Artisans in Action: Jewellery

The first Sunday of each month artists and makers take over the museum and shipyard in Avondale for a pop-up market featuring live demonstrations.

In July we welcome jewellers Tracey Rozee-Sirrat of Blossom Fiends, Graeme Ross of Metal Monkey Jewellery and Robert “Nithmund” Bowkett

17 Bemont Road, Newport Landing/Avondale
(902) 757-1718


Opening this Saturday at Visual Voice Fine Art


Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to present two solo shows with paintings by Barbara McLean and sculpture by Carol Smeraldo.

When speaking about abstract art in Nova Scotia, Barbara McLean‘s name is imperative, though she began as an expressionistic landscape painter.
In Transition is about her work evolving more into abstraction with the passing of time. Barbara describes the process: “The choice was not a conscious one, the work evolved and lead me. I am still following.”
Her work in the show is charged with energy, colour and passion.

Carol Smeraldo, a potter by trade, also began creating sculpture and one-of-a-kind pieces later in her career. The sculptural work in Connections is about the ebb and flow of the creative cycle in all of us. Carol explains “It became clear to me that during the ‘down’ times a great deal is going on internally. Connections are being formed among seemingly disparate ideas, colours, motifs. Expectations begin to surface with the realization that this is actually a fertile time which cannot be rushed and the resurfacing of inspiration will follow.” Fittingly the ocean is ever present in the forms, colours and motifs of the sculptural work in the show.

See the artist’s biographies: Carol Smeraldo and Barbara McLean.

Don’t miss the first glimpse of this strong exhibit and meeting the artists at the free opening reception THIS Saturday, June 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
The show continues until July 28th, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.

Visual Voice is located at 128 King St, Truro, NS – get directions here

We’re Hiring!


We’re Hiring!

Position Title: Grant and Outreach Coordinator

Terms of employment:  Part-time contract position, 20 hours per week, 3-month term with a start date of September 5th, 2016.

The Grant and Outreach Coordinator will primarily oversee the writing and preparation of approximately 6-8 grants, which include operational grant writing and project/programming grant writing, to maintain and increase funding available to carry out the Centre for Art Tapes’ mandate. Further, the Grant and Outreach Coordinator will strive to increase the Centre for Art Tapes’ presence in the community through the development of an active membership drive campaign.

Responsibilities of the Grant and Outreach Coordinator include:

  • Writing and preparing grants, reports and RFPs (request for proposals)
  • Consulting with the Fund Researcher, determine the appropriate granting and funding opportunities for CFAT to pursue.
  • Attending all Programming Committee meetings and supporting the programming committee by securing funding for their diverse projects and initiatives.
  • Advising the Programming Committee and Programming Coordinator of upcoming grant and funding opportunities.
  • Creating and leading an active membership drive campaign.
  • Drafting content pertaining to membership drive campaign for the website, social media accounts and any other promotional material.
  • Maintaining existing relationships between CFAT and various granting organizations in consultation with the Board of Directors.
  • Representing CFAT to other organizations and the public in conjunction with other staff and the Board of Directors.
  • Maintaining an organized, accessible filing system.
  • Assisting with the execution of CFAT programming (art events and installations) as required.
  • Submitting a monthly progress report to the Board of Directors.

Skills and attributes required:

  • The right candidate will be able to learn about, understand and communicate CFAT’s vision and mission.
  • Skills important to this role are: excellent communication (written and spoken), grant writing, marketing, networking, conceptual and analytical thinking.
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and develop positive relationships.
  • The ability to work both collaboratively as a team member as well as independently is very important.
  • Be energetic, outgoing, personable, and respectful.
  • Familiarity with Macintosh computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, are required.
  • Knowledge of arts organizations, media arts (video, audio and electronics) and artist-run centres will be considered an asset.

Conditions, location of work: The Grant and Outreach Coordinator will work at the Centre for Art Tapes, 2238 Maitland Street, as well as off site periodically.

Contact information for submissions:
Please send a detailed resume and cover letter via email to with the subject line “Grant and Outreach Coordinator”.

