CALL for Applications Deadline FEB.15th

See the Artist Prospectus for full details here:

Fill in and Submit the Application Form here:

Jocelyn Li

Executive Director

p. +1 902 728 2007


Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival ~ CALL to ARTISTS

CALL to ARTISTS closes February 15th 2020!!

See the Artist Prospectus for full details here:

Fill in and Submit the Application Form here:

Jocelyn Li

Executive Director

p. +1 902 728 2007


Con Spiritu Duo concert THIS Sunday!

Con Spirito Duo in Concert at Visual Voice Fab 16, 2020

Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to present Con Spirito Duo in Concert at the gallery.

Con Spirito Duo performs a delightful mix of Classical, Ragtime, Celtic, Spanish, and Pop guitar duets accessible to all audiences. As a rarified musical presentation the guitar duo of Jason Giles and Victor Fraser maintains the integrity of Concert Guitar performance. While highlighting their individual talent and collective musical synergy they engage the listener in a unique and seldom seen artful interpretation of confidence, and experience.
Their debut album “Introducing….Con Spirito Duo” was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year 2018 by Music Nova Scotia.

Hear them here:

Feb 16 Sunday 2:00-3:00 pm only $15 per person at the door.
Doors open at 1:30 pm. Limited space.
100% of the proceeds benefit the performers.

Visual Voice is located at 128 King St, Truro, NS

CALL to ARTISTS PIPAF 2020 The 15th is the deadline (Saturday is the last day to apply!).


Our 4 th Annual Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival


See the Artist Prospectus for full details here:

The Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF) will take place in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia from Wednesday, June 17th, through Sunday, June 21st, 2020 with a compulsory meet, greet and canvas stamping on the evening of June 16. The event is located on the spectacular Minas Basin, part of the world famous Bay of Fundy, which is home to the highest tides in the world.

AWARDS JUDGE – Tom Forrestall

APPLICATION JURY – Tom Forrestall and Susan Paterson



Open to all artists 18 years and older.

Artists will be accepted to participate in the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival through a juried process.

The Acceptance Jury will select 30 artists to compete for over $8000 in cash and product awards.


There are three step to the Application Process

1. Fill in and Submit the Application Form here:

2. Send the PIFAF three images via the application form. All three images

MUST be images of your plein air work. Studio work will not be accepted

and the work must have been accomplished in the previous eighteen


3. Make your payment via our secure on line service.

Once the three steps have been completed you’ll receive a confirmation notice.

The on-line application must be received by the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival committee no later than February 15, 2020.

Image Information

All three images MUST be images of your plein air work. Studio work will not be accepted and the work must have been accomplished in the previous eighteen months

Each image should be in jpeg format and sized to AT LEAST 1000 pixels at their largest dimension (height or width).

Each image must be no more than 2MB

Images should represent the original artwork with no enhancements with photoshop or similar programs other than minor lighting corrections and re-sizing.

Send full image, do not include frame or anything other than painted image.

Identify each jpeg image as follows: Your Last Name, then First Name, followed by the painting number (e.g., Smith_John_1, Smith_John_2, Smith_John_3)

Include fully completed online Application Form

Application Fee – C$40 by midnight AST February 1, C$50 between February 1 and February 15. The application fee (non-refundable) can be paid during the on line registration process. (credit card or pay pal)

Upon Acceptance

Successful Artists will be notified of their acceptance to the competition during the week of March 1, 2020. Those accepted will be provided with more event details.

Artists must confirm their participation by email no later than March 15.

Artists must submit their profile photo and 4 (only) one line career highlight bullet points by March 15.


Cash and Product awards of more than $8000

Best in Show – $2,500 plus Plein Air magazine half page ad valued at

US$ 2150

Second Place Award –$1,500

Third Place Award –$1,000

Special category awards.

Best Use of Light – $500

Best Seascape – $500

Best Nocturne – $500

The Contender – TBA

Artists’ Choice – TBA

Honourable Mention Product Awards – TBA


A hosting program is available via billets arranged by the PIPAF accommodation committee. Our hosting families agree to provide artists with a bed, bath and food space in the refrigerator. This will be for artists only as we may not be able to provide for spouses, children or pets – a request may be made but no guarantees. Hosting will be done on a first come, first serve basis, depending on how many rooms become available. Local B&Bs, Inns, Cabins, Campgrounds and other accommodations will be listed in the Accepted Artist’s information packets for those who prefer their own private accommodations.

Artist Reception and RegistrationArt Lab Studios and Gallery, 121 Main St –

June 16

A wine and cheese reception for artist competitors and their hosts

Artists will register and receive information packets at this time regarding the Parrsboro Area. Canvases and papers will be stamped.

Maximum painting dimensions are limited to 30 inches including frame, horizontally or vertically.

Additional canvas stamping will be available at Art Lab Studios throughout he event.

Artists will paint anywhere in Parrsboro and surrounding area on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The daily zones for painting will be posted prior to June 16th.


Artists must turn in two framed paintings to The Hall (44 King Street), ready to hang, on Saturday, June 20th by 3 pm for judging.

