Save the date for VANS’ AGM online – June 25

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s AGM

Join us over Zoom for Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

The AGM will start promptly at 6pm followed by an artist presentation by Ursula Johnson and Angella Parsons entitled Here There And Everywhere: The making of a podcast by KINUK starting at 7pm. This presentation is a bonus feature of the Hear Tell Podcast Training Initiative and is free to VANS members attending the AGM.

Learn about what VANS has been up to and how our programs are adapting to keep artists engaged during the pandemic.

Please RSVP to before June 15 to be sent the meeting link and instructions on how to join.

Artists Angella Parsons and Ursula Johnson will present after the VANS AGM, as a bonus feature of the Hear Tell Podcast Training Initiative.

KINUK (artist duo Ursula Johnson and Angella Parsons) will trace their journey of creating Here There And Everywhere by talking about programming considerations and the technical components of designing a DIY broadcast studio. “We have a desire to engage with a broader audience, acknowledging that we are not the first to have these conversations, rather we are jumping in with our perspectives. It’s also an opportunity for us to continue to explore the same subject matters of our KINUK collaborations throughout the development of the podcast.”

Notice of Reopening

Notice of Reopening

Dear Friends,

We were encouraged by yesterday’s announcement by the Government of Nova Scotia that certain businesses can reopen as of June 5. In as much as our School has spacious teaching studios and limited class sizes, we can readily meet the 6 foot social distancing guidelines. Therefore we are excited to announce that we shall commence our Summer courses on June 29 pursuant to our published schedule. In making this announcement we wish to confirm that we shall adhere strictly to the public health directives including the practice of good hand washing, and other hygiene steps.

We know that arts and culture are an important part of the economy of Lunenburg, indeed of Nova Scotia.

Art cannot be contained! We are grateful that together Nova Scotians continue to confront the COVID-19 virus and with this team effort we shall strive to prevent a second wave. We are grateful for the Provincial authorities whos leadership has made it possible for our reopening.

Next week we will provide details of our reopening. In the meantime we ask for ask for your patience and support.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and see you this summer!

The Honourable Wilfred P. Moore, Q.C., LL.D., Volunteer Chair

To learn more or register please visit:

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

Chester Art Centre ~Jumping into June, reserve a kit and see what’s new!

Art in the “Quarantimes” – May 29, 2020

 At Chester Art Centre, we want to continue to reassure you that we have been carefully following government rules and recommendations to manage the risks of COVID-19. We are working hard to ensure everyone at the centre is safe and healthy.

As the COVID-19 situation and restrictions may be changing rapidly, we will continue to be transparent with everyone about our next steps as information becomes available.

Watch our Channel: Fun news – we have launched the Chester Art Centre Youtube Channel! We’re posting how-to videos for some fun art-at-home lessons with Lisa Hrabowsky, and other instructions that can be used with our Grab & Go Art Kits to help you along! We also dipped into our archives and have released a wonderful short film called Grey Matter by Andrew McInnis that explores the work and experiences of several Chester and South Shore area artists. Subscribe to our channel and you’ll see videos as they are loaded.

Get your Kits: We’ve also launched our Series 2 Grab & Go Art Kits – get them while we have them! More are coming – but what we have right now are perfect for young people up to mature adults, to keep those synapsis snapping! Whip up a friendship bracelet to let a neighbour know you care; practice your stitching on a Handstitched Hound, make some fabric with the magic of water and wool with a Wet Felting kit or pull together a pin loom mat or pouch with our Mini-Loom kits! We have ready-to-paint primed Art Rocks and Story Rocks kits, or try your hand at Watercolour or Acrylic with squirts of paint, brushes and canvases – all in carry cases.

Reserve them here and we can deliver to your porch or plan pick-up from ours.  Also, If you or someone you know would really benefit from a kit  – and it’s a choice between that and necessities – let us know, as our wonderful donors are helping us support our community.

Busy Bees: Our Board members just can’t wait till our doors open again, too! Our rusted sculptures have been shined and re-rusted, and everyone’s been (safely) helping assemble kits. Our yard got a haircut, too…and we’re looking forward to helping our village of Chester feel as beautiful as it looks this Spring.

Plan to join us: We know that on June 5, some public health measures will be even more eased. We are in regular consultation with our local public health office and Dr. Strang’s team, and we are waiting for the full thumbs-up for our re-opening. We’ll send a note as soon as we know we can, and what that looks like. In the meantime, mark your calendars for a space-safe World Wide Knit (or any other Textile) in Public Day for June 13. Come by with a beverage and hang out on our Porch with our comfy red chairs, and listen to the birds, admire our plants and yard sculpture. Bring your guitar and play something for us!