Closing date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 5pm

Terroir: a Nova Scotia Survey opens June 25


Terroir: a Nova Scotia Survey 

 29 artists unearth Nova Scotia’s rich visual culture in
an ambitious contemporary exhibition

June 22, 2016, HALIFAX–The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia presents Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey, an ambitious exhibition featuring works by 29 artists working in the province, mining its history and culture, and offering a diversity of production.  Artists from across the province responded to an open call, and this exhibition was built exclusively from that list of respondents. The exciting range of experienced and emerging artists make for a dynamic, engaging and diverse exploration of artistic practice. From painters, weavers, sculptors, printmakers, makers of video and installation art, hookers and beyond,  Nova Scotia is home to some of the country’s best artists, this is an opportunity to showcase that talent, and unearth its roots. Taking up three floors of space, Terroir is the Gallery’s feature exhibition on its summer and fall program, and promises to offer viewers an unforgettable experience.

About the Exhibition & Artists

 About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada’s largest arts museum. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, it houses the province’s art collection and offers a range of innovative exhibitions and programming
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis St.
Halifax, NS


ABOUT ART, artist interview with Anna Horsnell Wade ~ Artist to read, meet the public at NovelTea this Saturday

Anna Horsnell Wade (Frank Kook Photo)

Anna Horsnell Wade is an accomplished Nova Scotia visual artist whose paintings hang in many private and public collections. Recently she completed a series of paintings and authored a book called “The Sarah Diaries” inspired by time spent on the oil tanker Sarah Desgagnes The creations represent a true labour of love.
On Saturday, June 25th, at 1pm, she will be doing a special reading and book signing at NovelTea Bookstore Cafe, 622 Prince St, Truro, while her paintings are on display. There will also be time to converse with the artist/author and everyone is welcome to this event.
How did you start making art?
I have always felt fortunate that I was born into a very creative and artistic family. My mother is a painter and, as a young girl, I spent hours watching her work in her studio. I think I started drawing from the moment I could hold a pencil and painting soon followed. Making art has always been a natural way for me to express myself, to communicate, and to understand.
How do you work?
For me, making art is about contrasts. I prefer to work alone in my studio where I can avoid distractions and totally immerse myself in the process. I often listen to music but also enjoy absolute quiet while I paint. I may begin with an idea or theme in mind, but more often the work leads me through a process of discovery.Creating my art contrasts with the business of art which includes record keeping, promotion and
marketing. This is often a much more social exercise, presenting anddiscussing my artwork with others. At times I prefer the solitude, but inevitably, art is about sharing.
How has your practice changed over time?
As a young artist, I simply wanted to learn and grow, to improve my skills and explore different styles and subjects. Eventually, as a professional artist, my focus became exhibit opportunities in both group and solo shows establishing my art in the commercial marketplace. It was also
important to methat I contribute to the art community as a whole. We age and our priorities and goals evolve. Today I seek something much more personal; a more relaxed approach to what inspires me.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Just over two years ago, I was given the opportunity to take two voyages on board the oil tanker, Sarah Desgagnes. My husband spends half of the year at sea as chief engineer and this was an opportunity to travel with him for a short period. Within hours I was inspired not only by the overpowering seascape, but by the ship itself, and all those who lived and worked on board. The resulting project involved a series of ten paintings and a book about my experience.
What role does the artist have in society?
One of the biggest lessons I have learned is the necessity to slow down in life. I believe artists take time by the very nature of the work, as they consider the details and the very essence of things.Artists also think outside the ordinary and in sharing their work, they communicate what they have learned or realized. Society often needs that mirror.

 Where else can we find you?

My website, , is the most convenient and complete location to view all of my artwork including a listing of the various galleries where my work can be found, a blog providing news from my studio, and full details on various art projects such as The Sarah Diaries.
*Article on Truro Daily News website:

Call to Artists

6 places remain for Artists to register for this year’s Paint the Town outdoor painting festival in Annapolis Royal. A total of 80 artists, ranging from professional, emerging and amateur will descend on the small town of Annapolis Royal to create fresh art for sale at a silent auction over August 20 and 21.

The auction gallery is open from 10 am and work arrives throughout the day – eagle-eyed patrons can buy-it-now before 5 pm, after which it is auction only with final bids at 6 pm. Successful bidders will pay and take their treasures home on Saturday. The process begins again on Sunday, new work, new auction!

Auction pieces are sold at 50/50 split between the artist and the organization.

For more information on how to register visit