Woodcarving Courses with Jennifer Marlow

Woodcarving course

It is gratifying to push a sharp blade through a beautiful piece of wood. Participants will learn carving technique as well as the intrinsic properties of certain wood species. The ultimate goal is to nurture skill development over time so participants can enjoy woodcarving independently and with confidence.

Being one of the earliest forms of sculpture, relief carving continuously provides endless possibilities for the carver. Immersing yourself into the world of sharp blades and the smell of wood, we will give life to various designs. Beginning our roughing out with a little mallet work, we will then move through to the refinement stages using a variety of gouges, chisels and knives. The completion of these relief projects will equip the beginner with enough knowledge to begin their own relief carving independently. For the practiced carver, these projects will be an opportunity to enhance your skill and broaden your creativity.

Class size max 4

$180 ( materials and tools provided)

Saturday & Sunday January 23 & 24 9am-4pm


Thursdays 9:30am – 1pm (Feb 4 – Feb 25)

send and email to hone and slice@gmail.com or call (902) 403-0178 to register

www.jennifermarlow.com for more info and other courses.



update on Art Lab courses


We learned lots from the Covid-19 adjusted classes last year but one compromise turned out to please everyone. smaller classes for more instructor time. Meaning that many of our classes will max at 10 students. So please don’t hesitate to register soon to avoid disappointment.

To look at course detail go to https://parrsborocreative.com/cultural-campus/course-listings/

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



Call for projects Phenomena Festival 2021


10th PHENOMENA FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 12th to 22nd 2021

Artistic director: D. Kimm

Deadline: March 1st 2021
Theme: Recognition

Phenomena is a bilingual interdisciplinary festival that seeks to highlight innovative, unclassifiable and extravagant artists. The Festival presents cabarets, whimsical and theatrical acts, performances with projections, happenings, ambulatory performances, installations, and singular poetic events. The 10th edition of Phenomena will take place from the 12th to the 22nd of October 2021.

The Festival’s roots are deeply anchored in exploration and risk-taking. Phénomena is interested in professional artists, either emerging or established, with a very personal approach, as well as in independent and nonconformist creation companies. We offer a platform to artists who are rigorous, take risks and challenge themselves. We present poetic and atypical hybrid creations that are also moving and authentic. A part of the programming has already been planned by the Artistic Director and the rest of the programming will be established based on this call for projects.

We are preparing our 10th anniversary! However, these uncertain times ask us to be cautious in planning our programming. The 2020 edition took place entirely online because of the pandemic. We were glad to reach audiences outside of Montreal and we will include some online productions in 2021. Yet we crave contact with our audiences, which is why we will propose productions for different venue capacities within the norms of physical distancing. We would like to present, among others, short-form performances, ambulatory performances and outdoor performances at atypical and peculiar locations in the Mile End and elsewhere. We are also hopeful to be able to present some performances at our headquarters, La Sala Rossa, even if for a reduced audience.

We are on the lookout for interdisciplinary creations that are past a “workshop phase”, but that have not necessarily been widely distributed. Given the uncertainty of how the pandemic will evolve, we will give priority to projects that can be adapted to different contexts: short-forms, ambulatory performances, outdoor performances, digital arts, installations, shows for reduced audiences, etc.

In keeping with the theme of Recognition, we are also looking for proposals that are based on the collaboration and the coming together of artists from different cultural backgrounds and/or generations. After such a long period of restrictions and broken dreams, we want to commemorate the Festival’s past ten years as well as celebrate the resilience and the resourcefulness of artists who kept alive their will to reach and connect with audiences.

Faithful to its mission, Phénomena is interested in presenting diverse artists, including Indigenous artists, People of Color, LGBTQ+, or persons with disabilities. Unfortunately, La Sala Rossa is difficult to access for people with reduced mobility, but we are happy to work with other, more accessible venues. Feel free to share with us your ideas or suggestions.

We are open to receiving proposals from outside Québec; however, due to our modest budget, we ask international/out-of-province artists to mobilize resources and contribute to travel expenses.

Send us your proposal which must include:

    • CV or description of your company, contact person, city of residence;
    • Project description (2 pages maximum), including spatial and technical needs, confirmed collaborators, duration of performance, language(s) used in the performance, and a list of resources already secured, information on whether it is online or live or if both circumstances are possible;
    • Links to photos and videos illustrating your current and/or past work;
    • Production timeline.

