Carl Doty Scholarship winner announced

Darcie Doucette, Kathryn and Nancy Doty

The winner of The Carl Doty Art Scholarship 2017 is Kathryn Chisholm of Digby Regional High School. Her visual art teacher is Darcie Doucette.

Kathryn is going to St. Thomas University to study Fine Arts, History and Languages.


Mi’gitu Teachings – A very special workshop

Mi’gitu Teachings, (Grandmother Teachings)

Over six weeks this summer, Marilyn Francis, a Mi’kmaq Elder from Acadia First Nations in Yarmouth, will present a program at AGNS Yarmouth focused on traditions and crafts of her native culture. Participants can expect to learn about Sacred Teachings such as the importance of the drum, dreamcatcher and Talking Circle in Mi’kmaw culture, along with how to make simple crafts representing those teachings. The program will culminate with a Smudge, Feast (pot luck) and Sharing Circle.

 Six week program, Thursday nights from 6pm-8pm

  • Registration required (10 participants each week) Ages 16+
  • NOTE: People can register for the entire six week or pay as you go.
  • Fee of $125.00 for all sessions or $25 per session 

 July 6, 2017   Make a Personal Medicine pouch

Learn 4 Sacred Medicines, which are tobacco, sweet-grass, sage and cedar.
July 20, 2017 Make a small drum keychain

The beat of the drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth of the Mi’kmaq Nation.

July 27, 2017  Make a small dream catcher

The dream catcher originates from the Anishinaabe First Nation. It is said the first light of the sun destroys all the bad dreams and keeps the good ones for the dreamer.

August 3, 2017 Talking circle

The talking stick or eagle feather begins the talking circle. When holding the object, the person gets to speak and share what is in their heart or mind.

August 10, 2017   Storytelling

The sharing of dreams, teachings and experiences of the person telling the story.

August 17, 2017    Smudge ceremony

A smudge ceremony is done with sweet-grass or sage, and clears the space of any negative energy. The Feast consists of a potluck whereby each person brings something to eat. A spirit plate giving thanks for all the many gifts is received from the Creator.

Each session will start with a smudging ceremony.

To register call 902 749 2248 or email

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth, 341 Main Street, Yarmouth Nova Scotia, B5A 1E7 Phone:902 749 2248

Creative Minds – Yarmouth Crafts Guild

Yarmouth Craft Guild at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m.

Please join us for a presentation by the Yarmouth Craft Guild on Sunday, May 28 at 2 pm at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 341 Main St., Yarmouth. This event will include a short history of the Yarmouth Craft Guild (1979-2017), craft demonstrations, and a hands-on craft activity. Come and hear what the Guild has done and continues to do in the Yarmouth area and enjoy making a craft. This free event, open to all ages, is part of the Creative Minds series sponsored by the Friends of the Yarmouth Art Gallery. For more information, please call 902-749-2248 or email

Family Sunday Announced – May 21st

Family Sunday

Making Art with June Deveau


May 21, 2017 with artist June Deveau create your own print…

This art session will focus on creating monotypes, which is a printing process

that is both fun and creative.  Participants will be asked to draw images from

which they will be inspired to use as a guide for the completion of watercolor monotypes to take home!

Children ages 5-12 all

CCC with Emily Falencki – an evening to remember

AMAC Show to grace AGNS – April 26-May 26

A Musical Collection of Art at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Yarmouth Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 26 April 2017 

Applied Media & Communication Arts (AMCA) students will be presenting some tremendously astonishing art work for everyone to stop by and experience! We are interpreting music in a visual medium.

Work is ongoing in the AMCA classroom at NSCC Burridge Campus, getting ready for their spring art show. AMCA students have planned and designed marketing materials and artwork for the upcoming art show in April. This year the theme is music.

We are expecting a very good turn out and cannot wait to display all of the lovely art work that everyone here in the AMCA class put all of their hard work and effort into! The AMCA Art Project is a part of some of the outstanding community Service Learning that takes place through Yarmouth county’s very own NSCC Burridge Campus!

It will be held in the lobby of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Western Branch in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from 26 April 2017 to 26 May 2017. The art show is put on by the AMCA class of 2017. The show is never the same, every year there is a new theme and a new group of students.

Contact: Marcel d’Entremont Faculty Advisor, AMCA NSCC Burridge Campus

Jennifer Angus scheduled for Yarmouth talk

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2pm

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is excited to present an artist talk by visiting artist Jennifer Angus, in collaboration with ARTsPLACE. Taking place Saturday, May 6 at 2pm at the Western Branch of the AGNS, 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS, this free artist talk is offered as part of Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s En Route Artist Talk Series.

Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She received her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). Jennifer has exhibited her work internationally including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Spain. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board grants. The Ontario Association of Art Galleries selected her exhibition A Terrible Beauty at the Textile Museum of Canada as “Exhibition of the Year” in 2006. In 2013, Albert Whitman and Company, Chicago, published her first novel, In Search of Goliathus Hercules. Angus is in Nova Scotia as the Artist in Residence at ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal.

Angus’ current project, Lookabout, is an exhibition that chronicles the mysterious disappearance of two young women, Anne and Victoria Oliver who were well known residents of Annapolis Royal. The Oliver girls explored the town and countryside accumulating an impressive collection of local flora and insects. In 1867, the girls went missing.

In the Victorian era, both adults and children were introduced to the natural world through a large number of educational publications in which insects were anthropomorphized so as to have greater appeal to the general reading public. On the day of their disappearance, the girls armed with butterfly nets were said to have told their mother they were going to catch fairies and were never seen again. ARTsPLACE will host Angus’ authentic recreation of the Oliver girls’ collection in its main gallery May 7 to June 11.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is partnering with art galleries across the province to facilitate an exchange of national and international artists. The En Route Artist Talk Series aims to enhance existing programming and broaden contemporary art conversations.


For more information about this artist talk, the En Route Artist Talk Series, or Visual Arts Nova Scotia, please contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
902-423-4694 | 1-866-225-8267 |

AGNS Community Portrait Exhibition/ Creative Minds, Sunday April 30



opening Sunday, April 30 at 3 pm at the

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia-Yarmouth,

341 Main St.,  displays collaborative works created during our Community Night (Thursdays 5:00 until 7:30), at our Open Studio (Saturdays 1:00 until 3:00), and out in our Yarmouth community. Open to everyone, our program has provided opportunities to artists of all ages and ability.

With a special thanks to the participants and for the support received from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia-Yarmouth and the Friends of the Yarmouth Gallery, we are excited to invite you to join us at the Gallery to celebrate the opening of our show.

The Community Portrait Exhibition opens Sunday, April 30th at 3 pm and Travis Doyle and Dan Earle will speak about the Community Portrait Program and the nature of collaborative intergenerational work.  Come see our show and learn more about our programs. For more information, call 902-749-2248.

Emily Falenki to give talk at AGNS – Yarmouth

EMILY FALENKI- March 31 Artist’s Talk at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia-Yarmouth

Artist Emily Falenki will give a talk about her thought-provoking work at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth on Friday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m.  This is a free public event.

Falenki’s work deals with global conflicts from the Second World War to the Syrian crisis. She hopes her paintings will make people slow down to more deeply consider the graphic images that fly by on the TV and the Internet. She wants to give a voice to the people we see so fleetingly. “There is a history of when you paint something, it becomes important”, she says.

A recent series builds on her Polish grandmother’s wartime letters to her mother, husband, and son. In 1940, her grandmother had escaped from Poland to the United States, leaving her mother in the Warsaw Ghetto, where she was killed in 1943. Falenki has magnified the writing and the envelopes with their stamps as a surface for her figures.  “It’s the story of being a refugee or an immigrant and the images tell the same story.” Falenki’s solo exhibit will continue at the Art Gallery until April 29.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch, Yarmouth, is located at 341 Main Street, Yarmouth.  For more information about the free Art Talk, contact the Gallery at 902 749-2248 or Virginia Stoddard, ArtReach coordinator at

Creative Minds – March 26th

AGNS March 26, 2 pm: Breathing Life into the Story of Local Heroine Nurse Sara Corning 

AGNS Creative Minds hosts members from the Yarmouth Write Away group as they take you from idea germination to the dramatization of the life of in Sara Corning: Across the Sea. 

Born in Chegoggin,Yarmouth County, in 1872, Sara threw herself into the mayhem of the Armenian genocide. She provided humanitarian aid that impacted the lives of hundreds of Greek and Armenian orphans; a contribution acknowledged by the King of Greece and still recognized by the Armenian community today.

If you have ever thought about staging a play this event is for you.  The Write Away group (which has been in existence for 22 years) will share their creative journey addressing research, script development, props and advertising.  Susan Winship of the Yarmouth County Museum will also speak about costuming. The event will be held on Sunday March 26 at 2 pm at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 341 Main St., Yarmouth. For more information contact: AGNS Yarmouth at 902- 749-2248, Janice Comeau at 902-742-3500 or the Yarmouth Write Away Group at