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Sara Corning


Sunday, 15 September 2019 – 1:00pm to 3:00pmFAMILY SUNDAYS

With the Sarah Corning Society celebrating Yarmouth hero Sarah Corning, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia invites you to create your own hero!

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has partnered with the Sarah Corning Society for this Family Sunday to welcome Syrian refugees and other newcomers to the Yarmouth region. Come along and greet new families in our community. All are welcome!

As part of the Family Sunday activity, create a booklet about the heroes in your community that make you proud.

  • All materials will be supplied.
  • Regular admission will include the workshop.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Sarah Corning is much more than a historical figure from Nova Scotia’s past. Sarah’s humanitarianism and service (1919-1930) to the victims of the Armenian genocide is reflected in how we embrace refugees and welcome them as new Canadians. She was a hero to many young children who lost their homes and families.

Creative Minds



Sunday, 29 September 2019 – 1:00pm to 3:00pmCREATIVE MINDS

Mike Wedge was born and raised in England as an established “self taught” graphic designer. Having worked his whole life in the Advertising Agency world, Mike moved to Vancouver in 1992. A car accident in 2008 left him permanently disabled with vertigo and oscillopsia. Not ever being someone to go down without a fight, he decided to relocate to Yarmouth in 2017 and taught himself photography, tried “art,” and flat out reinvented himself.

On routine walks along Pembroke Beach, the garbage really troubled him, so he decided to do something about it and repurposed it into something creative. He never calls himself an artist. “That’s for real talent,” he says, but considers art very much as therapy. Every photo he takes he tries to get to know the person, and they in turn get to know him, which lead him to launch: Human Kind Portraits.

You will be captivated by Mike’s passion about his crafts and the stories behind his pictures and reclamation art.


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Culture Art nights coming up!

Carl Doty Scholarship Announced

See full application on Scholarship Page of this website.

The scholarship, valued at $1500, is to offset the costs of tuition/training of a student who is in his or her final year in high school, community college or home schooling in Yarmouth, Digby or Shelburne, who intends to study art/design in a recognized program (or setting) of higher learning. Students who are enrolled in their first or second year of our listed professional areasmay also apply.

The completed application form (attached) including artwork, personal essay and sealed reference letter from an art teacher/instructor must be received at the Art Gallery by May 1,2019 .

May 29, 2018 – Windows with a Community View 

Looking out, Looking in: Windows with a Community View 
An exciting art and culture project is underway in Yarmouth and is looking for participants of all sorts. We’re looking for artists, musicians, photographers, and storytellers to facilitate or participate in upcoming workshops and events with local seniors. The goal is to create community engagement among seniors by celebrating the art traditions of the various cultures in our area.
If you have any questions (or simply want to be notified of upcoming events), please contact Adam Graham at or 902-746-3446.

May 27th – Painting Portraits a Garson event

As a part of the continuing celebration of Yarmouth’s Garson sisters and their contribution to art education in our community we enjoyed an “explore the portrait” event in the Community Room. Eleven would be portraitists teamed up under the guidance of Maggie Schmidt to try their hand. Teams od two and three played with their interpretation of a rough beginning sketch and photo for reference. Any resemblance to the photo is purely coincidental.

April 18, 2018 – Art from the Heart

The presentation of the Art from the Heart  project was well received by a full house audience in the Community Room at the gallery. The audience was most interested in the concept of the project and were interested in how such a pilot program might be expanded to meet the nerds of more youth. A number of questions were asked and there was lively discussion over refreshments.

April 26th, 2018 – Artpreneurs

April 22, 2018 – Family Sunday

Family Sunday: Drawing to Imply Motion, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS. Please join artist Jay LeBlanc to learn drawing to imply motion: playing with repetition and variation. Participants will create flip books that look like a small movie and/or create drawings that imply recorded motion by using self-created stencils.

This workshop is inspired by the stop-motion effects of Harold Edgerton on display at the AGNS-Yarmouth. Pre-registration is recommended. Regular admission. No charge for program. This event is supported by the Friends of the Art Galley of Nova Scotia -Yarmouth. For more information or to register call 902-749-2248 or email

April 28th, 29th 2018 – Garson Events

Erin Morton will be the guest speaker at a reception for our exhibit “Influence: the lessons of Trudy and Paula Garson“ on Saturday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth.

Erin was one of the kids growing up in Yarmouth who took group art lessons with the Garsons . She is now a professor at UNB, teaching courses that use art and cultural practice   “ as a launching pad to think about history as both an intellectual practice and a lived experience”.   Her new book “ For Folk’s Sake” looks at art and economy in 20th century Nova Scotia, and is dedicated, in part, to “Trudy and Paula Garson who inspired generations of weird art kids in Yarmouth”. Copies of her book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Coles in Yarmouth.   (Price is $45.00; cash only.)

Also, the following day , there will be an afternoon program from 2 until 4,”‘Sharing the Stories”. Former students and others who knew Trudy and Paula are invited to share their memories.   One special guest will be Burton LeBlanc, now the head of the make-up department for “The Handmaid’s Tale” .   Burton credits childhood classes with the Garsons for wakening and encouraging his artistic development.

People are also encouraged to bring artwork—either paintings by Trudy or Paula, or student work of their own, to show and talk about.   It will be an interesting and entertaining afternoon!

Hope to see you at one or both events!