We also want to know why your creation project should be presented at Phénomena in particular. We are driven by an artistic mission and seek projects that are in line with this mission and will also help the Festival evolve.

Send your completed proposal in French or English to Artistic Director D. Kimm at d.kimm@electriques.ca.



Call for Talent Trust Scholarship Applications

Call for Talent Trust Scholarship Applications

Deadline March 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. (AST) for spring/summer studies in the arts. (Studies between May 1 and August 31, 2021 – online studies accepted).

You can find more information at nstalenttrust.ca

Our annual scholarships include theatre, film/new media, literary arts, dance, music, voice, circus arts, visual arts, and design.

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) is a registered charity that provides scholarships to Nova Scotians who demonstrate exceptional potential and commitment to become established artists in their chosen fields.

Meet our 2020 Scholarship Recipients.

Jacqueline Steudler (she/her)| Nova Scotia Talent Trust | Executive Director

Phone 902-492-6801 Fax 902-425-7364

Web http://www.nstalenttrust.ns.ca
Address P. O. Box 575, 2307 Clifton Street, Halifax NS B3J 2R7

Charitable Registration no: 889483392RR001

Donate today: online through canadahelps.org, or send us an e-transfer or cheque to the address above.

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Application Deadlines: March 1 (Spring/Summer Studies), May 1 (Fall/Winter Studies)
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ARTSPLACE Launches ArtSeen a 3 Year Digital Project to Support Contemporary Art


ARTSPLACE Launches ArtSeen a 3 Year Digital Project to Support Contemporary Art

ARTSPLACE has embarked on a three-year project to build a digital platform to promote and share knowledge about contemporary art with a diverse, intergenerational audience.

ARTSPLACE has developed a province-wide and national reputation for being able to generate interesting activities and opportunities within the community,” stated Ted Lind, Project lead and Board Member. “This project, called ArtSeen, is an extension of that work and will be an online portal to share contemporary art and artists that have the highest standards of excellence with a regional, national and international community.”

The project is funded by the Digital Strategy Fund of the Canada Council for the Arts with a $300,000 grant, the largest ever received by the society. ArtSeen will showcase the work of contemporary Canadian artists through live interviews, studio and gallery visits, and virtual conversations. The all-digital content of ArtSeen, coordinated by ARTSPLACE, will be developed initially in partnership with arts organizations in the Atlantic provinces, and eventually move further west using a national network of artist-run centres.

Our venture into digital media to present arts and culture is not new. For several years, ARTSPLACE has used videoconferencing to conduct real-time programs with museums and galleries, most notably the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa,” says Lind. “We also have and continue to use social media and other digital platforms to connect contemporary artists with a growing audience. During the COVID-19 era, digital learning is becoming more significant than it ever was.”

ARTSPLACE is a contemporary gallery and arts centre that is operated by the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC). ARCAC was founded as a society in 1982 by a group of artists who wanted to share their work and ideas with each other and their community. The society is a registered, non-profit charitable organization. In 1995, the society acquired its own building, with three galleries, artist residency space and a workshop/performance area. ARTSPLACE Gallery presents a year-round schedule of exhibits, workshops, film screenings, arts talks and special events.

ARTSPLACE Gallery presents a wide range of programming that showcases the role that arts and culture play in providing a good quality of life for people in the Annapolis Royal area and also serves to attract others to the region,” shares Lind. “The Annapolis Region is a centre for celebrating and supporting arts and culture. ARTSPLACE wants its home community to share in the excitement and innovation that ArtSeen represents.”

ARTSPLACE is a public Art Gallery that is operated by the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, a registered non-profit, charitable, community organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the arts. Supported through the Province of Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts. ARTSPLACE Gallery is located at 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

For more information please contact: Sophie Paskins, arcac@ns.aliantzinc.ca , (902) 532-7069

Atlantic in Motion – Sea, Sky and Granite ~ Paint Live from your home with Evelyn Dunphy

Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshops


with French Escapade and Evelyn Dunphy

“Paint Live from your home with Evelyn and fellow artists”

Painting the “Atlantic in Motion”,

Sea, Sky and Granite

Feb 17, 18 & 19th

10:00am PST

1:00 pm EST

12.00 noon Atlantic Standard Time

Three sessions 3 hours each

with follow up with Evelyn as wished


To sign up, just go to “Book A V.I.E.W”

Our subject for this workshop is a plein air painting done on the coast in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia. I sat up high above the rocky shore in order to have a good view.

