Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to open their concert season with The O’Pears



Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to open their concert season with:
The O’Pears are a female folk trio based in Toronto, with a sound and style that is both classic and contemporary. With the homegrown musicality of The Wailin Jennys, the sibling-like blend of the Andrews Sisters, and the lyrical sensibility of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The O’Pears, with their signature jaw-dropping harmonies, hold listeners captive. They have most notably performed at NXNE, the Sing! Vocal Arts Festival in both Toronto and Austin, Texas, and were recent favourites at the 2015 Lunenberg Folk Harbour Festival in Nova Scotia. After the success of their debut EP, “Our Own”, The O’Pears are excited to release their first full-length album, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, this summer.

Hear the beautiful sound of The O’Pears here.

Suggested donation per person is $15 at the door.
100% of proceeds go to the performers.
Doors open at 7:00 pm. Limited seating.

Visual Voice is located at 128 King St, Truro, NS – get directions here

In Transition/Connections art shows, paintings by Barbara McLean & sculptures by Carol Smeraldo



Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to present two solo shows with paintings by Barbara McLean and sculpture by Carol Smeraldo.

When speaking about abstract art in Nova Scotia, Barbara McLean‘s name is imperative, though she began as an expressionistic landscape painter.
In Transition is about her work evolving more into abstraction with the passing of time. Barbara describes the process: “The choice was not a conscious one, the work evolved and lead me. I am still following.”
Her work in the show is charged with energy, colour and passion.

Carol Smeraldo, a potter by trade, also began creating sculpture and one-of-a-kind pieces later in her career. The sculptural work in Connections is about the ebb and flow of the creative cycle in all of us. Carol explains “It became clear to me that during the ‘down’ times a great deal is going on internally. Connections are being formed among seemingly disparate ideas, colours, motifs. Expectations begin to surface with the realization that this is actually a fertile time which cannot be rushed and the resurfacing of inspiration will follow.” Fittingly the ocean is ever present in the forms, colours and motifs of the sculptural work in the show.

See the artist’s biographies: Carol Smeraldo and Barbara McLean.

Don’t miss the first glimpse of this strong exhibit and meeting the artists at the free opening reception THIS Saturday, June 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
The show continues until July 28th, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.

Visual Voice is located at 128 King St, Truro, NS – get directions here



The Magic of Music

            Inspiring Music
     Awe-Inspiring Location
      Friday, Saturday, Sunday
             June 24, 25, 26
2016 Performers and Schedule

Friday, June 24,  7:00 pm.
Parrsboro Band Hall

Traffic Light Trio:
Flute, Viola, and Harp
Saturday, June 25,  2:00 pm,
St. George’s Anglican Church

Timi Levy (Violin)
Jennifer King (Piano)
Saturday, June 25,  7:00 pm,
St. George’s Anglican Church

Atlantic String Machine: String Quintet
Sunday, June 26,  2:00 pm,  Parrsboro Band Hall

The Beausejour Wind Quintet
Sunday, June 26, 7:00 pm.  Parrsboro Band Hall

For more details, including ticket information, call:

Sweet Brier Boutique


Or purchase tickets online at:


Celebration Announcement Minister Poster web
Hi, Folks:
There’s a very important event coming up this Saturday June 25.
As you know, for the last three years Parrsboro Creative has been working on a vision to create a new source of prosperity for Parrsboro. Now it’s time to celebrate the real successes that are happening. This Saturday June 25 we will pull out the stops. Music from The Elastic Big Band, Timi Levy, Rob Bentley, an art installation of “The Root People”, the Cultural Campus Partnership, and to top it all off  –
A very special announcement in support of our work from:
Tony Ince, Minister –Communities, Culture and Heritage
Diane Whelan -Deputy Premier & Minister of Justice.

Hope you can join us for this celebration of Parrsboro’s future!

And please spread the word!

Robert More,
Executive Director

Parrsboro Creative

Gallery 18 – Lucie Bellemare Exhibit & Sale


Gallery 18 Announces an Exhibit and Sale of Original Works on Silk by Lucie Bellemare
Gallery 18 in New London is pleased to announce an exhibit and sale of original paintings on silk by noted Prince Edward Island artist Lucie Bernadette Bellemare. The show gets under way on Friday, July 8th, and continues through July 24th. For more information about the exhibit or gallery hours, contact Aubrey Bell or Patricia Bennett. Phone 902 886 3201, or email <>. Gallery 18 is open daily during the season. The exhibit is wheelchair accessible.
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Source: Aubrey Bell
Gallery 18 Ltd.
10686 Rte 6, RR6
Kensington, PE
Canada, C0B 1M0
(902) 886-3201

Swoon News

Happy Summer!! Here are a few things that Swoon has been up too. We hope to see you Swoon!

