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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Open Studio Sale

Mary Jane Lundy in her Studio/Gallery
Mary Jane Lundy of Crescent Clay Studio will be having her First Christmas Open Studio Sale with guest Photographer Denise Sooley:

Dec 3 & 4 
 12 noon to 4 PM. 
Rt 333, 274 East Dover.  
Drop in for some yummy cider and treats.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bay Grandmothers Lunch for African Grandmothers

An important fund raiser is happening in the Bay this Saturday:

The Bay Grandmothers are holding their annual African Luncheon on Saturday November 12th, 11.00 – 2.00 p.m. at St Luke's Church in Upper Tantallon. Tickets are $15.00 for lunch.  There will be  a variety of items for sale including crafts, baked goods, Grandmother’s cookbook and Kazuri jewellery, which is made by Grandmothers in Africa.
If you wish to stay for lunch tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved by calling Jean Harris at 876-2393 or e-mail Jean Harris Tickets will also be a  for sale at the door.

This is a great opportunity to do a bit of Christmas shopping and contribute to a very good cause - the Stephen Lewis Foundation's work with African Grandmothers raising their grandchildren..

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

House Concert

One of Canada's hottest young folk singers is performing at a house concert in Glen Margaret Nov 19 2011

Seating is limited to email or call Cathie to reserve your ticket.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Off the Beaten Path

Paintings by Andrea Redmond
Wind Serf Farm and Studio Gallery
Saturday November 5th Noon to 5 pm, Sunday November 6 11 am to 4 pm

You’re invited to a show and sale of over 150 new and old acrylic, mixed-media and collage paintings showcasing a very eclectic body of work. This year Andrea will have a “sale” room with reduced prices on some older works. She invites you to meander the Peggy’s Cove Road to my home in Glen Margaret and into her neck of the woods.
Be prepared for a true mile dirt road. Off the Beaten Path not only reflects the nature and development of Andrea's work but also highlights the logistics of arriving at the show. And if the hills seem too much, please park your car and call 902-222-3078 for a shuttle to pick up you and your party.

WindSerf Farm and Studio Gallery, 29 Shadar Drive, Glen Margaret. Call for more info (902) 222-3078 or  contact Andrea by email . Cash or cheque accepted

Monday, October 24, 2011

Epic in a Box

Halifax-based theatre company Lohifi Production's touring production, Epic in a Box, is coming to The Old Red Schoolhouse in Peggy's Cove! Friday, October 28, 8pm.

This delightful 40-minute show has the audience sit around a table with actors Theo Pitsiavas and Christopher Little as they weave the largest most epic theatrical production possible from objects drawn from a small tin box. Comedy, adventure, romance, heroism and villainy are all played out in a delightfully innovative style that you and your guests will never forget.

Tickets $20
Pre-payment is required to reserve your seat
(902) 223-0991 or john@johnbeale.net
Only 30 seats available.

“When I was eight, my brother showed me an old tin box that he kept behind a board in his wall,” says Little. “It was filled with strange little treasures that he described to me in detail. There were tiny plastic figures, decoder rings, metal swords and other objects I didn’t recognize. There were even fire crackers for a touch of danger. Sometimes when he was out, I would sneak in and play with them. By the time I found the box years later, most of the contents were gone. I have been filling it ever since with my own objects and waiting for a chance to share with others that sense of wonder my brother had shared with me.”