We will focus on the skills required to create a sense of light and spaciousness, with a variety of edges between sea and sky, sea and rocks, and the foamy edges of breaking waves.

Our palette will be limited, but one that allows for beautiful color mixtures. Warm and cools of different blues in the sky and water create luminosity, and are a wonderful contrast to the colors and texture of the rocky island breaking from the surface.

Mixing pigment for a sky differs greatly from that of the mixture required for painting the rocks. My intention is always to “get the color and the value right the first time”.

Here is our reference photo.

I am very happy to share this review of my workshops with you.

Thank you for another spectacular class. I’ve learned more from the workshops I’ve attended with you than I have in the collocation of books I’ve acquired over the past year or so and all the videos I’ve watched online combined. I’m grateful for your steady guidance at every step. Annemarie Fowler

To register, just go to Book A View.

Getting the color and value right the first time means being becoming more proficient at judging the ratio of pigment to water so that the watery, floating skies and rolling, crashing waves dry just as close as possible to the desired value. Developing the habit of putting down a fully loaded brush and “leaving it alone” is part of this challenge, and will result in a luminous painting.

We will choose appropriate pigments to paint rich, transparent darks for the dark areas of the water. Since we want not only to have varying values, but also texture in the rocks, our choice of pigments for the darks in that shape will vary. We can create interesting texture without the use of any additive, especially if you choose to stretch your paper.

“Evelyn emphasizes and demonstrates the fundamentals of using watercolor so that students will succeed with their painting and build their skills by understanding the medium, different processes, and of course, practice! “

And, if you choose, you will experience a new surface for your painting; stretching your paper on canvas stretchers just as you would stretch canvas.

After registration, you will receive the supply list, a sketch of the subject, a video showing you how to stretch the paper, as well as written instructions.

If you have any questions, please write to me at artist@evelyndunphy.com.

Evelyn Dunphy Studio

596 Fosters Point Road

West Bath, ME 04530


“Seek Those Who Fan Your Flame”…rumi

Two examples of seascapes



We are seeking submissions from RURAL artists, makers and creatives across Mi’kma’ki

Let’s challenge and disrupt stereotypical notions of what rural “Maritime” art can be and look like.

Participating artists will each receive $450.00 in exhibition fees and $325.00 in speaker fees.

To read the call and for further details on how to apply visit: https://madmimi.com/p/67e5c11

Submit your application by midnight on Friday, February 5th, 2021.

Artists will be notified by Friday, February 19th, 2021.

Exhibition duration: May 1st-30th, 2021 with artist panel to-be-scheduled during this timeframe.


Call for BIPOC artists ~ Connecting Perspectives: A Cross-Border Art Initiative

Connecting Perspectives: A Cross-Border Art Initiative
Selected artists will receive USD $1000 USD for participation in the project


The deadline for submissions is January 22nd

Canada’s diplomatic missions in the United States are proud to partner with the Toronto-based Social Distancing Festival to present a new collaborative, interdisciplinary series called Connecting Perspectives: A Cross-Border Art Initiative, which will bring together artists who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour (BIPOC) in Canada and the United States to create collaborative projects that draw inspiration from the theme “Art Today”.

Connecting Perspectives aims to reflect this time of change, loss, and hope— and will spotlight BIPOC visual artists, choreographers, composers/musicians, poets, and spoken word artists who are enthusiastic about collaborating on new art and who can embrace the digital exhibition of their work.


Applications will be reviewed by a jury of professional BIPOC artists. A total of 26 artists (13 artists in Canada and 13 artists in the United States) will be chosen to participate, and each artist will be paired with another artist (1 artist in Canada with 1 artist in the United States).

All chosen artists who complete a collaborative art piece for the project will receive USD $1000, as well as USD $200 for expenses.

Applicants must be residents of Canada or the United States, have a minimum of 2 years professional experience, and be available to work on this project between February and the end of April 2021.

For more information about the process and eligibility requirements, please visit socialdistancingfestival.com/connectingperspectives

The deadline for submissions is January 22nd at 11:59pm ET. Given that the project seeks to include participants from across the United States and Canada, we may need to stop accepting applications from certain regions if we have received a large amount of submissions. We encourage artists to apply quickly!



visual voice fine art ~ January & February Workshops

Join us for a WORKSHOP!
Here they are listed by date. But keep posted, more ART workshops are yet to come!

