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.
Can’t visit us? Follow us on Facebook.

** 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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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


final free online workshop with Kelly Mitchelmore Saturday May 30th 12 – 2

6th and final free online workshop with Kelly Mitchelmore Saturday May 30th 12 – 2


Well its been a long journey and this will be my 6th free online workshop since we started social distancing. With things opening up and people going back to work this will be the final one. I hope you will join me and I hope you have enjoyed the last three months of online fun – in order to view the video you need to follow and like my Facebook page – otherwise Facebook will not let you know when the video has started……

For this workshop we are painting lupines – details are on my facebook event page – please look at the details of the event and paint the canvas yellow in advance

For this workshop ( was with all the past ones) you will need……
acrylic paint – Primary colours of red, blue , yellow , and white. A flat 1″ or 2″ brush, A medium round brush and the smallest brush you have. You will also need a canvas – I am using 12×9 … some places for the supplies online? Above Ground Art Supplies Curry’s Artists’ Materials, DeSerres, Red Hat Studios and if you have a Michaels Stores that does curbside great……

You will also need toothpicks,a butter or plastic knife , a glass of water , a plate for your pallet, a hairdryer, and paper towel

My intention was to help everyone with the one thing I know how to do until the isolation and self distancing lifted While it has not lifted it has definitely changed and I feel people will be more interested in there family and going out again than needing me so this will be the last one…. that being said please remember me I will have workshops at my home studio in the fall and I always have work for sale on my website and online shop at be safe and keep in touch

Our high quality Russian birch wood panels, cradled panels and Framing Essentials are still available!

Cradled and Non-Cradled Russian Birch Panels

Artists are trying to keep creative during the pandemic…and we’re here to help! Our high quality Russian birch wood panels, cradled panels and Framing Essentials are still available to local artists and art groups. Non-gessoed panels are available in 3mm and 6mm depths and our cradled panels are manufactured in standard depths of 7/8” or 1-5/8” (gallery) wood frames. We also now offer 2 and 3” depth cradles upon request at extra cost.

Made to order, when you order. Yes, we make all our panels! Whether you need 100 panels or just one, there is no minimum order. Each order is cut to your specifications and delivery is FREE within our weekly delivery area in the Annapolis Valley on orders over $100 (before HST). Delivery to Halifax/HRM is available. Custom panel orders are welcome. No minimum order.

Because of the challenges we are all currently facing, we’ve just had to change the way we provide them to make sure we all stay safe. Curbside delivery or pick up is available. We are not accepting cash at this time and we do not accept cheques. Etransfer preferred.

Contact us for our current price list or visit our website or Facebook Page to see a list of our products.

Thank you for shopping local!



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VANS is accepting New Grad Program applications

Sign up for the New Grad Program!

This 14 week program is designed to help recent graduates navigate the transition from a full time student to a professional artist. During the program, all participants will be given the opportunity to take weekly professional development workshops on topics such as budgeting, applying for grants, writing about your work, and networking. Participants will have access to a shared studio space in Halifax, studio visits from an artist/curator, and be coached by mentor Eryn Foster: a professional interdisciplinary artist and curator.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the program will take place but may look different if groups of more than 5 are still not permitted. This may include smaller meetings, online rather than in-person workshops, limited studio access, or accepting fewer than 10 in the program to better maintain physical distance. We are committed to running the New Grad Program in a way that will continue to benefit emerging artists – but as times are continuously changing we can not yet confirm exactly what the 2020 program will include.

After the three and a half month program, the students will have:

  • A working portfolio with a CV and an Artist Statement
  • A proposal that could serve as the basis for a grant, festival, gallery or residency application
  • The skills to navigate through the next step in their career
  • A built-in peer network

Dates: Program participants will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9pm between September 9 and December 9, 2020. Participants must be available for all meetings in order to participate in this program.

Cost: There will be studio fees of $15/week for each of the program participants. There is also a one-time $50 key deposit payable at the start of the program, which will be returned upon receipt of the keys at the end of the program.

Eligibility: Any recent art school grad (within 3 years of graduation) can apply but a maximum of 10 will be accepted, in a non-juried process. If you have not graduated from an art school but you are an artist in the very early stages of developing a professional career, please consider applying and get in touch. You do not have to be a VANS member at the time of application. Must be 19+ and living in Nova Scotia.

Deadline: Monday, June 22. As there are limited spaces available, early applications are preferred and will be considered in the order in which they are received. Please see the VANS website for application details. Artists with questions should get in touch with the Programming Coordinator in advance of applying.

Info session: Contact Carri at to request a Zoom info session.

Location: All meetings will take place in Halifax, primarily at the VANS office and at the Wonder’neath studio space located in North End Halifax. See the VANS website for details.

Previous NGP participants have said:
“The New Grad Program has been so incredibly helpful and I am immensely grateful to have had the chance to experience it. Everyone involved was great; it has been so valuable to my development as a professional artist and connected me with the community in a way I wouldn’t have been without it.”

“I had a great experience. After graduating from an intense and communal program at NSCAD, I found it difficult to transition into society. The New Grad Program helped through that odd stage.”

Visual Arts Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges core funding for the New Grad Program from the Canada Council for the Arts

For more information on this program please visit the VANS website or contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
t: 902.423.4694 1.866.225.8267