Participating Artists

Please visit the gallery to see the work of our participating artists.

See individual bio’s below.

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Mariette Amirault was born in Nova Scotia. She moved to Toronto, Ontario, in 1960 where she worked for The Canadian Red Cross and The Canadian Cancer Society, both positions as transportation supervisor. While in Toronto she did a lot of traveling through Ontario, Quebec and the States. She studied art at the Toronto District Board of Education in oil, acrylic, watercolour and Chinese brush painting. Mariette is a member of the Musee des Acadians des Pubnicos de recherche, Conseil Acadien de Par-en-Bas, Tusket and Yarmouth Art Society.

Imelda Currens is inspired by her natural surroundings. She tries to capture the effect of sunlight on her subjects and plays with colour to bring harmony to her work. She paints mostly from photographs of flowers, boats, landscapes, seascapes, sunsets and whatever the light touches.

She has been painting since the age of 15. Oil has always been her preferred medium although she also uses acrylic and watercolour. For several years, she also studied print making using mostly the etching technique. She has studied under well known regional artists and others from as far away as Portland, Oregon and British Columbia.

Her work is regularly on display at various locations in Nova Scotia from Halifax to her native Acadian fishing village of West Pubnico.

Joe Colquhoun lives in Yarmouth and paints from the subjects around him. Hi likes colour so the paintings have bright colours. Joe paints in acrylic on canvas. Having painted for 13 years and he is always excited to see what he will paint next.
Jan Duffy was born in the UK, came to Canada as a teenager and spent most of her life in the Greater Toronto Area pursuing a successful career as a management consultant, making jewelry as a way to relax and refocus in the evenings.

In 2005, looking for a radical lifestyle change she bought a rundown house in the Limousin in Central France and spent the next few years focused on renovations, satisfying her need to create a welcoming home in which to entertain friends and family. At the same time she continued her career as a computer industry analyst, while spending many hours improving her French language skills and making jewelry as often as she could.

In 2012 she moved to Bloomfield in Prince Edward County and committed many to making jewelry full time.  Subsequently she moved to beautiful Salmon River, NS with her husband where they opened Studio 5390.  Jan is a mixed media artist, primarily working with copper and silver wire to compliment her handmade porcelain beads and pendants.

Zoè Phoenix Dupuis is a Metis Acadian (Water Earth Art), born in Montreal and she calls Nova Scotia the Acadian Shore home.

She captures the dream world and combines her art with nature with vibrant and bold shapes in her mediums including painting and pyrograghy. Her colourful lines depict the

For as long as she can remember Zoe has always had a paintbrush in her hand and working with wood. Her first teachings were at a Waldorf School and her teacher taught her the importance of connection to ones art.

She gives celebration to mother nature and all its connection to us and animals. She is a huge advocate for our earth and loves the outdoors. Her activities include gardening, hunting, hiking, tending to her chickens and camping. She has lived all over Canada and lived in the outback of Australia.

Her art inspirations was first influenced in Waldorf with her teacher, later on her influences were Emily Carr and E.J. Hughes in their modernism and quintessential styles.

David Gorman is a Yarmouth native. He has been painting for 20 years. He was primarily trained by the Garson sisters, Trudy and Paula. His paintings are a reflection of his surroundings both in Nova Scotia and reflections of his travels with working in the marine environment. David’s work has been shown both locally and across Canada as well as in publications in the US.

Hugh Eamon a native of Brockville, Ontario, and a graduate of the Ontario College of Art,  has made his home in Yarmouth for nearly 50 years, since the summer of 1969.

Hugh has been an active player in the arts community, and has made significant contributions to the practise and development of the arts here and throughout the province.  He is known as a teacher, a painter, and an advocate for the arts.

He has been active in the Yarmouth Art Society since first moving to Yarmouth and is a Life Member.  He was a founding member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS), giving a unifying voice for professional artists. He was also the first project manager for the building that became Th’YARC, and could tell many stories of those early years!

With fellow artist Alex Gigeroff, Hugh created a number of public murals in downtown Yarmouth. The largest and best known is the colourful triptych in Alma Square, with its assembly of familiar Yarmouthians mixed with historic figures and the purely fanciful.

Recently Hugh has been working with Mark Connell to organize and present the sketchbooks of Helen Weld, and to edit letters of Lucy Jarvis for publication.

Hugh’s subjects are often the rugged landscapes and seascapes of Yarmouth county, painted with his distinctive palette. His work is in collections throughout Canada, the United States, and Germany.