Artists may turn in two additional framed works for exhibition at Art Lab (121 Main Street) at 6:30 pm Saturday June 20th.

Canadian artists must clearly indicate that HST is included in their stated price if they are required to charge it.

Awards Night and Collectors’ Preview will be held Saturday, June 20th at the The Hall located in Parrsboro from 8pm -10pm

The Exhibition which is open to the public will continue Sunday, June 21st, at the The Hall from 9am to 5 pm.

Should a non-award work sell and be removed it may be replaced by the artist. Should an award work be sold it can only be removed and replaced with the permission of the Event Director.

Ensure that your pricing is not distorted in comparison to others. Pricing needs to conform to as level a playing field as possible. This stipulation does not apply to upper end pricing.

No artist shall sell, purport to sell or carry on any form of commerce in the County of Cumberland as relates to their work, while participating in the event, unless such sale is pursuant to the terms of this agreement.

Breach of the above terms shall constitute a violation of the agreement and exclusion of the Artist from the program at the discretion of Event Director.

Artists must leave their work for exhibition until 5 pm on Sunday.

Following the final exhibition all unsold works must be retrieved by the artist on Sunday between 5 and 6pm, or arrangements must be made for shipping and insurance at the artist’s expense.

Parrsboro Creative will receive 40% of the proceeds of all sales and the artist will receive 60%. Payments to the artists for sold work will be mailed within 30 days of the event.

Post event sales must still account for the commission of 40% for the first thirty days and 30% for the next thirty days. We rely on the honour system.


Parrsboro Creative is a registered non profit society.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Executive Director: or 902-728-2007.

Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival

P.O. Box 681

Parrsboro, NS, Canada

B0M 1S0

Jocelyn Li

Executive Director

p. +1 902 728 2007

Winter Fantasy Art Exhibition opens this Friday!

Winter Fantasy Art Exhibition coming this

Friday, February 14th 6-9 pm.

Art Zone Gallery
5755 Young Street Halifax, NS

Enjoy the Valentine’s day @ Art Zone with live music by the talented Halifax based Harpist Ellen Gibling. Ellen`s Harp repertoire will include famous classical solos.

On display, beautiful artworks by some of our best Nova Scotian talents! A wonderful group of 30 AZG member artists will be available to chat about their artistic experiences.

See you all at the opening #northend #Hydrostone 5755 Young street , 2nd floor of Humani-T Cafe.


Mohamed Ahmed
Art Zone Gallery
5755 Young Street Halifax, NS

NSAA Lecture Series: Commemorative Public Spaces Feb.20th

Nova Scotia Association of Architects, South Shore Chapter Lecture Series 2020
Commemorative Public Spaces:
The Creation of Shared Meaning & Remembering

Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.

Sharon Fogo NSAA FRAIC
Philip Nortje APAL

Memorials are as old as humanity. This lecture will examine how public memorials have evolved over time from ancient to contemporary times. In particular, examples of recent contemporary public memorials in a variety of global locations shall be discussed to illustrate how modern memorial design interprets ever changing social and cultural values.

Click HERE to learn more.

Sharon Fogo’s architectural and interior design experience spans 35 years. She is a licensed architect and member of the Nova Scotia Association of Architects as well as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Her education relevant to Architecture, includes a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Bachelor of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia now known as Dal Tech.
Most recently, Sharon has returned from China where she has worked as a foreign design consultant since 2003. During this time, she worked in Beijingas an independent consultant for both local Chinese firms as well as Canadian and American foreign firms. Her time in China was almost exclusively focused on the newly expanding residential development industry of which she participated on well over 100 built projects.
Ms. Fogo’s current professional focus is the provision of design services through the architectural and landscape design firm Triptych Design Limited.

Philip Nortje’s landscape design experience spans 35 years. Philip is a licensed landscape and member of the Atlantic provinces Association of landscape architects as well as the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. His education related to landscape architecture includes studies In Landscape Architecture at the University of Pretoria, South Africa followed by studies to attain a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Greenwich University, London UK.
Philip has worked extensively on projects in South Africa, France, China and Canada. His work on four continents has provided him the opportunity to develop skills in many different aspects of landscape design.
While Philip has provided design skills for a variety of landscape projects, he has developed a particular expertise in the design of memorial parks and gardens. As Senior landscape Architect for the Mount Pleasant Group in Toronto he was responsible for the design development of 10 memorial parks and gardens totaling 560 hectares. As well,he has provided design expertise for numerous memorial spaces including design for the first Korea War Veterans Memorial in Canada and the Watson AIDS Memorial Garden in Toronto.
Philip currently resides in Queensland, Nova Scotia and is a Partner in the architecture and landscape design firm Triptych Design Limited.

Did you know the Lunenburg School of the Arts regularly hosts events with the Nova Scotia Architects Association (NSAA)?

The Lunenburg School of the Arts lecture & film series, in association with the NSAA – South Shore Chapter, takes place the third Thursday of the month, September – June (some exceptions).
Click here to see full schedule.