Garson Events final list

This is a summary of the final four events planned for the “Influence; The Lessons of Trudy & Paula Garson” exhibit.  The programs and workshops we’ve already had have been terrific events, and the last ones promise to be just as fulfilling! Mark your calendars!

All events will be held in the Community Room, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth.

 Wednesday, July 18.  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Elizabeth Sweeney. “Art and Disability: A talk”.

Elizabeth has a history in her curatorial practise of working in the development of  access to the arts, and in deaf and disability arts. She also has an interest in representations of disability in the visual arts and the work of professional artists with disabilities.

She is currently Program Officer, Explore and Create, with the Canada Council.

In her talk, Elizabeth will describe the work that she does, and will also touch on her early art classes with the Garson Sisters.


While she is in Yarmouth, Elizabeth will also be giving a Canada Council grant writing workshop, on Thursday, July 19, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will be at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, though it’s not part of the Yarmouth Art Society programming.


Wednesday, July 25. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Puppet Theatre: make a puppet and put on a show!

A free workshop for children ages 7 to 10, with art instructors Kellianne Land and Jay LeBlanc.

Participants will make simple puppets, and then perform a short play ”Kid Jo and the Whale”. All materials supplied.

Limited to 15 children.

To register, contact Paulette Babin at

Thursday, July 26. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Scratch Art with Dave Gorman.

A free workshop for adults, exploring the scratch art method taught by Trudy and Paula Garson.

Prepared panels and some materials supplied; but participants could bring palette knives and brushes, if available.

Limited to 15 people.

To register, contact Paulette Babin at

Friday, July 27. 6:00- 9:00 p.m. Whose Museum Presents: Fill Yer Boots with Laura Hatfield

A still life drawing session with the collection and more!

A free,  all-ages event and workshop organized by Whose Museum, an artist’s project initiated by Laura Hatfield. The workshop draws upon the teaching methods of art educators Trudy and Paula Garson.

Their lessons provided a social situation in which to meet, talk, and express one’s ideas together in a supportive environment. They also had parties and this event will combine that aspect of their teaching with their more traditional class on still-life drawing, which they insisted on doing at the start of every year.

For this workshop with Whose Museum, participants are asked to bring an object of their choice ( something personal from home, found on the street, trash or treasure, etc.). Together the class will build a still life installation to draw. Art supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

There will be refreshments—and maybe music!

Everyone is welcome—No ‘talent” required!




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