YAS Meeting Minutes – May

These are unapproved minutes of the meeting.

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Yarmouth Art Society Minutes of May 26, 2018 Meeting

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm.

Minutes of April 21, 2018 meeting were approved as read.

Treasurer’s Report: For the period from April 21, 2018 to May 26, 2018 opening balance of $3165.98 and total balance forward of $2729.93. The balance forward without the Garson Sisters exhibit grant reserve of $984.85 is $1745.08. Dan Earle presented a detailed financial statement of income and expenses including the grant expenses and income.

Old Business:

Show Garson Sisters: Virginia reported that the show and events are going well. This evening is the “Unfinished portraits” event with Maggie Mandell. There won’t be any events in June. In July there will be a scratch art workshop with Dave Gorman; a theatre and art workshop with Andre Haines; a workshop with Laura Hatfield on Saturday night, July 27, about still life drawing; Beth Sweeney will be here as well, to talk about her career in art as first inspired by the Garson sisters.

Show with Write Away Group: The art work has been brought in and the writers are downstairs making their selections to do the corresponding written works.

YAS membership Th’YARC: Dan reported that he has received no reply to the letter asking for more information about the benefits of YAS being a member.

New Business:

Holy Trinity Arts Activities: Kellianne reported that the June exhibit pertaining to Godspell has been cancelled. The Figure Drawing sessions are going ahead from July 11 to August 29 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Sessions are $8.00 each and it’s not necessary to attend all sessions. Pre-registration is requested by June 29. There is also an exhibit coming up with works made up of refuse found on our beaches and also an altered books exhibit coming up.

Plein Air Festival: The date has been set for the first plein air session, it will be on June 16 at 3:00 pm at Yarmouth Bar.

Other: We have received a thank you letter from the library for our adopt-a-book donation. Our application has been approved for a grant to put on a workshop with Bob Hainstock. This will be a mixed media on rust print weekend workshop for a fee of $100. Ivan advised that the town is having two SWITCH closed street events this year, one at the end of July and one at the end of August. Margriet will register YAS to participate as we’ve done in the past.

Our final meeting before the summer break will be on June 30 at 1:00 pm at the AGNS. Please bring light refreshments.

Respectfully submitted,

Noella DeMille

Workshop @ Conseil des Arts de la Baie

Color Schemes and Dot Painting Workshop

By: Prof. Sam Norgard and Tracy Jordan.

When : June 30th

Where :La Manivelle,(Rendez-vous de la Baie on the Université Sainte-Anne Campus)

Schedule : 10am -12 : Color scheme work and creating your palette, Sam Norgard

12- 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 3pm: Dot Painting with Tracy Jordan

3pm-4pm: Wrap-up and Talk with Prof Sam Norgard

Fees: $45

Please register with [email protected]

Upon registration, participants will be provided with a materials list to bring.

Finish the Portrait Event

The next event in our Trudy and Paula Garson exhibit series is coming up soon!  On Saturday, May 26, we’re invited to “Finish the Portrait”  with guidance and encouragement from master artist Maggie Mandell. This will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth.

We have an unfinished sketch for a portrait of a woman, done many years ago by Paula Garson. Four reproductions have been made for us to work on—and the idea is to have fun working together to finish these in a variety of styles—Cubist, Expressionist, Realistic??—We’ll use drawing materials such as pastels, charcoal, markers, and have a wonderful time !   Maggie will give us inspiration, guidance, and there will also be food and drink!  A chance to join friends for an early evening of enjoyment, and also to share more of the spirit and style of the Garson Sisters teaching.



Sunday, 20 May 2018 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Come and have fun learning how a camera works. We’ll start with interactively learning how light travels and how a camera turns that light into a picture. Then we’ll have some fun making photographs that freeze motion then learn how to use a camera to paint with light.


General admission. Members free.
All materials supplied.

Registration is required and space is limited so please call 902-749-2248 or email [email protected] to register.

This workshop has been made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth.
The Gallery is located at 341 Main Street, Yarmouth Nova Scotia.


Sunday, 27 May 2018 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Collecting has been characterized as a passion, a fever, even an addiction. It is a creative venture that requires the curiosity of an artist and the sleuthing skills of a detective. Come hear about Bryan Rice’s adventures and encounters, triumphs and disappointments, as he chases down leads to build a personal collection of paintings, with a primary focus on works by Maud Lewis. Visitors are welcome to bring along their own Mauds and, although not an appraiser, Bryan would be happy to offer opinions on the works.

This program is in conjunction with the John Risley collection of Maud Lewis, currently on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, located at 341 Main Street, Yarmouth. Regular admission. Members free. Creative Minds is supported by the Friends of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth. For more information, please call (902) 749-2248 or email [email protected]

YAS Meeting Minutes – April

These are the yet to be approved Minutes of the April meeting

Yarmouth Art Society

Minutes of April 21 2018 Meeting

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia,Yarmouth

Meeting called to order at 1:00 PM

Minutes of March 24th 2018 Meeting were approved as read.

