New Exhibition Spaces, Production Studios
Proposed For Kentville Downtown
An urgent call is going out this week to Nova Scotia artists seeking opinions and expressions of interest in a unique arts and crafts explosion planned for Kentville later this year.
On the drawing boards are plans for a creative centre under one roof that will feature an artist co-op gallery for established and emerging artists, as well as a printmaking co-op studio and exhibition space, a pottery co-op studio and exhibition space, and an education co-op for weekly classes and workshops in many arts and crafts techniques.
In addition, there will be potential within the centre for small, inexpensive artist studios and small, inexpensive offices for arts and culture organizations from the Kings County region.
The project is being co-ordinated by the Kentville Art Gallery Society (KAGS), a two-year old community-based, non-profit organization in Kings County. KAGS created the Hardware Gallery in downtown Kentville in 2018 but recently decided to alter the gallery’s structure to that of an artist co-op gallery as it seeks to extend its current lease with the Town of Kentville, owner of downtown building.
Officials of KAGS say they want to hear from artists who might be interested in being part of the gallery or the production co-ops, with particular attention given to artists living or working in the Annapolis Valley and Kings County region. Each of the organizations will have separate memberships.
Critical questions have to be answered in the next month or two, say KAGS spokesmen, Bob Hainstock and Sasha Nelson.
“The most immediate question is the potential response of artists to memberships in a new artist-run gallery as well as the larger, multi-layered project” says Hainstock. “We’re not asking for individual commitments or cheques right now, but we want to hear from established and emerging artists interested in going to the next stage, meeting and helping shape a new, exciting option for visual artists and artisans.”
The response of artists to potential membership will determine whether the project, in part or whole, continues to the next stage. Individuals interested in membership in any of the art or craft co-ops should email KAGS at the following address: [email protected]
The co-op gallery will be structured on the same format used by other successful co-op art galleries in Nova Scotia, namely; a 12-month membership paid in monthly, quarterly or annual amounts; monthly
gallery changes for artists’ new work; a commitment by each member to “sit” the gallery for at least one day per month; and, the right of all members to continue to show their artwork in other galleries.
Each co-op space/activity would be structured so that annual membership fees would cover annual operating costs such as rent, heat and light, while members would provide manpower needed to maintain public access at least six days per week.
One unique feature in the proposed Kentville gallery will be a low, 20% commission retained by the gallery for any sales or rentals of members’ artwork. Half of all gallery commissions will be placed in the Fair Share Fund and divided equally by all member artists at the end of each year. It’s expected that each member will receive a Fair Share refund equal to one or two months membership fees.
Membership fees in the gallery are expected to be about $100 per month for full membership, and $60 per month for a shared membership. Space within the gallery will be divided equally by members, and all artists will rotate to a different space each month. The organizers estimate 10-12 full members and 4-6 half members in the first year, and will include artists working in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artworks.
The printmaking co-op and pottery co-op will operate as separate activities; each with its own membership obligations and benefits. Each of these production co-ops will require 12-15 members in the initial year, with membership fees expected to range from $30-$45 per month. The membership will reflect a balance of beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels, with instruction programs aimed at the same balance of skill levels and experience.
The education co-op will feature weekly and weekend classes and workshops on a broad range of art and craft techniques. All instructors and students will require a one-time $25 membership in the co-op, with an additional fee paid by students for respective courses. Members of the co-op gallery, and printmaking and pottery co-ops will be given first opportunity for earning income from teaching various courses.
Community volunteers will play a role in administration and policy advice, as well as assisting in identifying educational needs through regular classes or special workshops.
Nelson and Hainstock encouraged interested individuals to contact KAGS with preliminary interest and information so that dates for further meetings and group discussions can be held. A jury of established artists will help determine initial membership of each co-op.
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Contact: Bob Hainstock
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These are unapproved minutes. See future minutes for changes.
Minutes of June 29 ,2019 Meeting
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia,Yarmouth
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm.
Minutes of the May 25,2019 meeting were approved as read.
Treasurer’s report from the period from May 25 to June 29, 2019, opening balance of $3508.70 and total balance forward of $3568.70.This balance includes Garson Reserve of $474.58 and 4 Ateliers Reserve $1863.24. Actual YAS balance forward is 1230.88. Financial Report approved as presented.
Switch Open Streets: dates are July 28th and August 25th 2019. Artists can set up wherever they wish too. It is a good forum to paint and to demonstrate your work. Alma Square has been a good space in the past but it is whoever gets to the space first.
Hospital Hullaballoo: will be September 21 2019. We will be taking part as usual. Ivan spoke to one representative from the Ladies Auxilliary and told her we needed 3 tables.Virginia will be seeing another representative Sunday and will ask everything be confirmed with Margriet.
Shows at the Museum: first show is October 5th to November 9th 2019 ;Yas members only, new work requested. Second show is November 16th to January 11th 2019 ; YAS members with Rug Hookers, winter theme.
Yarmouth Craft Guild 40th Anniversary Exhibition August 10th to September 28th 2019 at Yarmouth County Museum and Archives.
Summer Art Classes for Children: 10 children have registerd and there is a waiting list. Anyone who wants to help with the classes can let Margriet or Kelianne know.The AGNS are asking anyone who may want to teach classes in the future to submit their name , and their medium and age group preferences.
Sara Corning Project: Margriet is still taking names of artists who want to take part in show in September; writers will join us in the show.Dates to be confirmed.
Artwork in Yarmouth Hospital: Hospital staff working on hanging system.Securing to wood is no problem,securing to metal is still being worked on.Commission to Ladies Auxilliary discussed and it was moved by Ivan Blades and seconded by Virginia Stoddard that the ladies Auxiliary be paid 30% commission .Motion carried.Margriet is working on a flier,the space allotment is approximately 60 ft., the Ladies Auxilliary accepts cash and cheques only, no credit cards. Anne Harding moved and Margaret Geddrey seconded that we call the Gallery,”L’Art de la Coeur”,” Art from the Heart”. Motion carried.
YAS networking : Conseil des arts de la Baie , Par en Bas Art Group and YAS are working on the Hospital project. Also more sharing of activities and workshops is happening between Comseil des arts dela Baie and YAS .
Discussion re networking with the business people in the area to get work of YAS and also the Craft Guild out there. Examples of businesses we could have discussions with are Every Blooming Thing Gift Shop at Lighthouse and the Friends of the Lighthouse Gift Shop at the Killam Building. Suggestions of networking with more local business people, inviting them to openings, possibly having a Art Fair or show for them with food, wine and display for them what is available. Place, time and logistics need further discussion.
Roundtable discussion held.
Next Meeting will be September 28th 2019, 1pm, AGNS.
After the meeting Virginia Stoddard was honored for her outstanding contribution to the Yarmouth Art Society. She was presented with a YAS lifetime membership, a subscription to Canadian Art and many well wishes for her move to St John’s NFLD. Light refreshments were served.
We’d like to invite you all especially to the opening reception for this year’s Autism Arts exhibit. The reception will be held next Thursday, June 20th, from 5 to 7 p.m.—and we’ll have light refreshments ( pizza and cookies ).
We hope that many of the children and youth will be able to come with their parents and care givers—it will be a lovely opportunity to see everyone before the summer break. And to admire the wonderful art, of course—the pieces are fabulous—you’ll be impressed, we know! We’ve attached the poster created for the exhibit that features a painting by Emily.