Lunenburg Art Gallery – Upcoming Exhibition “Two Guys and Their Palettes”

The Lunenburg Art Gallery will be showcasing “Two Guys and Their Palettes”.  A show of various media by Vaughan Renzo and Rae Smith. Their Opening Reception will take place on Tuesday, May 24th at 5pm.  Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.  This exhibition will be available from May 24th to June 19th.

Vaughan Renzo


Vaughan was born and raised in New Brunswick and educated in Montreal.

After a career in Education in Toronto, he retired to Nova Scotia. Vaughan dabbled in oils over the years but began to take lessons in acrylic as a retirement project, taking courses with artists such as j’anna jacqulyn, at the Lincoln Street Gallery in Lunenburg, Liz Porter in Savannah, Georgia, locally with Andrew Sherman, Connie Claus, and most recently, with David Lacey and Brian Atyeo.


Vaughan has always been intrigued with colour, shape, light and shadow. The beauty of Nova Scotia constantly inspires him as an artist to recreate its beauty on canvas.

Rae Smith – Pastel Artist (PAC)


Rae was born in Halifax before World War II. His mother bought water colours when he had mumps at approximately 12 years old. She enrolled him in the College of Art, and on Saturday mornings he attended life drawing classes.

In his 30’s he met David Whitzman – a pastel artist. David had an art gallery on Quinpool Road in Halifax. David became a very good mentor, and Rae learned much from him.

In the 70’s Rae painted with the group AAAA (Atlantic Area Artists Association), serving as their President for 7 years. The group had yearly exhibitions, many taking place at NS Art Gallery, and at that time, was located on Coburg Road in Halifax.

Rae began exhibiting in galleries, Art and Jewels, on Gottingen Street in Halifax, then joined Swoon Gallery in Hammonds Plains for 5 years. He had yearly exhibitions there and sold many paintings. He currently exhibits at Amicus Gallery in Chester, Amber Rose Gallery in Mahone Bay and the Lunenburg Art Gallery, as well as Crouchers Point Gallery.

In 2015, when Art Zone, a new gallery, opened on Barrington Street, Halifax, Rae had a show there for the month of June that same year.

Last February, Pastel Artist named Rae as Pastel Artist of the month, representing Canada. He is currently a member of this organization and in December 2015, Rae was appointed as a Signature Member. Rae is also a member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia. He also belongs to a Plein Air painting group that meets one day a week to paint.

Two years ago, the Chester Yacht Club chose one of Rae’s paintings for their Race Week poster and that same painting sold for $900. that helped to fund the Junior Sailing Program.


Check out Rae’s website at

His email address is:

Lunenburg Art Gallery

79 Pelham Street (corner Pelham & Duke)

PO Box 1418

Lunenburg  NS  B0J 2C0

(902)640-4044 P

(902)640-3035 F

we are open:

TuesdaySaturday10am – 5pm


Monday:  Closed

new exhibit at Peer Gallery

JANE & LISA exhibit poster

‘2 New Peers’
OPENING, SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1:00 – 4:00

WWW.PEER-GALLERY.COM  # 902 640 3131


It is so exciting to be back in the Peer Gallery fold. After so many years away focusing on a ‘regular’ day job I can now get back to playing with materials and techniques. I gather ‘flotsam and jetsam’ and explore ways of reusing it. If I have enough of something I can make a form out of it – I just have to figure out what the material brings to the table and what I need to do to create the desired form – weave, knit, crochet, etc.

Underlying my experimentation with materials, techniques and structures, is my passion and concern for the environment. These play an important, often subconscious, part in the materials of choice and my final forms.

My mind is humming with all the creative possibilities of Peer Gallery. I find I’m searching for something more in my painting. Just when I think I have learned how to live and paint, life changes. My mind needs a turn. Oil sticks are the new kids on the block for me. They give me gorgeous lines, vibrant colours and subtle transitions. The oils make me think differently; dramatic or subtle, smooth or coarse. Creative searching can be murky process – there is always a push to keep looking. If I change the way I look at the canvas, the painting might destabilize. It could resist closure. You never know. When I finally saw this new collection of acrylic paintings and oil paintings together, it startled me. That’s a sweet spot.


