Early Bird discount for CSPWC Symposium extended till the end of June


Early Bird discount for CSPWC Symposium extended till the end of June. Dates are September 28- October 2, check in on Sept 27th for a wine and cheese welcome.

Save $50 on your registration for this wonderful event. You can register for workshops or just go for a painting retreat. All details are on the website www.cspwc.com .

Also there will be a Plein air Festival with $2400 in prizes which is separate but runs the same week. Registration for this event is $40, so all you plein air painters sign up right away. You may also request accommodations at the ABCC (Annapolis Basin Conference Centre ) through a link on our website.

Sign up today!

REVISED – News Release: Canadian Leaders Lend Voice to Youth Campaign Advancing Justice and Peace in NS

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News release – REVISED

 Canadian Leaders Lend Voice to Youth Campaign
Advancing Justice and Peace in Nova Scotia

June 16, 2016, HALIFAX—A group of distinguished Canadians from the fields of government, law, business, health, academia, culture and community are lending their voice to a new initiative empowering Nova Scotian youth to use the arts to advance peace, safety, reconciliation and justice in their communities. Some of these “Justice Champions” will be attend a special event on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 1 pm, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, to kick-off a province-wide consultation on promoting justice, peace, reconciliation and understanding. The event will include art creation, artist talks and community feedback stations inside the 4th Wall exhibition space.

Citing recent high profile cases of gun violence rocking the province and the violent attack in Orlando, they are calling for Nova Scotians of all ages and backgrounds to support young people in their communities working tirelessly to improve quality of life.

Residents of the province are invited to submit recommendations for a three-year action plan to enhance safety, wellbeing, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in their communities. A special fund will then be created to enable youth-driven community organizations to work with the business, government, health, law, cultural and social service sectors to implement the plan over a three-year period.

Members of the Circle of Justice Champions include such luminaries as:

  • Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament
  • The Honourable Diana Whalen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
  • The Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • His Honour Michael Savage, Mayor of Halifax
  • Marie Wilson, Commissioner at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2009-2015),
  • Jean-Michel Blais, Chief, Halifax Regional Police
  • JRDN, Juno-Award winning artist
  • Cory Bowles, Actor, Director, Filmmaker and Choreographer
  • Asa Kachan, Librarian in Chief and CEO of Halifax Public Libraries
  • Alyson Murray, Chair, Fushion Halifax
  • Quentrel Provo, Founder and CEO, Stop the Violence Spread the Love
  • Richard Wright, Social Worker, Therapist and Consultant
  • Savannah Simon, Indigenous artist, entrepreneur, and youth activist
  • Willem Blois, Chair, Pride Halifax
  • Lisa Bugden, Interim CEO, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and the Director WHO Collaborating Care in Mental Health Policy and Training
  • Kayley Dixon, Ambassador, Stop the Violence Spread the Love
  • Sheila Strong, Litigation Law Analyst, McInnes Cooper
  • Alan Syliboy, Coady Chair in Social Justice, St. Francis Xavier University

The consultation is part of a four-year initiative entitled 4th Wall: Justice, Art and Youth Project, spearheaded by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Youth Art Connection. A special exhibition is currently on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, featuring eleven jury-selected groups of artists whose artworks address Indigenous rights, African Canadian experiences with incarceration, discrimination against LGBTQ Nova Scotians, and gender-based violence. It will be on display at the Gallery until June 19, 2016.

To submit recommendations for the action plan, visit the following webpage: http://bit.ly/JusticeNS.

For a list of Justice Champions, visit: http://www.fmjf.ca/en/circle-of-justice-champions-2/.

For more information about the exhibition visit: https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/events-programs/community-partnerships/4th-wall.

For more information about the Michaëlle Jean Foundation’s 4th Wall and collective impact programming, please visit: http://www.fmjf.ca/en/programming/collective-impact/ .

For more information about Youth Art Connection, please visit: http://www.youthartconnection.ca.

For more information about the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, please visit: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca.


