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Invitation to paint


For the last five thousand years 160 billion tons of water have flowed in and out of the Bay of Fundy four times in twenty four hours. The sea rises and falls forty feet twice a day. The results are some of the most stunning sea/landscapes on the planet

“This magical place, with dramatic Fundy tides and changing atmospheric conditions, makes for an endless supply of possible painting subjects –  every artist’s dream.” – William (Bill) Rogers – Honorary Chair

On June 16/17/18, there is an opportunity to paint in this extraordinary environment at the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival.


Thirty-five qualifying plein air artists selected from across North America will compete for more than $6000 in cash and product awards.


Applications will be juried by professional artists William Rogers and Joy Laking.

ARTIST’S PROSPECTUS – Festival Details / On Line Registration

If you need further information, call me!

At  902-728-2007

Or email: [email protected]

Hope to See You In Nova Scotia!


Robert More

Executive Director

Parrsboro Creative


Minutes of January 28. 2017 meeting

These are the unofficial minutes of the meeting to be considered for approval at the February meeting

Yarmouth Art Society Meeting

January 28, 2017 at the YARC

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 pm.

Minutes of the November meeting were approved as amended.

Treasurer’s Report: For the period from December 17, 2016 to January 28, 2017, total funds carried forward was $2675.17, total funds balance was $2798.40. Treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Old Business:

Lucky Choice: Total income from Lucky Choice was $690.00 with $90.00 going to the Photography Club, $120.00 going to the Craft Guild, leaving a profit of $480.00 for the YAS.

Art Lessons for Children: Dave Gorman gave his class. He said overall it was a good experience but there were minor issues. He said he’d prefer an older age group if he did this again. Dave purchased enough art supplies so that paints, brushes, etc can be used for future classes. Anne LeBlanc will contact Sandy Fevens about booking her class.

Spring Show: The YARC is booked for the month of March for our Spring Show. Tentative date for hanging is March 2 so artworks can be dropped off at the print shop during the last week of February. We are asking that members submit 1 large item or 2 small items at the most and there will be a $5 hanging fee for each item. The tentative date for an opening reception is March 4, from 3:00 till 5:00 pm. Margriet will contact Sandy to confirm these dates.

Frequency of meetings: Frequency of meetings will not change but the location may change to the AGNS. Angela will be contacted  about having our meetings at 12:00 noon, before their open art studio sessions. Perhaps our members would be interested in staying for the art sessions.

New Business:

Show with Write Away Group: It was agreed that “My Canada” would be a suitable theme for the artists/writers show at the Museum in September and October. The idea would be to illustrate what Canada means to us and to commemmorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. We discussed having our art work completed by July 1st for the writers to have time to see it and determine which item they would like to match a story or poem to. Another idea that was discussed was the art works and the writings being just based on the theme without actually matching the writing with the art work. Virginia will contact Janice Comeau to see if the writers would like to attend our next meeting and to determine how they would like to proceed. It was also mentioned that the Art Society would contribute for a reception at the Museum for Caroline Loose and Cecil Day’s show in August.

Executive Board Members: Next meeting is our AGA. Virginia is chair. Margriet, Dan and Noella have indicated that they would be willing to keep their respective positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary. Dave Gorman would be willing to take on the position of vice president. Deb Field indicated that she’s interested in being on the Exihibits Committee.

Other: Virginia mentioned that the book that we were going to purchase for the library in memory of Alex Gigeroff, is no longer available. It was agreed that she will order “Oxford History of Art” at a cost of approximately $25.

Tentative date and location for next meeting: February 25, 2017 at noon at the AGNS

This will be the annual general meeting.

Respectfully Submitted

Noella DeMille

Programs of interest to YAS Members

January 2017 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Yarmouth Branch activities

The Community

Creating an intergenerational dialogue through art 

Community Portrait Project participants will take part in a series of workshops which will include music, visual arts, creative writing and more.  Participants will share their skills with the group and take on leadership roles in the development of art-based programming which we will then share with the community.  Participants will also help develop an exhibition entitled “A Community Portrait” which will be displayed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia-Yarmouth Branch. Program Sponsors

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are excited to offer this program free of charge.

See below

Open Arts Saturdays

In association with the New Horizons Program and the Friends of Yarmouth Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia- Yarmouth Branch is excited to host this Open Arts studio. This program is free to attend and will run every Saturday afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00pm. Participants are invited to contribute to the gallery’s upcoming Community Portrait exhibit.

Who: This event is open to everyone. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

What: An Open Arts Studio

When: Saturdays from 1:00 until 3:00pm.

Where: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia- Yarmouth Branch, 341 Main Street Yarmouth

For more information please drop in at 341 Main Street or call (902) 749-2248.