International Artists Day

Happy Birthday Picasso
October 25th is International Artists Day and Picssos' birthday. This grassroots movement is not mainstream as yet but artists and galleries in communities everywhere are jumping on the bandwagon. Perhaps an overview is needed to explain the concept.
Artists are a much ignored group although almost anything you use day to day has an artistic design at its root. Throughout history art has been the most important defining characterization of a culture or people. Art survives personalities, dynasties, movements and civilizations. Artists are pioneers and are usually at the forefront of changing times and events.
True art is timeless and universal and recognizable to all. Where does the inspiration for art come from? What makes some art priceless and other art mediocre? Actually , the artist themselves are the lynch pins. Art that is inspired comes from a “formless and unexplainable dimension” and is translated by the artist. They are natural conduits and are household names because of the recognition of their contribution to culture and humanity.
The day chosen to honor artists worldwide is October 25th, Picassos’ birthday. Why this artist and not another was more a matter recent contribution. Picasso was instrumental in bringing art to the masses more than any other artist up to that time. He is the iconic artist personified. Now more than ever it is important to focus on art and culture. Mainstream television, globalization and the internet are wiring everyone up to the lowest common denominator. By giving our attention to artists, we have the opportunity for one day to focus on what is eternal and timeless in our civilization. Oct. 25th annually can give us a reason to participate in the arts personally.
For more information, please go to www.internationalartistday.com or www.facebook.com/I.A.D.Official

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Autumn Splash Art Show and Sale

Artscapes and Crossroad Artists, two art groups practising in the St.
Margaret’s Bay area, are holding an Art Show and Sale at St. Luke’s
United Church (Lower Hall) in Upper Tantallon 21 – 23 October. Open
times are Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. A great
way to meet and support our local artists and perhaps further your
Christmas shopping ! Payment forms: cheque or cash. (Debit / Credit
will not be available). St. Luke’s is located on Route 3 across from
the Train Station Bike & Bean.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Exhibit by Andrea Redmond

Local Artist, Andrea Redmond, is exhibiting her marvellous collage paintings at the Amber Rose Gallery, 319 Main St., Mahone Bay for the month of October.

Andrea's own studio/gallery, Wind Serf Farm and Studio/Gallery, is located in Glen Margaret. She paints in acrylic and uses mixed media on textured boards as she explores collage. This exhibit will be worth a drive to Mahone Bay. Don't miss it.

Don't Miss This

The St. Luke’s Players of St. Luke’s United Church in Upper Tantallon will perform Mudsongs, a musical production about the First World War, on Remembrance Day weekend.
Written by local playwright J. Frederick Brown, Mudsongs includes popular music of the time and is directed by Hubley resident Elaine Forhan.
Performance times are Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 pm.; Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 13, 2:30 p.m. in St. Luke’s United Church, 5374 St. Margarets Bay Rd., Upper Tantallon. Tickets are $12. Call 826-2523.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pottery Workshop

Ceramic Artist, Mary Jane Lundy is offering offering a 4 week mask making and hands mold pottery workshop at her studio in East Dover
 on Saturdays,  dates will be
Oct 22 - 10 to 1 pm:  making of mask of face and casting of hands
Oct 29 - 10 to 1 pm:  begin creating sculpture from your face and hands, using low red earthenware clay
Nov 5 - 10 to 1 pm:  finishing up sculpture
letting work dry for two weeks
Nov 19 - 10 to whenever kiln get fired:  in wood kiln usually takes about 6 hrs, but you first will be glazing then loading so by 1:00 it should be already to start then add on 6 hrs.  Anyone is welcome to stay the night - Mary Jane has 3 extra beds and a couch :-) - to be here for the unloading the next morning.  She is suggesting a potluck for this day, please no dairy or chicken :-).  She will make up a big vegetable soup.

 Mary Jane can accommodate up to 6 people for this workshop fee is $100.00 plus $50.00 for supplies.  So  $150.00 covers the four weeks.
Please let Mary Jane  know asap if you are able to attend as space is limited. 