Margriet Knubben was born and raised in the Netherlands. For many years she worked as a medical laboratory technician, manager of the laboratory and total quality manager of a hospital. Besides her job she loved to draw and paint in all kinds of media. Margriet had her art education in The Netherlands with the great master Dutch painter Michel  Van den  Einden who was her teacher for more than eight years.  She works and teaches in oil and acrylic medium. As a nature lover her subjects are mostly landscapes and animals. Nature gives her peace and comfort and is very inspiring. Painting animals or landscapes gives her a chance to show the beauty of the subjects she admires so much. 
Margriet is also exploring the art of etching at Th’YARC print shop with Cecil Day as a teacher. After retirement her husband, Matthew Van Duin,  and she came to Nova Scotia in 2010. They offer art classes in their studio. Their paintings can be seen at their studio/gallery in Carleton and at art shows in Yarmouth.

Gilles Korent has always been keen on capturing life though camera and lens, his artistic endeavours really began with paper, pencils and brushes. Through drawing and painting. he trained his eye for composition and the representation of fine details. For the past few years, as an avid outdoorsman, his focus has moved to photographing the natural world he lives in and his artistic training and background really shows as a ‘fine art’ Nature and Wildlife photographer.

Kellianne Land

Lio Lo an elected member of Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), was born in Taiwan and studied at the Art College of Tainan for three years earning a Commercial Art Diploma before immigrating to Canada in 1992. In 1998 Lio and her husband Michael located in Shelburne where she began portraying the beauty of coastal Nova Scotia. Lio takes much pleasure in capturing in her work the beauty that surrounds her. Her dedication to detail is evident in her finished projects. Always striving for perfection and welcoming new challenges Lio paints a variety of subjects including landscape, seascape, wildlife, still life, streetscape, floral as well as portraits. She paints mostly in watercolour and often receives her inspiration from her surroundings. Lio does book illustrations and gives workshops during the summer and winter months. She also works with Oil, pen and ink, coloured pencil, as well as Chinese painting. 4673 Highway #103 Jordan Falls., N.S Canada B0T 1J0 Phone: (902)875-4328 email: website:

Caroline Nickerson was born in Ashmore, Nova Scotia, but now resides in Carleton, Nova Scotia, where she retired and took up Folk Art as an artistic pursuit. All of her work is done with natural material, such as dried flowers, leaves, moss and bark. She soon discovered she had a talent for creating art with foliage. Caroline has been doing this for two and a half years and she says she will never run out of material as long as nature provides.

Brian Porter was born in Nova Scotia. He studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. He is an award-winning artist who has shown internationally. He has had numerous solo shows in the Atlantic Provinces and his work has frequently been exhibited throughout Canada. Brian is the subject of two documentaries, one by the National Film Board and one by CBC Television.

Jill Robbins  is a Yarmouth-born artist who attended Saint Mary’s University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her hand-painted wooden Easter eggs are popular throughout the province and she has displayed seasonal items at annual local craft shows.  She displays and sells her 100% wool hooked rugs and mats as a member of The Rugg Bees rug hooking group.

Juergen Schenk is a native of Austria but lives 6 months in Nova Scotia. He roams the beaches there to collect flot- and jetsom for his driftwood sculptures. His art brings into focus the beauty which nature has already provided. Combining the untouched with refined carving he exhibits the partnership of driftwood and design.

David Scott was Born in Melbourne, Australia, and lived most of his early life near Hobart, Tasmania. He studied ceramics in Hobart and in 1995 Scott’s Pottery was launched in Dodges Ferry, Tasmania. Much of David’s work was sold through the galleries in Salamanca Place in Hobart. At that time, he produced decorative and functional terra cotta pots — big platters, big crocks, bowls in various sizes, mugs, jugs.

In 2010 David left Australia to join his wife in the UK and they shared their time between London and a small village near Limoges in the Limousin, France where Poterie St. Bonnet Briance was opened. The pots were slip-decorated glazed earthenware influenced in form by traditional English and French country pottery.

In 2012 David and his wife Jan Duffy moved to Bloomfield in Prince Edward County, Ontario and Pottery31 was established and then in 2017 to beautiful Salmon River, Nova Scotia where Studio 5390 was conceived and David continues with his passion, producing beautiful hand-thrown, hand-decorated, glazed stoneware.

Barbara Surette was exposed to different types of needle work at an early age, but it wasn’t until she retired from teaching that she was able to take up rug hooking. She has attended Nova Scotia Rug School for most of the last 18 years and taken other local courses. Her work is displayed and sold in a variety of arts and crafts venues. She hopes that a piece will brighten a corner of your life.