Reminders from VANS…Mentorship Program deadline, VANS in Residence, Remote Probabilities exhibition, call for artwork/ pitches and more

Apply for VANS in Residence in New Glasgow!

VANS, in partnership with The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library and the Town of New Glasgow, will host a 3-week Artist Residency in New Glasgow. This program provides a stipend of $2000 to support the artist to work full time for 3 weeks plus a week of planning. 60% of the time will be dedicated to the artist’s own work (creation, research or both) and 40% of the time will be dedicated to community based work, including hands-on workshops, studio visits, talks and presentations. A studio space is provided in the town of New Glasgow, as well as accommodations if the artist is from outside the New Glasgow area. See more information on dates and how to apply on the PAINTS website. Deadline: July 20 at 5pm AT.

Apply for the VANS Mentorship Program

The VANS Mentorship Program’s mandate is to pair established artists with emerging artists (not necessarily young artists, but those at the beginning of their artistic careers) to take part in a ten-month long mentorship. Over the course of the program, mentors and mentees will meet one-on-one, at least once a month, and four times as a group. The program is free to mentees. Mentors are paid an honorarium.

Are you an emerging NS artist who could use some guidance in your art practice and help reaching your goals this year? Are you an established or mid-career NS artist who could provide an emerging artist with support in proposal development, grant writing assistance, technical advice, skills development, critiques of work, research assistance, and more? See more details about how to apply for the program here. Deadline: July 15 at 5pm AT.

Check out the Remote Probabilities exhibition

This year’s Mentorship Program exhibition is at The Craig Gallery!Join emerging artists Jack Wong, Andrea Tsang Jackson, Hila Peleg and Annik Gaudet and their mentors Steve Higgins, Frances Dorsey, Marilyn McAvoy, and Becka Barker in celebrating their hard work in the program this past year. The gallery has distancing measures in place including limiting opening hours and number of people in the space.

If you can’t make it to the exhibition in person, you can now take a virtual tour of the exhibition! Filmed and edited by the talented Wiebke Schroeder, the 3.5 minute video tour can be viewed on the VANS YouTube channel here: See Remote Probabilities before it closes August 2.

Submit a pitch or artwork for Visual Arts News

We’re looking for pitches, ideas, stories, exhibitions and commissioned artwork about Mysticism in the Arts in Atlantic Canada.

PITCHES: Review an upcoming exhibition touching on our theme, profile an artist who’s engaged in these dialogues. We’d love to hear from new and seasoned writers, artists, students, and critical thinkers from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Features, exhibition reviews, and artist profiles are the most popular stories we accept. Pitches should be submitted by email to along with a brief bio and a writing sample. Please see the Visual Arts News website for more information. If you are a new writer and would like assistance preparing your pitch, please contact our Editor in advance. Writers are paid $250 for each piece. Articles are roughly 1000 words.


COMMISSIONED ARTWORK: Visual Arts News invites all Atlantic Canadian artists to create new works for our upcoming issue of the magazine. All artists residing in Atlantic Canada are eligible. Accepted work will be highlighted as a two page colour spread printed within the magazine for distribution (1000 copies). Artists will receive an honorarium of $500 plus materials costs (up to $500). Submit a short description/sketches of proposed work including how it will be inserted into the magazine, budget for materials, 5 – 10 images of previous work, Artist statement and CV to Deadline for pitches and artwork: July 21 at 5pm AT.


Create or Update your Artist Page

All VANS Members are encouraged to create or update their Artist Page on the VANS website. Since the Artist Page was included in the membership fees this past year, we have had over twice as many artists set up a page, making it an even better resource to find and explore the work of Nova Scotian artists.

We have a

tutorial on creating and updating your Artist Page that makes it easier than ever, and we are happy to walk you through any steps if you run into trouble. Just log in to the VANS website (in My Account under the Members tab) to get started. It doesn’t take long, especially if you already have a short bio and artist statement (less than 15 words) and six images ready to go.You can now add all your social media handles, and a link to your website or your other media (like on Vimeo or YouTube). Learn more about the Artist Pages here.

Send us your news!

We will soon send out the Summer Edition of Members’ News (better late than never) so let us know what you have on the go this season. Any VANS member can send along their brief updates (less than 100 words, written in 3rd person) to with the subject line “Members’ News”. Deadline: July 20.

Remember that the VANS office is closed

The VANS office will remain closed to the public over the summer and staff will be working primarily from home. We are still reachable by email, so contact Becky (Executive Director) at, Andrea (PAINTS Coordinator) at, and Carri (Programming Coordinator) at


Summer group art show – starts Monday, July 20!

