Dartmouth Visual Arts Society


Ink, pencil, charcoal, pastels, oils, acrylics, or watercolours, DVAS members are making art with all of it! We are an active group of artists with every experience level, from beginner to pro, and 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. We are energized by artistic diversity in the community.  

The interests of our membership are addressed with a dynamic program of weekly studio groups, occasional weekend workshops, one or two exhibitions per year, and a quarterly newsletter. DVAS holds an Annual General Meeting for the election of directors and officers. Additional meetings are held as required.

Every year DVAS provides a small scholarship to a deserving student pursuing a Fine Arts degree at NSCAD.

Interested in joining DVAS?

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.

Membership fees are $30 per year when joining or renewing before March 1st. When joining or renewing on or after March 1st, the fee is $40 per year.

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

c/o 130 Regal Road

Dartmouth, NS, B2W 4H8

Email: treasurer@DartmouthVisualArts.ca

It's easy to join DVAS:

Send a cheque in the mail, for the appropriate amount, made out to Dartmouth Visual Arts Society, to the above address. Please include your full mailing address, phone number, and your preferred email address. DVAS will email you an electronic receipt and 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 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