Artist Interview with Andrea Pottyondy. Solo show”Blooms and Vistas” opens this Saturday

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Andrea Pottyondy is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and its Atlantic Representative. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections in Canada and internationally. A solo show of her works, “Blooms and Vistas”, will be featured at NovelTea Bookstore Cafe, 622 Prince St, Truro, for the month of May. The show opens Saturday, May 7th, and Andrea will be there from 1pm- 4pm. She hopes the show will inspire smiles and stir emotions deep within to make viewers wonder.

Why do you make art?

I make art because it’s such a natural thing for me to do and the way I express myself best. Art making and art appreciating have always been an integral part of my life. I can’t imagine a day without it.

How do you work?

I usually work in the mornings because it’s my most creative time. I head to my “artarage”, which is a small studio above the garage, put on a CD or CBC radio and warm up by working on small canvasses or boards. I usually paint from memory or my own photo references and have several artworks going at the same time. I start with backgrounds, usually in a very abstracted manner and build up layers with acrylics, perhaps adding collage and using w/c crayons, charcoal, etc. Eventually the painting tells me where it wants me to go!

What role does the artist have in society?

Artists are creative thinkers. By simply visiting an art gallery or museum, we can learn about different cultures and societies in a beautiful way. Art can be political and can incite future change. Some artists depict their present times so that future generations may have a better understanding of the past. Without artists the world would be a very beige and sad place. My motto is Art is Beauty, Art is a Healer and Art Makes us Human.

Which artist has inspired you the most?

When I was a child I loved looking in the art section of the encyclopedia. I could look at Vermeer’s paintings over and over. I was enthralled with how he captured the light. As I got older artists such as Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, the Montreal based Beaver Hall Group, Doris McCarthy and many more continue to inspire me.

What themes do you pursue?

My art themes tend to have a narrative element. I am known for my floral paintings which I do from memory and emotion. I like change and work on a variety of series at any given time. I begin a new series when I am inspired by a story or personal experience, travel and the natural environment. Right now I am painting portraits of ravens, crows and black birds without using black paint. I’ve also been working on a series of Nova Scotian landscapes using oils on 8×10 wood panels. Titles are intuitive. 

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I met collectors of my artwork at an art opening. It was a nice experience hearing that my art brought them joy. Another person said his wife had tears in her eyes when he presented her with one of my artworks. I love making art but it’s the response to art that really matters.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for other?

It’s never too late to do what you love.

Where do you sell your work?

You can find my gallery listings on my website and see what I am painting on my facebook art page at

Link to Truro Daily News article:

What’s goin’ on at LSA…

– Lunenburg School of the Arts will be at the Lunenburg Market this Thursday morning promoting our upcoming Summer 2016 schedule Come see us and fill out a ballot for the chance to win free tuition to a workshop of choice during the Summer 2016 and LSA swag . Terms and conditions apply. 


– Friendly reminder LSA’s Artist-in-Residence, Josh Collins’ “Aspect and Light” exhibition and artist talk opens Friday at 7:30pm. This is a FREE event!


– A very popular event at LSA, Musique Royale’s “Cookie Concert” series, consistently present quality talent and delicious homemade cookies the first Saturday of every month. ONLY $5 and FREE for toddlers!


 MAY 27th – 29th
Did you register yet?


MAY 2016
– Lunenburg School of the Arts welcomes Melanie Doiron as Artist-in-Residence during the month of May in our East Bay Ceramics Studio.  Mel recently returned from travels throughout Europe and will be creating a series of ceramic vessels inspired by her journey. Stay tuned for the upcoming date of Mel’s exhibition and artist talk. 


Our mailing address is:

Lunenburg School of the Arts

6 Prince St.
PO Box 610

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0




Port Medway Art & Design News!

Here’s the news –
1)Port Medway Art & Design moving – but, not far.  Seeley Hall isn’t available this year so I’m moving into Clarence’s building at Hottot Corners.  Where Ken’s gallery was a couple of years ago.
We’ll open again on July 1st and hope you’ll pop by.
2) In other news – Port Medway Art & Design now has an online store so you can conveniently shop from anywhere.  Isn’t that nice?  Here’s the URL:
I hope you’ll visit the site and forward your comments. This is my first e-commerce venture so some additional information might be needed.
Look forward to seeing you in Port this summer.
Pamela Purves
Pam Purves Photography
Port Medway Art & Design
Skype: pampurves
PMAD Web: square
Cell: 416.433.3706

Leahey Fiber Art Studio Closing sale


370 Back Centre Rd, Lunenburg 

May 14, 3:00-7:00pm

Leahey Fiber Art is closing its doors on Back Centre. I am not done making art, but moving and need to lighten my load! I will have a lot of art to sell, from older fine art textile work, functional pieces, to current paintings. All work will be 20% off of listed prices, no tax  and will consider best offers.

