Don Pentz ~ Images of the Keji Country Book Release

Don Pentz ~ Images of the Keji Country

Book Release

I stand by the chopping block holding an armload of split wood, the axe casually dangling from my other hand. I watch a silver vee in the water coming from an island about a hundred paces away. It’s heading straight toward my campsite. Beaver? I put the axe and kindling aside and go down to the lake for a closer look. I expect the beaver will veer off to one side once he sees me—but there’s no change in direction. As the vee draws closer, I notice its ears are not rounded like a beaver’s but somewhat pointed, more like a…Holy Dinah!…a bobcat!?”

Welcome to “IMAGES of the KEJI COUNTRY”, Don Pentz’s newly released book. This 130-page publication is fully illustrated with over 60 images of the artist’s watercolour and acrylic paintings, all in combination with his canoe-camping journal notes and personal commentary about the artwork. Through words and images, the reader is given insight into the artist’s thoughts and observations as he confronts the diverse challenges and decisions that make up the art-making process (on location and in the studio). When painting in the backcountry, one must be prepared to face circumstances that go well beyond the simple task of putting colourful pigments on a panel. Think blackfly season…

Aside from a truly visual experience and descriptive misadventures, this book is an expression of what makes the Keji country (Kejimkujik National Park) a unique wilderness adventure. For many, including this artist, it is truly a land of quiet inspiration and Strong Medicine.

Don Pentz’s history with Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia goes back almost 60 years – as a woodsman, naturalist, park interpreter and artist. His gorgeous watercolours illuminate the pristine beauty of this special place and pay homage to the Mi’kmaq’s sacred ground.

Check out Don’s book ($28.95) at:

SSP Publications

CURVED SPACE Debra Kuzyk and Ray Mackie : June 11- July 14 Studio 21 Fine Art

Debra Kuzyk & Ray Mackie, Robin Jars, 2021, Porcelain with underglaze decoration, 15.75” x 8”


Debra Kuzyk and Ray Mackie

Dates: June 11- July 14

Studio 21 Fine Art

5431 Doyle St., Halifax NS

902 420 1852

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Debra Kuzyk and Ray Mackie have been making pottery together for close to 30 years. This exhibition will showcase works made together, as well made solo by each. The two artists collaborate by passing the work back and forth between them to produce a single unique piece of work, which transcends what either could achieve independently. Ray is the potter and kiln manager, and Debra is the decorator and sculptor.


Dear friends

In anticipation of a gradual lessening of Covid-related restrictions, I will be exhibiting new photo-based art works and some bespoke home accessories along with light fixtures, furniture and painting by Deborah Spartinelli and Marilyn Kellough.


WHEN: JULY 16 – 25TH, 2021

Having had a lot of time to reflect over the last 14 months, we are more than ever convinced that creative works are essential to our community spirit and individual spirits. There is something so stimulating in creating new work and correspondingly in the discovery of new work.

We hope you’ll pay a visit to this charming village and join us in fighting back against Covid through inspiration and imagination. Please be sure to wear your mask when you visit. Looking forward to seeing you and getting caught up.

~ Pamela Purves

Visual Voice Fine Art TWO Exciting Solo Shows and FREE Artist TALK on Jun 23

Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to reopen with two exciting solo shows: ‘Creatures from Somewhere’ sculptures by Nancy Roberts AND ‘The Turning Point’ paintings by Paulette Melanson.
The pandemic and social issues affect us all in different ways, from escapism to wanting to take control of our future. This is made evident in this exhibit were both artists had opposite reactions. Despite their different approaches, the resulting combined show is visually appealing and cohesive.

Paulette Melanson wants for things to change for the better and her aim with this new body of work was to inspire hope, encourage optimism and empower change. ‘The Turning Point’ is her first all abstract solo, bright, colorful, and as optimistic and happy as the artist intended.

Nancy Roberts lost her inspiration and will to create as galleries closed and exhibits cancelled during Covid. Forced to continue she began by gripping the clay and playing with her medium, which gave rise to creatures that seemed to come alive and were at home in these strange times we are living.
‘Creatures from Somewhere’ is dynamic, playful, and proves that any situation can breathe new life and creativity into us.

See the exhibits online here:

Join us online for a FREE Artist TALK on Jun 23, 7:00 PM

Drop by the Visual Voice Fine Art gallery to view these two concurrent shows and be inspired. The show starts June 14 and continues to July 10.

Visual Voice Fine Art is located at 128 King Street, in downtown Truro. Gallery hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:30-5:00 pm or by appointment 902-843-9464. You can book for a private viewing.

Peter Salmon Art Co-op Exhibit ~ June 24th St. Martins, NB


Peter Salmon Art Co-op

Peter Salmon Art Co-op (@PSACoop) is a group of local artists painting and supporting each other while promoting visual art in the St Martins and surrounding areas. The group is named in the memory of Peter Salmon, a well known New Brunswick artist and teacher.
The group is under the guidance of Fred Harrison. Although there will be no formal classes over the summer, we will get together periodically to paint en plein air.

If you are interested in joining the group please send a message for more info to @PSACoop or email

We will hold a pop up exhibit Thursday, June 24th , 5 to 7pm, at 279 Main St, St Martins, NB. Join us for refreshments and to view a variety of artwork, styles and mediums.


Lynn Rotin

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Office Closed June 21-25 ~ Summer Classes registration still open!


Our Office will be closed next week from Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25 for a short break before we start our exciting Summer schedule. We will reopen on Monday, June 28th at 10:00am.

Summer registration is still open!

If you need to get in touch you can email us at, or leave a voicemail at 902.640.2013 and we will get back to you as soon as possible after the break.

Thank you!

Our mailing address is:
Lunenburg School of the Arts
6 Prince St. PO Box 610
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0

‘A Day With Watercolours – An Introductory-Level Experience’

A Day With Watercolours – An Introductory-Level Experience

Saturday, July 17th – 9:30 am – 4 pm

Get ready to be immersed in colour for the day, as local Artist, Gary Selig, shares his passion for watercolours with you. This hands-on introduction to watercolours will be an unforgettable experience.

The Artist will share some of the basics of composition and paint handling as well as some surprising “don’ts” to help prepare you for your own creation experience.

We will supply all tools and materials needed as part of a take-home kit. No prior knowledge or skill is required.

The day will excite all your senses, as you feast on a delicious locally-inspired lunch, complements of Ma Bell’s Country Condiments & Wheels on Meals, while you watch Gary demonstrate how he paints a landscape.

The event will be Plein Air and inside a cozy barn, situated on the beautiful rolling hills and historic property of River Ridge Lodge.

About the Artist: Gary Selig took up the brush in 2018 to explore watercolours and acrylics to create wildlife and landscape images as well as figurative works and portraits. He now spends much of his time in his home studio. Before becoming an artist himself, he had a 30-year career in museum and gallery management after a brief stint as an illustrator-designer. His current work can be viewed at:

$140 + HST (lunch and take-home kit included)

Maximum 10 Participants

Contact Frauke at River Ridge Lodge to register.

River Ridge Lodge
28 Silver Point Rd
Matins River (near Mahone Bay), NS  B0J 2E0