Online course: Painting Joy with Elephant with mixed media artist Alyssa Blais

For a limited time only, mixed media artist Alyssa Blais, is sharing her brand new course: Painting Joy with Elephant.


Alyssa Blais is an artist and a creatively fit coach (in training) living in Nova Scotia, creating colorful, whimsical paintings. She enjoys long walks in nature and hiking in the mountains. In addition to her work as an artist, she facilitates creativity workshops to help people develop their own personal sacred painting practice. Since 2020, Alyssa has been developing online classes to bring you joy and calm your mind with colors, soothing music and mindful awareness.

Learn From the Best 2021 Course Calendar

We at Art Lab are really excited about this years line up of courses.. Not only do we have our well respected and popular faculty that have been with us for seven years but we’re very happy to introduce two new artists to town and to our calendar, weavers Tom and Beth Poirier.

We learned lots from the Covid-19 adjusted classes last year but one compromise turned out to please everyone. smaller classes for more instructor time. Meaning that many of our classes will max at 10 students. So please don’t hesitate to register soon to avoid disappointment.

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To register please email us or call us at Art Lab.



Melt Away the Winter Blues ~ New Show at Jack’s Gallery, Wolfville

Melt Away the Winter Blues, a group show featuring the work of Adriane Jacquard, Mirella Furan, Elizabeth Cole and Alexandra Merkx-Jacques

January 9 to March 7, 2021

Jack’s Gallery

450 Main St Wolfville, NS B4P 1E2

Jack’s Gallery is always looking for new work to display. For submission forms please email




We offer classes for kids (7-11), youth (11-15) and adults (16+).

Upcoming classes:

    • Kids Drawing (ages 7-10) Tuesdays 5:30-6:30. Starts January 12. $150/ 6 weeks
    • Art Club* (ages 7-11) Wednesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm. Starts January 13. $200/ 8 weeks
    • Art Club* (ages 7-11) Saturdays 10:00am-11:00am. Starts January 16. $200/ 8 weeks

*Art Club will allow the students to explore several different mediums while learning about various artists and techniques.

To view a full schedule of classes and to register, please visit

Andrea Harnal


Red Wagon Art Studio Inc.

1415 Hammonds Plains Road

Hammonds Plains, NS B4B 1P6


Press Release Upcoming Exhibition – Hybrid Land – Janet Macpherson January 22 – March 13, 2021

Hybrid Land
Janet Macpherson

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
On view: January 22 -March 13, 2021
Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 4pm

The Mary E. Black Gallery invites you to explore a Hybrid Land which will fill the gallery with the curious and amorphous porcelain creations of ceramicist and sculptor Janet Macpherson. The exhibition will center on a massive work titled Migration Bridge – made up of almost 100 miniature hybrid animals in migration – which will take over the gallery space. This large-scale installation joins us from Hamilton Ontario where Janet Macpherson lives and works.

Working in slip cast mold making combined with other sculpture techniques, Macpherson’s pieces are detailed in highlights of gold luster and intricate surface detailing. Clearly referencing the source material of toy model animals used to create her molds, Hybrid Land presents creatures remade from edited parts, mismatched, and bandaged together, created anew. Macpherson “dismantle(s) and re-compose(s) these objects to create forms that subtly reveal a discomforting reality.”

The imagery in Hybrid Land denotes Macpherson’s Catholic upbringing by playing with spiritual imagery. “The borders between humans and animals, the manufactured and the natural, the spiritual and the corporeal are distinct yet permeable, illustrating differences while creating spaces for wonder and uncertainty.”

Hybrid Land will be on view at the Mary E. Black from January 22 to March 13, open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11-4. We invite you to join us virtually for a virtual artist talk on February 11 at 2pm AST where Janet will Join us from her studio in Hamilton Ontario to speak about her body of work and practice. The link for this event will be available closer to the date of the talk.

Public or media inquiries please contact
Anna Joan Taylor
Administrative Coordinator

We respectfully acknowledge that The Mary E. Black Gallery and the Centre For Craft Nova Scotia are situated in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory of Mi’kmaq people. We are governed by the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 and endeavor to respect the rights and intentions laid out within it, as we are all treaty people.

Access information for the Mary E. Black Gallery and 1061 Marginal Road

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, South of the NSCAD Port Campus and North of Pier 21 Museum.

The Gallery has taken all recommended precautions to offer a safe visit to our exhibition spaces during Covid 19. Masks are mandatory and we request all visitors to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other patrons and staff.
Automatic doors allow for a no touch entrance to the space and we encourage you to use them.

There is a permanent Ramp at the front entrance of 1061 Marginal Road and the front doors are automatic. Interior doors of the building are not automatic however during open hours there is staff present at all times ready to provide assistance. (see below photos of location and entrance.)

