Learn from THE BEST 2021 Course Calendar

Two courses are sold out already. Anyone wanting to take them though can call and be put on the waiting list.


To register please email us or call us at Art Lab.



New Funding Opportunities for arts and culture across Canada

New Federal Sector Funding Announced
Supporting Arts and Live Events Workers

The Ministry of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, has announced major funding opportunities for the live arts and music sector: a total of $181.5 million will be invested over the next year to provide work opportunities and support new and continuing projects. We encourage you to review the news release here.

Programs supported through Canadian Heritage:

Reminders from VANS… send us your news, join a peer application group, submit a pitch, and more

Just a little reminder to…

Join a Peer Application Review Group!

It’s time for another round of the Peer Application Review Groups. If you’re writing a grant or another application join a Peer Application Review Group to have your writing looked over by other VANS members writing similar applications. In this free, 6-week program participants will be given two rough draft deadlines and will be expected to send feedback to their peers the following week. Since it is all done by email, you can participate from anywhere. Members have said great things about the program including: “I have gotten the grant I wrote through the Peer Review group! Both [the other members of the group] were really great to work with and for a first timer applicant like me, it was extremely valuable!” Deadline: March 8.

Send us your news!

What have you been up to? Send us your news for the spring edition of Members’ News. Members’ News is made up of brief updates relaying VANS members’ current practices and professional successes and is emailed to members and posted on our website. To participate, you have to be a current VANS members, and submit a news item no longer than 100 words written in 3rd person. Deadline: March 8.

Pitch an article

Calling for pitches for the summer issue of Visual Arts News. For Summer 2021, we’re putting together an issue that looks at solitude—the quality or state of being alone or remote from society—through the lens of art and artistic practices in Mi’kma’ki, and how as a community of artists we continue to grow and move forward through creation in the context of isolation.Some ideas/ words that come to mind that stem from “solitude”: privacy; outsiders; restoration/recuperation; landscape/ geography; isolation; power and growth; loners and the myth of the artist as the solitary genius. See the Visual Arts News website for pitch guidelines. Pitch deadline: March 15.

Check out the exhibition at the Corridor

Established artist Zeqirja Rexhepi created this series of paintings in his COVID-XIX [A 2020/2021 Archive] exhibition through the various phases of the pandemic. Creating art in this challenging time has been an essential outlet for the artist. He states: “I have tried to capture the hope and joy that I wish for the world in 2021 and into the future, but it has been impossible to escape the darkness and harsh reality that we find ourselves in which coming through in the shadows and high contrast depicted in this series of paintings”. Make an appointment to see COVID-XIX [A 2020/2021 Archive] in person before it closes March 30 or watch the video tour on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FhBDAJgORx0.


Remember that VANS has Membership Bursaries

We have a few more membership bursaries for 2021 (thanks in part to donations from generous members)! If you know an artist for whom membership fees are out of reach right now then let them know that they can apply for a Membership Bursary. These provide artists in need of financial support with a 2021 VANS membership. Although the deadline to apply for a bursary was January 6, we still have a few left for 2021 so we will continue to accept applications until they are all gone!

See the New Grad Program online exhibition

2020 New Grad Program exhibition can still be viewed online and features the work of Andrew Thorne, Anna Lisa Shandro, Sydney Wreaks, Emily May, Fern Pellerin, Jessica MacDonald, Kiera Sitzer, Maddie Alexander, Molly MacLellan, and Nicholas Chapman. This year, due to COVID-19, we were unable to host our usual Open Studio event where the New Grads could share their work with the public so instead we have created this online exhibition. Visit the exhibition, read the artists’ bios, and learn more about their work here: visualarts.ns.ca/ngp-exhibition.

Get some advice from a Creative Consultant

The Creative Consults Program is up and running! This directory is made for artists who are searching for advice to support their professional practice. You can start by searching through our directory of over a dozen creative consultants, filter by expertise (like Grant Writing, Financial Management, Exhibition Installation, and Marketing) then book the consultant of your choice on their profile. In addition to a range of expertise, there is a fee range, so hopefully there is a consultant that can help you. One member recently stated: “I’d highly recommend the VANS creative consultant program. Money well spent.”

Renew your membership!

VANS memberships run annually from January 1 – December 31 every year so if you haven’t yet renewed for 2021 your membership has expired. You can select an auto-renewing membership or a one-time membership payment and renew online anytime. If your membership renewed automatically on December 1 or if you joined VANS or renewed your membership since October then this reminder isn’t for you – your membership won’t expire until December 31, 2021.


Join our Facebook group

The VANS Facebook group welcomes any visual artists living in Nova Scotia. This community can be used for exchanging opportunities, resources or news with one another. Connect with your fellow artists online!

Upcoming Exhibition – Continuous – Monique Martin – March 18 – May 9, 2021

Monique Martin
Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
On view: March 18 – May 8, 2021
Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 4pm

Monique Martin’s Continuous invites the visitor into a multi-sensory installation of a beehive. Bringing the viewer up close and personal with the hive inhabitants through large scale linocut printed panels which hang like honeycomb frames from the ceiling. A soft buzzing sound scape and the scent of bees’ wax accompany the prints creating a fully immersive gallery experience.

Continuous builds a life size picture of colony collapse, illustrating the depletion of bees as one moves through the space to the back of the hive. The preciousness of these magnificent and life sustaining, tiny beasts becomes undeniably relatable at this human scale; Sustaining their existence inextricably linked to our own. Monique says “enduring, surviving and living all ring true on the continuous survival cycle”

The delicate existence of the bees, the protagonists at the center of this exhibition, is palpable. Yet, the work remains bright and warm as it invites you through these contemplations.

