About Ron Hayes

Ron Hayes, artist, instructor, and teacher

Ron Hayes has a wealth of experience in both teaching and creating art gained over his extensive and diverse career. Exhibiting for over 40 years has allowed him the freedom to work in many styles and experiment with a plethora of materials and mediums. This knowledge to create novel and distinct effects in his work gives him the expertise to guide the aspiring artist at the most technical level.


Academically, Ron has a Master of Arts from The European Graduate School with a minor in psychology. He has worked in the past as an expressive art therapist in Toronto and now uses this training to help new students to overcome their fears and difficulties while explore art.


ArtCan was created in Canning, Nova Scotia in 2000 as a place to create and exhibit art. It is a welcoming place for anyone living or visiting Canning. Ron currently sits as Faculty at Acadia University where he teaches elective courses in drawing and painting. He also offers courses in adult continuing education for Acadia Lifelong Learning.


Ron’s academic background and years of experience are complimentary attributes that allow him to transfer his knowledge to both amateur and professional artists alike. Currently, he is working primarily with oil paint exploring the local landscape of Nova Scotia from which he draws inspiration. Ron always travels with his set of watercolours having painted in over 20 countries around the world. His work has been shown in Canada, the USA, and Switzerland.

Art Exhibitions (selected)

1979 – 95 Group and Solo shows at Idée Gallery, Toronto
1984 Group show at Gallery 620, Toronto
1993 Group show “Art on the Waterfront” Harbourfront, Toronto
1996 Duo show with Ronan Walsh at Del Bello Gallery, Toronto
1996 Duo Show with Ronan Walsh at Jadite Gallery, New York City
1998 Group show with Tom and Rene Forrestall at Neptune Theatre
2000 Group show with Wayne Boucher and others at Grand Pré Winery Gallery
2001 Solo show at Galerie Maria Schönenberger-Kyrimis, Zürich, Switzerland
2001 Group show at Argyle Gallery, Halifax
2002 Group show Carlton Gallery, North Carolina U.S.A
2002 Nova Scotia Designer Craft’s Council ‘Show of Hands’
2002 Exhibition Halifax, Nova Scotia
2002 Vermont Arts Festival, Stratton Mountain, Vermont, U.S.A.
2002 Nova Scotia Designer Craft’s Council Winter Exhibition
2002 Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2003 Visual Arts Nova Scotia Cobalt Exhibition, V.A.N.S.
2003 Halifax Nova Scotia
2003 “What to Where” solo exhibition, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, NS
2005 – 10 Acadia University Art Gallery, Alumni and Members
2001 – 12 ArtCan Gallery solo exhibitions and group shows
2007 – 08 Group show, Pilar Sheppard Gallery, Prince Edward Island
2008 – 10 Group shows, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville Nova Scotia
2009 Acadia University Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Group show
2010 Solo show, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
2008 – 12 Uncommon Common Art Project, Nova Scotia
2012 “Currency” solo exhibition Gladstone Art Gallery, Toronto
2015 “Crossing Paths” Chase Gallery Halifax, Nova Scotia
2017 Plein Air watercolours at the new Kentville Public Library
2018 Acadia University Art Gallery Annual Show