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Info Laden Meeting at County Council

Info Laden Meeting at County Council

Info Laden Meeting at County Council

Info Laden Meeting at County Council

The Municipality of Cumberland Council met via zoom for its first meeting of 2021 tonight and the new councillors were treated to a heavy dose of background information.
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Oxford Arena Lays Down the Welcome Mat

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Local Art is Changing the Face of Pugwash
Bill Martin
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Local Art is Changing the Face of Pugwash

The Open Air Gallery is changing the face of Pugwash with seven exciting installations already on view throughout the village.

The Open Air Gallery is a project already two years in the making by Pugwash Communities in Bloom (CiB). It brings the work of local artists into prominent public view while adding to the depth and draw of the community for residents and visitors alike.

The seven pieces mounted on the facades of local buildings are just the first of many to be installed over the next few years.

Described in a press release by CiB, “They are big and beautiful, adding to Pugwash’s commitment to supporting and celebrating the arts and expanding our heritage and cultural footprint.”

The artists and their subjects were selected by an independent jury, including Joy Laking, Harry Moore, and David Richard.

The current installations are located at:

  • The old fire hall facing the COOP - “Amherst Shore Park” by Fred Horton
  • Library at the old train station - “Ross Brothers” by Louise Cloutier
  • Side of the Baptist Church on Durham Street - “Egalite” by Vivian Godfree
  • Salt Mine shaft, at the Water Street Terminal - “Spend Time with Me” by Jenn Houghtaling (shown in the photo L to R - Marine Terminal Manager Jody Trenholm, and installers Chuck Graham and Richard Dittami)
  • Side of Basic Spirit off Water St. - “September Marsh” by Cathy Dalton
  • Side of O’Briens PharmaChoice on Prince Albert St. - “The Weight of the Sky” by Norene Smiley 
  • Side of Montys facing Eaton Park - “Harbourfest” by Donna Hutchinson

The official launch will be held in May or June of 2021, hopefully with more installations, signage, an informative website, artist presentations, and supporting print material for self-guided walks.

The release says, “Communities in Bloom is very proud to be able to bring this initiative to our community. We hope it will grow to join the Jean Wallace Gallery at PDHS (Pugwash Highschool), the Heritage Panels, the Thinkers Lodge, and the Peace Hall as landmarks, contributing to tourism and pride in our village.”

While the project was supported by a $10,000 grant from the Nova Scotia Beautification and Streetscaping Program, numerous volunteers and donors added to the scope of the gallery with an estimated total cost close to $30,000. 

Further expansion and enhancement of the program will require additional investment. If you are interested in supporting this project, contact Communities in Bloom (Helen 902-243-2762 or Maureen 902-243-3454).

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Events This Week

Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Pugwash Legion, now open on Saturdays.

Monday, January 18, 2021 10:00 AM

Walk and Talk every Monday and Wednesday at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Monday, January 18, 2021 6:00 PM

Monthly meeting of Oxford Town Council at 6 pm in the Town Hall.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:00 PM

Baked Fresh Wednesday in support of Big Lake Camp. Click HERE for details.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. Limited to the first 50 people. Public health rules in place.

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