For more information:

Peter Flegel
Director of Programs and Communications
Michaëlle Jean Foundation
Telephone: 613.562.5468
Cell: 613.897.4001
Email: pflegel@fmjf.ca

Camille Dubois Crôteau
Communications and Marketing Officer
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Telephone: 902.424.2903
Cell: 902.497.6006
Email: camille.duboiscroteau@novascotia.ca

Ryan Veltmeyer
Co-founder/Executive Director
Youth Art Connection
Telephone: 902.446.8832
Cell: 902.579.4673
Email: rveltmeyer@gmail.com

Amicus Gallery Show Opening June 23rd

We’re back!  Please join us for our first show of the 2016 season featuring new work by Zehava Power and introducing Carole Malcolm to our gallery family.  Opening reception on Thursday, June 23rd from 6-8pm we hope to see you all there!  As always you can preview the show on our website  http://www.amicusgallery.ca

Summer photography course at ViewPoint Gallery

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Did you know that ViewPoint Gallery is a place to LEARN photography? Well known Halifax photographer Eric Boutilier-Brown established PhotoWorkshops.ca in 2006 and offers a wide range of courses which are taught at the gallery. Eric’s next course offering is Summer Photo 101, an eight week course that examines the basic photographic skills and gradually introduces advanced approaches to applying these skills to a variety of subjects and assignments. The course begins July 12 and is limited to 10 students.

For more details please go to


2015-16 Mentorship Program Exhibition “How We Are Talking” at the Craig Gallery June 30 – August 7


How We Are Talking

2015-16 Mentorship Program Exhibition

The Craig Gallery, June 30 – August 7
Opening: Wednesday, June 29, 7 – 9pm
Artist Panel: Saturday, August 6, 1pm

Highlighting the talents of mentees Anna Taylor, Sophie Paskins, Alice MacLean and Claudia Legg the Visual Arts Nova Scotia 2015-16 Mentorship Program Exhibition How We Are Talking also includes work from mentors Becka Barker, Mathew Reichertz, Ian McKinnon and James MacSwain. Emerging artists in this year’s program present new work on view at the Craig Gallery June 30 – August 7. Learn more about the artists and their work.

Since the Mentorship Program’s inception in 2006, Visual Arts Nova Scotia has successfully paired emerging artists with established artists to take part in a 10-month mentorship. The Mentorship Program provides an exceptional opportunity for emerging artists to develop both their creative process and professional skills, thus building the foundation for a successful career in the visual arts. As a secondary outcome, the program offers established artists an opportunity to pass on their experience, resources, knowledge, and insight. For information on the program visit: www.visualarts.ns.ca/programs/mentorship-program.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges core funding for the Mentorship Program and exhibition from The Craig Foundation.

The program is also supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Halifax Regional Municipality, and The Craig Gallery.


The Craig Gallery is located at Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney St. in Dartmouth, NS. The gallery is open to the public Sunday: 11am – 3pm, TuesdayFriday: 12pm – 5:30pm, and Saturday: 9am – 5pm. For further information on The Craig Gallery, please visit www.alderneylanding.com/gallery.

Image details (clockwise from top left): Claudia Legg, Seeking, vinyl and Plexiglas, variable dimensions, 2016; Alice MacLean, untitled, 36″ x 48″, oil on canvas, 2016; Anna Taylor, Moral Code, cotton thread on linen, 26″ x 24″, 2016; Sophie Paskins, Mindscape I, oil and pencil on canvas, 48″ x 36″, 2016.

For more information on this exhibition, contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
t:902.423.4694    1.866.225.8267   f:902.422.0881
vans@visualarts.ns.ca      www.visualarts.ns.ca

FREE Documentary Workshop for Seniors 55+

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FREE Documentary Workshop for Seniors 55+

Only 12 spots available!

Learn the ‘Art of the Interview’, how to shoot and edit a short documentary and see your film premiered before a live audience at Lunenburg Doc Fest!

JULY 11&12 and 18&19:  Half-days for instruction
AUGUST 8&9:  Editing – only necessary to attend 1 of these days
INTERVIEW & FILMING:  To be arranged on own for 2 hours. Additional information in class.
SCREENING:  During Lunenburg Doc Fest, Sept 22-25, 2016

Go to http://www.lunenburgdocfest.com/seniors-workshop-1/ to download the fillable pdf Application Form.

Email LunenburgDocFest@gmail.com or call 902.634-3633 for more information.

Fiction To Film: Writing Across Platforms

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WIFT-AT is partnering with the Hubbards Writers Society to put on a full day of workshops and panels on June 25 as part of the annual Writers Festival in Hubbards, NS. Fiction to Film is centred around the theme of bridging the gap between these different forms of writing. Catered to writers of all kinds as well as editors, publishers, filmmakers and students, this day of learning and networking will have something for everybody. WIFT-AT members receive discounted pricing to these events, but make sure to register soon in order to claim a spot! Visit the website to learn more: www.hubbardswritersfestival.com