The Festival of Art Sept.30-Oct.2


2016 Festival of Art

Friday, September 30, 2016 to Sunday, October 2, 2016
Pisaquid Canoe Club, Windsor

The Festival of Art is back this year, bigger and better than ever.

We return to our original location, at the newly renovated Lake Pisaquid Canoe Club. There will be a gala opening on Friday evening, Sept. 30th, followed by a day of workshops and art viewing on Saturday Oct. 1st. The show wraps up on Sunday, after which you can take a drive over to Newport Landing to catch the last Artisans in Action event of this season.

Classical concert Sunday, September 25th 2pm at Colouratura Fine Art Gallery


Just a wee reminder of the last concert for the 2016 season.

The One Piano Four hands concert will be delightful – and it is in the afternoon – so no late night out.

I hope you can join us for this classical concert Sunday, September 25th 2pm.



Penny S. Steele

Colouratura Fine Art Gallery

Cabotto Hand Crafted Chocolates

45943 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

NS B0C 1H0


Wine and Iceland

Join us for an evening of Wine tasting and adventure on October 21st at 7pm at the Petite Riviere Winery.  Paul Newton and Sherry Hudson will share highlights of their circumnavigation of Iceland in the fall of 2016 accompanied by a slideshow and a fine art photographic exhibit.  Space is limited so save your seat by emailing  Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the South Shore Hospital Foundation.


News Release: “Return to Nova Scotia” Celebrates Important Historical Works


Wilkinson [Robert D. Wilkie], View of Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Dartmouth c 1850s, oil on canvas, 36.8 x 56.4 cm.
Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Purchase made possible by funds provided by John Risley, 2015. 2015.91

Collection celebrates newly-acquired historical works enriching the Province’s collection

Halifax, September 22, 2016— On April 1, 2015 the renowned Winkworth Collection of historic Canadiana was auctioned by Christie’s in London. Livestreamed and viewed by curatorial staff at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the auction was an exhilarating start of an exciting process that would see some of these works make their way back to the Province of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection, and result in an important exhibition of historical works. Produced by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Museum (NSM), and curated by Shannon Parker, Martin Hubley, Roger Lewis, and Roger Marsters, Return to Nova Scotia opened with a special evening celebration on Wednesday, September 21.

Educated in Canada and England, Peter Winkworth came from a family of collectors. His own collecting interests were triggered in the 1940s when his uncle sold him a set of Canadian works, sparking a lifelong love of historic Canadian artwork. During the course of his lifetime, he amassed what would arguably become the most extensive private collection of Canadiana ever assembled. “Peter Winkworth’s collection was the last and perhaps finest of the encyclopedic visual archives of Canada’s past compiled by Canadaphilic Britons and Anglophilic Canadians during the twentieth century,” said Roger Marsters, Curator of Marine History at the NSM.

A substantial portion of Winkworth’s collection was acquired by the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in 2002 (over 4,000 items) and an additional 1,200 works were purchased by the LAC, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) following his death in 2005. These two acquisitions are described as, “a treasure of paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, maps and other documents of incomparable beauty and breadth, depicting landscapes in every part of Canada and scenes of almost every aspect of life in Canada over four centuries”.

The Christie’s auction consisted of the balance of Winkworth’s collection following the death of his widow. These were the pieces – a few hundred paintings, watercolours, drawings, and prints – that were displayed in the family home. And while a much smaller offering than what had previously been acquired, there were many gems – as the avid bidding and the final prices throughout the auction can attest.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Museum collaborated closely to create a list of the most important pieces they would like to add to the Province’s collections. With the tremendous support of John Risley, John Bragg, Sir Christopher Ondaatje, John Oyler, the Nova Scotia Museum’s Board of Governors, the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation and a Movable Cultural Property grant accorded by the Department of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, the Province of Nova Scotia’s collections are now significantly richer.

“This acquisition is the result of the cooperation between the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the NSM, and the generous support of the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, private donations from gallery and museum patrons, and support from the NSM Board of Governors,” shared Laura Bennett, Manager of Collections at the NSM. “This support is a testament to the importance of this collection, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share these important works with all Nova Scotians.”

Shannon Parker, Curator of Collections at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, underscored the collection’s incredible benefits and importance to the province: “The artworks on view in this special exhibition exemplify the richly diverse and complex story of Nova Scotia,” she explained. “Their return to the province illustrates what happens when curators passionate about the heritage and culture of Nova Scotia collaborate with equally avid private, provincial, and federal partners: the benefits are both immediate and far-reaching.”
Return to Nova Scotia is the first—and perhaps the only– time all of these works will be displayed together before they are returned to each of the museums for their own programming, and offers an excellent opportunity to see the works that have created so much excitement within the Atlantic region and beyond.

The opening was held on Wednesday, September 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gallery in the presence of the Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, as well as Gallery and NSM partners, donors and supporters.

Return to Nova Scotia is on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax until February 20, 2017.

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Camille Dubois Crôteau
Communications and Marketing Officer
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

(902) 424-2903
Cell:  (902) 497-6006

Laura Bennett
Manager of Collections
Nova Scotia Museum

(902) 424-6453

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.

About the Nova Scotia Museum
The Nova Scotia Museum is responsible for the provincial collection of over one million artifacts and specimens. As well, it oversees the maintenance of more than 210 buildings, four floating vessels and nine locomotives.

