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.