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The following list will give you an idea of the types of workshops and activities that are organized by the SSAC. Some of these activities may be repeated in  future, so if you see an activity that you'd like to see featured again, please let us know by contacting

First Annual General Meeting and Workshop Day

SSAC is excited to have had our first  Annual General Meeting and to have hosted a successful day full of seminars and workshops in February 2003. With wonderful speakers on topics that ranged from Galleries and Jurying, Spirituality and the Creative Process, Getting Ready to Export, Financing, Copyrights, Intellectual Property,  and Internet Galleries, every participant had the opportunity to come away with something new.

First Annual SSAC Festival

The first annual festival, held in Bridgewater in September 2002, was a success! We had great membership support with 44 of our 59 members exhibiting, displaying diverse skills and talents - from artists working in traditional mediums to furniture designers and woodworkers to soaps and fiber art. We had 400 visitors to the show, and a terrific response from the invited guests to the press party, even though the show was on very short notice.  We received great, helpful feedback from the participants, which we will use when organizing our next event.

Workshop: An Introduction to Wholesaling your Product

Bernard Burton, Manager of the Atlantic Craft Trade Show (ACTS), presented an excellent introductory workshop on wholesaling. Along with an overview of ACTS, the topics covered included Wholesale vs. Retail, Planning for a Trade Show, Preparing to do Business, and Making the Sale. He also displayed a variety of booth photos and discussed both the artistic and practical issues involved in  designing an effective booth. Although intended specifically for people who are considering entering the wholesale market, much of the information is also helpful for artists and artisans who are not ready or not  intending to wholesale their products. This workshop, held in November 2002 at ACSBE in Bridgewater, was a 'short' (2 - 3 hour) version;  SSAC is intending to feature an in-depth one day ACTS workshop in the coming spring.

Workshop: How to Start Your Arts or Crafts Business

Sarah  Allan, Business Counsellor at the ACSBE Resource Centre, presented a 3 hour workshop on 'How to Start your Arts & Crafts Business'. Using the perspective of the beginning artist or artisan who wishes to begin doing  business, she covered topics such as regulations, business resources, marketing, product pricing, refining your product line, and choosing the best shows. This workshop was held in December 2002, and was free for SSAC  members.

Super Host Course:

A 1 day Super Host program will be conducted by Angela Decker at the Community College in Bridgewater. Two sessions are available: Mon. April 28 and Tues. April 29.  The cost is $45.00 per person. Please contact  the South Shore Tourism Association Office by phone  (902) 634-8844 or email if you are interested in participating.

PREPARING FOR THE SALE - An Essential Business Building Series for Established Crafts Producers in Atlantic Canada


  • The Business of Pricing Your Product
  • Production Logic
  • Maximizing Marketing Opportunities
  • Selling to Export Markets
  • Creating a Roadmap for Success

This comprehensive series of workshops for professional crafts producers is designed to increase productivity, profitability and export readiness. The series consists of six full-day sessions held once weekly in ten regions throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.


The South Shore component of this series will be held in Bridgewater at the ACSBE Resource Centre: Wednesdays - March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23


  • Cost per person: For the series of 6 workshops $250.00
  • Per Workshop $60.00


The specific workshop topics are as follows:

  • Pricing Strategies and Measures of Profitability
  • Production Efficiencies Leading to Increased Profitability
  • Getting Your Products Noticed
  • Selling To Export Markets
  • Preparing the Business Plan
  • Optional Session (based on measured demand from each region ie: Bookkeeping, Taxation, Internet Marketing)

To register or for more information please call the St.FX Enterprise Development Centre in Antigonish at (902) 867-5543.

Spring Festival: "Lights on  the Artists and Artisans of the South Shore"

  • When: May 24 and 25, 2003
  • Where: Three venues:
    • Hubbards Fire Hall
    • LaHave Fire Hall
    • Liverpool Legion
  • Cost: $25.00 for one venue, $5.00 for each additional venue. Please check information sheet and application form for exact costing.
  • Deadline for registration: May 20, 2003. Applications received before May 9th will have priority for space selection.

