Still time to bring in work, Exhibit Opening, Summer Camps

Still time to bring in your work – Exhibit opening – Summer Camps

 At Chester Art Centre, 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. That means when you come by, we recommend you wear a safe (but lovely) mask, sanitize your hands, and keep the fashionable 6-foot distance.

EXHIBIT OPENING! Drop-in opening reception July 9, 4-6 p.m.

Doors Wide Open runs July 9-23. We’re so excited to share the wonderful collection that is coming in the doors – we’re planning a drop-in soft opening of the Doors Wide Open exhibit on Thursday, July 9 from 4-6 p.m. Listen to live music by Jamie Junger, wander through the exhibit and enjoy some refreshments as we move everyone through a safely distanced event. 

If you can’t join us on opening day, not to worry – there’s plenty of opportunity to come in and see what everyone’s talking about! 

Exhibit hours are:

Monday to Friday: by chance, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday July 11 and July 18: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday July 12 and July 19: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Still time to enter: If you’ve been thinking about joining our exhibition but aren’t quite sure you should…the answer is YES. Bring in your creative work, as we’re showing a full range of types, skill, ability – and it’s all gorgeous! We want to see what you’ve 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.

Summer Camps Scheduled

You’ve asked, and we’ve brought them back – with pandemic protocols and maximum limits, we are able to offer our popular summer camps this year.

Give your child an opportunity to explore art this summer! Chester Art Centre has amazing hands-on interactive art camps for children in two sessions this summer. Camps are limited to 10 participants in each age range. Physical distancing and pandemic protocols will be in place. Cost: $115/child per week.

Sessions: July 27-31, 2020 and August 10-14, 2020

Mornings 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: Ages 5-7

Afternoons 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Ages 8-10

Call 902-275-5789 to reserve/register, as spots are filling!

Yours in imagination,

Kathleen Long,
Executive Director

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT! Register with Art Lab now!

Are you looking to travel and get away within the Atlantic provinces?

With the exciting announcement of the Atlantic bubble starting July 3rd, plan your trip to Parrsboro and enjoy the natural inspirations that come with the changing tides on the Bay of Fundy to jump start your creative journey with us this summer.

Join us in getting your creative fix for the summer with upcoming courses with fellow makers and artists at Art Lab.




Sign up for a course with Art Lab before registration closes!

Here are the updates in protocol for Courses at Art Lab:

Given the nature of our current world we have worked to find a way to continue to make art and to still offer the opportunity of learning from some of the best. Of course we have had to make adjustments. For your security, the security of the instructors, and those of us at Art Lab here are some of the new conditions:

  1. Art Lab will be closed to the public during your course time so that the class area can be expanded making sure that social distancing is attained.

  2. Students will be asked to sanitize upon entry and frequently throughout the day, and to adhere to social distancing protocol.

  3. Masks will be required for use when needed.

The following is our revised plan for courses but of course things can change. If any cancellation is made necessary by Covid -19, your registration fee will be fully refunded.

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Parrsboro Creative

151 Main Street

Parrsboro, NS


Lucie Michel is a wonderful artist and a delightful woman, living in Montreal, her work is vibrant and really stunning! She has been a teacher for many years and has a wide range of experience. For this workshop she intends to focus on the idea of simplifying the landscape, using large brushes and collage …. she wants to encourage us to go big! We will mostly work with acrylic paint and although she doesn’t actually use pastels herself, she has said that mixed media is definitely a good idea. The collage aspect would mostly come from us creating our own paper, using a few different techniques, one of which would include using the Gelli printing pad. Here is a link to her website.

For further information:

Linda Wright <>



A few seats have become available for Tom Forrestall’s course July 25, 26, 27

A few seats have become available for Tom Forrestall’s course. Golden opportunity to work with such an important artist.

To register please go to

For more information please call – 902-254-2972

or email:

Recommended Covid-19 protocols are in place.

Wood Carving – Jennifer Marlow JULY 11-12 – ONLY 2 seats left

Wood Carving – Jennifer Marlow

Jennifer is a wonderful instructor. Our feedback on last year’s course is glowing.

Pandemic protocols are in place. Only 2 seats left.

Special rates available for Art Lab students at The Gillespie House Inn.

If you need any suggestions or help please call Art Lab – 902-254-2972


To register please go to:

William Rogers Online Workshop ~ Sign up for FREE DEMO on June 30

William Rogers Online Workshop with Chesapeake Fine Art Studio

Check out my weekly online Watercolor course at Chesapeake Fine Art Studio.
and sign up for a free demo on Tuesday, June 30 at 10 AM Eastern, 11 AM Atlantic time. Scroll down to my course and click on ‘Register’ to join the free demo on June 30th.

Meditation and Clay Greenman Workshop



Monday, July 6, 2020

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Class is limited to 5

No experience necessary

Contact MJ @

Workshop Description

The Green Man is any kind of carving which shows a head or face surrounded by leaves. It is believed to have been intended as a symbol of growth and rebirth, the eternal seasonal cycle of the coming of spring and the life of Man. Its origins can be dated back as far as 420 BCE. In the 19th century it again became popular with architects during the Gothic revival and the Arts and Crafts era, when it appeared as a decorative motif in and on many buildings, both religious and secular.


The day will begin with a nice cup of hot yoga tea followed by a quided meditation to relax your mind/body to inspire your creative juices to flow into a clay project of creating your own personal “Green Man”, a terracotta clay leafy man. You will learn techniques of handbuilding cobnstruction with clay using templates from man made to natural objects and also how to create a sculptural face. There will be a mindful nature walk, to collect your leaves for your Green Man. 

We’ll break for lunch which I will create a vegetarian soup to share. You’re welcome to bring other foods to share if you like.  The work will take about 1 week to dry before firing in an electric kiln. You’ll be contacted when they are ready for pick up.

Students will need to bring the following.  Please wear comfortable shoes. Dress for the weather of the day, layering is best as we will be outside for some part of it. Also Dover sometimes is foggy.  Bring an apron. And your enthusiasm.


Mary Jane Lundy has been a full time studio ceramic artist since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2003 with a BFA major in Ceramics. She also has her 200hr certificate in HathaYoga. Her home is in East Dover, Nova Scotia only 12 minutes from Peggy’s Cove. She is a clay sculptor/artist who works in slab building construction using the local clay called Nova Scotia Lantz red earthenware. Her use of layering bright color glazes on the clay surfaces creates depth and texture. She is inspired by the sea life found in the Maritime waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the birds and animals and plant life that inhabits its shorelines.

Only 3 Seats Left! WOOD CARVING with JENNIFER MARLOW July 11-12

Wood Carving – Jennifer Marlow

Jennifer is a wonderful instructor. Our feedback on last year’s course is glowing.

Pandemic protocols are in place. Only three seats left.

Special rates available for Art Lab students at The Gillespie House Inn

If you need any suggestions or help please call Art Lab – 902-254-2972