Visual Voice Fine Art presents its annual group art show Summer. A celebration of everything summer featuring artists: Judith Leidl, Nora Gross, Diana Baldwin, Teresa Bergen, Carol Morrison, Dorothea LeBlanc, Lynn Johnson, Kit Carke, Rosemary Clarke Young, Paulette Melanson, Twila Robar-DeCoste, Corinne Ledson-Silver and introducing Ross White.
An interesting show with a great variety of subjects, styles and media, including etching, oil, acrylic, watercolour, relief, ceramic, wood turning, and mixed media.

See the exhibit from July 20th to August 15th 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 by appointment, call 902-VIEWING (843-9464)

Can’t visit us? Follow us on Facebook.

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


Rhonda Barrett July 17- Aug 13 “Home is Where the heART is” Round Hill Studio

Rhonda Barrett is an artist from Newfoundland with a background in Architectural Technology, currently living in Nova Scotia, whose study of paper and Japanese arts finds her working in a chigiri-e style with newsprint.

For Barrett’s exhibit, “Home is where the heART is”, she chose pieces that pay tribute to her Newfoundland heritage, but, also celebrate Nova Scotia and the commonalities between the two provinces.


Jaime Lee Lightle B.A., CHRP, DTATI, Cand.

Gallery Director, Round Hill Studio

two seats available ~ EXPLORING CLAY in the NATURAL WORLD with JANET DOBLE August 1, 2 & 3

This course will take the enthusiast from the finding and collecting of clay through the process of refining and forming decorative tiles and their firing. It takes you to the source.

To register or for more info please contact Art Lab Studios –

or check the event out at

Art Lab Studios. 902-254-2972

There are two seats available

ARTsPLACE events, current and upcoming.

ARTsPLACE Gallery, 396 St. George St., Annapolis Royal. / FB @ARTsPLACEGallery / IG arcac.artsplace

Open Hours: Thursday/Friday/Saturday 1-5 pm (COVID protocols in place)

ONLINE exhibitions

Current virtual exhibitions: Megafauna and Other Collisions // Elizabeth D’Agostino, until August 2.

Current Gallery Exhibitions: Lullabies for Seniors // Geoff Butler, until August 2, and Lichen // Julia Redgrave, until September 19.

*NEW* OpenSpace at ARTsPLACE outdoor art installations  decomposing // Karen Langlois and Leylines for Ghosted Trees // Bonnie Baker, July 13 to August 5

The Quartet Gallery ~ New Hours! More New Original Artworks!

The Quartet Gallery is located at 148 Lincoln St Lunenburg NS

Here is the Gallery, newly hung!
Some beautiful new artwork for your next visit.

Original art in Acrylic, Oil, Watercolour, and mixed mediums.

Our hours are now 11
am-4pm…..drop in soon !

Summer Camps booking up and Virtual Exhibit Tours

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. That means when you come by, we recommend you wear a safe (but lovely) mask, sanitize your hands, and keep the fashionable 6-foot distance.


Summer Camps registrations are filling – book in!

You’ve asked, and we’ve brought them back – with pandemic protocols and maximum limits, we are able to offer our popular summer camps this year.

Give your child an opportunity to explore art this summer! Chester Art Centre has amazing hands-on interactive art camps for children in two sessions this summer. Camps are limited to 10 participants in each age range.

Physical distancing and pandemic protocols will be in place.

Cost: $115/child per week.

 Sessions: July 27-31, 2020 and August 10-14, 2020

Mornings 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: Ages 5-7

Afternoons 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Ages 8-10

Call 902-275-5789 to reserve/register, as spots are filling!

Doors Wide Open Exhibit on the walls to visit in person July 9-23 – Virtual Tours available

In-person Exhibit hours are:

Monday to Friday: by chance, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday July 11 and July 18: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday July 12 and July 19: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Virtual (Zoom) exhibit tours available. We know not everyone can be here in person, so if you want a virtual tour, drop us a line at and we will set you up!

Next Zoom Tour scheduled for July 13, 10 a.m. – check Facebook for upcoming Zoom Tour dates!

Topic: Doors Wide Open Community Art Exhibit Virtual Tour

Time: Jul 13, 2020 10:00 AM Halifax

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 890 2137 5945

Password: 346503

See you – in some fashion – soon! Enjoy this summer weather…

Yours in imagination,

Kathleen Long,
Executive Director