A Is For Art, a holistic platform for Nova Scotian artisans. From workshops and shows, to galleries and art news

A Is For Art, a holistic platform for Nova Scotian artisans. From workshops and shows, to galleries and art news, A Is For Art is committed to providing a one stop shop for what’s what in the local art community. Our aim is to encourage the continued growth and development of local arts and culture.

There are so many associations and opportunities for art and design that you can get caught up in just searching for what is available to you. We strive to bridge that gap and provide a base where you can promote your own event, look at what others are doing, and see what might be available to you as a local artist.

Part of our commitment will be to promote local artists, each month there will be a new featured artist. This showcase is to provide exposure and support for artists and celebrate the beauty of our art community. If you would like to be a part of that please contact us and let us know.

To register an event please visit the event submission page. Please note that these events should be art related and in Nova Scotia – they can be anything from a lecture and workshop to an exhibit or demonstration and will be listed according to the date they are being held.

Your art community is only as strong as what you put into it – so please help us grow:) If you have an association, or gallery or event that you believe should be listed here please contact us and let us know.

Email: info@aisforart.ca
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Website: aisforart.ca

Announcing the launch of Maritime Art Info!

I’m pleased to announce the launch of Maritime Art Info! I was so sad when I read that the Maritime Art List would be closing down; it’s such a valuable resource for our area (I’m an artist living and working in the valley). The more I thought about it the more I thought I could find a way to build a replacement (the service used by Maritime Art List is shutting down so I had to figure out a new option). It took longer than I expected, and was more of a headache than I expected, but it’s working :-) It’s not exactly the same as the Art List, but it’s as close as I could get it to be. There is a small fee to receive the daily emails – every provider I could find charged money so I need the fee to cover costs. It’s very reasonable, and you can choose the amount you’d like to pay. It’s free to list on the website so please sign up and post your news and events! There is also an instruction guide if you’re not very techy :o) If there is another aspect to the service that you think would be a good addition please let me know – info@maritimeartinfo.com

I would love for this to provide the same service as the Art List has, but for that I need the community to come with me. Will you come? :o)





CALL ~ Residency Opportunities at Art Lab Studios & Gallery


For full details on the opportunity and how to apply, please email flyingart@seasidehighspeed.com or call Krista or Michael at 902-254-2972

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Lunenburg School of the Arts Updates & News


Notice of Reopening & School Updates
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Dear Friends,

We are encouraged by the Government of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan entitled “Reopening Safely with COVID-19”, wherein “Phase 1” begins today, Wednesday, June 2. With respect to “Phase 1” our School has reopened and students and visitors are now welcome to stop by our office with a maximum of two visitors inside at one time.

“Phase 2” should begin within the following 2-4 weeks. Inasmuch as our School has spacious teaching studios and limited class sizes, 10 including the Instructor(s), our Summer 2021 courses can readily meet the “Phase 2” guidelines. Therefore we are hopeful that we can commence our Summer courses on July 5th pursuant to our published schedule. In making this announcement we wish to confirm that we shall continue to adhere strictly to the Public Health directives.

At this time, the “Atlantic Bubble” is not set to reopen until “Phase 3”. Currently, registered students from outside of Nova Scotia will not be able to attend our courses without first self-isolating within Nova Scotia for 14 days prior to the start date of your course. That is subject to change— everything is subject to the continuing decrease in cases and increase in vaccinations.

Art cannot be contained! We are grateful that together, Nova Scotians continue to confront the COVID-19 virus. With this team effort we shall prevent a further wave. We are grateful for the Public Health authorities whose leadership has made it possible for our Province to reopen.

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

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

Inbal Newman’s Online Exhibition “Seafaring Women’s Personal Ensigns” is online now and
will be displayed in our School windows (corner of Montague & Prince Streets) until June 6th!

Lunenburg School of the Arts Updates & News:

Our office has moved to 151 Montague Street:

This Spring our School expanded to include the storefront on the corner of Montague and Prince Streets (previously the Bike Shop). We are delighted to announce that our office is now located on street level, 151 Montague Street. Stop by and say hello to our Operations Coordinator!

Now accepting E-transfer:
Our School now accepts payment by cash, cheque, money order, or e-transfer. Please contact our office to learn more.

“Seafaring Women’s Person Ensigns”
Online Exhibition by INBAL NEWMAN, Winter 2021 Artist-in-Residence is on now!
See the Exhibit in our storefront windows until Sunday June 6th or view the entire Exhibition and Artist Talk online @

“Ramp It Up” for the Second Story Women’s Centre:
Starts Monday, June 7 – Saturday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
‘Ramp It Up!’ is our School’s 3rd biennial fundraiser in support the 
Second Story Women’s Centre, an important local organization. Learn more & view the sale gallery by visiting: lunenburgarts.org/news-events/ramp-it-up-sale-gallery

Ramp It Up! bowls donated by local Artists, including these by LSA Instructor, Marla Benton.