Privateer Days: 

  • What: SSAC Showcase and Sale
  • When: June 29, 11am to 4pm
  • Where: Liverpool, N.S. under the tent near the main Privateer's Days display.
  • Cost: $10 for a table
  • If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to

SSAC Discussion and Gathering

What: The first of a  series of gatherings that will feature a guest speaker and an opportunity to gather with fellow SSAC members.

Focus: Our guest speaker will discuss the Mahone Bay Centre's development and goals, and will  provide a tour of the Centre for SSAC members.

When: Tuesday, July 15th, 6:30 PM

Where: Mahone Bay Centre, N.S. The Mahone Bay Centre is located at the intersection of School St. and Pond St. in Mahone Bay. To get there: from Main St in Mahone Bay, turn up Pleasant St, then right on School St. The Centre is the old schoolhouse, and is easily recognizable by its yellow spire.

A consistent message that we have received from members  who have participated in SSAC events is that one of the most useful results is the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and to exchange tips ranging from marketing ideas to suppliers to technical help with our fellow members. This first Gathering is to provide an opportunity to do that and more!

Demonstration Opportunity at the Bridgewater Museums

  • When: August 23 and 24
  • Where: DesBrisay Museum and/or Wile Carding Mill
  • Contact: Email
  • In Cooperation with: The LaHave River Valley Festival

SSAC is pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for members to demonstrate their art/craft and offer their product for sale during the 3rd annual LaHave River Valley Festival.  In recognition of the 'Year of Celebration of Craft', the LRVTA is keen to showcase the talents of people in the area. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to publicize your work, possibly generate some sales, and to develop or build on  relationships with the museums and with the public.

We want to be as accommodating as possible with scheduling. Depending on your preferences, you may have the opportunity to demo for several hours or all afternoon, either or both days of the festival. If you feel you might be interested in participating, please contact  Advertising will begin in early August, so it is to your advantage to contact us soon!

Sam Slick Days

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

According to, the South Shore of Nova Scotia is a mecca for craft aficionados, with the Cabot Trail and the South Shore ranked in the top ten of Canada's most scenic drives! Come out and see what we  have to offer!

Second Annual SSAC Member Show and Sale 

  • When: September 20 & 21, 2003
  • Where: Mahone Bay Centre, N.S. The Mahone Bay Centre is located at the intersection of School St. and Pond St. in Mahone Bay. To get there: from Main St in Mahone Bay, turn up Pleasant St, then right on School St. The Centre is the old schoolhouse, and is easily recognizable by its yellow bell tower.
  • Details: The show will be held in several rooms. Both hanging space and table space will be available. The application form and more details about the show are posted here.

Community Events

  • Printmaking workshop: Ed Porter is giving a workshop on non-toxic intaglio for 5 Saturdays, starting Oct 18. No prior  printmaking experience required.  Contact Ed at for details.
  • Writer's Read is a no-cost event that takes place at 2:30 PM on the 4th Sunday afternoon each month at the Fairview Inn, 25 Queen Street, in Bridgewater. You can bring your own work and read for up to 10 min.  For information on Writer's Read events, contact Susan
  • Fiction Writing Workshop: William Kowalski will host a 2-day intensive workshop on Nov. 15 and 16th in Mahone Bay. For more info, contact 

2nd Annual Member Show and Sale:

The SSAC Second Annual Member Show and Sale was held on Sept. 20 and 21 at the  Mahone Bay Centre. With displays ranging from fine art to carving, pottery, soaps, candles, photography, herbal food products and more, SSAC members were truly presenting some of the 'creative climate of the South Shore'. The steady stream of visitors included folks from Mahone Bay, as well as summer residents and travellers from Ontario, B.C., and various states of the US. Old friendships were renewed and new ones  begun as more SSAC members had the opportunity to meet each other. If you weren't able to exhibit at or attend this event, keep an eye right here on the News from SSAC, so you can plan to be a part of the next event!

 Notice to SSAC Members

SSAC still has a limited number of CDs available that contain  photographs from the First Annual SSAC Fall Festival, held in Bridgewater in September 2002. If you are a SSAC member who exhibited at that Festival and had digital photographs taken of your work, we invite you to  contact SSAC at to receive a copy of the CD.  