Website updates: New items are always being added to the Swoon website. Recently many new pieces were added to the Antique section, especially in China/Glass. Check out whats new and if you see something you are interested in, email us at .
Babbling Brook Antiques: If you are in the Truro area, don’t forget to check out the “Swoon Room” at Babbling Brook Antiques, 676 Prince Street.
NovelTea Bookstore Cafe: If you are in the Truro area, also visit NovelTea. Swoon now curates all the art and craft showcased, including wood turning by Peter Kinsella, Pottery by Gloria Dunbar, Black Crow Pottery and Anne Pryde Pottery, Stained Glass by Jay Leblanc and Lynette Richards and so much more. New work, and regularly changing art exhibits happening monthly!
Call For Submissions: If you are an artist or know someone who might be interested, keep an eye on our “Call For Submissions” page on the Swoon website. There is a call posted now for a group show in August. Deadline for submissions is coming soon!
Swoon at NovelTea presents: Pastels by Rae Smith and Paintings by Anna Horsnell Wade. Show continues until the end of June.
The Sarah Diaries – Book Reading & Signing: Through storms and ice, from open ocean to the St. Lawrence Seaway … artist Anna Horsnell Wade experienced an adventure like no other when she went to sea aboard the oil tanker, Sarah Desgagnes. Learn about the life of merchant mariners, as she reads from her new book and shares her experience and inspiration. Copies of the limited edition, hard-cover book will be available for sale and the author will personally sign. Saturday, June 25. 1-2 pm, at NovelTea Bookstore Cafe 622 Prince Street, Truro.
Illustrational Art – A Group Show: July 9-30. During the month of July, drop by NovelTea Bookstore Cafe in Truro NS to see “Illustrational Art – A Group Show”. Artists were invited to submit work inspired by books and the written word. Artists participating are: Carla McAfee, Darren Moreash, Christene Sandeson, Mary Jane Abram, Erin Hollingshead, Sheila Green, Nan Millette, Ron Kuwahara, Diane Wile-Brumm, Diane Redden, Sofia Alarcon, Curtis Botham and Emily Marsh.

Cheers, Brandt Eisner


What’s Happening at Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery


EXHIBITION: Laurell Hamilton’sAcrylic in Size Small”,  June 18 to July 2.

Watercolour classes Mondays 1-3:30; Acrylics Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30; Pottery Thursdays June 16 & 23 July 7 & 14, 1-3:30;  Doodles & Wine at Winegarden Estates, July 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging, July 30 from 10 to 4 p.m.


Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  3654 Highway 366, Tidnish Bridge. Phone 902-667-8555 or email:  Check Facebook & our website for schedules:


21st Annual Paint the Town, Annapolis Royal Press Release

Warning: Artists coming to ‘Paint the Town’ of Annapolis Royal

Advance notice has been received that an invasion of artists will descend on the scenic town of Annapolis Royal, in South West Nova Scotia on the weekend of the 20 and 21 August, 2016. 80 talented artists will be found squirreled away in the most beautiful spots.  You may spy them lurking amongst the canna lilies in the Historic Gardens, or barricaded next to the Fort Anne canons, sunning on the boardwalk with scenic views of Granville Ferry and even hiding amongst the vegetables at the bustling Saturday Farmers’ and Traders’ market!

The town has reluctantly agreed to be painted on the condition that all art works produced will be sold to the highest bidder at the end of each day. The original works will be auctioned off at the Academy building uptown, located at 590 St. George Street. Gallery Director Sophie Paskins said “They (The Artists) do this to us every year. Collectors and visitors travel from all over to see these artists in action, creating beautiful work in a beautiful setting. 2016 will mark the 21st year of this popular event.”

If you are interested in seeing original, freshly made art for sale in the lovely setting of Annapolis Royal then please mark the dates in your calendar. And come prepared!
The auction is free to attend. Paint the Town will go ahead rain or shine. All proceeds mutually support The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) and participating artists.
For more details visit our website and Facebook page at at
Press: for more information, contact Sophie Paskins – ARCAC tel: 902-532-7069