Gallery Nineteen Nineteen

Gallery Nineteen Nineteen shows Louise Baker’s “Different Strokes”
Louise Baker’s show, “Different Strokes” opened with a wine and cheese reception at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen in Halifax on Monday evening, to rave reviews. Louise created the seventeen pieces in the show during the past three months, which is a monumental task, so it was  debut in every sense. With her use of clean, vibrant colour and various textural treatments, Louise’s paintings are exhilarating, and reveal something new from each angle they are viewed.
The show runs until November 25th. Gallery Nineteen Nineteen is at 6025 Stanley Street in North end Halifax, in the historic Dean’s Flowers Building. The gallery is open from 9 to 6 pm Monday to Friday, and 9 – 5 pm on Saturday.

Fear the Darkness at Alderney Landing – Last weekend to get your scare on!

Fear the Darkness, more scares at Alderney Landing!


It doesn’t matter if you’ve been through in past years – this Haunted House is all new with new creators and will BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF!! Don’t miss it – 4 days left starting this Thursday!

Thursday, October 27th – Monday, October 31st 

6:30pm – 9:30pm


Alderney Landing’s Fear the Dark, Haunted House is taking extreme scares to the next level.  Jill Babcock, said “the volunteers this year have been outstanding, with 35 to 50 plus volunteers each night, they are producing maximum frights”. 

Brent Crouse and Andy Babcock said, “the build of the Haunted House was a tighter time frame for turning out all new themes, which were masterminded by Brent, Andy, Shawn Fisher, with Captain Jill at the Helm.  Bea MacGregor, Executive Director, Alderney Landing, is thrilled to have the talent of the crew, a core group of 22 people and the amazing help of Jane Brison, Volunteer Coordinator. Bea said, “Jill, has left no time in the house to take a deep breath”.  Jane said,” the community really has come together, volunteers of all ages, including students from Dartmouth High, Prince Andrew, and Citadel High.”  “Volunteers are having a blast”, said Jane.  “The Volunteers keep coming back for more, it becomes addictive and rewarding to show people at great time”.  Bea MacGregor said, “all the proceeds after expenses are covered, go toward all the Free Family Programming at Alderney Landing, such as The Christkindlmarket”. Last year Alderney Landing hosted and produced over 500 performances, openings and events at the Theatre, Market, Gallery, Events Plaza and the Park.


Jill Babcock said, “make sure you are part of this event, we are open this Thursdayevening 6:30pm to 9:30pm until Halloween, Monday is our last night”. MacGregor said, “Brent Crouse did a wicked job building the “Witches Trick or Treat House”, “Monster Mini Putt” and “Buried Alive Ride”, not to be missed”. Tickets to all attractions are only $20 a person, or $12 to go through the “Fear The Darkness Haunted House”.


Bea said, “events such as the Bluenose Ghosts Festival can only be produced with major support from Sponsors, Canadian Heritage, Tour Tech East, First Fence, Kartbahn, Quinn Electrical, Virgin Radio, Power Promotions and the Chronicle Herald.”


For more information,


Bea MacGregor

Executive Director

Alderney Landing

902 233-2196





Thursday, October 27th – Monday, October 31st 

6:30pm – 9:30pm



To satisfy the public’s thirst for highly entertaining Scares, Alderney Landing presents “Fear the Darkness Haunted House.”  Not for the faint at heart, this annual Haunted House is sure to scare even the tough guys! (Parental discretion advised)



Simulated Casket Ride.



A nine hold mini put fun for all ages.



Visit the witch and fill a bag with candy!



On the side of the Fear the Darkness Haunted House, look for the Bluenose Ghosts Media Wall.  This Media Wall will showcase the winners and best entries form the Horror Movie Trailer Competition, as well as the short film. “Bluenose Ghosts” and clips from the previous “Fear the Darkness Haunted House.”



