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Carl Doty Scholarship – 2017

The Carl Doty Art Scholarship

May 1, 2017

This scholarship is in honour of Yarmouthian Carl Doty- philanthropist, patron of the arts, supporter of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Friends of the AGNS Western Branch Society.

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 in a recognized program (or setting) of higher learning.

The scholarship is administered by the executive of the Friends of the AGNS Western Branch Society along with a designated member of the Yarmouth Arts Society. All applicants will be advised of the results, and the recipient will be recognized at their graduation ceremony. A cheque will be sent directly to the intuition once proof of enrollment is provided.

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, 2017 .

Friends of the AGNS Western Branch Society

PO Box 246   Yarmouth NS    B5A 4B2

Physical address: 341 Main Street, Yarmouth 9entrance on Alma Square)


  1. The applicant must submit three (3) original pieces. Each work must be identified with your name, title and address.
  1. A drawing of a chair, tree or your hand.
  2. A design (art work) using three (3) colours only.
  3. A piece of your work that exemplifies your particular interest (painting, etching, sculpture, photography etc.)
  1. The applicant must submit a personal essay, maximum 600 words. The essay must cover these three points:
  1. Insights into the three pieces of art you have submitted.
  2. Your future plans.
  3. Tell us something about who you are.
  1. The applicant must provide a sealed letter of reference from and art teacher/instructor.

The Carl Doty Art Scholarship – APPLICATION FORM

Student’s name:

Date of application:

Mailing Address (including Postal Code)

Telephone number:


Name of school currently attending:

Name of post-secondary institution or training program you plan to attend:

Art work #1 Drawing

       Title and medium:

Art work #2 Design using three colours

       Title and Medium:

Art work #3 Work of choice

        Title and Medium:


My application includes three pieces of artwork as specified. The artwork is original and is mine. I agree to leave my work in the care of the Friends of the AGNS Western Branch Society for up to three months in case there is an opportunity to display it. I will pick up my work between Aug. 1-15, 2017. Along with this application form, I have submitted the three works of art, my essay and a sealed letter of reference.

Signed: _______________________________________________________


To the best of my knowledge, the works submitted are the original work of the applicant. I believe the applicant is qualified to enter the indicated post secondary program he/ she has indicated.

Signed: _______________________________________________________

Canadian Art Finder app available

If you go to your app download service you can search for Canadian Art Finder and add it to your pad or phone apps. It is a quick reference to art galleries across Canada. I tried it. Unfortunately, our galleries in Nova Scotia did not show up so I sent them a gentle reminder that we do have the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax and Yarmouth.

Vesuvius Ensemble to visit Yarmouth

We thought this concert would be of interest to AGNS followers.
The Vesuvius Ensemble is an inspiring group of 7 singers and 3 brass players, part of the teaching faculty of the Halifax Music Co-op ( )

They are coming to Yarmouth next weekend and will give a concert of mainly sacred music in Holy Trinity Church, 63 William St on Sat 31st January at 7pm. The music spans 4 centuries with special emphasis on the late Renaissance and early Baroque (Marenzio, Gabrieli, F Valls) and on late romantic and early 20th century music by Irish Composers (Sir Charles V Stanford & Charles Wood)

Entrance, payable at the door, by program, $20 ($10 unwaged/students.)

The following evening at 5pm, The Vesuvius Ensemble will be the choir and brass ensemble at our Candlemas Celebration  (Sunday 1st February, 5pm) – a service of carols and readings and prayers for Candlemas, traditionally the time when one closed the book on Christmas and Winter and turned towards the spring and Easter.

Any ?s please call John Overton at the mobile number below.

John Overton

Music Director, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Yarmouth, NS

MA (Oxon), ARCO, Master Performing Arts (Malmö Academy of Music)
(902) 774-0530

AGM June 5

The Friends of the AGNS, Western Branch Society, will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 5th at 12 noon, at the Art Gallery. The public is welcome to attend.

Bake Sale HUGE Success!

KUDOS to Joan Semple and her team for pulling off a successful bake sale to raise funds for the Friends of Yarmouth Art Gallery. Results? Over $800 … which will be matched by the Bank of Nova Scotia. Thanks to everyone who baked, cooked, raided their pantries for preserves to donate … and to those who bought stuff!

Don’t Forget to Vote

Be sure to visit the Best of YAS site and vote for your favorite restaurant, gallery, etc.558593_10153419863530385_1784461616_n

New Lobby Exhibit

   Our Identities, Our Stories, Our Land

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  AGNS Western Branch in Yarmouth is pleased to host an exhibition of self-portraits produced by students at l’École Rose des Vents in Greenwood and l’École acadienne de Truro working with artist François Gaudet.

The exhibition will be on display until November 9, 2013.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch

341 Main Street

Yarmouth Nova Scotia

For further information, please contact Kris Webster, Assistant Curator of Programs (902) 424-6651

This exhibition was made possible through an ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia and GénieArts Nouvelle-Écosse partnership.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia supports ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia, with funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Nova Scotia Department of Education. @ArtGalleryNS

Dancing in the Third Act


Th’YARC and Friends of the AGNS have partnered to bring you a special performance that you don’t want to    miss!

Dancing in the Third Act is coming to Th’ YARC, Saturday Oct 5. Showtime 7:30 p.m. The show was wildly successful in Annapolis (sold out three performances!)

3rd act

Nutshell: A dozen eager, amateur and untrained seniors. One acclaimed, rigorously professional choreographer. The dance of their lives.

If you haven’t watched this 2 minute video, tune in now to see what all the fuss is about: (just copy and paste to your browser)


Bonus: After the performance, you’ll have a chance to meet & greet the cast and director/choreographer over refreshments in the lobby.

Tickets only $15. Call Th’YARC to reserve yours today 742-8150 or drop into the Y’ARC on Parade St., Yarmouth

Welcome to our new site

The Friends of  Yarmouth Art Gallery welcome you to our new site in support of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Western Branch, in Yarmouth, NS, Canada.