ART LAB ~ Many courses are approaching capacity so please register now

To register for any of our courses please contact or call 902-254-2972

Although some courses are filled we can put you on the waiting list in case a chance arises. Many of the courses are approaching capacity so please avoid disappointment and register now.

The recommended Covid-19 protocols will be in place for your security. Smaller classes means more space and more personal attention.

To see the full description of any course please go to

Calling All Artists ~ Artwalk Cross-Canada Project

Call to Artists Across Canada:

As part of a series of virtual fitness missions, Great Run Canada is introducing the Canada 154 Virtual ArtWalk! Our virtual missions have, in the past, included hand-made virtual postcards that people receive at designated distances via email as they walk, run, bike or swim their way across a virtual distance. Beginning in Nova Scotia, I am creating missions in 154km increments (to celebrate Canada’s 154th birthday), and instead of just tourist-style virtual postcards, I would like to include artcards as well to help promote other artists like myself and the provinces they are from.

There will never be a cost to the artist (participants in the virtual walks are charged a small $15 fee to help pay for my use of the platform and administrative costs). This is my way of trying to keep people physically active while getting some Canadian arts and culture experience that we are all missing by not being able to travel. What I need from you, the artist: a jpeg of the piece you want featured on your art card. This can be a single piece or you can make a jpeg collage of multiple pieces. I also need a short bio about you and the piece(s) featured, a way to contact you, where your work can be viewed, and if you would like to offer participants a discount on purchases made. (They could mention Great Run Canada, for example, and you know they participated in the mission for the discount. I will not have anything to do with the actual sales. That’s all you! A discount might just be a good way to send people in your direction). I will be creating a release form to protect us both, just saying that you’ve agreed to let me use the image and that I agree to ONLY use it in the designated project. No theme for the first project, although I am willing to consider it for future segments. The only rule is family-friendly because I have no control over the ages or people who sign up to do the walks.

If you have any questions, you can email me at

And you can view the current missions (none are artwalk ones yet) on my website at

I can’t wait to include you in this project!

Thanks again!

Trista Bassett


For more information, please email me at

Or visit

Great Little Art Show – Call to Artists

With what looks to be a safer summer approaching, we are re-envisioning how we can offer programming for this 2021 season at the Avon River Heritage Museum. Normally this time of year we’d be reaching out, extending a call to artists for the Great Little Art Show. We were unable to host the event in 2020, but we are optimistic with our plan to present a slightly different version of this beloved community event this summer.

In partnership with Avon River Arts we have decided to instead host this event from June until August. We will kick off the event with a virtual gallery tour. For the first while the gallery will be open by appointment only, until restrictions allow for us to once again gather. Instead of an opening reception we have decided to have a wrap party and are very hopeful that by the last weekend in August we can come together to celebrate as we normally would at an opening reception.

Throughout the summer we will provide regular updates on the artwork and artists included in this showcase via social media. We’ll share bios and interviews with the artists and links to the items in the online shop. Deadline to register is April 23rd. For more information please visit

Avon River Heritage Society

Get off the beaten path… explore the Avon River!

PRESS RELEASE : ARTSPLACE Announces Rebranding and Website Relaunch


For immediate release

Art at the Heart as ARTSPLACE Announces Rebranding and Website Relaunch

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, Nova Scotia, April 15, 2021. Annapolis Royal has a rich history as a centre of creativity and artistic excellence, but that wasn’t always so prior to the 1980s. In 1982, a group of creative minds set out to celebrate the practice of making art, and show the community how artists work and what they do. That initiative marked the founding of the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) and placed Annapolis Royal firmly on Nova Scotia’s artistic map.

The work of the Arts Council in those early days planted the seeds that helped foster a fledgling arts community. Steadily, it grew across a range of disciplines–from dance to fabric arts–establishing Annapolis Royal’s reputation as an arts community throughout the province and beyond.” said founding member Wayne Boucher.

Since then, ARCAC has been the identity of the organization, with the gallery known as ARTSPLACE at its core. Already the artistic heart, now ARTSPLACE Gallery is coming into the spotlight as the public face for the artists, and the members who make the gallery the centre of their artistic life in the region.

A new, modern logo and identity system that reflects the legacy of the Arts Council was launched today, leading up to the organization’s 40th anniversary in 2022. Colourful icons that reflect the breadth of programming and evoke creative spaces and artistic practices symbolize ARTSPLACE’s community outreach initiatives.

The new brand is not only current and modern but continues to reflect the core ethos of our organization: approachable, friendly, fun” said Susan Tileston, ARCAC’s first executive director.

It’s been decades since we’ve updated ARCAC’s look and feel in a significant way. The time was right to modernize, streamline and simplify our brand identity,” said Sophie Paskins, Gallery Director, who oversaw the branding evolution.

The new identity will strengthen our position in the community and highlight ARTSPLACE Gallery as the heart and face of the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council added Board Chair Julia Redgrave.

ARTSPLACE is a public Art Gallery that is operated by the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, a registered non-profit, charitable, community organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the arts. Supported through the Province of Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.

ARTSPLACE Gallery is located at 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

For more information please contact:

Sophie Paskins

(902) 532-7069