Children’s Art Exhibit & Community Poem at The Craig

Castles, Cars and Clowns

A Celebration Of Children’s Art

Opening Reception Thursday, December 6, 5-7p

Castles, Cars and Clowns

A Celebration Of Children’s Art

Opening Reception Thursday, December 6, 5-7pm

The exhibit will run through Sunday, January 6, 2019

Please join us in welcoming the many community families on Thursday, December 6, for Marijke Simon’s Children’s Art Reception at The Craig Gallery!

This show will feature over 200 pieces by the youth participating in this Fall’s classes taught by Marijke Simons.

We are thrilled to show the colourfully joyful work by our City’s

“Children’s Art is a spacious, large and encompassing term. In the class setting, it is good practice as a teacher to start with the student, recognize their developmental stage, introduce new techniques and always engage their imagination. Primary colours may waltz together to form new colours, shadows can be observed spilling over an object like a waterfall, simple shapes band together into complex structures and illusions of vast space transform thin sheets of paper. It is limitless and in the end, all that is taught in a child’s art class should be at the service of the student’s artistic imagination.

The art works on display come mostly from an 8 week period of art classes held in Dartmouth, at Marijke’s Art Class this fall. This show represents the efforts of 5-14 year old students using various media. Pencils, tempera paint, oil and chalk pastel, watercolour, India ink, markers, plasticine, collage, printmaking and the favourite of the younger crowd, junk art.

Marijke’s Art Class has been in operation in Downtown Dartmouth since 1989. Besides running art classes in her studio, the teacher, Marijke Simons, has had a varied career, as an art teacher with the Halifax School Board, as a visiting artist in the schools with various programs, painting murals at John McNeil, Sir Charles Tupper and Harbourview Elementary School and most recently writing and illustrating children’s books.”


Life Drawing continues at The Craig Gallery Monday, December 3, 6-8pm. Bring your pencils, paint, paper, sketchbooks and best artist’s attire… $5 gets you in the door. RSVP to if you’re planning to attend! Doors open at 5:30pm.

Community Typewriter Poem at The Craig

We’re excited to introduce a new Community Project taking place in our Gallery and I’d like to invite you to participate!

Having grown up in Dartmouth, I’ve been fortunate to meet some brilliant people who have helped shape my beliefs and inspired me to follow my heart. Some of these beauties are still in my life and some have moved on, but still I keep meeting inspirational beings who awaken my spirit and continue to broaden my narrow view of what life in a magical community like Dartmouth can mean.

I’d like to share our voice as one, and explore what that voice is.

Please help me do this by adding to our Community’s story with one line in our never ending poem about the City of Dartmouth and all the lovely people living here.

The typewriter is a perfect tool for this as it pays homage to our past generations working to make the Dartmouth Community a success.

I’ll be looking at our options to publish the outcome in the new year.

Many thanks, we look forward to reading your story!

Lee Cripps, The Craig Gallery Coordinator


The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, , Dartmouth, Nova Scotia