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




Opening this Thursday May 5 “Upon Which We Spread Our Wings”

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Upon Which We Spread Our Wings
May 5, 2016 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Please join us for an exhibition of new works by Heather Millar. This years theme is song birds and promises to be a beautiful exhibition. This is Heather’s third exhibition at the gallery and we are excited to host this event. The artist will be in attendance.

Details, Past & Present
166 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1H9
Phone: (902) 892-2233

Contemporary Art Society-43rd Annual Juried Show &Sale

Contemporary Art Society’s 43rd Annual Juried Show and Sale
Opening Reception Friday May 6th 7-9 PM. All are welcome !
Chase Gallery, Nova Scotia Archives
6016 University Avenue, Halifax B3H 1W4
Come out and view this exciting annual art event.
Over 85 paintings representing the latest work of thirty-eight local artists are on display.
The show  continues until Friday, May 20, 2016.
Chase Gallery is open during Archive hours:
MondayFriday  8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Wed evening until 9:00 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday –Closed
CAS Juried Art Show 2016 Poster

“Faces from Away” by Elizabeth Sircom in the Corridor Gallery May 3-30, 2016

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Faces from Away
Elizabeth Sircom
May 3 – 30

(Halifax) – Annapolis Valley artist Elizabeth Sircom exhibits a series of portrait drawings and terracotta busts inspired by people she met while living in France. Her exhibition, Faces from Away, is on view in the Corridor Gallery May 3 – 30, 2016.


Elizabeth Sircom, Michel Lacaille with his hair loose, 2013
Terracotta sculpture, height 19 cm
Image courtesy of the artist.

Describing the work on view, Sircom explains:

I think any successful portrait is rich in layers of suggested stories. The busts are representative of my sculpture work and are portraits of people I knew during the time I lived in France. The drawings are of seamen from container ships which came to the city where I used to live. You can’t leave a place where you have been for 20 years without having regrets about leaving your friends, so when I returned to Nova Scotia from France I brought some of them with me. Although I lived in a large port city, my neighbourhood had a small town feel – these are all people who would walk to their public library and stop for a chat on the sidewalk between the café and the boulangerie.

Elizabeth Sircom is originally from the Annapolis Valley. She studied languages at Dalhousie University and the University of Tours, France, then painting and drawing in Paris. From 1992-2013 she lived in Le Havre, Normandy, working as an artist and teaching drawing and painting to adults and children. Elizabeth Sircom returned to live in Nova Scotia in the summer of 2013 and has been giving workshops through the PAINTS and AGNS ArtsSmarts programmes, and the Acadia University Art Gallery since 2014. Portraiture has always been a central theme of her work.


Located inside the Visual Arts Nova Scotia office at the Halifax Seaport since 2000, the Corridor Gallery is complimented by a historical legacy of Nova Scotia culture, simple yet modern architectural elements and an array of current cultural activity in the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia office. The Corridor Gallery is located at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia and is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am5pm.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia advances the visual arts through leadership, education, and communication.

For further information regarding the exhibition contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
902.423.4694 | 1.866.225.8267 | f: 902.422.0881 |

Youth Building Justice and Peace in Nova Scotia ~ Powerful Justice, Art & Youth Event & Exhibition Open Saturday

Youth Building Justice and Peace in Nova Scotia
the Focus of Upcoming Public Forum & Art Exhibition
May 2, 2016, HALIFAX—The Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Youth Art Connection are convening the community to a public forum and exhibition opening about empowering youth to use arts-based strategies to advance justice and peace across Nova Scotia, particularly in light of the recent spate of gun violence rocking the province.

Taking place at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on May 7, the event will feature speeches, performances and a panel discussion with the artists from the latest 4th Wall: Justice, Art & Youth exhibition. The artists were jury selected, and their artwork—addressing Indigenous rights, African Canadian experiences with incarceration, discrimination against LGBTQ Nova Scotians and gender-based violence—will be displayed at the Gallery from May 7 to June 19, 2016.

Co-emceed by former and current poet laureates El Jones and Rebecca Thomas, the public forum will hear remarks from:

  • The Honourable Diana C. Whalen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
  • The Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2009-2015
  • Quentrel Provo, Founder and CEO, Stop the Violence Spread the Love
  • JRDN, Juno Award-winning artist

Organizers will also take the opportunity to kick off a province-wide consultation, inviting Nova Scotians to submit ideas for a three-year action plan to enhance safety, well-being, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in their communities.

Where: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1-4 pm. Doors open at 12:30 pm
Who:  All are welcome to view the exhibition, and to listen and engage in the conversation.

For more information about the exhibition visit:

For more information about the Michaëlle Jean Foundation’s 4th Wall and collective impact programming, please visit:

For more information about Youth Art Connection, please visit:

For more information about the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, please visit:

For more information:

Peter Flegel
Director of Programs and Communications
Michaëlle Jean Foundation
Telephone: 613.562.5468
Cell: 613.897.4001

Camille Dubois Crôteau
Communications and Marketing Officer
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Telephone: 902.424.2903
Cell: 902.497.6006

Ryan Veltmeyer
Co-founder/Executive Director
Youth Art Connection
Telephone: 902.446.8832
Cell: 902.579.4673

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