Thanks to government supports, we are in a position to hire a summer student and plan to do so. If you or someone you know wants to join us for the summer, we are accepting applications until June 5, 2020. The best part is a ‘student’ doesn’t have to be returning to school, and can be a young person up to age 30! Apply with cover letter and resume by email, Attention: Kathleen Long to:

Yours in imagination,

Kathleen Long,
Executive Director

Chester Art Centre Association

60 Queen St., PO Box 654

Chester, Nova Scotia B0J 1J0 Canada

Quartet Gallery is opening June1st!

Quartet Gallery

Opening for our 13th season on June 1st
Hours …. Daily noon – 4pm.

We have taken all precautions to ensure you will continue to enjoy the Quartet Gallery experience.
We have installed a contactless sales point and ask that you social distance .

We look forward to your visit … we have missed you !

The gallery looks great … lots of new works !


Lunenburg Doc Fest Goes Online!



Good news! The 7th Lunenburg Doc Fest will go ahead as scheduled this year, with an experience adapted for our current environment. In the spirit of the times we will watch remarkable films together, apart.

Lunenburg Doc Fest promises a meaningful and memorable edition in September 2020. Our fellow documentary enthusiasts will be able to view films from the comfort of home, with added treats to make the screening experience special. We will gather virtually to watch and discuss some of the year’s best new documentary films, thanks to a bit of technological magic added to the mix.

Our programmers are curating a new experience — a virtual screening room of films from around the world as well as Filmmaker Q&As, special guest spotlight conversations, even an “online lounge” where you can mingle with fellow film fans. As always, we will connect with filmmakers and get the inside stories that are only available to festival attendees. As much as possible Lunenburg Doc Fest will foster the interactive atmosphere that our filmmakers, special guests, and audiences so much enjoy.

The Lunenburg Doc Fest team will make the most of digital solutions to deliver an exciting, innovative festival event. To get you ready to participate fully, we will host pre-festival orientation sessions to the virtual viewing service we will use for film screenings, plus online “socials” just for fun. Watch for updates and invitations in future newsletters and social media posts!

Our online solution will be an entertaining way to enjoy Doc Fest securely from home, whether you’re dressed in your jammies or your ‘festival best’!

We are making these changes to do our part in helping our community and industry guests stay safe while still delivering on our mandate to educate, entertain, inspire and create a connection between filmmakers and film fans.

We are delighted to present the 7th festival thanks to the support of our community, industry stakeholders, and strong audience interest. If you, or your business, would like to participate in Lunenburg Doc Fest 2020, we would be happy to include you in our festive plans. We have a few interactive community ideas on our ‘call sheet’ but welcome your insights! Explore opportunities to support LDF here.

Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or check out our website for the latest as Doc Fest’s online plans develop. More details are available here:

All of us at Lunenburg Doc Fest wish you health and good spirits. Take care!

—Lunenburg Doc Fest

Visual Voice Fine Art Gallery presents New artworks by Bob Hainstock & Spanish summer classes

Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to showcase A New Perspective a solo art exhibit with new artworks by Bob Hainstock.
Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design 24 years ago, the artist has lived and maintained his studio on the southern edge of the province’s unique North Mountain, that 100 kilometre long ridge of struggling farmland and forest that separates the powerful Bay of Fundy from the fertile and productive Annapolis Valley. His perch sits more than 700 feet above a Valley floor of constantly changing textures and colors, which gives Hainstock a distinct aerial perspective of shifting pattern and shadow depending of the time of day and season. Skies look bigger from that place and there’s always a panoramic glimpse of distant weather systems approaching. Everything is simplified with the higher perspective; specially in the abstracted light patterns of nighttime on farms, towns and villages – nearly 35,000 people and their homes will almost disappear with the coming of morning light. And if the artist needs a dramatic change of visual language, a brisk 20 minute walk gives him the alternate colors, temperatures and textures of The Fundy.

See the exhibit from June 13th to July 11th at our regular gallery hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.

There will be NO opening reception for this show. COVID-19 measures in effect.
Private viewings arranged by appointment, call 902-VIEWING (843-9464)


Please note our previous exhibit Private Spaces continues until June 6 – viewings by appointment, call 902-843-0464

Private Spaces continues until June 6 – viewings by appointment, call 902-843-0464

Thank you for supporting Nova Scotian artists.
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** Spanish Classes have moved online **
All that is required to have fun and learn a new language from the convenience of your home is: a computer, tablet OR cell with a camera and microphone.
No need to be computer savvy!