Take an old fashioned walking tour or virtually visit the historic Geary Street Cemetery with technology from the 21st Century!  This interactive tour includes a publically accessible on-line map created by artists, youth, and members of the community.  Use your mobile phone to download more information from barcodes located in the cemetery.  The tour and map will be incorporated into current curriculum created for Elementary, Junior High, and High School students.



Enter your spooky yard into this coast to coast yard haunt!  Pick up a yard sign, package and register to be part of the fun.  Extreme Yard Haunt or friendly Yard Haunt! You decide.  If you would prefer to just visit these spooky yards, then head on over and then vote for your favorite one.


About Art Interview Betty-Anne Gaetz


Betty-Anne Gaetz is a Nova Scotian visual artist working predominantly in oil, acrylic, and egg tempera. Gaetz began her love of art at an early age, though she chose a career in the Royal Canadian Navy doing primarily secretarial work. It was not until later in life, that she rediscovered her passion for art. As a dedicated artist since 1976, she has been featured in numerous exhibits and publications. Her paintings are in private collections in Canada and the United States. She is part of the tri-solo show ,”Views”, at Visual Voice Fine Art gallery, which features three different artists: Gaetz (oil), Nora Gross (watercolour) and Lynn Johnson (acrylic). The show displays works of similar subject matter (landscapes, home scenes, flowers and still life) but created in different mediums. The exhibit runs until November 5th.


How did you start making art?

Over forty years ago I started oil painting classes at the local High School as my two preschool boys baked bread at home with my husband. Often the mess they made was more than I made painting!


How do you work?

I have a large, bright, studio space with infloor heat. I have had issues with oil paint and thinners so I limit myself to an hour at a time with lots of fresh air as I explore the use of water mixable oils. My ideal is to have two or three of these hours per day. I try to get out doors as much as possible to do on site sketches.


What’s your background?

For years I took weekly evening classes. I completed Foundation Drawing and Photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art. These were credit courses. For fifteen summers I did a week-long workshop with various artists. I spent a month on Baffin Island teaching with Barbara Dorey. I taught beginner oil painting for a number of years in the local schools. I had an art studio near home, where I taught and our local art group held shows and workshops. We had lots of plans for my space, but those plans all went up ‘in smoke’ one night as the building burned. I now show work in the Old School Gallery in Musquodoboit Harbour and Visual Voice Fine Art in Truro.


Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

Whatever you are working on, never leave it during a challenging part, push through before you stop. It doesn’t matter if it is sewing, writing or painting! It is so much easier to go back to a project when you know you’re on the other side of the difficult part. Also, when you first start painting, spend lots of time working with complementary colours so they become automatic. I was told about complimentary colours when I first started painting, but didn’t remember so I spent far too much time producing muddy colours.


What are you doing when you are not creating?

It seems I am always creating or trying something new. I play fiddle, guitar and sing. I like gardening and playing with frosting. I rug hook, knit, sew and tat. I have withdrawal symptoms if I am not making something.


What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I was in the Navy a year before I was married and then four more years back in the day when I had to leave when pregnant. I was an ‘admin writer’, but one of my duties was a jeep driver for the submarine squadron. I was told I was the first female to have a silence after the war.


Colleen MacIsaac’s Quiet Processes comes to The Craig Gallery

The Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing

Colleen MacIsaac
Quite Processes
Opening Reception Wednesday, November 2, 7-9PM FREE, All Welcome
Exhibit dates: November 3 – 27, 2016

“With a display that includes large scale watercolours and drawings, tiny comics on bits of scrap paper, and overcrowded sketchbooks, this show will speak to one artist’s struggle to find the time, will, and self-confidence to create, daily, every day. With an interactive element of an art wall where the public is encouraged to make their own daily creation and post it online as well as on the wall of the gallery, this exhibition would aim to be an inspiration and a call to arms to all of us who just wish we had more time to make art.”


Lee Cripps
Fine Arts Program Director
The Craig Gallery Coordinator
Alderney Landing Community Cultural Centre

Office Hours MondayFriday 9am – 3pm.

