Minutes of September 28th meeting

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Yarmouth Art Society

Minutes of Sept 28, 2019 Meeting

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm

Minutes of the June 29, 2019 meeting were approved as read.

Treasurer’s report for the period from August 31, 2019 to Sept 28, 2019, opening balance of $1454.77 and total balance forward of $1454.77. This balance includes $274.58 which is the remaining grant money for the Garson Sisters project so the actual YAS balance is $1180.19.

Old Business:

Art classes for children: There was no one at the meeting who participated in the teaching of these classes, but Kellianne and Angela were pleased with the results.Margriet has received no responses to the request for names of artists willing to teach future art classes for children. She will send out an e-mail to all YAS members.

Switch: No YAS members participated in the SWITCH street event this year.

Sara Corning Project: The writers’ group decided not to join the YAS members for this event. The reception at the Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery was well attended.

Hospital Hullabaloo: This went well with $595 raised, approximately the same as last year.

Shows at the Museum: Cecil handed out posters to YAS members, to be placed in local businesses’ windows to announce our up-coming show at the museum. Art work is to be dropped off at the museum by Wednesday at the latest. Our Sara Corning art work is acceptable for this exhibit.

Artwork at Hospital: Margriet hasn’t heard from Peggy lately so she will try to call her to determine how work is progressing in preparation for this project.

YAS networking: We had a discussion about inviting business owners to our opening receptions when we do an exhibit, not just placing posters in their windows. We should also try to have our opening receptions announced in the Downtown Yarmouth Calendars. Margriet will see if our October exhibit can be announced, if not, our November 16 opening reception for the Winter theme exhibit should be announced.

New Business:

Artist Co-Op: Margriet was speaking with Natalie Smith, who said plans for art centre are now frozen due to groups not agreeing, money is now being spent on Mariner Centre expansion. It was mentioned that communities like Annapolis and Parrsboro have strong community involvement in the arts. They have outdoor art activities which involve the public. The question was raised as to how could we become a stronger art community. It was suggested that, at one of our monthly meetings,  we could arrange on line contact with people from the Annapolis and Parrsboro art councils to discuss this. Then we could have a meeting with Pam Mood and Natalie Smith to discuss ways to promote the arts in Yarmouth. One idea proposed was looking into joining with other art groups such as Craft Guild, Writers’ Group, rug hookers, etc, forming one large group instead of a number of small groups.  Betty mentioned that perhaps YAS members should be required to attend a minimum number of meetings per year in order to show their work at our exhibits. It was pointed out that some members have physical restrictions which make it difficult for them to get around, but they still participate in exhibits. Dan pointed out that many organizations succeed with only Board members attending meetings. 

Other: We are glad to hear that Father Maurice is now out of the hospital, and is staying at the Tusket Villa in Tusket, and he is still painting. We wish him all the best.

We had a round table talk.

Next meeting will be Saturday, October 26th at 1 pm in the community room of the AGNS.

Respectfully submitted,

Noella DeMille



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YAS Fall Exhibition of recent work

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Workshop announced.

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Mixed Media workshop offered

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Photography exhibit

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Jamaican Food/Culture exchange coming soon


The Yarmouth Seafood & Wine Extravaganza Society is hosting this special weekend with opportunities to learn, have fun, and eat good food! Please share the information and lets show our Jamaican guests just how hospitable (and appreciative) we are.

Thurs. Sept. 5th at 6 p.m. MEET & GREET Jamaican guests, AGNS Yarmouth. Slide show, refreshments. (FREE!)

Sat. Sept. 7th, ON THE ROCKS, Yarmouth Lighthouse, Leif Erikson Park tours 3:30 p.m. onwards; Jamaican food and Reggae music 5 p.m. Bonus: Evening bonfire, Mi’kmaq and Acadian story telling, dark sky interpretation. (All for $30)

Sun. Sept 8th, ON THE SHORE, 4:30 p.m. Pubnico Golf & Country Club, “Cook Shop 101” Help make (and eat!) Jamaican and Acadian dishes. Event includes an amazing Rum punch and Acadian kitchen party. (All for $45)

TICKETS: The Style Merchant (Yarmouth), Yarmouth Lighthouse, Pubnico Golf Club, yarmouthseafoodandwineextravaganza.com)

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Hullabaloo on the horizon

On September 21th we will participate in the yearly hospital hullabaloo. If you have artworks to donate, you can drop them of at Th’ YARC during opening hours, before September 20th. All the sales are for the ladies auxiliary and will be used for the purchase of necessary hospital equipment.
Also, who wants to donate an art work for the lottery? Half of the collected money will go to the ladies auxiliary and half to the artist.
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New art venture in Kentville

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:     kentvilleartgalleries@gmail.com

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. 

For further media Information
Contact: Bob Hainstock

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Dot painting workshop offered

Atelier de ”Dot Painting” sur roche

Donné par Nadine LeBlanc (in english)

Samedi le 19 octobre de 10h à 14h

Coût : 35$ (le matériel est fourni)

12 places disponibles.

Lieu : À la Manivelle, (sous-sol du café LisaT)

Pour vous inscrire : Alvina LeBlanc (902) 837-8227

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Mixed media workshop…

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