Events Reminder! Artist Talk with Huguette May & Drawing with Louise Williams + AGM / Drawn Out events & workshops / Historic Gardens Call for Sculpture / 2018 workshops / Current exhibitions

In this Newsletter: AGM / Drawn Out events & workshops / Historic Gardens Call for Sculpture / 2018 workshops / Current exhibitions / Members News

NOTICE of AGM Monday, March 12, 6:30 pm.

Members, please send any motions to be put to the membership in writing to by 4 pm, March 8.

Are you interested in joining the Board of Directors? Contact for more information.

The AGM evening will include a silent auction of donated goods (housewares/antiques) after the general meeting is finished. All items will start at $5 and everything must go!

Louise Williams,, ARTsPLACE MiR, will be in residence at ARTsPLACE for the duration of Drawn Out, with a workshop, studio visits and a growing exhibit in the Library space of the work created during her residency. Stop by to visit Louise between 1 and 3 pm on Mondays (or time by chance), Feb 19 – March 26.


Artist talk with Huguette Despault May,  May, Sunday, March 4, 1-3 pm, entry $5 donation.
Huguette Despault May,  holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts. Earlier, she studied at the Schuler School of Fine Arts (a classical atelier in Baltimore, Maryland) and also received an Associate of Arts in Photography with honors from Dundalk Community College, Baltimore. Drawing has underpinned everything she has ever done artistically. Photography is also integral to her as source material. Original work and select digital images will serve as a departure for a discussion of technique and materials.


Life Drawing (clothed) with Louise Williams, Member artist-in-residence. Monday, March 5, 1-3pm. 18+ (unless accompanied by an adult: Family $10 – adult/s and two dependent children). Suitable for all levels. $5.
Suitable for all levels. Basic materials provided.

Drop-in Drawn Out

The main gallery at ARTsPLACE will be set-up during the 5-week program for anyone wishing to come in and have a go at drawing – materials, and still-life presentations will be available. 10 am-12 and 1-4 pm, Tues-Fri., through March 30th. Free, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mark-making with Lauren Soloy, March 11, 1-3pm), 18+ (unless accompanied by an adult: Family $10 – adult/s and two dependent children). Suitable for all levels. $5.
Make your own brushes with found and natural objects – use these with ink and graphite to explore the freedom of mark-making!

The Exquisite Corpse with Jenn Smith and Julia Redgrave, Sunday, March 18, 1-3 pm. All ages. $5 individual, Family $10 (adult/s and two dependent children). Suitable for all levels.
The technique was invented by  surrealists and is similar to an old  parlour game called  consequences in which players write (or draw) in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing (or drawing), and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution.

Call for Sculpture – Historic Gardens Annapolis Royal CLICK HERE

Workshops 2018

Register for ARTsPLACE workshops CLICK HERE

Experimental Surfaces: Machine Stitching, Water Soluble Stabilizer and, Unexpected Materials with  Amanda McCavour
2-day Workshop (3-day description posted in error!)
August 25 & 26 10 am – 4 pm
$175 for Non-member
PLUS materials fee $35 per person.
Maximum 13
Each participant must bring a sewing machine.
Includes a tour of Amanda’s Exhibition at ARTsPLACE.
This workshop will focus on constructing dynamic, textured, mixed media surfaces with machine embroidery and Sulky® water-soluble stabilizers. We will explore the use of 3 different types of water-soluble stabilizer to discover create textile structures with stitch. Students will be encouraged to experiment with an assortment of materials like plastics, papers, and yarns to create a variety of samples exploring different texture and color combinations with a variety of stabilizers. Students will expand these tests into a larger piece, taking the process in their own direction to create wall hangings, scarves or experimental works.

A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words: Ekphrasis 2-part Workshop (attendance at both sessions is required)
Facilitators: Geoff Butler & Ted Lind & Phil Roberts
Mondays, April 16 & 23, 2018
$15 ARCAC Member
$20 non-member
Maximum 30 people
About Geoff & Ted
Ekphrasis is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art. It is not ‘art criticism’ but more about adding enriched meaning to art through the written/spoken word. Ekphrasis is not an embellished description of a work of art, but is creative writing that uses a work of art as a starting-off point. Ekphrastic writing can actually become a stand-alone work of art itself.

Taking Risk : The Considered Drawing 2 (Intermediate / Advanced) with  Bonnie Baker
2-day workshop April 14 & 15, 10-4pm.
$110 ARCAC Member
$125 Non-member
Maximum 12 people
Lunch not included, light refreshments provided.
About Bonnie
Creativity relies on having a wealth of experience to inspire us, but all too often we find it dries up and we simply repeat what we already know. Letting risk be part of your work habits can be seen as part of the wider process of art-making that can be incorporated within a wider structure. This workshop celebrates risk as a creative element that opens up new possibilities to discovering new forms and effects in your work.

Modeling on Clay and Mannequin Plaster Mould : Basic Sculpting with Vasilis Vasili
2-day workshop May 12 & 13, 10-3pm.
$125 ARCAC Member
$140 Non-member
Maximum 12 people (age 16+)

Large-scale Watercolour Flowers with Carrie Allison-Goodfellow
2-day workshop
June 9 & 10, 10 – 4 pm
$150 ARCAC Member
$175 Non-member
Maximum 10
About Carrie Alison
(15% discount for ARCAC Members if booked with Botanical Drawing for Beginners workshop)
This workshop will introduce large-scale watercolour techniques with a focus on completing a large scale (22†x 30†) flower painting. Students will be asked to bring in their own subject material, an image they wish to enlarge and replicate.

Botanical Drawing for Beginners with Carrie Alison-Goodfellow
​2-day workshop
​July 14 & 15, 10 – 4 pm
$150 ARCAC Member
$175 Non-member
Maximum 10
About Carrie Alison
(15% discount for ARCAC Members if booked with Large-Scale Watercolour Flowers workshop)
This workshop will introduce students to botanical drawing techniques and practices. This will be a two-day workshop that explores botanical drawing from life. We will focus on line, tone, value, colour and composition in both dry and wet mediums. The purpose of this workshop will be to introduce students to botanical drawing and get them comfortable to be able to include the practice in their everyday sketchbooks

Write Your Memoirs with Brenda Thompson
2-day workshop
November 3 & 4
$65 ARCAC Member
$85 Non-member
Maximum 14
About Brenda
Memoirs can be shared or private, in this workshop you will gain and learn:
~ assistance in structuring your stories
~ assistance in developing your story telling skills
~ how to include other people in your memoirs

Exhibitions on through March 31 Annapolis Royal: For the Love of Colour, Sally O’Grady and Criss Cross, Penny Berens.

Members – do you have news to share? Email arcac@ns.aliantzinc with a short description and image (not pdf) with NEWSLETTER in the subject.


April 7 Saturday to April 8 Sunday 10am to 4pm

$150 members of Elephant Grass Print Collective, $160 non-members / Materials fee: $10 (includes lino block, inks, paper) payable to Laura

Reduction method is a printmaking technique when a multicolored print is made with the use of a single block, cutting away more and more of the image in between the printing of each colour/layer. Each layer necessarily fits inside the layer before it. The block is destroyed in the process and a true reprint can never be done.

About Laura

Advance Registration required as space is limited. How to Register; email or contact Bonnie Baker 902 532 0829

Fees payable at time of registration by etransfer or cheque payable to Elephant Grass print Collective

Location: Elephant Grass print Collective, 30 School Street, Parker’s Cove, NS