There is a single occupant non-gendered washroom with a 34.5” non-automatic doorway. The bathroom is spacious with 2 horizontal bars around the toilet. There is no change table inside the bathroom but you can ask at the front desk and the attendant will help you find a comfortable location for changing an infant.

There is ample metered parking through the week. (On Saturday’s parking is often more during open hours of the Seaport Market.) There is accessible parking near the entrance of the Mary E Black Gallery and within the near by parking lots.

Bus numbers 7, 29, 35, 41 & 90 stop within a ten min walk from the centre

Colour Pop! Stencil Screen-Printing starts Monday

Colour Pop! Stencil Screen-Printing

Just few spots remain in this fun & colourful workshop!

Colour Pop! Stencil Screen-Printing
Mondays / Jan. 11 – Mar. 1 / 8 sessions / 2pm – 5pm / $350

This class will cover basic skills of silkscreen printing without the use of a light table, especially as a tribute to the bold stenciled poster work of pop artist Sister Corita Kent. We will dive right in the first week with some initial material play, cutting quick stencils and exploring the printed results. Then we will talk more in-depth about silk screen and stencil-based printing methods and artists, before planning and executing individual editions of multi-layer prints. The final class will be a group viewing and technique exchange to chat about what we created and learned along the way!

To learn more or to register please visit:


Printing process, Inbal Newman

Works by Sister Corita Kent

To see our full Winter 2021 Schedule, please visit:

Our mailing address is:

Lunenburg School of the Arts

6 Prince St., PO Box 610

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0


Art 1274 Hollis Gallery – Epitome of Nova Scotia

Art 1274 Hollis Gallery Halifax’s premiere Artists’ Co-op, features over 20 local artists and artisans. Fine art and fine craft with ever-changing new work of original paintings, jewelry, pottery, ceramic art, folk art, rug hooking and upcycled metal art.

Epitome of Nova Scotia”, featuring work by Wendy Beaver is on view.


1274 Hollis St., Halifax 902-446-4077 .

Open daily 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,

Call to book a private viewing, or Shop online – New art added daily at

(Ice Edge by Nora Gross)

Call for Artists: VANS in Residence and PAINTS workshop proposals

VANS in Residence at Wonder’neath

VANS is accepting applications from professional visual artists for VANS in Residence at Wonder’neath. The artist must be willing and able to commit 40 hours per week to the 5-week planning and residency. Please note, for this residency priority will be given to BIPOC individuals and 2SLGBTQIA+ artists. Residencies may be used for research, development and production of ongoing or new bodies of work.

VANS in Residence provides a studio space, a stipend to support the artist to work full time for 4 weeks plus one week of planning, and support from VANS and Wonder’neath in outreach. Time will be split between the artist’s own work (creation, research or both) and to community based work. The outreach will need to be done by distance, either by packages sent out to families in the community, or by online workshops made available.⠀

This VANS in Residence will take place from March 1 – 28, 2021. The planning week can take place anytime up to February 21, 2021. A stipend of $2500 will be paid to the artist and a studio in the Wonder’neath Studios at 2482 Maynard Street, in Halifax, NS. VANS in Residence must be a VANS member, but you can join at the time of application.

Deadline: January 18 at 5pm.

A call for remote PAINTS workshop proposals

The PAINTS program is seeking initial sketches/outlines for workshops that you could lead remotely. All workshops will be either online in real time via Google classrooms, or facilitated by the teacher with paper prompts provided by the artist as a guide to take students through a process. We’re approaching all workshops as one-off live events.

For 2021, we want to add four more to the selection that can be offered to schools and we need workshops for students at all grade levels. From these initial ideas, four will be chosen to be developed into full workshops. At the second stage, selected artists will be paid a stipend of $160 to fully flesh out the workshop description/plan. There will be support from Andrea Ritchie, the PAINTS coordinator in doing this work.

To more closely align our fee structure with CARFAC, the hourly facilitation rate for PAINTS projects is now set at $80/per hour. You must be a PAINTS artist to apply.

Please read the application details on the PAINTS website and contact PAINTS Coordinator Andrea Ritchie for more information at

Deadline: January 18 at 5pm.




These magical little pods are The Craig Gallery’s window spaces. They’re perfect for the most creatively artistic installations! An extremely high traffic area, en route to Ferry Terminal, has proven to be a popular stop for commuters and art seekers alike.

We’re currently proposals for innovative, three dimensional installations for this Craig Gallery space for August and September of THIS YEAR (’21). *Priority will be given to local Black and Indigenous artists , an honorarium will be paid to the two successful artists chosen.

Contact to submit work. Deadline is May 30, 2021.

Submission guidelines can be downloaded from our website,…/proposal-submissions/


Check out our website for info on upcoming exhibits:

Lee Cripps
Fine Arts Program Director
The Craig Gallery Curator
My Office Hours Are Tuesday -Thursday 9am – 5pm
Instagram @thecraiggallery