Cultural experiences in our own fun and relaxed way are very popular. A great way to exercise your mind, have fun, and learn a beautiful language to help you in your travels (Spanish is spoken in 21 countries).
We have small class sizes which means space is limited – don’t delay reserve your spot!
Taught by a
native speaker.

$180 +tax per person for 10 classes, all materials included
Pre-Registration Required, no drop-ins. Call: 902-843-9464

Spanish 101 – Wednesdays 5:50-7:20pm, from Jun 19 – Aug 19

Spanish 2 – Thursdays 7:40-9:10 pm, from Jun 18 to Aug 20

Spanish 3 – Tuesdays 7:40-9:10 pm, from Jun 16 to Aug 18

Spanish 4 – Tuesdays 5:50-7:20 pm, from Jun 16 to Aug 18

Spanish 6 – Thursdays 5:50-7:20 pm, from Jun 18 to Aug 20

Spanish Conversation* -Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, Jun 15-Aug17
*Advanced class, previous classes required or a degree of fluency.

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

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ONLINE WORKSHOPS at ARGYLE FINE ART! Sign up today for Fun and Learning!

Learning to Draw YOUR HOME with Craig Baltzer

SATURDAY, MAY 30th, $30

The first part of the class is from 1pm-2pm and then following up later that evening 7pm-8pm.

VIA ZOOM (we can help you set this up if you are unfamiliar with it)

NO PREVIOUS experience required! Get ready to draw your home, one line at a time. Artist Craig Baltzer will teach you how to draw your very own home! The first part of the workshop he wil do a number of demos, speak about your tools of the trade (pencils and paper and more) and how to begin! There will be lots of time to ask questions and get assistance throughout the day. Then we will all come together again from 7pm-8pm and continue with our work or share what we accomplished thus far. The workshop will be recorded for you to review later should you require it.


SUNDAY, JUNE 21st, $50 with supplies

($40 if you choose to use your own supplies. If you choose this option, please request a full materials list asap so you are prepared)

The first part of the class is from 1pm-2pm and then following up later that evening 7pm-8pm.

VIA ZOOM (we can help you set this up if you are unfamiliar with it)

.This workshop was originally planned to take place in person, however we are assuming that we will have to social distance at this time, so we are taking this class online. If we are allowed to host in person at the gallery, we will try to accommodate all that sign up for either online or in person.

The first part of the workshop will include a discussion by Sharon and demo(s) regarding using oil paint as well as getting the participants to begin mixing colours and getting the beginning of a painting underway. Then we will all come together again from 7pm-8pm and continue with our work or share what we have done and ask further questions. Sharon will provide additional guidance and resources for future projects and exercises you may want to try. The entire workshop will be recorded for your future review should you require it.


You will be painting either a rabbit or a fox. Source photos will be provided prior to the class via email. Supply packages to do the workshop will be available for pick-up for the class on either Monday( June 15) or Wednesday (June 17th) from the gallery via a contactless pick-up between 10am-4pm. If that is not possible, other arrangements and delivery options can be arranged. If you live outside HRM, supplies could be mailed or couriered for an additional fee.

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

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Call for Submissions – Summer Residency Series

Summer Residency Series 2020: Call for Artists

The Red Clay Studio Society is excited to announce the Summer Residency Series. We’re accepting applications for two artist residences set in a rural landscape on the edge of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia:

  • Blue Rabbit Arts Residency (Movement): July 26 – 31, 2020

  • White Rabbit Arts Residency (Membranes): August 14-22, 2020

View the call and application details here.

Residency Application Due Date
June 21, 2020

View Residency Call and Apply

Call for Residency Coordinator 2020

We’re looking for someone to help coordinate and facilitate this year’s White Rabbit Arts Residency.

Do you love building community? Are you a motivated and enthusiastic individual who enjoys organizing creative and collaborative activities? You might be just the person for our coordinator position! We hope you apply! See the full application details here.

Application Due Date
June 5, 2020

View the Coordinator Call and Apply

White Rabbit Arts

Our mailing address is:

White Rabbit Arts

po box 35

Bass River, NS B0M1B0




ART SUPPLIES ONLINE! Thanks to all those who have been placing orders online! We certainly miss seeing you at the store but until the time that you can visit us again, you can now easily place your order for art supplies online and have your order shipped to you or you can pick up at the store. Call or message us when you arrive and we will place your package in the front foyer for you so you don’t actually have to come in to the store!

Stay well and keep creating!

Andrea Harnal


Red Wagon Art Studio Inc.

1415 Hammonds Plains Road

Hammonds Plains, NS B4B 1P6