Monthly Archives: April 2016

10th Anniversary DOORS Trailer

The 10th Anniversary of the AGNS in Yarmouth will be celebrated on May 28th. It will include an Anniversary recognition, the opening of the Paths we Share First Nations Exhibit, and an auction of 25 DOORS created by Nova Scotia artists for the occasion. This trailer gives you and introduction to  the DOORS part. Contact the AGNS gallery for more information and tickets.

Panel Discussion – Youth Workshop



Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth

Presented in response to Capture 2014: Nova Scotia Realism


Curated by Tom Smart and Peter Dykhuis

Organized by Dalhousie Art Gallery in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Professional Living Artists Nova Scotia.

Through hands-on painting workshops and a critical panel discussion of expert curators and studio-based practitioners, this weekend event will make ‘real’ to the participants the conversations surrounding the ‘state of the art’ of figurative painting in Nova Scotia.


Demonstration schedule in the Education Gallery is free and open to the public:

1:00 – 1:45 / Steven Rhude

2:00 – 2:45 / Gordon MacDonald

3:00 – 3:45 / Tony Clementi

 4:00 – 5:00 / 15 students from grades 4-12 can pre-register for $10.00 each to then participate in a hands-on workshop with the 3 artists. The students will break into 3 groups of 5 and align themselves with the artist of their choice. The artists will work directly with the registered students, 1 group upstairs in the Education Gallery, the other 2 in the lower level facilities. The public is welcome to observe this process. (The AGNS Yarmouth Friends, a volunteer fundraising committee, support a fund that children can apply to that will help subsidize children workshops at the AGNS Yarmouth.)

A portrait demonstration in oil by Steven Rhude is an ideal opportunity for youth to witness and explore how a painter plans, organizes materials, works with and poses the model, and initiates a portrait for one sitting. Examples of incomplete and completed portraits by the artist would be on site to acknowledge the process and evolution of a portrait that is by nature something sustained and developed over perhaps several weeks.

Gordon MacDonald paints in oil on a variety of surfaces including copper plate. His knowledge of materials and the genres of landscape and portrait painting help him to convey the importance of one’s immediate geographical environment for an enhanced understanding of our rural community. MacDonald will connect youth to the pleasures of painting and encourage students to improve their perceptual skills as they reconsider their own world through a different lens.

Tony Clementi has numerous years of teaching youth. He brings to the table a vast knowledge of the history of painting and its methodologies, combined with social contexts of painting. Students will get first hand exposure to the way Clementi gathers his contemporary image sources before embarking on a painting.

6:00 – 7:00 / RECEPTION

7:00 – 9:00 / PANEL DISCUSSION

 This discussion will be led by Capture 2014 co-curator Peter Dykhuis in conversation with exhibitors Susan Gibson and Steven Rhude to analyze contemporary, realist, figurative painting. The human figure as subject matter is immediately recognizable to all human beings. Its treatments and cultural reflections in visual art, however, can be historically, socially and politically charged. This conversation will open up to the public present.

9:00 – 10:00 / SOCIAL HOUR

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Creative Minds reminder – April 24th

April 24, 2016 2pm with Roslyn Rosenfeld, author of Lucy Jarvis: Even Stones Have Life

Finding Lucy Jarvis:  AGNS Creative Minds Event Seeks to Unearth Lost Works by Prominent Artist

untitledPlease join Roslyn Rosenfeld, author of Lucy Jarvis: Even Stones Have Life, who will explore the evolution of artist Lucy Jarvis’s bold personal style on Sunday April 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the community room of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch, located at 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS. Creative Minds is a free program sponsored by the Friends of the AGNS Western Branch Society. For information call 902-749-2248.

The vibrant art of Lucy Jarvis captures the places and people she was passionate about. Committed to the art “of the people,” Jarvis often gave away or sold her work inexpensively, scattering her sketches and paintings throughout Atlantic Canada, passed down through families who may have no clue what treasures they possess. On April 24, members of the public are invited to bring suspected Lucy Jarvis works for evaluation by a panel of experts including Roslyn Rosenfeld and members of Jarvis’s family who have devoted their lives to preserving her legacy and cataloguing her body of work.


The Gala – Ready to go!!!

Get your tickets for the EVENT of the YEAR! This is going be a fantastic celebration of the AGNS Yarmouth’s 10th Anniversary. We will have the opening of The Paths We Share art exhibition with First Nation artists,  a Gourmet Food Team led by a World Class chef, and open to public DOORS Auction in the Collins Street parking lot GALA tent with the work of 25 outstanding Nova Scotia artists. Stand by for more information but get your tickets today.





Creative Minds – Robert O’Neil

pdf001creative minds 2016 Feb Robert ONeil002Try to get out this Sunday to AGNS Creative Minds: Poetry Beyond the Page. Robert O’Neil, a spoken-word-performance-poet and recent resident of Yarmouth will be featured in the upcoming Creative Minds session on Sunday April 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the community room of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch, located at 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the AGNS Western Branch Society. For information call 902-749-2248.