August 20, 2017 – Summer art classes held

Summer Art Classes
August 18 to 22, 2014 for ages 11 to 16
9am to noon

Young People‘s 5 day workshop “Then and Now”

from Caveman to Gaffiti Art with artist Maggie Mandell
(linking art history with today’s expressions in art)
Cave drawings to urban art.
an exploration of making a social statement.
We will explore today’s urban artists and make
a work based on our exploration.

Space limited, call the gallery at 749-2248 to register.

April 30 2014 – AMCA: SALT exhibit


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch Yarmouth Community Room Show May 1 to 30th, 2014

Opening reception Thursday May 1, 2014 from 5-7pm. All are welcome!

Students of the Applied Media and Communication Arts (AMCA) program at NSCC Burridge Campus are delighted to show off their work by way of an art-show based around a central theme.

In the spirit of celebrating the arrival of the new ferry service, it only seemed natural to depict a relevant theme, so they give you: SALT.

SALT represents many things – from the beloved ocean that shapes Yarmouth’s character, to the people who’ve spent all their years living by, and off of our sea.

February 9, 2014 – Autism Arts Family Sunday

Family Sunday February 9, 2014 2pm Autism Arts Family Sunday

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon designing and painting rain sticks that will form part of the Gallery’s musical instrument collection. Join in a musical circle with everyone having the opportunity to play the rain sticks along with other percussion instruments.

 Admission 3.00 per child, please register.
Suggested for children and youth on the autism spectrum

Ages 10 and up. A parent and/or caregiver must accompany each child

 No Experience Necessary!

February 7, 2014 – “Maudify” house project

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February 7, 2014 Launch Maudify House project

The Friends of the AGNS Western Branch Society will be launching its
Maudify House project on at the gallery on Friday, Feb. 7th at 6 p.m. at
the gallery.
maud houseThis is an exciting project involving numerous artists from the region
who are painting 10 houses (4 ft. x 8 ft. structures) in a “Maudified” fashion. The project will draw attention to the fact that famed folk artist Maud Lewis was born in South Ohio, and later moved to Hawthorne Street in Yarmouth where she lived until she was 34 years of age.

The houses have been sponsored by individuals, corporations, businesses, and the Town of Yarmouth. After they are painted, they will be installed in
prominent locations to coincide with the arrival of the Nova Star cruise
ferry in Yarmouth. A brochure will be available at various locations
throughout the town and county promoting a self-guided walking tour to
find the Maud Houses. As well, Maud Lewis inspired programs and exhibits
will take place at the AGNS Western Branch in Yarmouth.

The public is invited to attend the launch, meet the sponsors, artists,
and volunteers who are making this project possible.

RSVP            902 648-0462

January 26, 2014 – Creative minds series returns

Friends of the AGNS are pleased to open the 2014 Creative Minds series with  The Plight of the Child Soldier—Innocence Lost, presented by Linda Marie Coakley, on Sunday January 26 at 2 p.m.

This fall, Coakley worked with elementary students in grades 5 and 6 from Yarmouth Central School, and Barton Consolidated School in Digby County, under the auspices of ArtsSmarts. She helped them to respond dramatically to photographs from the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative at Dalhousie University.
The students chose photographs that held particular interest for them, then discussed and created dialogues around these images. They also reviewed the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and noted the abuses suffered by child soldiers worldwide. They observed on maps how widespread this unimaginable situation is around the world, and the changing face of war, with young boys and girls as unwilling soldiers. It was particularly meaningful for the students as many child soldiers are the same age as the Nova Scotia students.
“I wanted my students to understand that no bedtime stories, after school snacks, trips to the beach, hugs, ice cream treats, and other pleasures were ever to be a part of a child soldier’s childhood,” says Coakley. “The security we expect and are entitled to, are never part of a child soldiers life; and so we began with this acknowledgement.”
During her presentation, Coakley will give an overview of the project, and the profound effect it’s had for all involved. Bonus: the exhibit of selected photographs and the poetry that the children wrote are on display in the Community Room at the AGNS from Jan. 16-Feb. 23.

 No registration necessary. Admission by donation.

For more information call 749.2248 or email

November 8, 2013 – Rock felting workshop

Let’s Rock!

RockChildren aged eight and up are invited to “Felt with Rocks” with Alice Pedersen in a free two-part hands-on workshop at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth!

Alice Pedersen enjoys finding unique ways to turn objects found in nature into works of art.  She spends a good portion of free-time “beach combing”.  Rocks and stones are plentiful and finding a distinctive way to cover them intrigued her. Felting rocks and embellishing them evolved from doing what she enjoys most: unstructured, unplanned art.

The Let’s Rock workshops will be held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth on Sunday, November 17th and Sunday November 24th, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The Let’s Rock workshops are offered through the Art Gallery’s ArtReach program, supported by the Gallery and the NS Department of Education.

To register and for more information, call the Art Gallery at 749-2248.


December 1, 2013 – Creative Minds with Maggie Schmidt

Quite a Trip: The Art of Maggie Schmidt Mandell

Maggie MandellArt Gallery of NS, Western Branch – Creative Minds Series

Maggie Schmidt Mandell was born in New York City. From the age of nine, Maggie knew that she was meant to be a visual artist. Her parents made her a studio in a cabin on their property. She was later educated in Fine Art and Education at Pratt Institute of Brooklyn and also studied Behavioral Sciences, Sociology and Printmaking. In 1972, she arrived in Canada and then became a Canadian citizen. She has worked in the fields of education and art therapy in addition to her own artistic pursuits, with additional forays into dairy goat farming, the lobster fishery, communications, and advertising.

Needless to say, such a varied background has served her well as an artist.

In Maggie’s own words, “I am primarily a painter. Painting is my passion.”

Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, from Charleston, SC to Victoria, Montreal and Halifax. It may be found in the collections of many notable individuals and organizations, including Standard Life Insurance, Bank of Nova Scotia, Readers’ Digest and former Prime Minister and Mrs. Brian Mulroney.

In my talk, I will address being an artist all of one’s life … I am now 72, so it has been quite a trip to live the creative life.” In addition to the development of her own work, Maggie’s presentation will include a discussion of the role of women in the arts, the concept of painting as opposed to picture making, and the artist in old age. Maggie Schmidt Mandell now lives in Wedgeport with her husband, Roy Mandell, who is also a visual artist. Their website contains much more detailed information about both artists and their work.
The presentation will take place on Sunday, December 1 at AGNS Yarmouth, starting at 2 PM. There is no admission charge.