Share the word, bring a friend, and join me for refreshments and art!

Lisa Leahey


Media Arts Scholarship Screening: May 10th




The Centre for Art Tapes is pleased to present OUT OF THE CENTRE: The 2015/16 Media Arts Scholarship Presentation. For 27 years, the CFAT Media Art Scholarship Program has provided local artists with the chance to explore an aspect of media art with which they have little to no experience. Scholars receive six months of one-to-one guidance from specially selected mentors, as well as workshops taught by experts in areas such as audio, video, production, editing, after effects and electronics. For the duration for the program, they have free access to facilities, equipment, and staff support.

This years presentation includes:
Robyn Badger – Bubbles for Mom (Mentor: Jim McSwain)
Moira Donovan – Call of the Cicada (Mentor: Andy Dowden)
Kyle Alden Martens – Soft Players (Mentor: Mike Richie)
Lynn Mattheson – When We Were Poor (Mentor: Susan Tooke)
Josh Owen – Lizards Lacking Love (Mentor: Dylan Edwards)
Sadie Richards – Apophenia (Mentor: Anne MacMillian)

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 6:30pm
Free of Charge!
Program contains some adult language.

Dartmouth Visual Arts May 28th Workshop with Mary REARDON

Dartmouth Visual Arts
May 28th 2016 Workshop
Memory Marker VII
Memory Marker 7
LEARN HOW TO PAINT GLASS in your next painting

Mary REARDON is a native of Halifax and attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and design. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1993 and a Major in Studio and a Minor in Art History. Mary was a recipient of the NSCAD Centennial Scholarship in1993, the Loomis and Toles Bursary in Printmaking in 1993, and the Joseph Beuys Scholarship in 1993.
Contact:  Violet Robertson
Workshop with Mary REARDON
May 28 2016
Location: South End Baptist Church
60 Hastings St Dartmouth
Time: 9:153:30
 DARTMOUTH VISUAL ART has GIFT CERTIFICATES available for Membership, Workshops, and Studio Group.
Contact: CrystalAnn Edwards

Call for Photographic Images

Call for Photographic Images : The St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails Association is sponsoring an amateur photography contest to raise awareness about this amazing natural recreational resource within the community and draw visitors to the area. The St. Margaret’s Bay Area Trail runs from Lewis Lake to Hubbards on 32.5 kms. of the former railway bed. Amateur photographers residing in Nova Scotia are invited to submit digital or print images depicting views of and from the St. Margaret’s Bay Area Trail during all seasons. In November 2016 prizes will be awarded for the top submissions. The winners and other submitted photos will be acknowledged on Facebook and through an exhibit in a community-based venue in Upper Tantallon.

Details of the contest are posted on the SMBARTA website

Inquiries may be directed to

Gallery 18 in New London Opens for 2016 Season


Gallery 18 in New London is open weekends during May – other times by appointment or chance. Regular summer hours begin in June. Gallery 18 specializes in PEI art, antique maps and prints, old and collectible books, vintage posters, ephemera, and vintage furniture. Many new pieces have come in over the winter. So, drop by and take a look. For more information email or phone.
Contact: Aubrey Bell & Patricia Bennett
Gallery 18 Ltd.

10686 Rte 6, RR6
Kensington, PE
Canada, C0B 1M0
(902) 886-3201

Call for Submissions Truro Art Society Art in Bloom

Call for Submissions Truro Art Society Art in Bloom

Truro Art Society at the McCarthy Gallery
36 Arthur Street, Truro, Nova Scotia


Artists are invited to submit artworks for our annual ART IN BLOOM exhibition. Art work in a variety of mediums will be accepted (drawing, painting, photography, fibre arts, pottery, etc.). All submissions must have a floral theme. Cash prizes for best artwork in all mediums, $300.00 and $200.oo , and the Carole MacFayden Award in Watercolor will be presented at our opening Reception. We hope you can join us for, what some believe to be, the prettiest show of the year!

Artwork can be delivered to McCarthy Gallery, Saturday, JUNE 4th from 10 am to 1 pm.
Opening Reception at the Gallery, Saturday , JUNE 11th, 2016, from 1 to 4pm.

Submission Fees :

$10.00 per piece for non-members

$5.oo per piece for Truro Art Society Members

Art Show and Alzheimer Society Fund Raiser

Please come and support the Alzheimer’s Society and local community artists.

A draw for a piece of donated Art (see below) will take place on Saturday at May 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM in support of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.


Steele Mazda is pleased to present 3 local artists from May 2nd to May 7th, 2016. Come in and see works (Art and Photography) by Judy MacIntosh, Cathie Hubley and Diane Porter and also explore the Steele Mazda spring line up.


Steele Mazda
15 Lansing Court, Dartmouth, NS

Call 902 462 6600 for more information