You can learn more about Mary Jane and her work here

Monday, September 19, 2011

Aspotogan Arts & Crafts: Art Show and Sale

Members of Aspotogan Arts & Crafts will be showing their work at TheTrellis Café in Hubbards for the month of October. Come for the delicious food and enjoy the feast for the eyes! For more information on the artists: www.AAandC.org; on The Trellis Café hours and menus: www.trelliscafe.com
Opening reception: Sunday October 2, 2-5pm – all welcome.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Two House Concerts Coming Soon

The By the Bay Bed and Breakfast is having a house concert on Saturday August 13th at 10502 Peggy's Cove Road in Glen Margaret featuring artist: Shannon Quinn. She is an Irish Violinist and Vocalist. Check her music out at: www.myspace.com/shannonquinnba​nd
Call (821-2348) or email to reserve, $20./ticket. First come first serve basis.

On Thursday, August 18th The Chances will host Molly Thomason and Carleton Stone in concert here at thier home on in Boutilier's Point. Arrival after 7:15, the show will start at 8pm. BYOB if you wish - punch and light snacks will be available Call (826-7640) or email Heidi Chance for more details.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don't Miss This Show

The Trellis Cafe in Hubbards is very supportive of local artists and each month there is a different show of local artists' work for you to enjoy. During August Paulette Melanson and Suzanne Day are the feature painters. Drop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy the exhibit;
The Trellis is a real hub for the local arts community. Thursday night is "kitchen party" night at the Trellis - a great opportunity for locals and visitors to drop in and sing or play an instrument with others. All musicians are welcome And Friday and Saturday nights different local musicians are featured. More info here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brian Atyeo

We are very lucky that Brian Atyeo has a home and studio in the Peggy's Cove Area. He is a wonderful artist who has had a tremendous influence on many local painters.

HIs paintings are well known for their bold and spiritual impressions of jazz, figure, and the Canadian landscape.  His work is a constant exploration of colour and form showing remarkable confidence. Here are four of my favourites that demonstrate the range of his work.

A native of Toronto, Brian shares his knowledge and skill at workshops across Canada. Early each summer he offers a workshop locally which many of our artists participate in.

From July 31 to August 12 2011, Brian will be the feature artist at  Jo Beale Gallery in Peggy's Cove. Drop in on July 31 between 2 and 4 to meet him and discuss his work.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

And The Winner is......

Last Monday Suzanne Day and I presented Laura Charlton, winner of Suzanne's painting, "Peggy's Cove Crescendo," with her prize. Laura was thrilled to win the painting and we were pleased to know it is going to such a good home.

Not only did Laura visit 5 of the open studios but she brought along guests from Ontario AND purchased 5 paintings from our participating artists and now has a lovely collection of Peggy's Cove Area Art in her home.
Laura Charlton, Suzanne Day and "Peggy's Cove Crescendo"

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Open Studio Weekend - look for this flag

Not all studios/locations are open each day - look for this flag as you drive along. It indicates that that location is on the tour and open.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Open Studio Weekend

There are 15 locations along the Peggy's Cove and Prospect Roads (rte 333) today and tomorrow. Visit at least five of them and you will be entered into a draw to win the painting below:

You will find the name, address and a map of the open studios here

Friday, July 8, 2011

Meaghan Smith/Ryan MacGrath Concert tonight.

Today is a big day on our festival schedule with the concert at St Luke's Church in Upper Tantallon. There are still tickets available so if you haven't made plans yet you can pay at the door.

The church is very easy to find and is just 20 minutes from the Armdale round-a-bout. Take highway 103 from Halifax to exit 5. Turn left at the top of the exit ramp and follow Hammonds Plainds Road to the end. Turn right and go straight at the lights at route 333 and continue for about 1 km. You will see St Luke's on your left.
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See you tonight.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Day to Visit Our Festival Exhibits

Today is a busy day as we prepare for the Meaghan Smith/Ryan McGrath tomorrow night today. It is going to be a great one. Great music, great door prizes (think music, hammocks, art) in a great setting.

We have several exhibits of local art you may want to drop in on today:

At Jo Beale Gallery in Peggy's Cove: Several local artists display there. Featured artists today are Sarah Irwin and Leya Evelyn.

