The official opening will take place at St. James Church, following the AGM on June 17, and everyone is welcome.
“The St. James Church Preservation Society gave us space for a permanent exhibit,” said Patti Sharpe, president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. “The exhibit focuses on Elizabeth Bishop’s life with her mother’s family, in Great Village.
“We also have the Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop art gallery. We issued invitations to artists to produce work for the gallery and they’ve done paintings, sketches, wood carving and rug hooking.”
Artists with work in the 2017 exhibit are Joy Laking, Janice Guinan, Christine Sandeson, Andrew Meredith, Bruce Gray, Laurie Gunn, Deverne Rushton and Catherine Maclean. The exhibit displays photos and artifacts depicting Elizabeth Bishop’s Great Village connection through her maternal family, the Bulmers.
The remainder of St. James Church will hold antiques for sale.
The society’s AGM will be held in the church on Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m. Sharpe said it will last about half an hour and be followed by guest speaker Alexander MacLeod, who will read from his new work. MacLeod’s first collection of short stories ‘Light Lifting’ won an Atlantic Book Award and was a finalist for several other awards.
People are invited to view the exhibition and artwork on that day, or any time the church is open. (Every day during the hours the antique shops are open.) More information can be found on the Facebook page of The Elizabeth bishop society of Nova Scotia (https://www.facebook.com/EBSofNS/).