2nd Annual AGM

The SSAC 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for  21 February,2004. 

  • What: SSAC Annual General Meeting
  • When: Saturday, 21 February 2004, 1 - 4 PM
  • Where: Bridgewater Superstore Community Room (upstairs)
  • Cost: No charge
  • Why you should come! Along with the usual business of an AGM, this is also an opportunity for you to participate by giving us your perspective: looking at what we've done, determining what we should concentrate on in the year ahead, and helping us to make our organization one that provides the best possible benefit for our members.

There will be light refreshments, so it would be helpful if you can let us know ahead of time whether you will be attending.

Crafters and Artisans Workshop: Business Basics for the Craft Sector

  • When: March 11 and 12, 2004, 8:30 - 4:30
  • Where: Mahone Bay Community Centre
  • Cost: No cost, but registration is required.  Registration deadline is 1 March.
  • Contact: Sylvia Booth at 521-0657 or This workshop is sponsored by the Women in Business Initiative. You are also welcome to contact to receive the workshop outline.

Workshop: Booth Display

  • When: Saturday, March 13th, 1 - 4 PM
  • Presenter:Uma Roacheof Thimble Witch Designs. Many of you have already seen Uma's fabulous, fanciful dolls at craft shows and events. She is now offering to help all of us have successful craft show experiences by sharing some of the knowledge that she has gained over her years in the crafts business.
  • Where: Bridgewater Superstore Community Room (upstairs)
  • Cost: No charge for current SSAC members,
             $15 for non-members.

Virtual Exec Meeting:

Our most recent executive meeting at the end of March was held in an experimental 'virtual' fashion, using e-mail as our main communciation mode. This worked well, and although it  doesn't substitute for face-to-face contact, we were able to conduct the business that required immediate attention, and were also able to have participation by members who can't always make it to our physical meetings. If you're interested in getting more involved with SSAC, let us know, and we'll put you 'in the loop'

Festival Champlain

  • When:  May 7 - May 9, 2004
  • Where: South Shore
  • What: Opportunities for artists and crafters. Organizers are particularly interested in having Acadian and Mi'kmaq artisans present their work.
  • Contact: Donna Hatt at or by phone 530-2254

Crafters & Artisans Workshop

  • When:  June 4 and June 8, 2004
  • Where: Chester Basin Legion
  • What: Presented by the Women in Business Initiative, this two day workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills you require for your business to succeed.Get more information here.
  • Cost: $20.00
  • Contact: Sylvia Booth, WBI Regional Business Facilitator
    Phone: 902-521-0657

Co-op Opportunity:

Andrea Corkum is putting together an arts and crafts co-op in Bridgewater  (probably on King Street), intended to run year-round. If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact Andrea at 527-2337 or by email at

Jewelry Workshop

  • When:  Sunday, July 25 - Friday, July 30, 2004
    Registration deadline: June 25
  • Where: Mahone Bay
  • What: Goldsmith Orland Larson will present this jewellery-making workshop which will provide an excellent foundation for working with metal — for both serious students and serious hobbyists.  Orland pioneered and founded the jewellery/metalsmithing program at NSCAD in Halifax and later taught for many years at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. He has been an innovative artisan working in metal for more than 40 years.
  • Tuition: $425 Cdn + $75 Studio fee
  • Contact: Orland Larson at

SummerFest 2004 Art and Craft Market

  • When:  August 7 and 8, 2004
  • Where: Mahone Bay Legion, 21 Pond Street
  • What: Two dozen of the South Shore's best artisans will be there, with Pottery, Jewelry, Dolls, Wrought Iron, Baskets, and more...
  • For More Details: Take a look at the beautiful full-color poster!
  • Contact: Uma at 527-1121 or email

3rd Annual Sam Slick Days Craft Show and Sale

  • When:  August 7 and 8, 2004
  • Where: Windsor, NS
  • Details:  The Sam Slick promoters are trying to organize some activities close to the Community Centre in Windsor during  craft show hours to bring in more visitors. The Sam Slick Society is also  very pleased to be presenting Alannah Myles in concert on Saturday August 7th. Also with the Congres Mondial Acadienne, and the Martin and Landry Family reunions taking place in and around Windsor at the same time as Sam Slick Days, they are hoping for high traffic.
  • Contact:  Visit and download the application form or email Norma Jean at