At Oceanstone Cafe in Indian Harbour: The photography of Roger Morin.  The cafe is a new concept at Oceanstone. I had lunch there a day or two ago and it was excellent! Drop in, enjoy Roger's photography - it is truly amazing what he sees through the lens of a camera - and a tasty lunch or coffee break.

At the Finer Diner: Lee Fraser is the guest artist today. He will be on the Ice Cream Deck with his wonderful and realistic paintings. As always, Sarah Irwin, co-owner of the diner - has a selection of her wonderful art on display in the diner. Another opportunity to enjoy lunch in an art filled atmosphere.

And then there is Mother Nature's Art Gallery. Take your time driving around our area, stop often to savour the beauty we are surrounded by. It will lift your spirit and brighten your day.
And looking towards the weekend: You could win this painting during our Open Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Busy Day Today

Festival Events:

10 am to 4 pm, At The Finer Diner: Photographer Joanne McCarthy will be showing her photographs and art cards on the ice cream deck.

6 pm to 9 pm, at Shining Waters Marina: Art and Hamachi Sushi night. Eight or so artists will be displaying their work (including a Japanese Calligraphy artist) and a Hamachi Sushi chef will be preparing and serving sushi. More info here

8 pm at 7143 St Margaret's Bay Rd: A house concert featuring Maple Blues winner Thom Swift. $20/person. Pay at the door.

Come on out and have some fun!

Friday, July 1, 2011

This Weekend: Come Celebrate the Art of our Area With Us

What a spectacular weekend it is going to be in The Peggy's Cove Area. We couldn't ask for a better way to kick of our festival.
Shining Waters Marina hosting Canada Day fireworks at 10pm

Kayak out to Clam Island From Shining Waters

The Aspotogan Peninsula in the distance 
And there is a lot going on this weekend:

ArtScapes: 15 Local Artists will be displaying and selling their work at St Luke's Church, Upper Tantallon. Watch for their signs. Show hours are:  June 30 - Opening 7pm to 9pm
                                   July 1  10 am to 8 pm 
                                  July 2   10 am to 6 pm
                                  July 3   10 am to 4 pm

Artisans on the Ice Cream Deck at the Finer Diner: 

July 1 Joyce Brooks: Joyce is showing her sewing. She makes a wide variety of handmade things, from baby bibs, to scarves and handbags!

July 2 Mary Jane Lundy: Mary Jane has been throwing pots and making hand built clay sculptures for many years. Come and see her down by the sea creations, and get an up close view as she demonstrates her skills.

July 3 Irene Jollimore:  Showing a wide variety of things knitted both with and without a pattern, Irene makes and sells the best socks in the world. 

The Finer Diner will be open until 7 pm and is a great spot to enjoy a casual lunch on the deck overlooking Hacketts Cove.

Exhibit of the Photography of Roger Morin:

8 am to 3 pm at the Cafe at Oceanstone Inn and Cottages in Indian Harbour. Learn more about Roger and view some of his amazing photography here. The Cafe at Oceanstone is new. I dropped in on Wednesday for lunch and it is excellent. It will be a perfect weekend to dine on their lovely deck and soak up some sun.

Celebrate Canada Day at Shining Waters Marina:

July 1 2011 6 pm to 8 pm - Shining Waters Marina will be hosting a Canada Day Party to celebrate the opening of our festival. Drop by for nibbles, drinks and to view and meet some of the artists who are participating in the festival and view examples of their art. Andrew Tremaine will host an open mic during the evening - if you are a local musician and would like to show your stuff email events@shiningwaters.ca to book a time.

And, don't miss Paint Peggy's Cove:

On July 2 and 3 2011 several artists will be Painting Peggy's Cove. During these two days, between 10 am and 4 pm, you will find them scattered through out the village depicting what they see in which ever medium they work.
On Sunday July 3 from 5 to 7 pm you may view and purchase their finished work at an art sale at the Old Red School House.

