ART LAB ~ Many courses are approaching capacity so please register now

To register for any of our courses please contact or call 902-254-2972

Although some courses are filled we can put you on the waiting list in case a chance arises. Many of the courses are approaching capacity so please avoid disappointment and register now.

The recommended Covid-19 protocols will be in place for your security. Smaller classes means more space and more personal attention.

To see the full description of any course please go to

Great Little Art Show – Call to Artists

With what looks to be a safer summer approaching, we are re-envisioning how we can offer programming for this 2021 season at the Avon River Heritage Museum. Normally this time of year we’d be reaching out, extending a call to artists for the Great Little Art Show. We were unable to host the event in 2020, but we are optimistic with our plan to present a slightly different version of this beloved community event this summer.

In partnership with Avon River Arts we have decided to instead host this event from June until August. We will kick off the event with a virtual gallery tour. For the first while the gallery will be open by appointment only, until restrictions allow for us to once again gather. Instead of an opening reception we have decided to have a wrap party and are very hopeful that by the last weekend in August we can come together to celebrate as we normally would at an opening reception.

Throughout the summer we will provide regular updates on the artwork and artists included in this showcase via social media. We’ll share bios and interviews with the artists and links to the items in the online shop. Deadline to register is April 23rd. For more information please visit

Avon River Heritage Society

Get off the beaten path… explore the Avon River!

Plein Air Guided Painting Workshop with Gary Selig at River Ridge Lodge June 4 – 5, 2021

Exploring Light in the Landscape Through Watercolours – Plein Air Guided Painting Workshop 

Friday, June 4, 2021, 6-8 pm and Saturday, June 5, 2021, 11 am – 5 pm

Join local artist Gary Selig in the peaceful and picturesque setting of River Ridge Lodge to explore the local landscape as you discover the joy of watercolours. To maximize your learning and relaxation, the sessions will be spread out over two days.

Under Gary’s mentorship, you’ll create an incredible watercolour memento to capture your imagination and experience.

Unlike most art “courses”, Gary will facilitate an introduction to watercolours, designed for the “curious” and beginner artist in you. The sessions are designed to provide enough basic knowledge and skills to create a watercolour sketch of your very own.

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

Session #1 – Friday, June 4, 2021, 6 pm – 8 pm (refreshments will be provided)

Introductions to the Artist and Materials, then on to “Constructive Play”

Learn “what” rather than “how” to draw and paint during this ice-breaker event – a fun introduction to the medium and the tools you will use. Discover why “colour” can play such a small part in interpreting an image realistically. Hear “artist tricks,” which help bring focus and dynamics into your painting.

Light refreshments will complement some short and lively exercises to get you familiar with watercolours and image creation.

Session #2 – Saturday, June 5, 2021, 11 am – 1 pm (Sunday, June 6 in case of bad weather)

Skills Development and how to Begin a Landscape

We will start with an exploration of looking at the landscape and carving out the view you will capture.

Practice brush and paint control to enable you to form the shapes you want. Create a simple drawing that will guide your painting and make a seemingly daunting landscape panorama visually accessible to you as you create a watercolour sketch.

Lunch and optional relaxing walk – Saturday, June 5, 2021, 1 pm – 3 pm

Feast on a complimentary 3-course lunch with fresh, local ingredients from Ma Belle Country Condiments before you set out across the River Ridge Lodge property to find your painting location.

Session #3 – Saturday, June 5, 2021, 3 pm – 5 pm

Exploring and Painting the Landscape on your own with a Floating Mentor

With your own Plein Air watercolour kit, find and paint your unique response to the beauty of the grounds and riverscapes surrounding River Ridge Lodge. Artist-mentor Gary Selig will be close by and support you in expressing your own creative response to the beauty around you.

Workshop participants are welcome to continue painting on your own on the property in the evenings and/or on Sunday.

The event will be Plein Air on the beautiful rolling hills property and in the historic barn of River Ridge Lodge.

About the Artist: Gary Selig took up the brush in 2018 to explore watercolours and then acrylics to create wildlife and landscape images as well as figurative works and portraits. He quickly developed a passion for watercolours and acrylics and spends most of his time painting. Before taking up the brush he had a 30-year career in museum management and worked as an illustrator-designer. His work can be viewed at:

$195 + HST

Contact Frauke at River Ridge Lodge to register.

To add a room and make it a relaxing getaway, please ask Frauke for available rooms. She would also gladly arrange for rooms in another nearby B&B, if necessary.

River Ridge Lodge
28 Silver Point Rd
Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0


2021 Courses LEARN from the BEST

2021 Courses

To visit our website to see the full course calendar please click here

To visit the detailed description on our affiliates (Parrsboro Creative) website please click here

To register or inquire about availability please send an email to –

Art Lab

121 Main St., Parrsboro, NS


Upcoming Workshops and Programming at the Chester Art Centr

Chester Art Centre
60 Queen Street
P.O. Box 654
Chester, Nova Scotia
B0J 1J0

Sue LeBlanc

Executive Director

P: 902.275.5789


2021 Courses ~ Learn from the Best @ Art Lab

2021 Courses

To visit our website to see the full course calendar please click here

To visit the detailed description on our affiliates (Parrsboro Creative) website please click here

To register or inquire about availability please send an email to –

Art Lab 

121 Main St., Parrsboro, NS




Are you an artist? Enjoy painting outdoor scenes (en plein air)?

If you are, and you live in Atlantic Canada, consider joining us for the 5th annual Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival – Atlantic Edition June 17-20. We’re inviting 20 of the region’s best to paint the idyllic scenes found along the Fundy Shore in Nova Scotia – and compete for more than $4,000 in prizes!

Don’t miss this opportunity to compete, and showcase your work to a bevy of potential buyers once the competition is done. It’s your chance to show the world the kind of artistic talent that can be found throughout the Atlantic Provinces.

Applications are only being accepted until March 31 so don’t delay. Go to for information and application details. If you have any questions, contact Parrsboro Creative at 902-728-2007 or

We look forward to seeing you, and your work!