Harbourside Promotions is planning several Craft Festivals for 2004. If you are interested in receiving their line up of shows, information sheet, and application, send an email to


  • The Mahone Bay Centre has artist studio space for rent at very reasonable rates. The room has a high ceiling, with lots of windows and north light. Anyone interested can contact the Centre at
  • The Liverpool Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is putting together a consignment gallery. If you would like to display works of art in the gallery, please call Tara Knox at 683-2800 or email Ann Langille of the Region of Queens at
  • The Department of Tourism and Culture offers a free literature distribution service to 40 Visitor Information Centres for tourism related products. Contact for information on the service.

Recent SSAC Events

Enrichment Day, Bridgewater Elementary School:

SSAC members were involved with  Enrichment Block Day on May 14 at the Bridgewater Elementary School, which was well received. Four SSAC members participated. The hands-on workshops and demonstrations were enjoyed by the students. A fun and informative  day was had by all. Thanks to all those who took part and gave of their time and experience. If you'd like to participate in the next SSAC community event, please let us know of your interest by sending  an email  to 

2nd Annual AGM:

The SSAC 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 21 February,2004. A big 'thank-you' to all of the members who braved the ominous weather to attend; if you couldn't attend the meeting, you can read all about it in the AGM Meeting Notes 


Our first workshop of 2004 was held on March 13; Troy R. did an outstanding job of presenting the topics of  Booth Design, Display Tips & Show Etiquette. The attendees came away with practical tips and useful information on improving both their booths and their sales experiences. Thank you, Troy!  


Orland Larson, President of ILEKTROM DESIGN ENTERPRISES, in conjunction with SSAC, is hosting a POTLUCK!

  • Where: On the property of Orland Larson
      172 Hyson Point Road, Oakland, NS
    (Take Exit 10 off Hwy 103. Then it's 3.4 kms up the Indian Point Road, third turnoff on the ocean side, just outside  Mahone Bay.)
  • When: Sunday, August 22 from 2-5 pm
  • Tel: 624-8078

Bring a dish of your choice!

Orland has hosted summer potluck picnics for 12 consecutive years, and has had over a hundred talented people show up at these events. This year, which may be Orland's last year of  hosting a potluck on the South Shore, SSAC is delighted to be a part of this long-standing tradition. 

Come out and meet your friends! Make new ones! Share a few hours with other creative hands and minds from the South Shore and beyond!

Liverpool Waterfront Market Opportunity:

The Waterfront Market has begun, and we have a hit! Read all  about the first day, and see a few pictures (including the ukulele band!).

You can still get in on the  action. The Waterfront is beautiful, easy to access, has lots of parking, and with the new gazebo tents and Welcome flags, it can be seen from the bridge as you enter the downtown.

  • When: Saturdays from July 10 to Sept 11, 2004 
  • Time: 9 am to 2 PM
  • Where: Privateer's Park on the Liverpool Waterfront (near the Legion)
  • Applications: Get the vendor application form here. You can also contact Elizabeth Brown at for  more information.
  • Fee: $25 for each Saturday you wish to book.

We are providing gazebo structures that create a market 'feel' and provide some protection from the sun and weather. We're hoping to continue to expand the variety of artists, hand-crafters, and other vendors as the summer unfolds. Judging from the initial response, this market will become a destination attraction.

Pricing Your Product and ... an Open Invitation!

  • When: Friday, Sept 10th: 7:00 PM - 9 PM
  • Where: Mahone Bay Centre
    The Mahone Bay Centre is located at the intersection of School St. and Pond St. in Mahone Bay.
    To get there: from Main St in Mahone Bay, turn up Pleasant St, then right on School St. The Centre is the old schoolhouse, and is easily recognizable by its yellow spire.
  • What: An informal gathering, chance to chat and meet artists and artisans on the South Shore, and learn about pricing your product.

