December 30, 2022

Highlights of 2022

2022 has been a very productive and rewarding year in many ways. It was a year of hard work and fulfilment, which involved a journey of learning, creating, and giving - marked with two exhibitions, three art shows, completion and installation of the public art project, 'Sackville: A Visual Snapshot'. Read more about this artwork at website.

1.    Group exhibition, ’Putting Down the Roots’ at Ax Arts Centre in Sussex in March whereI displayed some paintings, a ceramic sculpture, and a ceramic installation entitled,‘Mon Pays’.

Mon Pays
Imitation Game


  1.   A solo exhibition, ‘L’espérance est puissante’ at the gallérie couloir de Centre des arts et de la culture, Dieppein March featured some paintings, prints, and clay balloons.
Lessons Learned from Six-yeaar Olds

3. After months of planning and working with Matt Pryde and Ron Kelly Spurles of the Town of Sackville, it was gratifying to see 15 talented artists participate in Sackville's first Art Fair was held on Mother’s Day weekend. The response from the public was heartwarming. The artists were very impressed that the Mayor of Sackville, Hon. Shawn Mesheau spent a fair amount of time talking to each artist  individually and appreciating their art.

Sackville Art Fair

4. In June I attended a workshop offered by Sandy Komst (photo below)and organized by CAPS (Cercle des artistes peintres de Shediac). Sandy is a very dynamic presenter. She taught us many useful techniques of creating art.

Sandy Komst
  1. Artists’ Village in Shediac on New Brunswick day weekend was a great way for artists to showcase their work and interact with the public.
Indu Varma's booth Artists Village
  1. It was truly humbling to be recognized by my own group of Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Women Educators.  I am incredibly fortunate to be a part of an amazingly kind and caring group of women educators. They have supported me and raised me to the level of being the recipient of ‘Influential Woman Award’.

  1. October marked a significant event of instituting an award for creativity in education. It was a pleasure to meet the first recipient of this award, Lisa Sanderson, a truly outstanding educator who is most deserving of this award.
Lisa Sanderson, first recipient of Indu Varma Fellowship Award
  1. November was a busy month with two Christmas art shows and sale events – one in Riverview organized by Riverview Art Council and the other organized in Shediac by CAPS.
Riverview Art Council Christmas Art Show and Sale
CAPS Christmas Art Show and Sale

  1. Open Studio during Sackville’s Moonlight Madness event on December 9th.
Open Studio during Moonlight Madness

10. Completion and installation of public art project, ‘Sackville: A Visual Snapshot’ was done on December 6, 2022, at the entrance of Sackville Town Hall. The funding for this project came through a grant I received from Canada Council for the Arts.

The official opening will be in February.

Click here to read more about this.

Sackville: A Visual Snapshot

January 3, 2024

Highlights of 2023

2023 was a year filled with creativity, art exhibitions, donations, and much more. The public art installation 'Sackville: A Visual Snapshot' was unveiled in February and a virtual tour can be done now from this website. Personal growth meant taking online courses and attending workshops.

April 18, 2023

Sackville Blog 5

How do I depict a group of settlers that lived here in the 17th and 18th century? Representing the Acadians proved to be quite challenging. I couldn’t find images that would tell the story of Acadians and depict their existence in the Tantramar area. There are some paintings by some artists, but not actual photographs.