Chester Art Centre : Call to Artists, Try Sketching, Love Rocks!


Slowly re-opening – get ready for an exhibit – and try some sketching!

 At Chester Art Centre, we are thrilled that the COVID-19 curve has gone the right way and that it means gentle re-openings throughout our community – including at CAC. We want to continue to reassure you that we have been carefully following government rules and recommendations to manage the risks of COVID-19. We are working hard to ensure everyone at the centre is safe and healthy.

THIS WEEKEND – Sketching Tour Sunday June 28, 2-4 p.m.

Love where we live and explore our backyards while stretching your sketching skills!

Join guide Lisa Hrabowsky as she takes you on an exploration of a walkable destination from Chester Art Centre in Chester village, while participating in activities designed to get your sketching skills started or honed. All levels of skill can attend – we’ll even provide supplies if you need them!

$10/person. Physical distancing protocols. Register by sending us a note on our website registration form.



Call for Exhibition Entries: Special Call to South Shore creatives, artists and crafters of all age and skill! Chester Art Centre wants to see – and show off – what our local creative souls have been up to in this time of isolation, quarantine, social distancing and home-time.

We are opening our doors to everyone to bring us what you’ve been working on, to help us launch our re-opening exhibition.

Exhibition pieces can be brought to the Centre (please call ahead 902-275-5789 to arrange drop off) any time until July 6, 2020.

We can’t wait to see your work!



Share the love: Love rocks! Find a rock. Paint it. Share it. Live it… and LOVE! 

It’s that simple. We recommend a heart, but paint whatever you like to show the love to our neighbours, our community, our visitors, our front-line workers, our seniors, our youth, anyone who needs a little love. Maybe those heart-rocks will end up a world away, or in a yard or a pocket, bringing that Maritime brand of friendly care with it.

At Chester Art Centre we’ll have rocks ready to paint on our porch, and ready-to-paint kits will be available at Chester Tourism pop-up sites throughout the municipality over the summer.

Snap a selfie or take a pic of your Heart Rock and tag it with #LOVErocsmoc and #LOVEwhereyoulive…now, go and ROCK ON!



Get your Kits:  Series 2 Grab & Go Art Kits are in the house –  get them while we have them! Whip up a friendship bracelet to let a neighbour know you care; practice your stitching on a Handstitched Hound, make some fabric with the magic of water and wool with a Wet Felting kit or pull together a pin loom mat or pouch with our Mini-Loom kits! We have ready-to-paint primed Art Rocks and Story Rocks kits, or try your hand at Watercolour or Acrylic with squirts of paint, brushes and canvases – all in carry cases.

Reserve them here and we can deliver to your porch or plan pick-up from ours.  Also, If you or someone you know would really benefit from a kit  – and it’s a choice between that and necessities – let us know, as our wonderful donors are helping us support our community.



Yours in imagination,

Kathleen Long,
Executive Director


Chester Art Centre Association, 60 Queen St., PO Box 654, Chester, Nova Scotia B0J 1J0 Canada