Well who doesn’t like a good road trip? This week I thought I would take you on a bit of a tour featuring some of the area’s Art Galleries. Let’s start in Truro where The Marigold on Prince, McCarty Gallery on Arthur and Visual Voice on King all have exhibits that change on a regular basis and Thrown Together Pottery on King Street features the work of Danielle Sawada and a number of other guest artists.
Travelling south towards Halifax you’ll come to Mastodon Ridge in Stewiacke which is home to The Winding River Art Gallery. The co-op of Nova Scotia artists is fortunate to have and offer hand-made Maud Lewis silkscreen prints and art cards as well as pottery, glass art, jewelry and more. Continue along the 102 to exit 10 and take the 215 to Maitland. Just before you come to the village you’ll notice signs for Inklings In Wood where Ben McLellan literally turns wood burls into beautiful works of art. As you arrive in Maitland you will see Dawson Dowell Park and home of Beyond The Wharf artisan’s co-op featuring the work of over 30 local artists. In just minutes you will come to Gallery 215 located in Selma where over 40 Nova Scotia artists exhibit their work in what used to be the community school which dates back to 1865.
If you were to leave Truro and head out along route 2 towards Parrsboro it wouldn’t be long before you’d come upon the Joy Laking Gallery in Portipique. For over forty years Joy has captured the beauty of Nova Scotia and the world in watercolours, acrylics and oil. Venture further along route 2 and just as you enter Bass River you will see Heather Lawson’s Stone Sculpture Studio and Gallery. If the OPEN flag is out it means Heather is there working on one of her amazing creations and welcomes you to stop in. Another 30 minutes and you will arrive in Parrsboro a piece of art in itself as around every corner there sculptures and painted doorways. This is also home to Krista Wells’ Studio as well as Parrsboro Creative and Main and Nonesuch, three fun places to see artists honing their skills and producing various types of art.
Heading towards the North Shore on route 311 you will soon find yourself in Tatamagouche where potter Sara Bonnyman will no doubt be working on one of her nature inspired designs as much of her work in both clay and wool is inspired by the vibrant beauty of the flower gardens outside her studio. Also in Tatamagouche is the Grace Jollymore Joyce Art Centre, part of the Creamery Square complex. The Ice House Gallery features monthly exhibits by many talented artists. As you continue your journey along route 6 to route 366 you will eventually come to Tidnish Bridge home to the Tidnish Bridge art Gallery. Along with featuring ever-changing exhibits they offer many workshops and classes. Wending your way to Amherst you will discover the Amherst Artisan Gallery located at the Amherst Centre Mall. It is a community based not for profit organization that furthers the growth of local arts and crafts people by giving them an open venue to display and sell their wares. You won’t want to miss the last stop as tea and oatcakes await you at the Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio. Every Thursday at noon a small group meets to do handwork and you are welcome to join them. You can learn in a matter of minutes the simple and beautiful art of rug hooking and think of the fun and the looks you get from friends when you tell them you’ve joined the ranks of the local “hookers”
Well I guess that’s more than one road trip but they are all worth the drive. Be sure to check out some of the fun places to grab a bite to eat while you’re on the road. Afterall……what’s a road trip without some tasty treats.