Jack’s Gallery The Art of Will Cooper

The Art of Will Cooper, A Selection of Recent Works 

October 18 to November 29, 2020

Jack’s Gallery

450 Main St Wolfville, NS B4P 1E2


Jack’s Gallery is always looking for new work to display.

For submission forms please email jacksgallerywolfville@gmail.c

Open Grants accepting applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) groups, galleries, organizations, and/or collectives

Open Grants

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is accepting applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) groups, galleries, organizations, and/or collectives to create new arts programming or enhance existing arts programming in their community. We have expanded the Open Grants program so that a gallery, group or collective could apply for up to $500 to assist with costs related to an activity. For this year, only groups from the BIPOC community are eligible to apply.

Mandate: The intention of the Open Grants program is to create new programming or enhance existing programming to encourage creative endeavors and art engagement in communities across Nova Scotia.

Eligibility: Any BIPOC group, gallery, organization, or collective in Nova Scotia can apply for up to $500 to assist with costs related to creative endeavors and art engagement activities. Each group/ gallery/ collective is eligible for one grant per year and there will be at least six grants available. This year we have updated the eligibility so only BIPOC groups can apply. We want to ensure that Open Grants supports what is needed in the community, but limits tokenization in arts organizations.

Criteria: Applicants must fill out the short application form found on the VANS website. All applications will be reviewed by a jury and all applicants will be notified of the results. We will not accept applications for a previously funded project (such as a recurring fundraiser, exhibition or annual event). However, if galleries, groups, and collectives had been funded in the past they could apply for a different project.

Deadline: Applications are now open with a deadline of January 10, 2021 at 5pm (for projects happening by December 2021).

Application: We do not prescribe how funds must be spent; however, priority will be given to special projects, collaborations or enhancing programming that has an aspect of community engagement (including workshops, educational programming, artist talks, and community enhancement). Applicants are required to provide in the form below: a description of the project or activity, requested amount, and how these funds will assist them. For this year all activities must conform to COVID-19 protocols so briefly describe how your activity will follow provincial regulations.

Please read the full program description and call for applications on the VANS website: https://visualarts.ns.ca/program/open-grants/

Special thanks to Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique and Letterpress Studio for their fundraising efforts and support of the Open Grants program this year! Core program support is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more information about the program, application and guidelines, visit the Open Grants page on the VANS website or contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia


** Both NSCAD ART SUPPLY and DESERRES now have supplies! Get yours now at either store or arrange curbside pick up OR have them shipped out too! Or make your own surfaces..



YES! The show will go on! We need ART now more than ever! It may feel a little bit different, but we are working hard now to make sure it is still a fun in-person experience that will be safe for all to attend as well as enjoy from abroad to homes all around the world. This will be our 17th year for PRE-SHRUNK in 2021! Want to be part of our Pre-Shrunk show? It’s the biggest “small” show of the year! Our much loved annual group show asks artists to create small works on 4”x5” surfaces. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging artists in their preferred mediums and all ages of artists, so take a look at the guidelines below and start making some art!


  • Works must be on a 4×5” surface. Pieces that do not measure 4×5” will not be considered. We do not want artists to use the thin cardboard canvas or masonite boards as they are not easily wall mountable for the buyer and tend not to sell as well as other surfaces in the show.
    • If you are sculpting the base of your sculpture must be 4×5”, but there is no height limit.
    • Artists may submit a maximum of 5 pieces.
    • We ask that you do NOT attach hanging devices (ie wire, hooks, d-rings, etc). The gallery will take care of this for continuity.
    • If you are working on paper it must be archival and mounted on a sturdy 4×5” surface that can be hung on the wall. (you can ask us about this)
    • Works done with materials such as charcoal and pastels must be fixed (ie sprayed) to protect the work.
    • You can work in any medium you chose (ie watercolour, oil, graphite, etc.)
    • Submissions must be new and not previously shown.
      • Your name
      • Phone number and email address
      • Titles of pieces and materials used to create the work
      • Images in a jpeg format, titled as indicated below.

Please title your image files as follows

      • Last name, first initial, title of piece, number of submission
      • Ex: McGuireC_GreenRoom01.jpg, McGuireC_BlueRoom02.jpg, McGuireC_PinkRoom03.jpgMcGuireC_OrangeRoom04.jpg, McGuireC_RedRoom05.jpg



If the jury selects your work you will be notified by phone or email the following week. You will then be required to bring the work in person or by mail. We will not be notifying anyone of their acceptance in the show prior to the submission deadline and the jury meeting.


    • Pieces that are selected for this year’s exhibition will be priced at $175 each, with standard 50% commission. Please keep this price in mind when creating your pieces.
  • DeSerres (1546 Barrington St, Halifax) and the NSCAD Art Supply Store (1874 Hollis St, Halifax) have kindly ordered pre-made 4×5” canvas and boards to supply artists wanting to participate in this show. Supplies are limited. You can also make your own surfaces to paint on.

