The world broadcast premiere of Landscape Artist of the Year Canada airs this Sunday!

World Broadcast Premiere

on Sunday, February 16 at 9pm ET/PT

as part of Makeful’s Free Nationwide Preview Event

Picture Perfect: Makeful TV Launches Landscape Artist of the Year Canada, A New Competition Series Hosted by Sook-Yin Lee

With 18 Professional and Amateur Artists, 50 Wildcard Walk Ons, Four Stunning Locations, and One Winner Set to Be Crowned Canada’s Landscape Artist of the Year, Watching Paint Dry Has Never Been More Exciting

Following Sky Arts UK’s best-performing, non-scripted series of all time, Landscape Artist of the Year, the highly-anticipated Canadian adaptation, brings together 18 of the country’s best professional and amateur artists alongside 50 wildcard hopefuls to compete for a chance to be crowned Landscape Artist of the Year Canada . Hosted by Sook-Yin Lee, the all new original series sees the artists have just four hours to create a landscape masterpiece. The winning artist will not only be crowned Landscape Artist of the Year Canada, but will also walk away with a $10,000 cash prize and will have their artwork on display at the prestigious McMichael Canadian Art Collection – home to some of Canada’s most iconic landscape art.

The world broadcast premiere of Landscape Artist of the Year Canada airs Sundays at 9 pm ET/PT, starting February 16, exclusively on Makeful during the channel’s eight-week free preview event running from Feb. 3 to April 5 across Canada.

Each episode of Landscape Artist of the Year Canada travels to breathtaking and truly Canadian backdrops, from Muskoka’s picturesque Lake Rousseau to a rural country farm in Barrie. Two winners from each location will go on to compete in the final. However, these artists aren’t the only ones trying to impress the judges. The competition also sees 50 more artists descend onto each location to try their luck as wildcards, and if any catch the judges’ eye, they too have a chance to compete in the final.

Alongside the host Sook-Yin Lee, the four-part series sees expert judges Marc Mayer, former Director of the National Gallery of Canada, and award-winning artist and educator, Joanne Tod, determine the winners of each location until only one artist remains.

Using their own material and style, the artists have just four hours to create their own rendition of the landscape before them. From oil paint to acrylic, collage work to mixed media, the artwork is as diverse as the artists themselves.

Landscape Artist of the Year Canada is produced by marblemedia in association with Blue Ant Media and CBC. Based on the UK format, it is distributed by Banijay Rights, and was originally produced by Storyvault Films. Following the world premiere on Makeful this February, CBC will also air the series later this year.

Meet the 18 chosen artists competing for the title of Canada’s Best Landscape Artist.

Episode 1 – Airing Sunday, Feb. 16 at 9pm ET/PT
Denise Antaya
, Kingsville, ON
Laura Zerebeski, Vancouver, BC
Marissa Sweet, Oshawa, ON
Megan Hazen, Toronto, ON
Phil Irish, Elora, ON
Tosh Jeffrey, Toronto, ON

Episode 2 – Airing Sunday, Feb. 23 at 9pm ET/PT
Andrew Cheddie Sookrah
, Toronto, ON
Anna Kutishcheva, Oakville, ON
Beckett Pura, York, ON
Colin Davis, North Bay, ON
Deborah Danelley, Winnipeg, MB
Ian McLean, Bright’s Grove, ON

Episode 3 – Airing Sunday, March 1 at 9pm ET/PT
Elzbieta Krawecka
, Toronto, ON
Jeff Wilson, Vancouver, BC
Kylee Turunen, Port Alberni, BC
Mackenzie Brown, Edmonton, AB
Nadine Prada, Toronto, ON
Ron Kuwahara, Halifax, NS

Engage with Landscape Artist of the Year Canada at: @BlueAntMedia @BeMakeful @marblemedia #LAOTYC

Makeful is a Blue Ant Media lifestyle specialty channel celebrating the creativity that exists within us all. Makeful’s programming combines food, design, style and DIY series, featuring passionate personalities who share their ideas and inspire audiences to bring imagination into every aspect of their lives. Makeful also unites the creative at heart with fresh and contemporary content through its digital and social platforms.

About marblemedia
is an independent, leading global entertainment company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. It develops, produces, and distributes compelling primetime scripted, unscripted, kids and family content both for the domestic market and for a wide range of high-profile platforms and broadcasters around the world. Learn more at



The deadline for submissions is

this Saturday, February 15th, 2020.