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


Available Now! Online Artist-in-Residence Exhibition



View the Online Exhibit & Artist Talk today by visiting:


Online Exhibition & Artist Talk by Inbal Newman,
Winter 2021 Artist-in-Residence.

An ongoing series of hand-stitched standards (flags) designed to recognize remarkable seafaring women. The online exhibition includes an artist talk and video insights into the artist’s process.



VANS Matters

The spring issue of Visual Arts News is out! This Sustenance issue of Visual Arts News features Barbara Pratt, Julia Hutt, Jessy Watson, Carrie Allison as well as articles on My Cousin’s Cousin at Eastern Edge, Owens’ and Struts and Faucet’s Fruit Salad, Confederation Centre’s Give Me Shelter and more! You can buy it on news stands now but subscribers and VANS members should have received it in their mailbox. Don’t have your copy? Check and make sure your VANS membership is up to date!

Read more VANS Matters, including: New Grad Program online exhibition, announcing Artists in Mind, VANS’ artist Facebook group, HEAR TELL Podcast Resource Guide, and hire a Creative Consultant.


The Creative NS Leadership Council & the Board of Arts NS have been engaging members of the arts and culture sector in conversation about challenges, priorities, and opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The sessions have been lead by a series of questions, with answers gathered to provide the councils with information about how the pandemic has affected the arts and culture sector how they can shape recovery and build back better. Everyone’s input is valued. A short survey has been developed to collect any other thoughts regarding the future of the sector. Please find the survey here: Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Sector: Challenges and Opportunities as a result of Covid-19. If you have questions or would like more information, please email Chelsea Prime, at chelsea.prime@novascotia.ca.

Read more announcements, including: NSCAD announces TD Financial Literacy Program for Creative Entrepreneurs, Black Entrepreneurship Startup Program, and Eyelevel’s video series.

Awards & Funding

Applications are open for the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s Gritty to Pretty Mural Grant. This grant offers support towards the costs involved in creating and delivering new inspiring installations in prominent Downtown Halifax locations. Since part of the intent of this program is to add colour to the Downtown and enhance the pedestrian experience, priority will be given to proposals that are playful, fun, and take into consideration the element of surprise and unexpectedness in an urban environment. Successful applications can receive up to 100% of the grant request. Grants awarded are usually between a few hundred dollars and up to $10,000. This opportunity is open to art professionals, including but not limited to art collectives, art galleries, artist-led community groups, artist teams, curators, designers, mural artists, and visual artists. Deadline: May 19.

Read more awards & funding opportunities, including: The Helen Hill Award, the York Wilson Endowment Award, The Salt Spring National Art Prize, and Building Communities through Arts and Heritage.


Parrsboro Creative and the Art Lab are offering courses including: Janet Doble’s course on Exploring Clay in the Natural World July 3 – 4; The Colours, Rhythm and Spirit of the Bay of Fundy by Marc Grandbois August, 13-16; Carving Large – The Water Column Project with Jennifer Marlow August 20- 24; Lynn Rotin’s course The Mystery of Encaustic Painting August 28 – 29; Figure Painting with Bill Rogers September 10-12; Plein Air Painting with Bill Rogers September 17-19; Pat Reid’s course The Art of English Willow Basketry September 24 – 26; Painting from the Inside Out with Wayne Boucher October 1 – 4 and more. For course details and to register go to the Art Lab Studios and Gallery website.

Read more education opportunities, including: Landscapes in all Mediums workshop, Going Public: How to approach, getting and producing Public Art Commissions workshop, Collagraph Printing, and workshops at Chester Art Centre.


The goal of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in-Residence program is to enable an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice. As they prepare to launch an immersive film experience about the contributions of generations of immigrants to Canada, this year’s residency is a national call to artists to create a collaborative digital project that allows Canadians to share pictures/video/words etc. about immigrant contributions to Canada. The proposed project must be suitable to be shared digitally on one of the museum’s platforms.

This will be a virtual residency and it is very flexible on medium and timing. This year they welcome proposals for projects that take from 2 to 8 months. Ownership of the work will remain with the artist with the understanding that Pier 21 will host the completed project on one or more of the museum’s digital platforms. Final projects that include written or spoken words must be bilingual and all projects must meet standard accessibility guidelines which will be determined for the selected project. Compensation is $15,000 (including all supplies). New deadline: May 21.

Read more residency opportunities, including: Centre for Craft’s Summer Professional Development Residency, and Est-Nord-Est..