Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshops (V.I.E.W.) with French Escapade and Evelyn Dunphy

Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshops


with French Escapade and Evelyn Dunphy

“Paint Live from your home with Evelyn and fellow artists”

An Irish Cottage

January 13, 14 and 15th

10 am – 1 pm PST

1:00 – 4:00 EST

Three sessions 3 hours each

with follow up with Evelyn as wished


To sign up, just go to “Book A V.I.E.W”

The photo is our “jumping off point” for the painting we will create. We will make adjustments to the photo so that our composition will be improved. We’ll also make color changes to help create unity within the painting. These steps are an exciting and challenging process, and a very necessary one if we are avoid merely copying the photograph.

Ireland is definitely a place to pull out all the stops on mixing greens! If you have struggled with mixing greens, this workshop is a good opportunity to find new combinations of pigments to mix warm and cool greens”.

And, you will experience a new surface for your painting; stretching your paper on canvas stretchers just as you would stretch canvas.

Here is our Reference Photo

The LSA Winter 2021 Schedule has arrived! Our Winter 2021 workshops are now open for registration!

Introducing Our Winter 2021 Workshop Schedule!

Our Winter 2021 workshops are now open for registration!
For more information or to register, please visit:

PLEASE NOTE: Our School is continuing to monitor and adhere strictly to the safe guidelines and directives of the Nova Scotia Public Health Authority. With respect to Social Distancing restrictions our maximum class size is ten (10), including the instructor. The wearing of Masks is mandatory upon entering our School and will be provided for those who need one. Hand Sanitizer will also be provided. Our School will only be accepting students who have not traveled outside of Nova Scotia within 14 days of the start-date of their chosen workshop. Please do not enter our School if you are suffering any of the well publicized COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in contact with a person who is awaiting test results. Our School will keep in touch should there be any tightening of guidelines, schedule changes or cancellations due to the Pandemic.

One of a Kind Mug Making
Jodi Beazley
Mondays, January 11 – March 22 / 10 classes / 9am – 12pm / $400
HERE to learn more or register

Independent Studio: Ceramics
Kara Highfield
Mondays, Jan. 11 – March 29 / 10 classes + pick up / 1pm – 5pm / $450
HERE to learn more or register

Colour Pop! Stencil Screen-Printing
Inbal Newman
Mondays, January 11 – March 1 / 8 classes / 2pm – 5pm / $350
HERE to learn more or register

Textured Tuesdays: Hand-building
Marla Benton
Tuesdays, January 12- March 2 / 7 classes + pick up / 9am – 1pm / $400
HERE to learn more or register

Creating with Clay: All Levels
Kara Highfield
Tuesdays, January 12 – March 23 / 10 classes / 6:30pm – 9pm / $350
HERE to learn more or register

Pushing Colour & Light: Painting with Acrylics
Sharon Cranston
Tuesdays, January 12- February 9 / 5 classes / 6:30pm – 9pm / $150
HERE to learn more or register

Wheelie Wednesdays: Wheel Throwing
Marla Benton
Wednesdays, Jan. 13 – March 3 / 7 classes + pick up / 9am – 1pm / $400
HERE to learn more or register

‘Lots’ of Land: Painting Inside the Lines
Amanda Rohdenizer
Wednesdays, January 13 – March 24 / 10 classes / 2pm – 4:30pm / $350
HERE to learn more or register

Soup-er Bowl: Wheel Throwing
Jodi Beazley
Wednesdays, January 13 – March 24 / 10 classes / 6pm – 9pm / $400
HERE to learn more or register

The Sea in Me: Mixed Media Drawing
Michael Peters
Wednesdays, January 13 – March 24 / 10 classes / 6:30pm – 9pm / $325
HERE to learn more or register

Saturday Social: Hand-building for Beginners
Gillian Maradyn-Jowsey
Saturdays, Jan. 16 – March 27 / 10 classes / 9:30am – 12pm / $225-$350
HERE to learn more or register

Oil Painting Fundamentals 2: Techniques & Refinement 
Heather Sayeau
Tuesdays, January 19- March 30 / 10 classes / 1pm – 4pm / $350
HERE to learn more or register

Pure Pigment at your Fingertips: Painting with Pastels
Sharon Cranston
Tuesdays, February 23 – March 30 / 5 classes / 6:30pm – 9pm / $150
HERE to learn more or register

Crochet the Day Away: Rug Crocheting
Doris Miles
Saturday, March 20 / 1 class / 10am – 4pm / $100
HERE to learn more or register

Our mailing address is:
Lunenburg School of the Arts
6 Prince St. PO Box 610
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0

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:

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


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 for full details,
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Here is to great Canadian Art!

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A Passion For Beauty: Collecting the Work of Jim Smith

A Passion For Beauty: Collecting the Work of Jim Smith

Exhibiting at the Mary E. Black Gallery until January 9, 2021.
1061 Marginal Rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia


A Passion for Beauty: Collecting the Work of Jim Smith showcases an expansive body of work which belongs to collector Frances Gregor. Jim Smith is a ceramic artist living in Chester, Nova Scotia who has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. For twenty-five years Frances Gregor has collected Jim’s work filling her home with his elegant pieces with their sumptuous surface designs.

In this exhibition the collected work becomes an encapsulation of artistic evolution, showcasing Jim’s advancement in skills and technique over decades of his practice. Presented by the pair, their collaboration really started with Frances’s keen patronage and Jim’s guidance of her acquisitions over the years. Frances says of his work “I admire how each of Smith’s pieces tells a story, how he engages the history of ceramics and explores new ways to translate his influences into gracious works of art.”

It is the dream of many crafts people to bring joy into the homes of those who own their works. And the support of collectors can bring a sustaining assurance to an artist’s practice. A Passion for Beauty showcases not only a retrospective of one artist’s career but also shines a light on the nature of Jim and Frances’s relationship. Sharing this collection at the Mary E. Black Gallery welcomes the public into Frances’ living space. And it is at home where, for so many of us who love and admire ceramics, the craft truly is meant to reside; meeting its fullest intention through everyday use, bringing everyday joy.