Paulette Melanson: Featured Mosaic Artist

Paulette Melanson - Painting plein-air in Peggy's Cove

“My art work is about the force of nature, the fragility of life and the connection of all things. Love of nature and love of art have been my life long companions getting me through good times and hard times. My paintings express what I have found along the way. In my way of seeing the world, there are masterpieces everywhere I look. Wherever I find myself, I am instantly enthralled by the sights, sounds and feel of nature however small it may present itself.

“I grew up in Scoudouc, NB and moved to Nova Scotia in 1985. I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember however did not pursue serious art studies until the late 80’s when I began continuing education classes at the NS College of Art and Design. I have been showing my work since 2008.

“I work primarily in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media. My current works include landscapes and abstract paintings inspired by my Acadian background and surroundings in St Margaret’s Bay and the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

“My good friend, Valerie Shaffner, introduced me to Mosaic for Mental Health in 2011 and I have been contributing painted tiles ever since (five years).  Mosaic for Mental Health is a wonderful fundraiser. Although creating art has been a big part of my life, the majority of my work career was spent working as an Employee Assistance Counsellor and a Conflict Resolution Advisor. This gave me a great appreciation of the importance of mental health services and community support. It feels good to contribute to the funding of services and programs of CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth. I hope to participate for many years to come.”

To learn more about Paulette and to see some of her artwork visit:

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Holiday Social Open House

All are invited to attend!

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Cheryl Hardy: Featured Mosaic Artist

Cheryl Hardy Picture“I have been a contributor to the Mosaic since 2013 after having met Nadya El Gohary who told me of this wonderful cause. 
I decided to support your Mosaic project because I worked for 13 years as a student assistant with developmentally challenged children, and feel your work is very important to the lives of those dealing with the various aspects of mental illness.”

“I was born in St. John’s NL, and moved to Wabush Labrador in 1970. As a child I loved to draw. In high school I joined the Art Club but wasn’t given the opportunity to take art courses. However the art teacher, Miss. Daphne Rose, contacted me after graduation to let me know that she was offering a painting course through the YWCA. I shall forever be grateful for the nudge she gave me which started me on the path to the my artistic development.”

“In 1975 I took an adult oil painting night course at the school being offered by Ed Owen the art teacher at J.R. Smallwood School and later joined the Labrador West Visual Arts group where I had the opportunity to access workshops with by such NL artists as Gerry Squires, Chris Peet, Kathleen Knowling, and NS artist Steven Rhude to name a few.”

“I paint in Acrylic and Watercolor and my interest is in painting realistic pieces portraying my town, my home and my family and friends. I do commissions occasionally.  In recent years have endeavored to pay it forward by giving art lessons to youth who have the interest to draw and paint. I owe the progress I have made to those I’ve had the opportunity to study with and especially my mentors of the Labrador West Visual Arts group where we regularly meet and critique each other’s work.”

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Giselle Morine: Featured Mosaic Artist #4


“Unmasked” by Giselle

“I was born in Clare, NS and moved to Kings County NS after I was done University. Here I met my husband, married in 1992 where we started our little family, which by 1996 consisted of 5 beautiful children. During this time I worked part time as a graphics designer and art director, building and designing websites, commercial designs and some fine art. These past 5 years I have put a lot more time into my fine art and crafts, finding it very soothing to my soul.”

“I paint proficiently in oils, acrylics and watercolours and am always trying out new and different methods and mediums. I regularly take commissions of different subject matters, mostly in pet and family portraiture, which are always a lot of fun. I am slowly setting up to give art lessons and hopefully will have online lessons too.”

“I discovered the Mosaic for Mental health through the Art for Wellness group led by Lynn Swan, an absolutely lovely and creative person. Art has always provided me my happy place and when I found Lynn’s group I was able to share with others my love for art and learn new interesting crafting ideas. It has been a pleasure being able to take part in helping the CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth and hope that we may be able to do the same type of thing here in the valley soon.”

To learn more about Giselle and to view some of her pieces visit:

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New Cards!

NEW Mental Note Cards

If you missed them at the Mosaic, we now have our NEW cards back in stock!

Stop by CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth at 2020 Gottingen St. Halifax to get beautiful cards and support a great cause! 

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Giving Tuesday Mosaic Pop-Up Sale Event!

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, GIVING TUESDAY!

On December 1st, 2015 CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth will be transforming their space to host a HUGE Pop-Up Sale. Also on December 1st, for every donation made on through Interact the first $25 will be matched and for donations made through PayPal, 1% will be matched! 

Our Mosaic Tiles (all original art) from 2015 and earlier, our Made-in-Canada Frames for the Tiles, and our Cards will all be on sale!  There will be some special deals you will not want to miss.

We are located at 2020 Gottingen St. Suite 100 Halifax, NS B3K 3A9. Any questions please call Catherine at 902-455-5445 or email

All of the proceeds raised through Giving Tuesday goes directly to our social programs offered to individuals with mental illness in the local community. 

Giving Tuesday

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18th Annual Mosaic for Mental Health: Journey

We are so pleased to announce that the 18th Annual Mosaic for Mental Health Art Exhibition & Sale has a theme! Journey

It will take place from October 13th – October 30th 2016 at the Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing.

Blank tiles are available for pickup at our 2020 Gottingen St. location in Halifax.  Blank tiles will be disbursed to other venues in the coming months.  Please let Catherine know if you have a recommended venue for tile pick up!

Submission Form – 2016

Poster Deadline:  Monday September 19th, 2016
Final Deadline: Wednesday October 5th, 2016

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