SHOW OPENS TO THE PUBLIC FRIDAY JANUARY 29th from 7-10PM* (note we will be open one hour longer this year on opening night, to make sure everyone gets to see the show that wants to that evening, however the following day is a great time as well)

    • Please phone, email or drop in to the gallery if you have any questions regarding the show – 902.425.9456. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


From your pals at Argyle Fine Art,

Adriana Afford and Andre Dumont

1559 Barrington St, Halifax , NS

902.425.9456 gallery@argylefa.com

Argyle Fine Art
1559 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 1Z7


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PRIZE AWARDS of $41,000!




$20,000 ($15,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)

Four awards of $3,000 selected by each juror

four awards determined by a vote of viewers of the exhibition
1st prize – $3,000
2nd prize – $2,000
3rd prize – $1,000
Youth Vote – $1,000

for outstanding work by a Salt Spring artist – $2,000

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) was established in 2015 to recognize, showcase, and publicize the accomplishments of Canadian visual artists and to advance public appreciation of visual arts. Through this initiative, we encourage Canadian artists whose work demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity to submit significant pieces with a real visual impact and depth of meaning. As a biennial national art prize with $41,000 in awards, we are committed to continuing our legacy and look toward mounting a live exhibition in September 2021, respecting public health protocols in place at that time.

With the call for submissions opening January 1, 2021, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years of age and older as of January 1, 2020, are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration. SSNAP will showcase approximately 50 finalists chosen by a national jury. An exhibition of the finalists’ work will take place in Sept/Oct 2021 at Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, B.C.

All artists’ submissions must be submitted by the artists themselves and their identity in the Finalist selection process will be anonymous to the jury.

Visit our website www.saltspringartprize.ca for full details,
and join our social media to share the news!

Here is to great Canadian Art!

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Calling for Creative Consultants!

Want to share your expertise as a Creative Consultant?
Apply today!

With the Creative Consults directory available and ready to use, we are thrilled to announce our second round of consultant applications. Application submissions are open now till November 15th.

Creative Consults functions as a service directory for VANS members searching for support in their professional art practice.

Each consultant profile will contain information about the expertise they’re offering and their past work experience that reflects their skill level. Consultants also have a list of rates to accompany the service provided. VANS members will be able to request a booking directly on the consultant’s profile. The consultant is responsible for responding to booking requests, organizing a date/time to meet, and handling payments/invoices. We recommend that the meetings take place over Zoom and that payments are requested/invoiced before the meeting.

If you are a VANS member and would like to become a consultant in our program, please submit your application no later than November 15th. Each application goes through a jury process and will be notified of the results by the end of November.

To apply, please use either the Google form OR fill out the PDF form and send it to freya@visualarts.ns.ca

Please contact the Creative Consults Program Coordinator Freya Poirier for more information or questions afreya@visualarts.ns.ca

Apply Now – Google Form

Apply Now – PDF Form

About The Creative Consult Program 

Creative Consults is an online directory for VANS members to access consultants that offer artist related expertise. Members will have access to a directory of consultant profiles and book directly with a creative expert that suits their needs. Each member consultant will have a profile on our website, making their services available to members.
Recommended rates are between $40 and $100 per hour.

Program Structure

Once the expert has applied, a jury will choose the consultants based on the expertise they offer to artists and meet the eligibility criteria. This program is a VANS member-to-member benefit.  The VANS membership is required to activate the consultants’ profile in the Creative Consults directory. There is no fee to participate beyond the VANS membership. Not a VANS member? You can become one

Consultant profile
Once the application is approved and the VANS membership status is confirmed, The consultant’s profile will appear on the Creative Consults page through the VANS website. Each profile will include a photo, short bio, list of consulting areas, and the hourly rate for each type of consult they offer. We ask consultants to have clear service rates provided for members’ inquiries.

Booking requests
A member will search through the profiles to find a consultant that suits their needs. The consultant will receive a booking request from a VANS member via email and ensure they have the skills the member is seeking and are available. The consultant will follow up with the booking request within a week of receiving it. They will then independently coordinate a date and time with the member for the consultation within 3 months of the request. At this time, we recommend that all meeting are held online (ex. Zoom)

Before the meeting
The consultant will email an invoice to the member stating the member’s consult needs, the consultation type, amount of hours booked, the total amount owed, payment instructions, date, and meeting place confirmed (virtual meetings are encouraged at this time).

Once the meeting is confirmed, the member will send the payment directly to the consultant. It is advised that the consultant asks for the payment 2-3 days before their meeting. It is the consultant’s responsibility to collect their remuneration from the member.

After the meeting
The consultant will send VANS and the member a receipt to confirm the consultation’s completion. The member will receive a survey to provide feedback on their experience.

Areas of Expertise 

(Could include but not limited to)


Grant Writing

Exhibition Proposals

Residency Applications

Public Art RFPs

Financial Management





Graphic Design

Website Development









Brand Identity



Project Management