May 17, 2016 Alma Square given a new look

IMG_0382This was a milestone toward the Red Carpet event of the 10th Anniversary Gala. We had cooperation from the weather and fantastic participation in the painting of the floor mural. Special thanks to the measuring tape, masking tape, and  painting team: Suzanne Babin-Muise, Shari Surette, Brian Porter, the three guys who just showed up – Mark Davis, J0b Fiander and Joe Falls, and Councillor Sandy Dennis. Thanks also to  Carole Bojarski and Angela Collier for moral support, coffee and lunch.

Dan Earle, designer and “Gee, I hope this all works” guy with the instruction paper has this to say about the design:

IMG_0383The Alma Square Floor Mural was conceived as an extension of the Paths We Share exhibit opening at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on May 28th, 2016.

One of the paths we all share in life is patterns of biology which often, surprisingly, are also mathematically describable.

One of these sequences of life forms was discovered by the mathematician, Leonardo of Piza, also known as Fibonacci. This simple sequence of… where the last two numbers are added to get the next is amazing descriptive of life form sequences such as the spirals of sunflower seeds and shells.

Artistically these sequences produce a unit called the “golden mean” which often shows up in painting composition and in the proportions of great architecture.

Our concept for Alma Square is that we will lay down one of the most basic paths we share patterns and that, over time, others will add to and elaborate on this pattern of life in an evolutionary manner.

You will note that there is a counter pattern that has not been painted. While life has structure it also has variation. This is not a static design but an opportunity for the community to express itself and its vision of the future of life images.

If that is a bit heavy, just enjoy the patterns.

March 15, 2015 – O Light a Candle shown

cghfhegdO LIGHT A CANDLE: This new documentary was viewed the AGNS Western Branch, Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. It was created by Canadian journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari, who, after spending 118 days in an Iranian prison without charges, was inspired by the resilience of the Baha’i community in the face of unrelenting persecution, to produce the film, which is also part of a global campaign titled, “Education is Not a Crime.”

February 22, 2015 – Art of Plating – Encore!

ficggigaThe February 22nd event, Sebastien and Hannah Milot (Sebastien’s Gourmet & Catering was sold out. Organizers are whipping up a second food-lover’s special program at the AGNS Western Branch on Sunday, March 29th at 2 p.m.

They’ll show us all about the art of plating and tantalize our taste buds with samplers. Imagine eating a Caprese skewer, a Jerked Shrimp with Coconut Mango Sauce, Bourbon Meatball, and a Puffed Pastry Wafer with a Creamy mixture of Pistachio & Goat Cheese and Chive piped in the center.

egjjhiieThe second offering will include: Limoncello Mousse in a Flaky Phyllo cup, garnished with a Fresh Raspberry, Candied Lemon Zest and a Mint Leaf on Raspberry Coulis Paint. It will also include a Chocolate Espresso Brownie cup with their Decadent Chocolate Mousse piped into it, topped with a fresh Strawberry slice, atop a bed of Crème Fraiche, Chocolate Cookie Crumbs and Chocolate Drizzle.

Sebastien says, “We will demonstrate the preparation of each of these while also discussing our process in choosing menu items and developing the recipes and presentation of each item.”

The food, the demo, the camaraderie—all for $20. White wine available for purchase by the glass.

Same deal: ONLY 40 TICKETS. So get into the AGNS pronto to buy your tickets! Call 902 749-2248 or drop in Wed.-Fri.. 10-5; Sat-Sun. 12-5

January 25, 2015 – Adaptive Reuse Restoration

Creative Minds Series presents session on Adaptive Reuse Restoration

Michael TavaresThe Friends of the AGNS Western Branch are excited about the upcoming 2015 series of Creative Minds.Michael Tavares lead the first session at the gallery on January 25.

Tavares has spent the past 30 years as an Adaptive Reuse Restoration Artist with a particular focus on repurposing historic buildings for current uses without compromising the historic fabric and architectural design of the buildings. He’s worked on many different architectural styles and periods and, to date, has over 30 restoration/repurpose projects in his portfolio—including the MacKinnon Cann Inn, at 27 Willow Street in Yarmouth.

He spoke about the history of slate fireplace mantles and the art of restoring the faux finishes. He also talked about crown molded plaster ceilings, how they are made, their original purpose and how to restore them. People also viewed photos of creations he refers to as “Unintentional Art”.

Creative Minds is a free program, open to everyone, and proudly sponsored by Coastal Financial Credit Union.

July 24, 2014 – Book signing event at gallery

Sandra Phinney – Book signing at the AGNS

On Wednesday, July 23 from 12 to 2. Sandra Phinney was signing her book “Maud Lewis and the Maudified House Project – The Story Starts Here” at the Art Gallery. The CBC documentary “Maud”  was shown in the community room at 12:15 and 1:15.