February 23, 2014 – Creative Minds with June Deveau

June Deveau will be giving a special presentation at the AGNS in Yarmouth this Sunday at 2 p.m. as part of the popular Creative Minds Series. She’ll take us behind the scenes of her paintings as she discusses the inspiration that’s guided her for so many years. Namely, the rich cultural background that is rooted in the Acadian villages and landscapes along Baie Sainte-Marie, Nova Scotia, where she resides and works.

Mostly self-taught, June has also over the years studied with several well-known artists and has participated in various solo and group shows in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec and Louisiana.  While she primarily paints with acrylics, she enjoys watercolours, drawing, monotypes, and linocuts. Colour, texture and form have always fascinated her. Her paintings reflect the beauty of her region, traditional arts, and values of the past. In 2003, June opened her gallery, June Deveau Galerie Studio, located in Saint-Alphonse, N.S., where she receives visitors from various parts of the world.

In addition to her personal artistry, and participation in various artistic projects within the schools, June teaches painting and sketching to residents of her community. She has also won numerous awards as a small-business owner. A selection of her artwork can be seen on her website, www.junedeveau.com.

June has recently launched  “Inspiration to Creation,” a tourism experience that allows visitors to participate in an exploration of  various art forms, the Acadian culture and local scenery, then push their boundaries through creating works of their own. Please join June for her presentation this coming Sunday. There is no admission charge.


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 agnsyarmouth@gov.ns.ca.

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 http://www.schmidtmandellstudio.com 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.


August 25, 2013 – September is Maud month


Maud_Model TSept 3 -29, 2013 Reproductions of Maud Lewis artworks on display in Th’YARC lobby in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Western Branch.



September  8, 2013   2pm
Creative Minds Series
With Playwright Hal Theriault’s “Sharing Heritage through Theatre”.
A creative mind is an asset in many occupations. Through our Creative Minds presentations, we will hear from people in our community who have interesting artistic passions.
Hal started life as a teacher and after 18 years wanted to entertain through theatre, and while teaching he was involved in drama and writing plays. He studied drama and theatre at Acadia University, Queen Mary College, and University of London, England. Hal also did some acting in England.
Hal also started his own company, Basin Productions, and worked in schools universities as well as prisons presenting plays dealing with racism, conflict resolution, etc.
Hal has also written and performed full-length plays, dinner theatre, and spent five summers with
his company performing on the M. V. Bluenose.
Hal has settled back home in Digby, enjoying his new puppy and is very much involved with the Digby Area Theatre Society. Hal accepts commissions and writes plays for various communities and groups. Quote: “I think it is vital for communities to preserve and present their heritage.”
Come and enjoy refreshments and good conversation.

 Sept 14, 2013,  7:30pm

Maud Lewis Play at Th’YARC . Play writtMaud Lewis photoen and directed by Hal Theriault. 

  Sept 21, 2013

Film Screening of Maud at the Gallery 2pm.




Sept 22, 2013 2pm Family Sunday


 Maud-ify a “found piece”. Decorate/paint found items in the style and spirit of Maud Lewis. Have fun learning about Maud Lewis and how she transformed fbreadboxound items into pieces of art. Now it’s your chance to “Maud-ify” your own piece of artwork using bright beautiful colours. Limited space, call 902 749 2248 or email   agnsyarmouth@gov.ns.ca  register cost $5.00 per child – all materials supplied.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth Branch