Jo Beale Gallery:

While in Peggy's Cove be sure to drop in to Jo Beale Gallery. Sarah Irwin is the feature artist this weekend and Leya Evelyn has an exhibit opening there on July 3rd, just before the sale of the work by Paint Peggy's Cove artists. It is going to be a busy day at Jo's. Lots of fun.

More things to do in our area here

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Photographer Joanne McCarthy

Joanne McCarthy is a "come from away" Nova Scotia photographer who grew up enchanted by the stunning compositions found in Life and National Geographic magazines. She is now drawn to the natural beauty of her new surroundings in the St. Margaret's Bay area. Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from York University, Ontario. She has also dabbled in printmaking, book arts and drawing. You'll find her photo cards at White Sails Bakery (Tantallon), Argyle Fine Art Gallery (Halifax) and Trilogy Gallery (Mahone Bay).

Follow Joanne's work at www.flickr.com/photos/eastcoastshutterbug/

Joanne will be showing and demonstrating at Bay Hammocks during our Open Studio Weekend and is the featured Artisian on the Ice Cream Deck the Finer Diner in Hackett's Cove on July 6th

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jo Beale Gallery

When visiting Peggy's Cove Jo Beale Gallery is the place to go to see a wide range of art by local artists.
Jo Beale Gallery, Peggy's Cove
Every week throughout the summer Jo features a different artist, with an exhibit opening each Sunday. During our festival three local artists will be exhibited:

June 26 to July 9 2011 - Sarah Irwin - meet the artist, June 26, 2 to 4 pm
July 3 to 15 2011 - Leya Evelyn - meet the artist, July 3, 2 to 4 pm
July 10 to July 22, 2011 - Andrea Redmond, "Flocking to Peggy's Cove" - meet the artist, July 10, 2 to 4 pm

Also, Jo Beale Gallery will host the wine and cheese and exhibit and sale of the work of the artists who "Paint Peggy's Cove" July 2 and 3, 2011, 5 pm to 7 pm. You are invited to drop in, chat with the artists, view and purchase their work.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ivan Fraser Gallery

A visit to Ivan's gallery and museum is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Ivan is an artist, photographer, author and storyteller was born and raised in Nova Scotia. Through paintings and photography he shares quiet inlets as well as the awesome power and majesty of the sea. His speciality is scenes of Peggy's Cove.

Ivan's latest endeavour is bringing Peggy's Cove Legend to reality through song, books, dolls, museum and storytelling. His popular Childhood Home Museum and exuberant storytelling is capturing hearts... hungry for details of the mysterious and charming Peggy. A mix of facts, blended with colorful tales and characters, take you back to the days of Peggy of the Cove. Hear it all and enjoy the friendly Maritime hospitality at Ivan's Childhood Home Museum. 

Ivan's gallery is on our studio tour - Sunday only

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Seaside Gallery

For five years now, the Seaside Gallery Artists, Joan Crothers, Diane Fralich, Carol Ann McNeil, Wendy Pritchard-Madore and Andrea Redmond, have been showcasing their work at Shaw’s Landing, 6958 Highway #333, West Dover with many paintings  hung throughout the restaurant . There’s also loft gallery upstairs . The gallery is open 7 days a week May-Oct.. Go to www.shawslanding.ca.

Seaside Gallery will be part of our Open Studio Weekend July 9 and 10 

Carol Ann and Andrea can also be found on facebook and the following websites:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Meaghan Smith on BT

Meaghan was a guest with Heidi P. on Breakfast TV Atlantic this morning. Our concert will be the last on her Canadian tour. Tickets are selling fast. You can buy yours here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lee Fraser

Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the sea, which are represented in much of his current work, Lee was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Reflected in his work as well is the influence of Linda Huntley, a neighbour and past Painter's Palette artist who encouraged Lee to enrol in art classes and under the capable direction of well known artist, the late Al Riggs, he made remarkable progress as an avocational painter.