For application details, please review the PIPAF ARTIST’S PROSPECTUS – Click here

Jocelyn Li

Executive Director

p. +1 902 728 2007

2020 Westport Schoolhouse Artist Residency Call – deadline February 29


The WeTransfer homepage is:

Direct links to those mentioned above:

Village of Westport info page on the Brier Island Lodge website for more information

For more information about Brier Island visit:

See the Brier Island Lodge website for directions from Digby:

See shuttle transport options from Digby:



Postponed Opening until my snow date: Feb 14, Valentines day, 7-9 pm.

Watercolour Exhibition & Tangonova Retrospective!

Works by Margaret Spore

Feb 14th: Opening reception

7-9 pm

1313 Hollis St., Halifax, NS

A short demonstration of the Argentine tango will be presented around 7:45 pm.

Please join Margaret in celebrating her 70th!

Viewing times and related events at 1313 Hollis:

Sunday, Feb 23: 3-5. Artist talk/ 4 pm =Tango: Origin, Myth & Reality.

Saturday, Feb 29: 7-8:30 pm/Take a Leap & Try the Tango! = Class for all-levels.

Other viewing times by appointment.

Contact Margaret 902-229-8585/



The deadline for submissions is

this Saturday, February 15th, 2020.

For application details, please review the PIPAF ARTIST’S PROSPECTUS – Click here

Jocelyn Li

Executive Director

p. +1 902 728 2007

Reminders from VANS…Studio Sessions webinars, Third Thursdays, Heritage Day closure, and more

Just a little reminder to…

Register for Studio Sessions Webinar Series!

Studio Sessions webinar series for artists starts next Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm and focuses on the essentials for writing professional proposals. Each of the 3 one-hour sessions will be instructed by artist and gallery director Melanie Colosimo and covers the tips and tricks for writing professional proposals (including how to get organized, writing CVs, artist statements, and more). Webinars are only $18 each for VANS Members ($28 for Non-members) or you can bundle all three for just $45 ($75 for Non-Members). The registration deadline is this week so sign up online today:!

Come to our first Third Thursday event!

We’re introducing Third Thursdays: Monthly Member Meetups hosted by Pavia! Join Halifax based writers Julian Covey and Amanda Shore to talk about how architecture and municipal policy affects artists and communities. Bring along your copy of Visual Arts News, sit down for a coffee and join the conversation.Third Thursdays will happen at Pavia every (you guessed it) third Thursday of each month with a different theme and discussion topic. The first Third Thursday meetup is happening February 20 from 6 – 8pm at Pavia Gallery Espresso Bar and Café, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia location, 1723 Hollis St. Halifax.

Send us your news!

We will soon send out the Spring Edition of Members’ News so let us know what you have going on this spring. Have you taught or taken a great class, or participated in an exhibition or residency? Let your peers know! We can tell you that they actually want to know your news, as Members’ News is the most read email we send out. Any VANS member can send along their brief updates (less than 100 words, written in 3rd person) to with the subject line “Members’ News”. Deadline: March 9.

The VANS office will close for Heritage Day.

The VANS office will be closed this Monday, February 17 for Nova Scotia Heritage Day. This year’s Heritage Day honouree is the community of Africville. Read Julian Covey’s article Remembering Africville as he discusses the MSVU Gallery exhibition Africville: A Spirit that Lives On – A Reflection Project in the spring issue of Visual Arts News.

Pick up your slides.

The VANS slide library is ending In the age of print photography, the slide library used to be a way members could safely store duplicate documentation of their work safe from fire and flood, but now with the Artist Pages accessible to every member (and with so many members having their own website or social media as a way to store and share images of their work), the slide library has become obsolete. We will be deaccessioning all the slides by June 2020 but if you have slides at VANS and want them back please get in touch and we will make arrangements with you.

Renew your VANS membership today!

VANS membership gives you access to various VANS programs, information, opportunities, a subscription to Visual Arts News magazine, an Artist Page on our website, a large provincial community of colleagues and peer networks, and more. There are membership changes this year, including the option to have your membership auto-renew and an Artist Page included with every membership. You can  renew your membership online, in person, by cheque, or by calling the VANS office at 902-423-4694.


Our mailing address is:
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Rd
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7