Monthly Archives: November 2015

Upcoming events at your AGNS

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth Family Sunday

One Sunday a month the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia hosts Family Sundays. Everyone is welcome to drop in between 2:00 – 4:00 pm for an artist-facilitated afternoon of studio activities inspired by a specific exhibition or theme. In December, there is a special Family Sunday to bring in the holiday season. Many have come for years to the much-loved Gingerbread Sunday!  register NOW!!!
Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

November 29, 2015 2-4pm Mask Making with artist Travis Doyle

Decorative Mask Making

Interested in having some fun and flexing your creative muscle? Join us from 2 to 4, November 29th for Family Sunday as local artists guide us through a process of decorative mask making.

Thanks to The FRIENDS of the Art Gallery Western branch the sponsor for this program, admission is FREE. All materials are supplied.

December 13, 2015 GINGERBREAD SUNDAY

1- 4pm please call to register limited seating. Join us for our fabulous annual Gingerbread Sunday. Start the holiday season off in a deliciously creative way by creating a gingerbread house with milk cartons, graham crackers, icing sugar, and LOTS of candy!
$5.00 per child, all materials supplied.

To register call 902 749 2248 or email

Maudified House History

The Friends of AGNS, 1n 2014, under the direction of Wendy Jones, sponsored the Modified House Project as a community celebration of Maud Lewis and as a fund raiser for the AGNS programs we support. The houses were exhibited about the town during the summer and auctioned off at a gala in the fall. Below are the houses, each painted by a different local artist. The houses were supplied by sponsoring local businesses.

Click on photo to see larger version.

Announcing the Carl Doty Art Scholarship – 2016


May 1, 2016

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 intended  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 via email, and the recipient will be recognized at their graduation ceremony. A cheque will be sent directly to the institution once proof of enrolment 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 gallery by May 1, 2016.  

Friends of the AGNS Western Branch Society

PO Box 28, Yarmouth NS, B5A 4B1

Physical address: 346 Main Street, Yarmouth (entrance on Alma Square)


A. The applicant must submit three (3) original pieces. Each work must be indentified with your name, title, and address.

A drawing of  a chair, tree, or your hand

A design (art work)  using three colours only

A piece of your work that exemplifies your particular interest

     (painting, etching, sculpture, photography etc.)

B. 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.

C. The applicant must provide a sealed letter of reference from an 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, 2016. Along with this application form, I have submitted the three requested works of art, my essay, and a sealed letter of reference.



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 selected.


Chance to work with youth available.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia-Yarmouth-Volunteer training

A free training workshop for volunteers who would like to join the Art Gallery team who give tours and programs for school groups will be given at the Gallery on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th.  The hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to early afternoon on Sunday.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

If you have an interest in art and in connecting children and youth with the artistic experience, you may want to explore this opportunity.  There is no charge, and also no obligation to continue as a volunteer.

For more information, and to register, please call the Art Gallery at 749-2248 or email

A Taste of Ginger this Friday, Nov. 20!



Reminder! Christmas at the Gallery … A Taste of Ginger … this Friday night Nov. 20 from 6-8 p.m.  Great way to start off the season with gingery appetizers and deserts AND entertainment featuring Ingrid D’Eon, Chimera and The Strolling Carolers. Only $15 (AGNS members $12) This is a fantastic 2 hours at a fantastic price. Tickets: 902 749-2248.

Creative Minds Sunday Nov. 22

gcfacdjcBehind the scenes in the life of a sculptor ~

Join us at the gallery on Sunday Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. to hear what Kevin Comeau has to say about his life as an artist.

Comeau does amazing things with plaster, clay, wood, steel, soapstone, an old apple trees—you name it. His imagination (and skills) seems to know no boundaries. It’s been quite a journey.

This is going to be an enlightening, educational and fun session. And it’s free, thanks to the Friends of the gallery. Do join us!

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.

Nova Scotia Realism Opening



Curated by Tom Smart and Peter Dykhuis
Join us at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Yarmouth location on 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2 p.m.