Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Textile Art Exhibit – coming in March

“Structures: A textile art exhibition

Please join the artists for an opening reception on March 12, 2016 at 2pm

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth will be showing “Structures”, a textile art show, from March 12, 2016 to April 30, 2016 in the Community Room. This exhibition is produced by the Atlantic Canada chapter of the international fibre arts organization SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates).  Fabric artist Regina Marzlin (Antigonish, NS) is exhibition organiser and curator.  Renowned painter and Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy served as juror.

Visitors to the gallery will see a selection of twenty five artworks created by nineteen SAQA Atlantic Chapter members. It is a wonderful showcase of some of the finest textile art talent in the Atlantic Canada region. Artists include Penny  Berens, Sandra  Betts, Grace  Butland, Nancy  Elaschuk, Linda Finley, Lois Wilby Hooper, Susan Lilley, Heather  Loney, Kate Madeloso, Regina Marzlin, HollyMcLean, Anne Morrell Robinson, Christine Nielsen, Rebecca Paterson, Deb Plestid, Ann Schroeder, Linda Strowbridge, Céleste Thibodeau-Stacey, and  Susan Tilsley Manley.

This show invites viewers to enjoy a diversity of pieces with an interesting and unusual use of fabric in the broadest sense. The contemporary textile art pieces interpret the theme “Structures” in a wide range of styles and techniques, from abstract to pictorial, from monochromatic to colorful. The masterful use of luscious texture, sophisticated colour and clever manipulation of surface design are just a few of the defining elements of a fascinating medium that is increasingly popular and more and more accepted by the general art world.

There will be a complementary exhibition by the same artists about art quilting as an art form with additional finished pieces, works in progress, techniques and materials exhibits and information about the process.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth is the final stop on a year-long tour traveling to five different venues in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.


Two great FAMILY SUNDAY events

Family Sunday: February 21, 2016 at 2pm with Kenton Doyle

Come to Family fun Sunday! Drum Day!  Tap, shake, jingle, bang, boom.  See you there.

Join us for an artist-facilitated afternoon of studio activities. Enjoy the Gallery, find inspiration, and enjoy the hands-on art activities. Fun for all ages!

Children must be accompanied by an adult but registration is not required, it would be welcomed as we have limited space. This Is a Free event sponsored by the Friends of the Art Gallery Yarmouth.
All materials are supplied.


Family Sunday: March 20 ,2016 at 2pm with artist Jay LeBlanc


Youth are invited to join us at AGNS to decorate their own ART  “T” shirt. . Inspired by the first day of spring and art work in the gallery, individuals will be able to experiment with painting, stamping and drawing directly on a cotton t-shirt to create their own wearable art.

(shirt and art materials provided by gallery)

Join us for an artist-facilitated afternoon of studio activities. Enjoy the Gallery, find inspiration, and enjoy the hands-on art activities. Fun for all ages!

Children must be accompanied by an adult registration is required, as we have limited space. This Is a Free event sponsored by the Friends of the Art Gallery Yarmouth..

Creative Minds presents Headshot

Creative Minds meets “Headshot” February 28 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth 

Ever wished you could make your own film? Explore the possibilities with actor and filmmaker James Turpin and writer Julian Smith, who will discuss the making of their inventive new short film “Headshot” as part of the Creative Minds series. This event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday February 28, 2016 in the community room of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch, located at 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS.


Yarmouth native James Turpin directed “Headshot” in the summer and fall of 2015, featuring local actors and landscapes. Julian Smith, originally from Cambridge, England, is a well-known Yarmouth musician and writer whose stories have appeared in many of the top science fiction and fantasy magazines, including Asimov’s, Terraform, and Daily Science Fiction. Together, they will discuss and answer questions about the pleasures and perils of small-scale filmmaking. The full eight minute film will be shown.

Creative Minds is a free program sponsored by the Friends of the AGNS Western Branch Society. For information call the Gallery at 902-749-2248. James and Julian have also created a Facebook page for the Headshot AGNS Creative Minds series event at

Open invitation 20 Artists – 20 DOORS opened….

The Friends of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth invite you to participate in the GALA event to be held on May 28th, 2016. Details are below.

Opening DOORS to the next 10 years!

A Call to Artists

We have a very exciting opportunity for Artists in the spring of 2016.  We are inviting Artists to participate in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Yarmouth, 10th Anniversary fundraising GALA to be held on Saturday May 28, 2016. The Yarmouth Gallery is the only Branch Gallery of a provincial Art Gallery in Canada so we have something very special here; we will be celebrating this on the 28th!

The event will include the opening in the main exhibit hall of The Path We Share, featuring First Nation artists, enticing refreshments, atmospheric music, artwork from some of the most respected artists in the community, a ceremony, an auction, a red carpet tribute and YOU among other wonderful elements!

This special and unique part is where we want YOU to be directly involved.  We hope you will want to be a part of this special event where the theme for our artists will be DOORS. As a connection to The Path We Share? Just passing through or planning to stay? Entering or Exiting?  Coming or going? Excited for the future? Closed to the past?  Or a firm step forward? So many ways to see a door…

Yes, we want you to paint a door. Artists are the key to the success of this event as the doors will be exhibited at the Gallery for the month of May and sold at auction to raise money for our Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Yarmouth Branch, for programming, exhibitions, education, and community outreach.

We have assembled a collection of 20 beautiful antique doors, each with its own story from the past and history. We will provide to you one of these doors and a $300 honorarium for your participation in the project; you will also get 10% of the final auction sale price! Your door will be on exhibit in the Community Room of the AGNS -Yarmouth, for the month of May and placed in Alma Square on the Gala evening, Saturday, May 28th for auction.  Your amazing door will be auctioned live at the GALA. We invite and encourage all the Artists to be present for the auction and to be available to speak with guests about their door.

As an additional artistic component and to garner increased community participation and education, we would like participating artists to include or mentor a younger (or older) art student on the project (contact me if you need more info).

Our goal is 20, one-of-a kind doors.  We anticipate the doors will be purchased for use or display by a broad constituency of art lovers and for many and various uses. Uses could include being used a functional door in a home, a wall hanging, a head or foot board, a partition in a room, the list goes on.

This is the initial invitation for artists to participate and we thank you in advance for your consideration. Please let us know if you are ready to be included or if you have questions. This is on a first come first serve basis so don’t delay, the 20 doors will go fast!

Expressions of interest accepted until Sunday February 21st 2016.  Doors will be available for pick up on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016. The selection and pick up of the doors is on a first come first serve basis. We need the doors completed by April 30th in preparation for display in the Community Room in May.  Please feel free to forward this information to other artists you think may be interested.

Please contact Dave Gorman (, 902-740-4001) with questions or any additional information and to be included for consideration in the Artist List.  We look forward to showcasing you and your amazing door at the 10th Anniversary Fundraising GALA of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Yarmouth on May 28, 2016.