Fall greetings from Joy Laking

Dear Friends, Family and Fans

After over thirty years of hosting a two weekend autumn house exhibition, due to covid, we are not having one this year. However, we will be open every Saturday between now and Christmas between 10 and 4 to welcome you to come and view all my recent paintings. And we will still welcome your visits by chance or by appointment at other times (Jim 902 890 8450 or me 902 890 8730). Covid protocols are in place so sadly there are no hugs this year and please wear a mask. If we happen to get too many visitors at once, we will ask you to wait to come in.
As for all of you this has been a stressful year. The horrendous tragedy just across the river from us in Portaupique in April left me very depressed. Painting has certainly helped me regain my equilibrium. Recently I spent a five days, sitting outside painting a large oil of our marsh and the bay and another week in the studio working on it. This painting is already sold and has been delivered but I would like to share the image of my “Ode to Portaupique” which is everything I love about this place that I call home.

The big news this fall is that the book I have been working on for many, many years is finally finished and has been published by Pottersfield Press. I am just so proud that this project has been seen to completion and the book is everything I hoped it would be. “The Painted Province; Nova Scotia through an artist’s eyes” is available here at the Gallery or from Atlantic News in Halifax as well as other book shops.

This book is not a coffee table book but rather a small inexpensive full colour paperback that features over two hundred paintings of Nova Scotia’s beauty. The text is either funny stories that actually occurred while I was painting, tips on enhancing creativity, or word pictures which are my attempt to paint Nova Scotia’s beauty in words. Many of the paintings in the book are still available and this autumn in the gallery, they will be highlighted with my Painted Province symbol. If they are sold they will come with complimentary book. The Painted Province would be a great gift for everyone who loves our province. It is $ 26.25 including tax and we offer free delivery between Bass River, Truro and Tatamagouche, and by mail for everywhere else. For the adventurous, you can keep this book in your glove box and you can actually find some of the spots that I painted or take your own photos with GPS coordinates and post them to the Facebook Page The Painted Province, Nova Scotia.

My children’s book, Colours in Winter, which arrived at the gallery just before Christmas 2019 is also available. It is $ 15.75 including tax. Both of the books are also available from chapters.indigo.ca. As well we have two new archival prints, Main Street,Tatamagouche and Sunflowers. They are available unframed $ 150 plus HST. We also have a new selection of greeting cards.

Jim and I hope you get a chance to pop in this autumn. If we don’t get an in person visit, we just want to thank you for your love and concern over the past year and we wish you good health and much happiness.



Michael Greer and Ron Hayes “While the World was Resting”, October 24th to November 28 at the ArtCan Gallery


Michael Greer and Ron Hayes will be showing new work completed during the pandemic in a show entitled While the World was Resting, from October 24th to November 28, 2020, at the ArtCan Gallery, 9850 Main Street, Canning, Nova Scotia.

The opening reception will be on October 24th, from 1:00-4:00 pm.






Access Art in Mahone Bay presents Introduction to Soapstone Carving

Access Art in Mahone Bay presents

An Introduction to Soapstone Carving

with Carson Tarnasky

Fee $195 (includes all tools and materials)

in the Art Studio at the Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street

4 sessions, 9:30 to 12:30

Fri & Sat, October 30 & 31 and November 6 & 7

Spaces are limited to 8 participants for this exciting workshop,

COVID safety protocols are in place

To register contact sallywarren@eastlink.ca

Workshop Description:

If you have never experienced the joy of hand-carving stone, now is your chance!  In the span of 4 mornings we will give you all the tools and techniques you need to realize a sculpture of your choosing.

Starting from a rough block (approximately 10 pounds) we will guide you step by step through the entire process and, together, unlock the natural beauty of this soft, yet durable, material. You will be surprised at what you can create. The possibilities are unlimited!


Carson Tarnasky holds a bachelor’s degree in Design from the University of Alberta and has worked in various sculptural mediums. After completing the year-long sculpture studio practicum at the Banff Center, he attended a month long stone carving workshop in Italy, creating a sculpture for public display as part of the municipal collection of Gramollazo. Being in Nova Scotia for 3 years now he looks forward to leading this workshop in sculptural techniques in soapstone.


Opening this Friday & Saturday ~ Linocuts and Lightscapes – Along the Saint John, artists Alice Sahagian and Suzan Carsley at Creek Village Gallery in Woodstock NB.

The Saint John River is very present to many in western and southern New Brunswick. It guides us upriver to Grand Falls and downriver to Fredericton. Crossing over the Grafton Bridge in Woodstock, we take in the river views to the east and west. Frequent travel in these directions inspired us to capture the beauty and strength that the river carries, connecting us with the cities, towns and villages flanking its shores.”

In this exhibition, titled Linocuts and Lightscapes – Along the Saint John, artists Alice Sahagian and Suzan Carsley express their love of the river in stained glass and linocuts. Each image brings another dimension to the celebrated river.

The show continues through Saturday, November 14th.

Social distancing protocols to be observed



119 Connell St, Woodstock, NB E7M 1K7, Canada



PRINTMAKING CLASSES Every Wednesday Evening @ Hainstock Gallery and The Printmaker Studio in Centreville

Hainstock Gallery
The Printmaker Studio
1688 Brow of Mountain Road
Centreville, Nova Scotia, B0P1J0
Telephone: 902-599-3450