Do you ever wonder whether you are pricing your product correctly? There are various ways of thinking about your time, so there are various approaches to pricing as well. Here's a chance to examine your own philosophy of pricing, and see how other people do it, too!

This is an open invitation to artists and artisans of all types throughout the South Shore.. come to the Mahone Bay Centre, bring a friend if you like, and  take part in an informal workshop that will be given by Orland Larson on Pricing Your Product.

Orland is an award-winning master craftsman who is offering to share with us some of the wealth of  experience that he has accumulated. This workshop has been timed so you can take advantage of this information before SSAC's 3rd annual Fall Festival, which is coming up on Sept 18th and 19th at the Mahone Bay Legion.

 After Orland's discussion, they'll be plenty of chance to chat with members of SSAC and other artists and artisans. So come out and spend an entertaining evening, meet some fellow artists and artisans, and learn, too! 

With These Hands:
3rd Annual Member Show and Sale:

  • When: September 18th and 19th, 2004
  • Where: Mahone Bay Legion Hall
             21 Pond Street
    Take Exit 10 off highway 103, and then just follow the signs to great art and craft.
  • Eligibility: Open to juried SSAC members
  • Details: Mahone Bay plays host to "With These Hands": the 3rd annual art and craft show presented by SSAC. The best artisans from the South Shore and across Nova Scotia will offer their finest in handmade pottery, stained glass, jewellery, wood carvings, dolls, candles, furniture, clothing and more
  • See the poster
  • Listen to the advertisement!
  • Free admission. Doors open at 10:00 AM
  • The Member show is now fully booked, and we are looking forward to a very exciting event. Come out, see some beautiful work, and support the artists and artisans of the South Shore!

A Creative Journey: Jewellery Workshop
And ... it's Half-Price for SSAC Members!

Orland Larson has also volunteered to give a 5 hour jewellery workshop on October 9th, starting at 9AM, in his studio.
As Orland says, this workshop is for "anyone who has a creative urge of any kind". You need no previous experience, (as the intention is not to turn you into a jeweller); you simply need to come with an interest in having the experience.

Orland is a master craftsman, a goldsmith, a teacher, and a leader in the art and design community. He pioneered and founded the jewellery/metalsmithing program at NSCAD in Halifax and later taught for many years at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. He has been an innovative artisan working in metal for more than 40 years, and, you can
see Orland in his studio here!

While the registration fee for this workshop is normally $50, Orland is offering it to SSAC members for only $25. That even includes Orland's wonderful Thai Soup lunch, and, you'll come away with a simple sterling silver ring (a $40 value!) that you've created.

This is sure to be an entertaining and inspiring day. Enrollment is limited, so register early by contacting

Educational Series: Navigating e-Business for Small Business

  • When: Starting Sept. 14
  • Cost: Full series: $95 + tax. Individual seminars: $25 + tax 
  • Where: NSCC, Lun. Campus, High Street, Bridgewater
  • Sponsored by IT Human Resources Council
  • For more info: See the Media Release or contact Janet MacLeod, Business Development Officer, LQRDA at

SSAC would like to extend a warm 'thank you' to Orland Larson, who hosted a workshop on Sept 10th on Pricing Your Product.

Leading a group of over a dozen varied, lively and creative people,  Orland discussed taking a professional approach to pricing. Using  his own recent Hairstyx project as an example, his presentation included the importance of keeping accurate records of material costs and time spent working. But Orland also touched on many other topics, including the ethics of pricing, what to do if your work doesn't sell, and the joy of being in control of your own work.  A couple of Orland's parting thoughts, applicable to anyone in the arts/crafts industry are:

  • "Take heart, nothing happens overnight, but miracles do happen as well."
  • "If other people could do what you are doing, they wouldn't be paying you to do it!"

Orland Larson also hosted a wonderful potluck picnic on August 22nd on his beautiful property outside Mahone Bay. Read all about it, and see the picture!  

