Art on display all over Maitland area

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Maitland & Area Notebook, By Susan Sweet

May Day sale, Bing’s Eatery, Gallery 215 all support local artists

John-Erik Hill, Lower Selma, dressed as an entertainer from circa 1874, was meeting and greeting folks at the May Day Sale, May 3 at the Maitland Fire Hall.

Sunshine and warm temperatures are finally bringing us all some hope for spring and things are starting to heat up in Maitland.

On May 3 the Maitland Fire Department was the site for a May Day Sale and Market. The CHArt Society coordinated the event. CHArt is a community group with the main purpose of promoting culture, heritage and the arts in East Hants County and adjacent communities along the Bay of Fundy. The main summer event for CHArt is the Maitland Launch Day Festival held later in the summer.

Netta Burry, one of the members of the group, says the May Day Sale was a mix of private vendors and organizations. She would like to see the day become an annual event and perhaps expand to the whole weekend.

This year the all ages friendly May Day Sale featured folks selling baked goods, a wide variety of yard sale items, knitting and crafts, T shirts from the Maitland Fire Department, plants, a group distributing information about fracking, an outdoor barbecue and even a greeter dressed in period costume from circa 1874.

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Bing's Eatery is now open for the season. Located at 8913 Highway 215, it’s currently open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 8:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with hours expanding in the summer. Owner Kelly Bingham Everson also offers a small art gallery on the premises, with work by several local artists including his own bold, contemporary paintings. Call 902-261-3287 or find them on Facebook for more information.

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Gallery 215 will be opening for the 2014 season on June 1 with a grand seasonal opening reception. This is the ninth year for this summer art gallery, owned by the Maitland District Development Association and located in the historic Selma Schoolhouse at 8247 Highway 215 in Selma.

In 2014 the Gallery will represent nearly 50 Nova Scotia artists working in a variety of media including paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolour and mixed media, print making, pottery, photography, wood turning, folk art, textiles, rug hooking, drawing and more. The majority of the artists are from Colchester and Hants Counties and many have been with the gallery since the beginnings in 2006.

The reception will feature new art, many of the artists will be in attendance and complimentary refreshments from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 1. Visit www.artgallery215.com or 902-261-2151 for information.

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Maitland District School had three students attend the Regional Science Fair on March 25. Olivia Yuill won a silver medal and plaque for Best Health project at the Elementary level for her project “Sugar Rush”. “Laundry Detergent” by Zachary Sherman was awarded a silver medal. Eric Brightman, who presented the project “Kitty Paws”, won a plague and $25 for Most Enthusiastic Presentation. Maitland District School won “Outstanding Elementary School”. Congratulations to this small but mighty school and the regional achievements.

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. You can reach her at: animalart@ns.sympatico.ca.

 

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