‘Views’ three solo art shows: Lynn Johnson, Betty-Anne Gaetz, & Nora Gross Opening Reception this Saturday 7pm-9pm


Visual Voice Fine Art presents VIEWS an art exhibit featuring three solo shows with works by Lynn Johnson, BettyAnne Gaetz, and Nora Gross. All three artists interpret everyday scenes and objects, such as landscapes and still life: bottles catching dancing light, flowers glowing in the afternoon sun, a napping cat, a floating dory. However, they each do so in a different medium: acrylic, oil and watercolour, respectively, and with a different style. Nevertheless, they all achieve a very endearing quality, which makes for a cohesive exhibit and leaves no doubt about the artists’ love of their medium, their subjects, and their audience.

Nora Gross, president of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), explains: “Painting scenes and objects can be a challenge, to make the huge look small and close, and the vast seem touchable. To condense it to a size that fits into a frame for ‘viewing’ is a challenge that I love.”

BettyAnne Gaetz, who paints in oils, describes her playful palette: “To me ‘views’ are about diversity. I love colour in all areas of my life and in these paintings is a variety of colour which I often tuck into unexpected places.”

Lynn Johnson, who paints in acrylics, summarizes it “For me this show is about noticing ordinary things and places around us, which when caught in a luminous light, are suddenly quite extraordinary. Light changes quickly and constantly, and for just a fleeting moment in time these things become quite exquisite and beautiful. My goal is to capture those moments on canvas, where I hope my ‘view’ will be enjoyed by many.”

The show opens Saturday, September 24th with a free reception that evening from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, with refreshments and the artists in attendance. The exhibit runs until November 5th.
The gallery’s regular hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Any other time by appointment 902-VIEWING (843-9464).

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

the 2016 Nonesuch Art On PapeR Awards exhibition

2016 Nonesuch Art On PapeR Awards exhibition

The show opens on the 30th and will remain up until the 14th.  The hours are posted on the site ( and on the attached poster. We also can do by appointment so if you want to come at another time, just get in touch.
i hope you can make it to the show!

The Nonesuch Best Work Award will be 5000 dollars plus a 3-week residency at Main & Station (Nonesuch Art Centre) in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The award goes to Untitled by Helene deWinter. Le prix Nonesuch pour la meilleure œuvre est de 5000 dollars en plus d’une résidence de 3 semaines à Main & Station (Nonesuch Art Centre) à Parrsboro, NS. Le prix est décerné à Untitled par Helene de Winter.

Special mention for Will Be Fine II by Karol Pomykala. Mention spéciale pour Will Be Fine II par Karol Pomykala.
L’Usine de Papier Award for the most creative paper construction will be 1000 dollars plus a 2-week residency at Main & Station (Nonesuch Art Centre) in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The award goes to Nectar by Nancy Agati. Le prix du Paper Factory pour le construction de papier le plus créatif est de 1000 dollars en plus d’une résidence de 2 semaines à Main & Station (Nonesuch Art Centre). Le prix est décerné à Nectar par Nancy Agati.
Special mention for PaperBridge by Steve Messam. Mention spéciale pour PaperBridge par Steve Messam.
Special mention for Tear by Kathy Driscoll & Jane Theau. Mention spéciale pour Tear par Kathy Driscoll & Jane Theau.
The Main & Station Award (200 kilometer award for best work by a local artist) will be 500 dollars and a 2-week residency at Main & Station (Nonesuch Art Centre) in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The award goes to Cocktail by Carlos Gomez. Le prix Main & Station pour la meilleur œuvre par un artiste local à moins de 200 kilomètres de Parrsboro est de 500 dollars en plus d’une résidence de 2 semaines à Main & Station. Le prix est décerné à Cocktail par Carlos Gomez.
Special mention for Drawn to Dogs by Krista Wells. Mention spéciale pour Drawn to Dogs par Krista Wells.
The Griffintown Award (Award for best work by a local artist residing on the Island of Montreal) is 500 dollars and a 2-week residency at Main & Station (Nonesuch Art Centre) in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The award goes to Fishing Net by Diane Jutras. Le prix Griffintown pour la meilleure œuvre par un artiste local résidant sur l’île de Montréal est de 500 dollars en plus d’une résidence de 2 semaines à Main & Station Nonesuch. Le prix est décerné à Fishing Net par Diane Jutras.
The Wellington Church Awards (1) (People’s Choice Award) will be 500 dollars and a 2-week residency at Main & Station (Nonesuch Art Centre) in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. Le prix Wellington Church pour l’œuvre choix du peuple est de 500 dollars en plus d’une résidence de 2 semaines. Le prix serait sélectionné par le vote des visiteurs lors des expositions à Parrsboro et Montréal. The winner will be determined from a vote by visitors to the exhibitions. The winner will be announced in Montreal near the end of the exhibition.
Come to see the artworks and vote for your favourites.
Venez voir les oeuvres d’art et voter pour vos favoris.
The Montreal exhibition will open on 30 September and remain until 14 October.
harvey lev judith bauer
Nonesuch Art On Paper Awards
PO Box 507
168 Main Street
Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
B0M 1S0 

Sarah Faber, Oisin Curran, Andrew Nikiforuk this week at the art centre

Final week! ICCA Book Festival
Gallery exhibition, readings, and workshops
Generously supported by Communities, Culture, and Heritage, Nova Scotia
Sarah Faber
An exciting writer about to debut her first novel, All is Beauty Now
Friday, Sept  23. 7 – 8 pm
Free admission Cash bar.
A writing workshop:
Oisin Curran
Generating Ideas
Sunday Sept. 25. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$45 for non-members, $25 for ICCA members, and $15 for students.
Andrew Nikiforuk
The Legacy of Fracking: From Earthquakes to Jessica Ernst
based on his most recent book Slick Water
Sunday Sept. 257 – 8 pm
Free admission Cash bar.
Through September  27, 2016
An exhibition of writers and artists curated by Robin Hill.