The Craig Gallery 2016 Fundraiser Call for Submissions


The Craig Gallery 2016 Annual Fundraiser
THE BOX: Insideout

Good Morning Everyone!
I am excited to share this year’s Craig Gallery Fundraiser theme with you all – “The BOX: Insideout”. 
We are currently accepting submissions for the 2016 exhibit this December.
We are accepting all media, 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional work, BOX themed, up to 12″ x 12″. Submissions will be accepted until
Monday, November 28. As in the past, Artists can choose to donate 100% or 60% of the sale of their work to The Gallery.
I have some 7″ x 10″ x 2″ wooden boxes with hinged plexi fronts available to use as templates for your work. 
If you would like one they are available in my office on the second floor of Alderney Landing. Supplies are limited, first come first serve,
no holds.
This is going to be a really great show, I’m truly excited to see what everyone comes up with!
Check out our Facebook event page for up to the minute info:

“BOX” as a theme or an object, or a vessel… this year we explore bringing the unconventional to convention. Similar to The Craig Gallery, it’s not the four walls that make it, but what we put inside, or outside – your choice, have fun with it!

Opening reception is November 30, 7-9PM at The Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing.
Submission form available attached.

1)      Media: all media will be accepted, as long as the piece somehow incorporates “BOX: Insideout” in theme, any size up to and            including 12” x  12”, 2 or 3-dimensional.  All work must be original, no reproductions.

2)      Pricing: all works in the exhibit will be for sale, the artist has the option to donate 100% or 60% of the sale price to The Craig Gallery.

3)      Work must be delivered to the Craig Gallery no later than November 28, 2016, weekdays 12-5:30, or weekends Sat 9-5, Sun 11-4.

4)      Work that does not sell can be retrieved  in January 2017.

5)      Tax receipts will be issued for all donated works.

6)      Contact Lee Cripps at 461-4698 or for more information.

Lee Cripps
Fine Arts Program Director
The Craig Gallery Coordinator
Alderney Landing Community Cultural Centre

Office Hours MondayFriday 9am – 3pm.


Pianist Tim Crofts in Concert this Saturday, Oct 29


Don’t miss this amazing concert pianist on concert this Saturday, Oct 29th.
Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to present Tim Crofts again, for this, the last concert of the season:

Tim Crofts is a free jazz pianist with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Dalhousie University, Halifax and a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied with Hankus Netsky, Ran Blake, and Joe Maneri, and formed the Consensus quartet performing improvised chamber music in the style of Anton Webern and Morton Feldman. Since returning to Halifax in 2005, Crofts has been active in both the performance and education of improvised music. He formed the Live Animal Trio, co-directed the SuddenlyLISTEN workshop at Dalhousie University, and is a faculty member of the Halifax Jazz Festival’s Creative Music Workshop.

Suggested donation per person is $10 at the door.
100% of proceeds go to the performers.
Doors open at 7:00 pm. Limited seating.

The gallery is located at 128 King Street in downtown Truro, Nova Scotia.
See the full lineup of upcoming concerts at: or follow us on  902-843-9464

Art Workshops Nov & Dec 2016 at Visual Voice Fine Art


Are you always rushing to get all your holiday cards done on time for friends and family? We have the perfect solution for you! Join us for an early Holiday card workshop. We will be using Monotype printmaking methods to create one of a kind holiday cards that will astonish your friends and family. Best of all, you get to have a lot of fun experimenting with found materials, drawing into ink with Q-tips, brushes and rags, working with paper cut-outs and much more. You can come prepared with image ideas or spend the day experimenting spontaneously with this much more direct and painterly printmaking technique. You do not need previous knowledge of printmaking to participate in this workshop. Please bring an apron or old t-shirt and any thin/flat found materials like dried leaves, thread, paper cut outs, holiday imagery and decorations etc. If you can’t think of anything, not to worry, there will be materials supplied as well.

