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

Jenni Blackmore spent most of Summer 2016 painting vegetables. The results, a series of thirty watercolor paintings, are featured in her latest book, The Food Lover’s Garden which went to press in mid February. The original paintings are to be auctioned off as a fund raising  initiative to benefit the Dartmouth North Community Food Center and Soul’s Harbor mission. Copies of the originals are also being sold as sets of notecards.

Sydney Blum just completed a two month show, Icarus Colour Space, in New York City at the Kim Foster Gallery. The sculptures from that show are now being featured in the windows and ground floor of Saks Fifth Avenue at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan for their “Spring 2017” season. There will be a a statement about Sydney and this sculpture series displayed in a window as well. Images can be seen at or see the CTV video of the story here:

Shela Breau wrapped up a concentrated global art quest. To a week discovering most Angkor Wat temples & a followup at the Sukkotai temple complex. Squeezed in Life Drawing in Chiang Mai. Submerged a passion for Etruscan at museums in Rome & Florence. Now in Crete venturing to the Minoan ruins of Knossus & hopefully more sites. Drawing evocative faces when time permits.

Frankie Macaulay was selected as a feature artist for the Nocturne Storefront Project, work from Nocturne 2015 is on display in the windows of Pavia Gallery on Hollis Street. Tree Versus, an outdoor photography installation, can still be discovered along the trails of Sir Sandford Fleming Park (also known as The Dingle) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Violet Rosengarten is the coordinator of an exhibition of plein air paintings of Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes by The Blue Mountain Painters of NS to be held at the Keshen Goodman Library for the month of June. She is also one of the painters in this show. A number of celebrated artists are included such as Tom Forrestall, Roger Savage, Carol Morrison and others. The opening reception is Saturday, June 3 from 2 to 4 pm (This event is sponsored by CARP Environmental Committee with the support of the Ecology Action Centre). One purpose of the show is to raise awareness for this HRM urban wilderness park! Violet also has a new website, and she invites VANS members to check out!

Elizabeth Sircom is working on a series of busts representing Fathers of Confederation for an exhibition to take place in Charlottetown this summer, which takes as its starting point the well-known Robert Harris painting of the Fathers of Confederation. Involving a number of artists, as well as model railroad buffs, the exhibition, which focuses on some of the Maritime “Fathers”, will portray the complexity and also the humour of the not-so-straightforward process that Confederation was. Watch for the next Members’ News for more details closer to the time.

Jacqueline Steudler is happy to be a part of the Danish – Canadian art project Rørpost. The art exchange results will be shown in a group exhibition later this year in Halifax and Denmark.

ViewPoint Gallery presents “Shout Out” by Phillip Joy March 2 – 26. Opening Reception: Thursday, March  2, 6-8pm and Artist’s Talk:  Sunday, March 12th, 2pm. “Shout Out” is a LGBTQ project designed to give voices to the community and provide greater awareness of the lives of people within it. LGBTQ individuals were invited to tell their stories through candid portraits and short pieces of text.

Terri Whetstone has completed a large body of work over the last eighteen months of cut-paper collages. Many of these have been exhibited over the last year (Hermes Gallery, ARCAC & ARTSPLACE, and The Craig Gallery). Whetstone’s exhibition Call and Response: Paintings and Collages (March – April 2017) brings together thirty-five collages and six paintings reflecting the conversation between series that may take place when working on more than one series side-by-side.


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