Door to Door Performance and Installation May 6 – 29


Door to Door Performance: May 06-13
Door to Door Gallery Installation: May 14-29
Opening Saturday May 14, 2 – 4 pm with artist talks at 2:30 pm

Project Description: Door to Door
Leading up to his exhibition at ARCAC, Del Hillier will be spending a week in Annapolis Royal actively weaving himself into the community. By performing the role of a door-to-door solicitor, he hopes to glean a wealth of stories about the town’s residents. An installation of his artistic response will be on view at the gallery from May 14-29.

Del Hillier’s work oscillates between an indoor and outdoor studio where self-learning, experimentation, serendipity, and happenstance are safely at play. Working across sculpture, performance, video, social engagement, acting, and craft, Hillier considers both the aesthetic experience of making work and the work itself of equal importance. These circumstances allow his own idiosyncratic interests to wander and build unique and novel responses to familiar objects and experiences. Del is based in Vancouver.

Eryn Foster is an artist, curator and filmmaker based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Formerly the director of Eyelevel Gallery, an artist run centre in Halifax, she has also worked as an instructor at NSCAD University for over a decade. Presently she is collaborating with her friend Sue Johnson on an experimental documentary, Portrait of a Bearded Lady. This is a feature film about the life and work of Nova Scotian, queer artist and activist, James MacSwain. Eryn Foster and Del Hillier met on an airplane in 2011 and have remained friends, as well as artistic supporters of one another ever since.

Colouratura Fine Art Gallery opens Saturday, May 7th

Colouratura Fine Art Gallery 

The Gallery space will reopen

May 7th 2016 at 9 am!


Directly on the Cabot Trail, this former church turned gallery welcomes you with an impressive array of some of the finest art work from Cape Breton artists. Top quality, original works of oil, acrylic, watercolours, photography, jewellery, pottery, and handmade truffles await you in this amazingly beautiful place. Look for the bright blue roof!

Concerts are also held in the gallery, featuring excellent classical musicians.


Visit website for details:

45943 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada


call : 902-929-2324



Special Self-Guided Walking Tour & Exhibition Opens


William Eagar, Tandem Club Assembling in Front of Dalhousie College, Halifax, N.S., c 1842, Lithograph on wove paper. Gift of John and Norma Oyler, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998


Halifax, May 4, 2016— A special new exhibition, In the Artist’s Footsteps, has opened at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, supported by a self-guided walking tour—the first of its kind at the Gallery. Curator Dianne O’Neill has included a range of compelling works from artists between 1750 and the 1950s, and showcases Halifax’s art history spanning over the last two centuries.

Artists have left their footprints in every corner of Nova Scotia, and perhaps nowhere more than in Halifax itself. Initially they wanted to present this New World settlement to the Old, but before the end of the eighteenth century, artists were satisfying local demand for portraits and landscapes. Along the way they have been responsible for several important milestones in Canadian art history.

“When I was asked recently how I saw my role as curator of the historical prints and drawings, I said that I was trying to sell Nova Scotia to Nova Scotians, so in this exhibition I guess I’m trying to sell Halifax to Haligonians,” said O’Neill. “These artists have played important roles in the history of Canadian art, and their works vividly document the history of the city.”

Richard Bulkeley, who built the first stone house in Halifax in 1759, also established the first art club in Canada.  In 1830 and 1831, the first two art exhibitions in Canada graced the walls of old Dalhousie College on the Grand Parade, which can be seen in Eagar’s print. NSCAD University, formerly the Victoria School of Art and Design, is the oldest continuously operating art school in the country.  In 1895 it became the first co-ed public art school in Canada (the second in North America) to appoint a woman principal, Katharine Norcross Evans.

Works in the exhibition will celebrate these, and other, artistic footsteps through history. A complimentary booklet with map, milestone locations and facts for each is also available at the Gallery to guide individuals through the 5km route.

 In the Artists’ Footsteps is on view until October 16, 2016.

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Media Requests:
Camille Dubois Crôteau
Communications and Marketing Officer
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Tel.:  (902) 424-2903
Cell:  (902) 497-6006

About the Exhibition:

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.

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