Nov 3 Thursday 10:00 – 3:30 pm only $75 +tax per person.
30 min lunch break – bring your own
Limited space, Pre-registration required 902-843-9464


The year in review.In this Reflections and Resolutions Monotype Workshop you will be developing imagery that symbolizes what mattered to you in 2016 and your hopes and dreams for 2017. While taking a break from Holiday parties and preparations for New Year’s Eve this workshop is a perfect one-day meditation allowing you to look inward and express your ideas through the painterly method of Monotype printmaking. You will not be creating an edition of multiples but instead remove ink from a plate with various rags, Q-tips, and brushes and found materials to create a single print. This time we will be using larger plates than in previous workshops. Participants can expect to create 2-5 different prints during this workshop. The workshop will begin with a few simple exercises to help you shed the holiday stress and focus on your reflections. You can come prepared with image ideas or spend the day experimenting spontaneously with this much more direct and painterly printmaking technique. You do not need previous knowledge of printmaking to participate in this workshop. Please bring an apron or old t-shirt and any thin/flat found materials like dried leaves, thread, paper cut outs, and anything that may inspire your reflections and resolutions. If you can’t think of anything, not to worry, there will be materials supplied as well.

Dec 29 Thursday 10:00 – 3:30 pm only $75 +tax per person.
30 min lunch break – bring your own
Limited space, Pre-registration required 902-843-9464

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

Introduction to Landscape Painting in Oils with Audrey Bunt


A limit of 5 artists per class.

Location – Artscapes Studio & Gallery, 175 Peters Road, Pembroke, PEI
$80.00  all supplies are included. Please bring a lunch. Tea, coffee, provided.
Capture the beauty of the landscape in this workshop that will help advance your painting skills and improve your observation skills. This class is ideal for the artist who wishes for some experience painting in oils and who also wishes to improve their ability in painting the landscape. The workshop is located at Audrey’s studio & Gallery so space is limited to 5 artists, so reserve your space soon.
REFUND POLICY: If you cancel for any reason I will send a check with a full refund minus the Paypal fee (about 4%) IF I can find a replacement for your spot.
Outline for the one day workshop 9:30am – 4:00pm
My 5 step method of painting landscapes in oil.
FIRST Design – the initial placement and geometry of the major features on the canvas
SECOND Value – setting the values by designing the shadow and light.
THIRD Color- placement of color.
FOURTH Edges – modeling shapes, checking edges to sharpen or soften as needed
FIVE Finish – analyzing the painting to decide corrections and/or final touches to complete the painting.
The workshop will start with an introduction of my method of painting. I will demonstrate by painting a landscape scene and discuss this process for painting a landscape. After lunch each student will start their own painting following the five step method demonstrated. I will work with each student individually to assist them in understanding and utilizing this process. There will be reference material on the subject to take home. All supplies are included in this one day workshop. If you wish to take notes, please bring a notepad
For more information on this workshop, future workshops, or to be added to a waiting list, email Audrey –

About Art Interview with Lynn Johnson


Lynn Johnson is a Nova Scotia artist whose work exudes her love of the outdoors by capturing nature’s beauty and light. Johnson paints in acrylics, in representational style, with a goal to capture moments on canvas, where hopefully her ‘view’ will be enjoyed by many. Her brilliant acrylic paintings are featured along with Nora Gross (watercolour), and Betty-Anne Gaetz (oil) as part of a tri-solo show entitled “Views” at Visual Voice Fine Art, 128 King Street, Truro, N.S. The exhibit runs until November 5th.

Why do you make art?

I think my work is an extension of my very being; what I see, experience, and my reactions to it. I honestly can’t imagine going through life without this expression. When I’m painting it is a working meditation as time passes without me being aware of anything but the work in front of my eyes. I have been making art for over 20 years, and what keeps me motivated is also people’s reaction to my work. When a viewer stops, looks and feels a connection to the work it brings a huge sense of joy to me, and hopefully to them as well. This is even more pronounced with commissioned works because it is an honor and joy to bring something alive on canvas that has special meaning to someone else.

