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 9, June 1, September 7, and December 7.

Winter Edition

Kate Ward has recently returned from a month long residency at SIM in Iceland. Her immersive experience of the northern lights dancing and swirling across the night sky inspired Ward to recreate the grandeur of nature and dynamic energy generated by solar storms. Using imagery which began through recording and manipulating the physical materiality of objects, her multimedia installation was exhibited in Reykjavik where the projected digital representation of light was weightless, distorted, floating and dancing within space and time.

bernard siller (Sydney, Cape Breton) has launched a website that visually chronicles the development of work in his studio.

Alexandra McCurdy‘s ceramics will be featured at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts shop during the month of January. This is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the shop, and of McCurdy’s work in it.

Screenings of Neal Livingston‘s film 100 Short Stories took place in Wolfville at the Al Whittle Theatre November 29 at 7pm and in Halifax at the Museum of Natural History, November 30, December 1st and 2nd at 8pm. There was an intro and a Q&A each night with each film by director Neal Livingston. “It’s been about 20 years since I did any screenings in Halifax of my films outside of the film festival, and these screenings are the last part of a Canadian national theatrical tour of 100 SHORT STORIES I did this year.  All three nights of screenings are a fundraiser for the Margaree Environmental Association.”

Nora Gross is President of Painters’ Palette Society and we have put out a cookbook with a difference. We have paintings in the book along with our favourite recipe.  Included in the book are paintings and recipes by CSPWC members Brian Atyeo, Bill Rogers, Chris Gorey, Ron Hazell  (mentors of the group), Annabelle Caissie, Gary McFarland and Nora Gross.  Also Associate members of the CSPWC Peigi Alcorn and Tomas Rand. Nora has 20 of these cookbooks for sale and each one has an original painting of hers inside. If you are interested in owning one of these please email The cost is $30 plus $5 for shipping.

Franz Fraitzl is a local artist who creates metal sculptures and outdoor art. He is a passionate environmentalist who loves to incorporate repurposed or up-cycled material into his designs. He looks to bring out the inherent beauty in old materials and everyday objects. Mostly working with materials that have been discarded and rusty. His work can be seen at “NotmeArt” Gallery in Glen Haven. During the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts his studio will be open to the public on July 7 and 8th. Franz is inviting everyone that travels the studio tour to stop in Boutiliers Point.

Maria Doering is one of 88 artists selected (from 1,955 entrants) into the 2017 North American Printmakers’ Biennial, organized by the Boston Printmakers and juried by Judith Brodie, Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Maria will be travelling to Boston in January to attend the opening festivities of the biennial, which has long been recognized as one of the most prestigious events in printmaking.

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