The Summer Group Art Show is here!


Visual Voice Fine Art presents its annual Summer group art show, a celebration of the best of the season.

The show features Nova Scotian artists: Diana Baldwin, Judy Arsenault, Carol Morrison, Twila Robar-DeCoste, Maria Doering, Kath Rutherford, Nora Gross, Barbara McLean, Carol Smeraldo, Joanne Solway, Ellen Moershel, Kristiina Lehtonen, Judith Leidl and Rosa Carr. On display are landscapes, animals, abstract, flowers, and more. The media and techniques are just a varied: sculpture, watercolour, printmaking, collage, oil, acrylic, and more.
A great show with something for everyone to love.

Please NOTE there is NO opening reception for this show.
Don’t forget to come in an see the show, it runs from Monday, Aug 8 to Saturday, September 10. The gallery’s regular hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Any other time by appointment 902-VIEWING (843-9464).


The popular workshop is now in COLOUR!

Join us for another fun day of printmaking at Visual Voice. Monotype is a very experimental and direct process of image creation through the use of printmaking equipment. You will not be creating an edition of multiples but instead remove ink from a plate with various rags, Q-tips, and brushes and found materials to create a single print. You may create up to 10 different images during this workshop using multiple colours as well as multiple layers.
You can come prepared with an image idea or spend the day experimenting with found materials with this much more direct and painterly printmaking technique.

You do not need previous knowledge of printmaking to participate in this workshop. Please bring an apron or old t-shirt and any thin/flat found materials like dried leaves, thread, paper cut outs. If you can’t think of anything, not to worry, there will be materials supplied as well.
If the weather is forecast to be beautiful we are planning on setting up the workshop outside next to the gallery, in case of rain it will be inside the gallery space.

The instructor is artist and printmaker Maria Doering, who teaches at NSCAD and has taught 2 other workshops at Visual Voice. See Maria’s bio here. *Includes the use of a press

Sat, Aug 18 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm for $75+tax per person
ALL materials included.
Lunch $8+tax extra (soup & half sandwich), or bring your own.
PreRegistration Required call 902-843-9464


Spanish classes return to Visual Voice Fine Art !!!
Cultural experiences in our own fun and relaxed way are very popular. A great way to exercise your mind, have fun, and learn a beautiful language to help you in your travels (Spanish is spoken in 21 countries).

Combined with our small class sizes, it means there is limited space – don’t delay reserve your spot today!
Taught by a native speaker.

$160 +tax per person (10 classes)
Pre-Registration Required: 902-843-9464
Couples receive 10% discount. Contact us for Group rates.

Visual Voice is located at 128 King St, Truro, NS – get directions here.




are offering
AUGUST 16 & 17 2016
Lidcombe Mills Eastern Shore Hwy 7 N.S.

Oil , Acrylic , Watercolour
come stay & PAINT

Rooms  Two Double beds   inc. breakfast
Based on double occupancy $163.


MORE INFO  902-962-3612
WORKSHOP Fee $150.
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Exhibition opening Friday, July 29 at 6pm – Joy Laking


Opening This Week
Friday, July 29.  6-pm

Joy Snihur Wyatt Laking

Exhibition open  from July 29 – August 17
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Joy has a been long time friend of the Art Lab artists and a huge supporter of the creative work being done in Parrsboro, whether it’s music, theatre or art. We’re so proud to have this prolific, skilled and genuinely good person as part of our world. Please join us Friday for this very special opening of a very special artist.
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Joy Laking is a Nova Scotian artist living and working in Portapique, NS.

Artist’s Statement
Joy loves to paint. For forty-four years she has painted Nova Scotia and captured her view of the world on watercolour paper and in oil and acrylics. She is inspired by all of  the beauty that is Nova Scotia

Joy’s studio paintings are developed from on location paintings, photos and actual objects and flowers. Sometimes an idea is thought about for a number of years before a painting is started. The actual painting may take several weeks. In all cases the reality in the painting is Joy’s. She happily changes or moves objects within a painting.  Strong compositions and a wide range of tonal values are a constant in all of Joy’s paintings.  Her watercolours make full use of the white of the paper and her oils and acrylics are full of rich colours. All of Joy’s paintings “sing”.
In addition to her studio paintings and when ever possible Joy paints on location. It is an exhilarating challenge to set out, find a subject and complete an entire painting in four to seven hours. These paintings are loose, spontaneous and depict the tides, the lighting and the moment. Besides painting on location throughout the Maritimes, Joy loves the landscape and history of England, Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Japan and all of South America. In 2016, Joy painted in Ghana, Africa.

Visit Joy’s website –

Exhibitions in the Gallery

Art Lab is proud to host a membership sponsored Community Gallery, a space where artists, both professional and amateur, have an opportunity to share their talent with the community.
Each exhibition will be mounted for two and a half weeks and openings of exhibits will usually be held on a Friday between 6 and 8 pm. These openings are an important time for the artists and for Art Lab.  So we encourage you to drop in, meet the artists involved and show your support for the role that art plays in making our community such a great place to live.
If you can’t make an opening, drop by during our regular hours.

Community Gallery Exhibitions – 2016

May 6 – May 25: Jennifer Harrison
May 27  – June 15: Archan Knotz & James Farrell
June 17  – July 6: Monika Wright
July 8  – July 27: Vera McInnis
July 29  – August 17 : Joy Laking
August 19 – September 7: Judith Newman
September 9  – September 28: William Rogers
October 1 – October 10: 10 Days In October
October 11 – October 19 : Fibre Arts Exhibition
October 21- November 16: TBA
November 18 – November 30: TBA

Art Lab Studios and Gallery
Open 10 -7 , seven days a week
121 Main St.
Parrsboro, NS