Dartmouth Visual Arts Society


Ink, pencil, charcoal, pastels, oils, acrylics, or watercolours, DVAS members are doing art with all of it! We are an active group of artists with every experience level, from novice to professional, and with a wide range of artistic interests. New members are always welcome!


DVAS (Dartmouth Visual Art Society) is an arts organization formed in 1987 by local artists to support and promote visual arts in the community and yet has been energized by the artistic diversity in the larger community as well.  

Many diverse needs of our membership are addressed through a dynamic program of weekly studio groups, monthly workshops, 1-2 exhibitions per year, newsletters and membership meetings. Currently, DVAS has an Annual General Meeting in the early part of the year with the election of officers. Additional meetings are held as required.

For each of the past several years, DVAS has provided a limited scholarship to a student pursuing a Fine Arts degree at NSCAD.

Interested in joining DVAS?

Membership fees are $30 per year. The membership year is “fixed,” running from January 1st to December 31st. Joining later in the year means your membership runs until the end of the current calendar year. When you join or renew your membership in January, your membership will be for the full calendar year. DVAS does not pro-rate membership fees for partial years.

Renewing Members: Please renew your DVAS membership by the end of February annually.

Membership dues must be paid-up at least 60 days before any SHOW participation.  If you change your e-mail address, please inform DVAS.

Please direct membership dues to

DVAS Membership

19 Crest Drive

Dartmouth, NS, B2X 2M2

Email: membership@DartmouthVisualArts.ca

It's easy to join DVAS:

Send a cheque in the mail, for $30, made out to Dartmouth Visual Arts Society. Mail it to: DVAS Membership, C/O Wanda Montgomery, 19 Crest Drive, Dartmouth, NS B2X 2M2. Please include your full mailing address, phone number, and email address. DVAS will send you a receipt and a membership card.

You can also pay your membership fees by e-transfer through your bank. Direct your online payment to this email address: treasurer@DartmouthVisualArts.ca 

In the message box, be sure to include all of the following: your full name, mailing address, phone number, and preferred email address. Please also indicate if you are including payment for studio group or a workshop in addition to your membership fees.

Or you can drop in to the weekly studio group session on Thursday mornings, held at the Findlay Centre, 26 Elliot Street, and pay with cash or a cheque. 

Benefits of joining DVAS:

Studio Group: Studio sessions are open to all DVAS members. The cost of Studio Group is in addition to membership fees. There are three studio sessions per year (fall, winter, spring), running for between 10 to 14 weeks. Studio group fees vary according to the number of weeks in each session. There is no formal instruction but we all learn from each other in this open, friendly, and supportive environment. More Studio Group information can be found on the Studio Group page of this website.

Workshops: DVAS workshops are for all levels of experience. They are held at Findlay Community Centre, 26 Elliott Street Dartmouth, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Space at DVAS workshops fills quickly, so register early in order to not miss it! Fees are $50 per workshop for DVAS members, and $70  for non-members.

To register contact Violet O'Connell at: workshopregis@dartmouthvisualarts.ca

More Workshop information can be found on the Monthly Workshops page of this website.

Group Shows: DVAS holds group shows every year. Dates and locations vary. More information about recent and/or upcoming group shows is on the Gallery Shows page of this website.

DVAS Executive Members