It has only been during the last 10 years that Lee an ever increasing amount of his days portraying the maritime images of what, to him, are Atlantic Canada, as well as what inspiration he receives from across our great universe. Several of Lee's pieces hang in homes and offices across Canada and in the United States.

You can view more of Lee's work here

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Suzanne Day

Winter Scene
Suzanne Day had her first painting lesson on a wharf in St. Margaret’s Bay in 1998 while her son took sailing lessons during a summer vacation. She taught French in Ontario for 26 years before retiring and moving back to her native Nova Scotia in 2005.  

She has studied watercolour and acrylic painting for thirteen years and has been a member of North Brampton Water-colour Society in Ontario (1998-2005) and the Aspotogan Arts and Crafts in Nova Scotia (2006-2011).  She has exhibited her work in Brampton City Hall, the Beaux Arts Brampton Gallery, in many Aspotogan Arts and Crafts shows and other local venues.  Her work can be found in collections across Canada, in the United States and in Europe.  

Suzanne paints in her home art studio which has a panoramic view of St. Margaret’s Bay.  Her work depicts coastal scenes and local activities such as sailing races and lobster fishing.  She loves to paint shorebirds, beach stones and seaside flowers.  She paintings capture the many moods and seasons of the bay.  

Suzanne is one of the artists you will find in “ Paint Peggy’s Cove” July 2 and 3, 2011 and at Bay hammocks during our Open Studio Weekend. During the month of August  Suzanne will be showing her work at the Trellis Cafe in Hubbards.

You can view more of her work here or contact her at msaday@eastlink.ca

Monday, May 23, 2011

Andrea Redmond

Andrea's studio gallery is literally "off the beaten path", off-grid and some 185 ft. above sea level where the sky is as wide open as her eclectic body of work.

Currently working on several collage series, her most recent theme, "Where The Light Gets In", is a spiritual journey into the Nova Scotia woodlands.

"I like paint on my hands and clothes and am often driven by the urge to leave messages in my work hoping it raises questions in others".
Andrea's work can also be found at Jo Beale Gallery, Peggy's Cove, Art Sales and Rental Society, Hollis St., Halifax and Seaside Gallery, Shaw's Landing, West Dover.

The painting above is one of 12 that Andrea will exhibit at the Jo Beale Gallery in Peggy's Cove during the festival. I chose to highlight it in this post because it shows the village of Peggy's Cove from an interesting perspective. The yellow house with the white steps halfway up the hill in the Jo Beale Gallery.

Andrea is a member of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Visual Arts Nova Scotia

You can view more of her work on her website  and blog.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Olga Fredericks

Olga was born and brought up in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, where she was surrounded by artists. Her father was a show-card painter, grandfather was a pencil artist, and her grandmother was an oil painter. And on her mother's side, musicians, opera singers and lots of aunts who loved to dance to lively Latin music.

Olga has won several art competitions and has sold paintings across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As a growing artist she has been privileged to have painted under such great artists as Charles Cooper, Rosemary McAulie, Jean Edmonds Hancock, Charles Reid and Brian Atyeo. She also attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her life has been full of art and lots of colourful people.

Olga will be Exhibiting at Artscapes at St Luke's Church in Upper Tantallon, July 1,2, and 3 and is participating in open studio days July 9 and 10.

You can view more of her paintings here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Roger Morin


Roger is one of our area's great photographers. We are excited to announce that you will have two opportunities to view and learn about his work.

July 2 to 10 there will be an exhibit of his photography at the cafe at Oceanstone Inn and Cottages  in Indian Harbour.

In addition, by using examples of his award-winning photography and state of the art equipment, Roger will be presenting a workshop at Jo Beale Gallery in Peggy's Cove on how to choose and compose shots through an understanding of the flexibility of the equipment. A reception and refreshments will follow this workshop. Date to be announced shortly.

