Summerville is located on the lower end of the Kingston Peninsula, just a short distance from Saint John via the Millidgeville Ferry.
The people of Summerville, a community of just 262 residents, will invite Canadians from across the country to share in the festival. Summerville residents will open their homes to welcome artists who’ll display their works in pop-up galleries along a one-mile stretch of New Brunswick’s scenic route 845. If the weather cooperates, the art will be displayed on beaches and in gardens. Visitors will arrive on foot, on bike, by boat, or by car, as we celebrate the beauty of New Brunswick, the warmth of its people, and the art and artists of the Kingston Peninsula and surrounding area.
Starting at the historic and picturesque Summerville United Church, which is also celebrating its own sesquicentennial this year, guests will be able to stroll along a one-mile stretch of Route 845 overlooking the beautiful Kennebecasis River. Summerville also has an artistic heritage few communities of its size can claim. A surprisingly large number of prominent artists have lived and worked here and many still call it home. To honour these artists and to celebration their 150th birhtday, the church will host a Church Gallery to display artwork from current and former Summerville Artists, such as:
· The Deichmann family, world-famous potters
· Rosamond and Ted Campbell, great artists and they also had a major influence on the Saint John art scene.
– 25 artists displaying their artwork in pop up galleries
– BBQ and an Afternoon Tea will be available (all proceeds going to the church to renovate the steeple)
– Live music at many of the pop up galleries and Dr. Andrew Clark, a Summerville resident, has written a theme song for the Summerville Art Festival and will play it during the event.
– We will also have a dock available for anyone arriving by boat.
– This is a great event for cyclists and motorcycle groups, and if they purchase art we have made arrangement to have it dropped off at Cobalt Gallery in Saint John for pick up on Monday.
There is a lot more information on the website as well as images of some of the great art that will be available at the festival –