The Mary E. Black Gallery is extremely pleased to invite you to immerse yourself in the glow of this beautiful print exhibit. Welcoming in the return of spring with its honey-colored hangings and sounds of life cycle.

This Exhibition was created with the generous support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Public or media inquiries please contact
Anna Joan Taylor
Administrative Coordinator


La Société Expo d’Art Saint Bernard ~ call to all artists and artisans

This is a call to all artists and artisans for a booth at Art Sundays ,Belliveau Cove Market, 3255 Highway 1,Clare Municipality, N.S.

La Société Expo d’Art Saint Bernard is hosting an art & artisan market on Sundays June 13, 27, every Sunday in July & August and Sundays September 5 & 19 .

Set-up is at 9am and the market is open to the public from 10am-4pm.

Fees: $15 per booth per Sunday.


Email nadinebelliveau1@gmail.com with the following information.

1 My name, address, e-mail & phone number.

2. Am I an artist or an artisan?

3.On what Sundays would I want to participate?

4.Please include one image of your work.

You will be advised by e-mail on March 17th. Fees are collected on the morning of the market.


“COVID-XIX [A 2020/2021 Archive]” by Zeqirja Rexhepi in the Corridor Gallery March 4 – 30

corridor gallery

COVID-XIX [A 2020/2021 Archive]
Zeqirja Rexhepi
March 4 – 30, 2021

(Halifax/ K’jipuktuk) Established artist Zeqirja Rexhepi created this series of paintings through the various phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Creating art in this challenging time has been an essential outlet for the artist and his studio has functioned as a sanctuary while there is so much uncertainty and pain in the world. Make an appointment to see COVID-XIX [A 2020/2021 Archive] in person or watch the video tour on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FhBDAJgORx0.

Zeqirja Rexhepi, Exhibit I-P, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 24″, 2021.

Of the work in this exhibition, Rexhepi writes:
Canada’s East Coast has mostly weathered the COVID storm well, but my concern and fear for family and friends in countries harder hit (like my homeland of Kosovo) is channeled through these pieces. I have tried to capture the hope and joy that I wish for the world in 2021 and into the future, but it has been impossible to escape the darkness and harsh reality that we find ourselves in which coming through in the shadows and high contrast depicted in this series of paintings.

The play between colour, light and dark captures the happiness we take and find with our families even in these challenging conditions and acknowledges the unprecedented darkness of this period in history. Similar to the work I created in the wake of 9/11, the female faces and figures in this series represent the caregivers and front-line workers that are supporting and caring for our most vulnerable people all over the world. Two of my daughters are healthcare workers, and I wanted to honour them, as well as all others working in healthcare and emergency services all over the world.

Zeqirja Rexhepi was born in 1955 in the small village of Perlepnica, Gjilan, Kosova. He is a proud father of six and a grandfather of sixteen grandchildren. Professionally, Zeqirja was the chief textile designer for Europe’s second-largest textile mill. He widely exhibited his paintings in Kosova and abroad and was commissioned as a muralist to create frescoes for churches and mosques. His most accomplished mural is Albanian Persecution, 1846, in the Church of Binqa in Gjilan, Kosova.

Since Zeqirja’s arrival to Canada, he has had many solo and group exhibitions: notable exhibits include those opened at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Pier 21, Nova Scotia Art Gallery, National Defense Head Quarters, Aviation Museum Gallery, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Canada Place Vancouver, Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo, Artusiasm Gallery Toronto, and the Kosovo Consulate in Toronto. Zeqirja has completed many mural commissions in Nova Scotia including the Tall Ships mural in downtown Halifax and a series of eight murals at Alderney Landing based on historic Dartmouth. His artistic credibility landed him an opportunity to be a part of a judges panel for the Canadian Air Forces Artists Program and was chosen to feature in CBC’s nationally aired Art Spots. He currently provides training and guidance for his students, some of whom he’s had the pleasure of teaching for many years.

Zeqirja Rexhepi, Composition #4, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″, 2021.

Located inside the Visual Arts Nova Scotia office at the Halifax Seaport since 2000, the Corridor Gallery is complimented by a historical legacy of Nova Scotia culture, simple yet modern architectural elements and an array of current cultural activity in the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia office. The Corridor Gallery is located at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city situated on unceded Mi’kmaq territory.

Due to COVID-19 the VANS office will be open to the public by appointment during this exhibition. All visitors to the office must wear a mask, practice distancing, and sanitize hands upon arrival. In consideration of the size of the office and the Corridor Gallery, one visitor is permitted at a time.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia advances the visual arts through leadership, education, and communication.

See more of Zeqirja Rexhepi’s work on his website www.zeqirja.com and Instagram: @zeqirjarexhepi.

For further information or to make an appointment to view the exhibition please contact:
Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator, Visual Arts Nova Scotia
communicate@visualarts.ns.ca | www.visualarts.ns.ca


Figure Drawing Classes

Our group starts up a new series of six classes of figure drawing on Tuesday, March 16. Classes are from 10:30 to 1:30 with a half-hour break for lunch. The series ends on April 20 and then we start up again.

We meet at the Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre and are a group of adults with varying levels of ability. There is no instruction but if you have questions or want help, just ask. We’re a friendly bunch. Everyone is welcome as is all media.

Cost depends on the number of people but typically is $90 for six sessions. Models are excellent and all genders.

Please contact Lynn Rotin at 902-346-2018 or email lynnrotin@gmail.com

Lynn Rotin