Maitland and area notebook, Susan Sweet
Nova Scotia celebrates a strong visual arts community and each year Studio Rally weekend allows visitors an insight into what goes on with in an artist's studio. Studio Rally is a concept that has been ongoing for more than 20 years and on Oct. 5 and 6, juried participating artists will open their doors to the public.
In Maitland, Ben McLellan, who has a wood turning studio, is part of the Studio Rally movement. A visit to Inklings In Wood at 9007 Highway 215 in Maitland will introduce visitors to McLellan's wood-turned pieces in a variety of local woods. The artisan prefers to use wood local to Nova Scotia including maple, ash, beech, oak, elm, locust, cherry, plum, apple and pear. He turns many unique wood pieces, from salad bowls to vases, to his beautiful cremation urns. His work also appears in several galleries and fine craft shops throughout Nova Scotia.
McLellan’s studio is open daily June to October and on Studio Rally weekend he will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
His website is www.inklingsinwood.com.
Gallery 215 is among the art galleries listed with Studio Rally and on the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6, the Gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offer visitors the work of 50 gallery artists. The gallery will have complimentary ‘Art Cookies’, painting demonstrations and a chance to save up to 10 per cent on your purchase of art. The gallery closes for the season on Oct. 6, so this is the last chance to drop by and see the work. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., until Oct 6, at 8247 Highwy 215. For more information, call 261-2151 or visit website is www.artgallery215.com .
Oct. 6 is also the seasonal closing of the Beyond the Wharf Artisans shop in Dawson Dowell Park located across from Lawrence House Museum and right next to the Shubenacadie River Runners. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the shop offers the wares of a small group of local artisans in rug hooking, pottery, baked goods, cards, collectibles and more. While at the park, be sure to walk up over the Acadian dike and stroll to the Maitland Wharf for a spectacular view of Cobequid Bay and the Shubenacadie River.
Studio Glass is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and owner Sharon Laska offers mini-workshops in fused glass. Folks can stop by and make a fused glass collage ornament, a fun activity for children and adults. Studio Glass has an on-site gift shop with glasswork and jewelry designed by Laska, as well as fine craft by Canadian artisans. They are located at 8536 Highway 215, Maitland. For more information call 261-2656.
Susan Sweet is a visual artist and small business owner, inspired by the Cobequid Bay and Shubenacadie River and living on the edge of Maitland/Selma. Email: email@example.com.