Artful Afternoon

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia work together to provide a fun, relaxed, and creative visual arts program for people with dementia and their partner in care. Covid-19 continues to change many things. What has not changed but has been magnified, is our fundamental need to connect with others.

Join us for the new rendition of the Artful Afternoon program which is now delivered virtually through a private Zoom session!

Each monthly session begins with artist Lux Habrich and an Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia staff member introducing a warm-up activity and the theme for the day. Following, the group watches an inspiring pre-recorded gallery tour and then participates in a lively conversation. The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia staff member co-facilitates the program with Lux and ensures the program is dementia-friendly for participants. The program provides an enjoyable and interesting time to ask questions, learn something new, share a memory, and get to know one another.

Lux often talks about different art processes, materials, and ideas while always encouraging people to join in in ways they feel comfortable. She shares her extensive experience with artmaking as she introduces the group to hands-on activities that can be tried at home. To engage in these activities, participants are provided with basic art kits and encouraged to share their artwork and findings with each other if they wish.

MAY 2021 (~8 minutes in length)

APRIL 2021 (~9 minutes in length)

MARCH 2021 (~7 minutes in length)

FEBRUARY 2021 (~9 minutes in length)

JANUARY 2021 (~9 minutes in length)


MAUD VIDEO (~10 minutes in length)

Join artist Lux Habrich, facilitator of the Artful Afternoon program, for a virtual tour on the beloved Nova Scotian folk artist, Maud Lewis. During this time of COVID, the colourful artworks of Maud and her tiny painted home, covered with images such as birds, butterflies, and flowers, magnify the artist’s resiliency and the power of art to positively impact the human spirit. For many who are isolated during this challenging time, this video brings the world of Maud and her depiction, through observation and memory, of her simple and creative life in rural Nova Scotia.

OSTROM VIDEO (~7 minutes in length)

Inspired by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exhibition, Good Earth: The Pots & Passion of Walter Ostrom, this video highlights the exceptional career of this well-known Nova Scotian ceramicist and arts educator. Lux Habrich, facilitator of the Artful Afternoon program for those with dementia and their partners in care, engages the viewer in a visual survey of Ostrom’s work and international influence on the Canadian ceramics landscape through his teachings and life-long art practice. With thoughtful inquiry and guided reflection, Lux, also a practicing artist who works in clay, shares her knowledge on materiality and process - inviting the viewer to join her on an exploration into the imagination, innovation, and technical excellence of this profoundly remarkable artist.