless human condition. Beginning this work in 2015 Wilson-Hammond was happy to have the support of Tila Kellman in the curatorial role. Sadly, because of a tragic accident in 2017, Katie Belcher is now fulfilling that role. Wilson-Hammond acknowledges the support of Arts Nova Scotia for both Creation and Production Grants.

Four members of Winding River Art Gallery – Vera Carver, Barb Hines, Virginia Houston and Colette Samson are presenting an art exhibition entitled May Menagerie at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro, NS from May 1 – 31, 2018. Further details to be announced later.



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