Regina Coupar: Exhibit

  • Regina Coupar's exhibition "Synthesis" is now showing at the  ADJA gallery in Liverpool. For more information, contact ADJA at

Don & Louise Pentz: Exhibit

  • Don & Louise Pentz are featured in a new exhibition "Images and Vessels" at the Peer Gallery in Lunenburg. Recent paintings by Don Pentz & recent pottery Louise Pentz. The Opening is: Oct.16, 1:00-5:00, and Exhibition continues until Nov.1, 2004. 

Yuletide Craft Market:

  • Featuring the best artisans from across Nova Scotia, the Yuletide Craft Market is coming up ...
    • Nov. 6 & 7
    • Opens at 10 AM both days
    • Bridgewater Elementary School,  130 York St, Bridgewater.

2004 was a great year for SSAC ...

With our Fall Festival now over, the Liverpool Market wrapped up,  and our workshops for 2004 completed, it's time to give a warm 'thank you' and take a moment to appreciate some of the folks who have made this year a great year for SSAC.

  • Troy & Uma Roache spent many hours and much energy organizing and promoting 'With These Hands', the SSAC Fall Festival in Mahone Bay. We had visitors from all over Canada and the U.S., and wonderful customer comments about the quality of the show, the products, and the booths.
  • Liz Brown cajoled and charmed local businesses (and her own family) into sponsoring and assisting with the gazebos for the Liverpool Market. (Read more about the Liverpool Market and its conclusion).
  • Orland Larson delivered workshops on Product Pricing and Jewellery Making and hosted a potluck picnic, too! Along with that, he has brought us a wonderful dose of energy and enthusiasm!
  • Thank you, also, to our members, who have participated in our shows, come to our meetings, and responded to our emails.  Because, after all, 'Together ... we're better!'

The 2005 AGM

When:   Saturday, 26 March  from  2:30 - 4:30 PM.
Where:   Bridgewater Superstore Community Room

Along with the regular business, this meeting will focus on the future of SSAC. We need to put our limited energy and resources into activities that are useful for our members. We received remarkably little response from our membership about planned workshops, so we can only conclude that they do not meet any need that members have. So, we need to make decisions on workshops and other activities, including the fall festival, at the  AGM. What activities are useful? We have discussed a number of possibilities, from local merchant discounts to virtual seminars, but we need to know what you need so we can direct our efforts toward that.

 Please come to the AGM - we need your input.

Spruce Cove Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is having a dinner/auction in Bridgewater on April 2nd and is looking for donated art pieces. If you'd like more details, just ask - we'll be happy to forward the Spruce Cove letter to you, or you can contact Elizabeth Parnell directly at

Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Partnership Council:
Seeks Volunteers

If you are looking for the opportunity to have an impact on the future of Nova Scotia's investment in Arts and Culture, you may want to get involved with this volunteer board.

The volunteer board operates as a partner with government, advising and making recommendations to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage on the planning, design and delivery of the department's arts and culture programs.

 You can fax, email or mail your expression of interest. 

  • Mail: Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Partnership Council
      Attention: Earl Buffett
      PO Box 456, Halifax, NS B3J 2R5
  • Fax: 424-0710
  • E Mail:
  • Deadline for applications: April 25, 2005

You can also contact SSAC for more information.

 Regular meeting:

We are going to try a 'virtual meeting' using the MSN group chat feature for our May meeting.  If you are not a member of the southshorearts MSN group yet, contact us and we'll send you an invite.

So, the next meeting is

  • When:  Thursday, 26 May
  • Time:  Evening (exact time to be confirmed)
  • Where: At home.. in front of your computer!

They'll be a Young Women's Wellness Conference at Park View Ed. Centre in Bridgewater on Friday, May 13. The organizers would be happy if you would consider donating one of your pieces for the raffle of a door prize; if you are interested, we'll forward their letter on to you as well.

NSCAD University Special Exhibition

reCALLing Entries:  Artworks, Archives, Memorabilia and Stories  opens Sept 3rd at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville Street in Halifax.

This exhibition is being curated by JEFFREY SPALDING, director and chief curator at The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Spalding (MFA 1976) has issued a call for digital files of artwork, photos and notes and documentation from the 1970's. eMail :

Art on Spring Garden: Fourth Annual Event

Friday Aug. 26 and Sat. August 27th, 10am to 4:30pm.

