Nova Scotia

Yarmouth welcomes AGNS gallery

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has opened a new gallery in Yarmouth.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has opened a new gallery in Yarmouth.

About 200 people turned out for Sunday's ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new building.

"Certainly it will allow the people from this area … to be able to reach this gallery and reach the masterpieces which are here, and be introduced to these wonderful pieces of art," said Maurice LeBlanc, an artist from Pubnico.

In addition to showcasing art from around the world, the AGNS Western Branch will feature work from regional artists. It will be open year-round.

AGNS director Jeffrey Spalding said it took 12 years to get the funding needed to run a "Class A" facility.

"We mean fully to utilize this extraordinary opportunity to do programs that art lovers would be proud of and happy to see wherever they are," he said.

Yarmouth Mayor Charles Crosby expects the gallery will become a big attraction in town.

"For people who say there's nothing to do in Yarmouth, this is another drawing card," Crosby said. "It's now going to allow our young people to see what art is all about, and that's great for the art community and great for our schools."

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