** Classes have moved online **
All that is required to have fun and learn something new from the convenience of your home is: a computer, tablet OR cell with a camera and microphone.
No need to be computer savvy!

All workshop/class times listed are in
Atlantic Time (Halifax, Canada Time).


Beginning Abstract -painting workshop with Barbara McLean   Jan 26-Feb 23, 2021

“Painting abstractly is an adventure in part because you aren’t trying to reproduce something you see. You don’t have concrete subject matter to guide you. Abstraction is a very personal way to paint, challenging but fun.”

Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to offer a 5 session class with abstract painter Barbara McLean. Beginning Abstraction will introduce you to acrylic abstract painting while covering basic principles of design and how to apply them.

Jan 26-Feb 23 Tuesdays 10-noon, $175 +tax per person
5 sessions ONLINE. Small class sizes = Limited space
Pre-registration required by calling: 902-843-9464

For more details visit: visual-voice.ca/fineart


Pet/Animal Portrait- Art Class with Rosemary Clarke Young

Did you ever want to paint your pet or an animal? Animal/Pet Portrait is a 2 hour, step-by-step workshop with artist Rosemary Clarke Young suitable for beginners and those with some experience. You will learn how to trace an image and how to make it expressive with lots of unexpected colour. The workshop picture gives you some examples.

What you will need: acrylic paints recommended (but watercolour and oil will work too), brushes, canvas/paper and more. A materials list to follow.

Feb 6 Saturday 10-12:00 pm, $45 +tax per person
ONLINE. Small class sizes = Limited space
Pre-registration required by calling: 902-843-9464

Watercolour Birch Trees – Art Class with Rosemary Clarke Young

Birch trees are an appealing part of our landscape, and wonderful subjects for artwork. Watercolour Birch Trees is a 2 hour, step-by-step workshop with artist Rosemary Clarke Young suitable for beginners and those with some experience. You will learn how to use a brush to create the shape of the leaves and come away with a finished piece. The workshop picture gives you some examples.

What you will need: watercolour paints, brushes, paper and more. A materials list to follow.

Feb 12 Friday 10-12:00 pm, $45 +tax per person
ONLINE. Small class sizes = Limited space
Pre-registration required by calling: 902-843-9464

Expressive Painting with Carol Morrison

Do you want to paint loosely and boldly? This workshop on acrylic painting with artist Carol Morrison helps you do just that by studying one of Tom Thomson’s plein air paintings, since he was the master of expressive brushwork.
Expressive Painting is a guided, full-day workshop, during which you will complete your own version of the Tom Thomson landscape of tamaracks pictured here. No touching up allowed!

What you will need: a 8″x10″ canvas, #12 flat bright brush with synthetic bristles, professional artist acrylic paints, easel strongly recommended. A materials list to follow.

Feb 20 Saturday 10-4:30 pm, $75 +tax per person
ONLINE. Small class sizes = Limited space
Pre-registration required by calling: 902-843-9464

Watercolour Flowers-Art Class with Rosemary Clarke Young

All ages and experience will have fun with this Watercolour Flowers workshop!
In 2 hours, you will work step by step to create a fun, whimsical and unique floral painting with artist Rosemary Clarke Young. The workshop picture gives you some examples of the finished project.

What you will need: watercolour paints, brushes, paper and more. A materials list to follow.

Feb 27 Saturday 10-12:00 pm, $45 +tax per person
ONLINE. Small class sizes = Limited space
Pre-registration required by calling: 902-843-9464

902-VIEWING (843-9464)
Visual Voice is located at 128 King St, Truro, NS – get directions
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NAC Annual General Meeting 2021

Northumberland Arts Council
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Thursday, January 21st at 3pm

The Northumberland Arts Council 2021 Annual General Meeting
will be held in-person in the basement of Sharon United Church
(15 Church St., Tatamagouche)

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

If you wish to attend, please contact Judith Oulton in advance,
as space is limited in keeping with Covid-19 protocols:

jaoulton@gmail.com or 902 324 3383

We hope to see you there!

Please note: masks and social distancing will be required
at the meeting. Please bring your own mask and carry out the Covid-19 self-assessment in advance.


Our mailing address is:

Northumberland Arts Council/The Fraser

362 Main St/PO Box 335

Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0