GUYSBOROUGH – Painting, dancing, singing and so much more was on display this past weekend as the Guysborough Celebrates Canada 150 committee wrapped up a year’s worth of birthday celebrations in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday with an Arts and Culture weekend.
Friday night, friends and neighbours gathered at the Guysborough Legion to take in the Fine Arts and Crafts exhibit. The event hosted everything from paintings of local landscapes, jewellery and hand-carved wooden bowls to recycled floor mats made of old fishing rope. Many people who attended the event were surprised to see the variety of handiwork their neighbours had created and were inspired to let their own creativity loose.
Saturday morning a craft sale was held at the Guysborough Legion featuring many of the exhibitors from the previous night and some additional vendors including Christmas tree ornaments made from beach treasures and necklaces made from recycled computer hard drives. Both events were well-attended and the craft sale was a hint of what would be on offer at the Christmas craft sale in November.
Saturday continued with workshops in writing, crochet, scrapbooking and chalk painting as well as an exhibit on the sports history of Guysborough.
The day was capped off by a rousing musical performance at Chedabucto Place Performance Centre featuring local musicians.
Sunday brought unexpectedly warm weather and that was welcomed by the Guysborough Creates committee as the final event of the weekend was scheduled for that afternoon at Hope Ridge Retreat in Boylston. The Young Artist Day was a family event with painting, dancing and live music performed by the Favaro School of Music and the CECGA Band. Ponies were also on site to the delight of the many children who enjoyed patting them and watching them romp around the riding ring.
Moni Duersch, a well-known local painter, directed youth in painting various objects and a mural. Charla Cosgrove had crafts and painting for the younger set who happily played with paint and sponges. Treats, including a cupcake decorating table supervised by Heidi Vaughan and a BBQ manned by Phil O’Regan kept everyone fully fuelled throughout Sunday afternoon.
Organizers of the Guysborough Creates event were pleased with the community response and participation in events. Many volunteer hours went into the planning and implementation of the weekend and Nancy O’Regan, one of the key organizers, is hopeful that these events will continue beyond the Canada 150 birthday celebration.
This past weekend has shown that behind many doors in our rural communities, talented artists in many mediums are busy creating.