The South Shore of Nova Scotia is home to lots of creative people: artists, artisans, and crafters. Many of us do our creative activities by ourselves. It can be wonderful, but it can also be lonely -- doing pottery, or painting, or wood-working, or whatever -- when you work by yourself in your basement, shop, or studio.
How we started...
This southshorearts.org website was originally created to support the activities of the South Shore Arts Council (SSAC) -- a non-profit organization that existed from 2002 - 2005. SSAC had been developed as a result of a February 2002 'Handmade in Lunenburg County' Conference at the Mahone Bay Centre.
With limited volunteer time, the SSAC leadership concluded that it had become necessary to dissolve SSAC as a non-profit organization. Therefore, we do not have members or collect membership fees. Folks who would like a new page in the Gallery are asked to contribute a one-time $25 set-up fee, which goes toward site hosting fees.
Even though we are no longer a formal organization, we still want to promote and work together with our fellow artists to help all of us be successful. So we gather information and distribute it in an effort to promote and inform each other.
Our hope is that people who take the opportunity to be creative will also have the opportunity to make a reasonable living. When you make your artwork or craft products, it's good to have markets in which to sell those products. It's also good to network with people who have 'been there', to learn from our fellow artists and crafters, to reach out, and to support, promote, and encourage each other in our ventures.
So, through the web and with our email notices, we try to let you know of opportunities and events that will be helpful to you. We still meet in person occasionally, sometimes for workshops, but primarily for the entertainment that’s inevitable when you have a gathering of creative folks. Our meeting place is now the Woodpile Cafe in Liverpool.
If you’d like to participate: to get your own Gallery page, to join us at a gathering, to send us info on what’s happening, or to sign up for our mailing list, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org