What inspires you?

I can’t say that anything or anywhere in particular inspires me. Rather, I find inspiration often in the simplest things around me. Usually it’s the way the light warms a scene or object, or anything that makes you stop for a fleeting second and think, “wow.. look at that!” Almost every day something catches my eye and I try to capture the feeling of these brief moments in time.

How do you work?

I’m a bit of a lone wolf. Although I enjoy the companionship that comes with art groups and events I do my best work alone and that’s how I work from my home studio. I work almost exclusively from my own photos and reference material with the exceptions of commissioned work. I’m no photographer and my photos aren’t always great, but they serve to remind me of what I felt at the second I took the picture. I work from what I felt in that moment as much as what I see in the photo.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

For me an artistic outlook is to have my eyes wide open and not miss what’s right in front of me, which is easy to do as we rush around in a hectic world.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

The best advice I was ever given was to be true to myself. I paint what calls to me and need to feel something to want to paint it. I hope that translates through to the viewers to feel something pull them in to look closer at a piece of my work. I never paint what is popular, trendy or what seems to be selling most around the galleries. To do that would not be true to myself and I would not be doing my best work. I believe if the work is good, recognition will follow.

Where can we find you?

You can find my work at Visual Voice Fine Art at 128 King Street in downtown Truro. The gallery is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5pm. And please visit my website:


About Art Interview with Wilda Kaiser, solo show opens Oct 24


Wilda Kaiser is an artist living in Port Bickerton, Nova Scotia. A solo show of her work called “Autumn Reflections” will be featured at the Winding River Gallery in Stewiacke from October 24th to October 30th. Kaiser’s work captures the wind and sea, and the beauty of the changing seasons. Her interpretation of the natural world in oil and pastels can be found in private collections in Canada and the United States. You can meet the artist in person at the gallery on October 24th and 25th.

How did you start making art?

I started drawing when I was a child and continued with my studies, formally as an architectural draftsperson, and informally taking fine arts courses from time to time with instructors whose work I admired. I always felt a close connection with nature, especially the sea and forest, and wanted to interpret the beauty of these wild, changing places on canvas.

How do you work?

I work plein air as often as I can, but work in studio most of the time, especially in winter. I find that there’s a freshness in my paintings when they are completed on site that is more difficult to accomplish in studio. There are advantages to studio painting though, no bugs; no interruptions; and the ability to paint for longer periods.

What’s your background?

I had a background in architectural drafting and design and then worked across Canada in an unrelated field for years. My husband and I just returned to Nova Scotia a few years ago, both retired and now I can finally devote all my time to art rather than just trying to fit it in when I can, on weekends and holidays.

Which artist has inspired you the most?

There are so many artists who have inspired me over the years and I love studying their work. The Impressionists, the Group of Seven, seascape masters such as Frederick Waugh, but the artist whose work inspires me the most has been Gerald Squires from Newfoundland, who sadly died last year. His work moved me. He managed to capture the geography and spirit of Newfoundland and made it a living, breathing thing. His work was deep and sometimes dark. I took two workshops with him over the years in plein air painting and life drawing. He was a generous, kind man and enormously talented. He was a great encourager to other artists. There will be a major retrospective of his work and a documentary film of his life and art, premiering in St John’s next year. I look forward to going to Newfoundland for that.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

The late Robert Genn, a Canadian painter from British Columbia, said ‘go to your room’. In other words, don’t wait for the muse or the motivation, just get in your studio and get to work. Being an artist is something you have to work hard at, developing your talents and learning your craft by doing. If you wait to be in the mood, you won’t get a thing done.

Professionally what is your goal?

My goal is to work hard and continue to paint every day. I’d like to drop dead at my easel with a glass of red wine in my hand when I’m 90 yrs old. How’s that for a goal!

Where do you sell your work?

I sell my work at Down to Earth Gallery in Antigonish; Winding River Gallery in Stewiacke, from my home studio and my website