'Art on Spring Garden' is sponsored by the Spring Garden Area Business Association and strives to be a quality event that will present to the public not only a high standard of artistic content, but also a fun occasion to visit the neighborhood and experience artists at work firsthand. 

 'Art on Spring Garden' is intended to be an occasion where you paint, draw and render objects, sights and scenes from around the Spring Garden Area.

The registration fee is $20. For more information or to register as a participating artist please call:Spring Garden Area Business Association, Phone: (902) 423-3751 Fax: (902) 492-0049 or eMail:

5th Annual Queens County SeaFest

  • When: Fri. Aug. 26, Sat. Aug. 27,  Sun.  Aug.  8
  • Where: Brooklyn Marina and Waterfront Park, Queens County.
  • Features: Fishing derby, live entertainment, local group concessions, local artists featuring one-of-a-kind products, plus many other family attractions.

Included in the schedule of events, concessions and on location attractions will be some of the local Crafts people who take part in the Queens Privateer Waterfront Market. They will be set up in the waterfront park adjacent to the marina.

This wonderful event is sponsored by many businesses, organizations and individuals with the assistance of many local volunteers.


Jazz on the South Shore

The Clas Larsson trio (sometimes… a quartet!) with vocalist Katrein, has the following shows coming up:

  • Sunday Aug. 7: Chester Gazebo, starting 7pm
  • Friday Aug. 26: Lunenburg Arms Hotel, 8 to 10 pm, ph 640-4040
  • Sunday Aug. 28: Lunenburg Bandstand
  • Friday Sept. 9: Lunenburg Arms Hotel, 8 to 10 pm, ph 640-4040
  • Friday Sept. 16: Lane's Privateer Inn, Liverpool, 8 to 11 pm, ph 354-3456
  • Friday Sept. 23:  Lunenburg Arms Hotel, 8 to 10 pm, ph 640-4040

Food and Film Series at the South Shore Waldorf School

A series featuring award winning films, international cuisine, and special performances to benefit the South Shore Waldorf School:

  • August 27th, Spain Talk To Her - A magnificent film of enviable passion, insanity, love and obsession +Live Flamenco Dancing
  • September 24th, France Monsieur Ibrahim - Brilliantly acted, Monsieur Ibrahim is a film of intense imagination and unlikely friendship. +Silent Auction
  • October 29th, Georgia (former USSR) Since Otar Left - A bittersweet tale of deception perpetrated over three generations in one family

Tickets are $30.00 in advance, available at:

  • Sagors Bookstore, Bridgewater 543 4202
  • P'lovers, Mahone Bay 624 1421
  • Kinburn Pharmacy, Mahone Bay 624 8347
  • or  $35 at the door if they are still available.

For info, visit or


Mahonne Arts is offering the following workshops this summer. 

  • PLEIN AIRE WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP with Tom Ward Aug. 15 - 19. Indian Point Fire Hall. Deadline Aug. 8
  • JEWELLERY-MAKING with Orland Larson August 22 - 26. Mahone Bay Centre. Deadline Aug. 8
  • PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT with Margot Metcalfe and Silver Frith, Sept. 11 - 16. On the LaHave River near Bridgewater. Registration deadline Aug. 11
  • EXPLORING ABSTRACTION with Susan Feindel, one of Nova Scotia's most prominent, internationally known abstract painters. Sept. 26 - 30, Mahone Bay Centre. Registration deadline August 26.
  • SMOKE-FIRED POTTERY with Louise Pentz at her studio on the LaHave River. Sept. 29 - October 1. Deadline August 29.
  • TAPESTRY WEAVING Threads to the Past with Deborah Hickman, Oct. 3 to 7. Mahone Bay Centre. Deadline Sept. 3

For more info on any of these workshops, please eMail,  call Deborah at 624-9215,  or visit


Aspotogan Arts and Crafts is having its sixth annual juried art show and sale. Daily demonstrations and refreshments.

When: May 13th and 14th, 10:00am to 500pm.

Where: Blandford Community Centre on the lovely Aspotogan Peninsula, 14km from Exit 7 off Hwy 103.

For more information:  call 228-2469, or visit



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