You can view Roger's work here

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mary Jane Lundy

Today's featured artist is Mary Jane Lundy
Mary Jane's Crescent Clay Studio

Mary Jane Lundy has been a full time studio ceramic artist since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2003 with a BFA major in Ceramics. Her home is in East Dover, Nova Scotia since 1985.
She  was currently in a group exhibition November 2010 to mid February 2011, “Sacred Symbol”, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Currently in April of this year she’ll be in another group exhibition “Treeology” at the Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia runs til May 22 and on June  25 to July 14 a solo exhibition “Octopus’s Garden”, The Mooring Gallery, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. In 2008 she received a Creation Grant - Nova Scotia Tourism Culture & Heritage to research and to create ceramic water fountains. In June 2009 - Solo exhibition: “Source: Water from the Earth”, at Argyle Fine Arts Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Also in this year she was in two Group exhibitions: September -“Shaping Space a celebration of Lantz Clay”, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia and in October “The Art of Food”, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Artist Statement

Mary Jane Lundy’s ceramic studio practice is inspired by the designs of 15th century French ceramist, Bernard Palissy, 14th century Italian ceramist Luca Della Robbia, and 18th century Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi whom used grottos, niches and tombs. Palissy used living things such as frogs, lizards, fish, plant life, and shells in creating plaster castings for clay press molds. Like Palissy, who cast only species from his surrounding area, I have limited my subjects to what inhabits on our land and in our Atlantic Ocean around Nova Scotia.

Mary Jane will be participating in the studio tour - July 9 and 10 and working with the children at Kids Art Day July 1st. You can view more of her work here http://harvestgallery.ca/searchresults.php?artistId=1737&start=13

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Meaghan Smith

We are proud to present
Juno and ECMA Award Winner
Meaghan Smith 
with guest
Ryan MacGrath
July 8 2011
St Luke's Church
Upper Tantallon, NS

Friday, April 15, 2011

Joy Coyle

Joy lives in Bedford, N.S.  She began painting in her early teens, starting with a group in the local church basement. 
Reflections and light  are favorite subjects, in both oil and acrylic  mediums. 
 Joy has been a member of the Bedford Basin Artists Society since 2002, and enjoys painting and showing with them. She attends many workshops each year to keep learning and growing as an artist. Plein air painting has become a new challenge in the past few years and she participates each year at  many  paint-on-site fund raisers. You will find her painting somewhere in Peggy's Cove during Paint Peggy's Cove  July 2 and 3 2011.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Paulette Melanson

Paulette is one of the local artists you will find perched on the rocks, painting Peggy's Cove on July 2 and 3, 2011. The painting above, of Northwest Cove on the Aspotogan Peninsula, is one of my personal favourites.  Paulette, a very prolific artist, is president of the Aspotogan Arts and Crafts Association and will also be showing her work at their show in the Blandford Community Centre in May and  in the "Two Artists and a Bottle of Wine" show at the Trellis Cafe in Hubbards in August. You can view a Picasa Web Album of her work here.

BTW the Trellis Cafe is a real hotbed of activity for local musicians and artists. I will write more about it in a future post.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sarah Irwin, Flying Stones Studio

Sarah attended Georgian College in Ontario and NASCAD in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since 2004 she has been rooting around Nova Scotia, finding, salvaging, pack-ratting and reinventing objects and themes.She is attracted by organic forms, things worn by nature, and the concept of growth in regards to time. She loves the idea that an object can become something entirely new. Her idea is that art is all around us if we pay attention;  it's  just waiting to be integrated back into the world. You can view more of her work here.

In addition to her career as an artist, Sarah and her husband, Peter, operate The Finer Diner at 9976 Peggy's Cove Road, Hackett's Cove, Nova Scotia B3Z 3J3. During the festival Sarah and Peter will be hosting various artists on the Ice Cream Deck at the side of the restaurant. Do stop by to see what is happening.