Treasurer’s Report

Dan presented documentation from Angela Collier that YAS finances for 2017 were reviewed; no errors noted.The financial statement for the period from March 24th 2018 to April 21st 2018 shows opening balance of 1322.03 and balance forward of 1755.83.This is less the Garson reserve forward of 1755.83.

Old Business :

Show Garson Sisters:Virginia Stoddard gave an update.The Lauren Walker Workshop on March 31st went well. A reception with  Lauren was well attended that evening.

Beth Sweeney a former student now has two pieces of Art in the Garson Exhibit.She will be taking part in the show at a later date.

Next event is the reception with Erin Morton as guest speaker on April 28th .This reception is being catered by YAS members. Please bring sweets or savories for refreshments, wine and beer will be served. Erin’s book For Folk’s Sake will be for sale by Cole Books that evening.

On April 29th Sharing your Stories, a Creative Minds Series, AGNS will be taking place from 2-4.Students and others who knew Trudy and Paula are encouraged to come and share their stories.Burton Leblanc head of the Makeup Department,’The Handmaid,s Tale’ will be the special guest.

Small Pieces Show at Bread and Olives : is up till end of April .The artwork will be brought back to artists at next YAS meeting on May 26th. A discussion with owners will take place re ongoing exhibit.

Show with Write Away Group: artists need to bring in artwork or send images to Margriet for the meeting of May 26th 2018.The artwork will be placed in a room downstairs at the AGNS and the members of the Write Away Group will spend alone time with the pieces to make their choices.

YAS Membership th’YARC : we are awaitng response to our letter asking for more information about the benefits of YAS being  a member.

New Business :

Holy Trinity Arts Activites: Kellianne Land, artist in residence Holy Trinity Church spoke to activities.

Figure drawing classes sessions Wednesday evenings July and August, $8.00 a night with a half hour of getting ready and sharing and two hours of drawing. Register by June 29th 2018.

Call to Artists for an Exhibit inspired by themes related to GODSPELL.The show is in June 2018 at Holy Trinity Church. Delivery of art to Holy Trinity May 26th 2018. Any size,one artwork per artist, 30% commission goes to Holy Trinity Arts.

The Altered Book exhibit a call to artists to create altered books for an exhibit September 2018. More info to come.

Kellianne passed out a Holy Trinity Arts Curated Show Info Sheet.

Plein Air Festival : suggestion of having a festival with artists interested in doing outdoor painting.The Plein Air page on facebook can be used for dialogue. More discussion needs to happen.

A motion was passed to purchase a book for the Western Counties Regional Library, Adopt-A Book Campaign.Virginia brought four Art themed books.The one chosen was the Beaver Hall Group and Its Legacy by Evelyn Walters.YAS member David Mahoney generously provided a donation to cover the cost of the book.

The next meeting of the Yarmouth Art Society will be at 1 pm, May 26th 2018, AGNS Community Room.

Respectfully  submitted

Paulette Babin

Family Sunday: Drawing for Motion

Family Sunday: Drawing to Imply Motion, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS. Please join artist Jay LeBlanc to learn drawing to imply motion: playing with repetition and variation. Participants will create flip books that look like a small movie and/or create drawings that imply recorded motion by using self-created stencils.

This workshop is inspired by the stop-motion effects of Harold Edgerton on display at the AGNS-Yarmouth. Pre-registration is recommended. Regular admission. No charge for program. This event is supported by the Friends of the Art Galley of Nova Scotia -Yarmouth. For more information or to register call 902-749-2248 or email [email protected]

Erin Morton on the Garson Sisters + Sharing Stories

Erin Morton will be the guest speaker at a reception for our exhibit “Influence: the lessons of Trudy and Paula Garson “ on Saturday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth.

Erin was one of the kids growing up in Yarmouth who took group art lessons with the Garsons . She is now a professor at UNB, teaching courses that use art and cultural practice   “ as a launching pad to think about history as both an intellectual practice and a lived experience”.   Her new book “ For Folk’s Sake” looks at art and economy in 20th century Nova Scotia, and is dedicated, in part, to “Trudy and Paula Garson who inspired generations of weird art kids in Yarmouth”. Copies of her book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Coles in Yarmouth.   (Price is $45.00; cash only.)

Also, the following day , there will be an afternoon program from 2 until 4,”‘Sharing the Stories”. Former students and others who knew Trudy and Paula are invited to share their memories.   One special guest will be Burton LeBlanc, now the head of the make-up department for “The Handmaid’s Tale” .   Burton credits childhood classes with the Garsons for wakening and encouraging his artistic development.

People are also encouraged to bring artwork—either paintings by Trudy or Paula, or student work of their own, to show and talk about.   It will be an interesting and entertaining afternoon!

Hope to see you at one or both events!