Collaborative Live Art and Unplugged Open Stage

Calling all artists. Want more creative expression in your life? In association with the New Horizons Program, the Friends of Yarmouth Art Gallery are excited to invite you to this collaborative creative experience. For this free event art supplies and some musical instruments will be available. Join musicians, writers, and artists of all sorts in collaborative art making from 5:00 until 6:00 pm. At 6:00 pm, stay with us until 7:30 for our Unplugged Open Stage. Enjoy light refreshment and entertainment as local artists interested in sharing are given an opportunity to perform.

Who: This event is open to everyone. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

What: A Live Art Event and Unplugged Open Stage

When: Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30 starting January 12th

Where: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia- Yarmouth Branch, 341 Main Street Yarmouth

For more information please drop in at 341 Main Street or call (902) 749-2248.

Seeking Submissions

In association with the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia- Yarmouth Branch is seeking collaborative intergenerational artworks for our upcoming Community Portrait Exhibit.

Submission Guidelines

1. Piece is collaborative and completed by teams of two or more people.

2. Teams reflect a difference of 20+ years from youngest to oldest participant.

3. Submissions include a short letter reflecting on the collaborative process.

Submission Deadline

Art works and reflective letters should be submitted to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia at 341 Main Street Yarmouth by or before March 25th.

For more information please drop in at 341 Main Street or call (902) 749-2248.

Unknown to Known – discover new talent

Join us on Sunday, December 11th, 2016 at the Art Gallery of NS Western Branch for the opening of our latest show “UNKNOWN TO KNOWN” displayed in the Community Room.  This show celebrates the diversity, talent and uniqueness of people in our everyday lives.  This is a tip of the iceberg when it comes to local talent!  A truly fantastic show that is slated to be an annual occurrence.  Join us to meet the artists and for some light refreshments from 2pm to 4pm.  Hope to see you there!

YAS Christmas get together

On Saturday December 17th at 2 pm we will, instead of a monthly meeting, have a Christmas  tea at the lobby of Th’YARC on Parade Stree in Yarmouth. Feel free to bring a family member or a friend.
Please bring some refreshments, savory or sweet.

Hope you all can make it, would be a nice end of our artistic year!

Minutes – Meeting of November 26, 2016

These are recorded but not yet approved minutes.

Yarmouth Art Society Meeting

November 26, 2016 at the YARC

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 pm.

Minutes of the October meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer’s Report: For the period from October 29 to November 26, 2016 total funds carried forward was $2760.27, total funds balance was $2675.17. The treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Old Business:

 Lucky Choice: There are still tickets available for Lucky Choice. Margriet will send YAS members a description of the Lucky Choice event for us to share with Facebook friends.

Art Lessons for Children: These are free art lessons for children that the YAS is doing in conjunction with the YARC. Dave Gorman is doing one session soon and Anne LeBlanc will be doing a session in the Spring.

Spring Show: We have the YARC booked for the month of March 2016 for our Spring Show and we will be having a tea at some point during the month.

New Business:

December meeting: Margriet will check with Sandy to see if the YARC would be available on December 17 since the last Saturday of the month would be during the holidays. If the 17th is available, instead of a regular meeting, we would have a social gathering and request that members bring finger foods/sweets.


Murray Manor Art Gallery: This art gallery was mentioned at the meeting. It’s located at the corner of Main and Forest Streets in Yarmouth. Artists are chosen by invitation. Perhaps our members would be interested in visiting.

Location for Meetings: The topic of location and attendance of our meetings will be discussed at our AGA in February. We realize that stairs are a problem for some of our members. Margriet will check with Angela at the AGNS about the possibility of having our meetings there as they have an elevator in the building. If our meetings can be held at the AGNS and there is a cost, Josie Pid will look into government grants for operating expenses, which could be used for this and perhaps the yearly charge for the print shop.

Tentative date for next meeting: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2pm at Th’YARC

Respectfully submitted

Noella DeMille

Joseph Bengivenni set for Creative Minds


Creative Minds at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth November 27, 2-4 p.m. (free)

The Creative Minds series features multi-talented artist and photographer Joseph Bengivenni on Sunday November 27, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. in the community room of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, located at 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS.  Joseph received his BFA from NSCAD University in 2004, where he studied drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, film, and performance art.  A passion for travel led him to form a more intimate relationship with photography, as he appreciated the realism and immediacy offered by the camera. For ten years, Bengivenni traveled throughout Asia, seeking sacred places, natural phenomena, and human interest. Recently, he’s returned to his roots in Nova Scotia, trading mountains and temples for coasts and lighthouses, seen with new eyes. His images tell stories of beauty, adventure or the unusual. His work is also on display as part of the AGNS “Take Your Best Shot” juried photography exhibit, which closes Nov. 27. For information call 902-749-2248.