March 25, 2018 – Creative Minds with Alice d’Entremont

Creative Minds: Creating a Landscape Design                 

with Alice d’Entremont

Sunday, March 25, 2018    2pm – 4pm

Alice presented the  group with a slide show and handout on the basic principles of landscape design. Many proceeded to application with a hands-on example in the workshop portion. Alice provided helpful advice how to design and create your own back yard oasis.

Creativity, questions and ideas contributed to this fun afternoon workshop.

This program was supported by the Friends of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth.

March 18, 2018 – Family Sunday with George Clairmont

Family Sunday: Create Your Own Toy Studio Portrait                                 with George Clairmont

March 18, 2018     1pm to 3pm

Photography basics like composition, depth and light were scaled down to tell stories about a favorite toy, using simple props and backdrops. Participants only needed to bring a digital camera and favourite small toys. All other materials  were supplied. Ages 6-12; children were accompanied by an adult.

This program was supported by the Friends of the Art Gallery-Yarmouth.

Project coordinator position available


FOR: a New Horizons seniors project titled “Looking Out, Looking In: Windows with a Community View” sponsored by the Friends of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth.

DUTIES: to lead, organize and manage the “Windows” project.

OVERVIEW: The primary objective of the project is to engage seniors of diverse backgrounds by creating inclusive opportunities to enjoy social interactions with their own and other generations through a series of arts-based workshops and other arts-related activities.

A secondary objective is engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others through sharing “folk” arts and crafts, music, stories and skills. Measurable outputs include the production of an art exhibition, arts events, and recorded stories that preserve folk knowledge, and stimulate community-building social activities and cultural exchanges.

This position involves outreach work with seniors and others, as well as members of various community organizations in the Tri-Counties. A valid driver’s licence and access to a vehicle is required.

DURATION:  April 04, 2018 – March 29, 2019

SALARY: 26 hours per month @$20.00 per hour

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Application must arrive by 4 pm. March 29, 2018.

HOW TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to the Friends of the Art Gallery, c/o Angela Collier at; or deliver to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 341 Main St. Yarmouth, N.S.

February 20, 2018 – Students visit Reminiscences exhibit.

This is the first of groups of local area students who will be visiting the Community Room exhibit and hearing the inspiring story of its creation and the people represented. Chuck Smith, on of the creator’s of the show was on hand to give his ‘first hand’ experience of growing up in Yarmouth African Nova Scotian community. He personally knew or is related to many of the portraits and photographs. Dan Earle gave a short presentation on looking at portrait painting from the artist’s viewpoint and the students did some quick studies.


February 18, 2018 – Family Sunday – Water-Colour

The Family Sunday event, Water-Colour with Dan Earle vent very well. The morning snowfall did not hold back the 12 registered participants that included elementary, high school students and parents. Dan stressed “water” as being the key word to remember in watercolour and talked about colour mixing, density and the importance of letting the water do the work. He did demonstrations and coached individuals. All seemed pleased with the event and the waiting list indicates further watercolour interest.

February 10, 2018 – Reminiscences Opening held

The opening of the Reminiscences show was held at the Community Room of the AGNS. It was attended by over 100 people. Presentations were made  to introduce and honour the show and its contribution to the history of the African Nova Scotian Community and the Town of Yarmouth.


January 29 – Oversize Matters show a success


The Oversize Matters show by local artists Brian Porter, Dan Earle, Travis Doyle, Dave Gorman, and Andre Haines wrapped up at the end of January.

Click on image for larger view.

After exhibit had a well attended  preview at a Community, Culture & Cocktails event on Friday, November 3rd and was well received in the community.

The show also included a canvas created by those at the reception under the direction of Andre Haines.

January 28, 2017 – Dark Sky Photography

Creative Minds: Dark Sky

On Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2 pm,  Timothy Doucette of Deep Sky Eye Observatory discussed night sky photography at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia-Western Branch, in Yarmouth to a full audience.

Doucette is a legally blind amateur astronomer whose passion is sharing and photographing the celebrated dark skies of southern Nova Scotia. He included an explanation of the many step needed to complete an image like the one above. The audience also learned much more about the need for dark skys and his observatory in Quinan.

This presentation was part of the Creative Minds series sponsored by the Friends of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

January 27, 2018 – Yarmouth Art Society meeting

The  YARMOUTH ART SOCIETY had its monthly meeting in the Community Room where, in addition to the meeting, the group could enjoy the current  exhibit.  In appreciation for the bond between local visual artists and the AGNS, the Art Society voted to become Corporate Members for three years and give an additional donation to the AGNS.

November 3, 2017 – Arts Nova Scotia Grants Information Presented