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From bagpipes to fabric art in Annapolis Royal

ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal.

By Heather McCormick

If the summer heat and humidity are beginning to take their toll, we have a solution. Come and relax in the air-conditioned comfort of ARTsPLACE, where talented Annapolis County artists and musicians will entertain you!

And remember -- this is all free!

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 12, Bagpiper Peter Fyfe will be decked out in full uniform playing the bagpipes on the front lawn of ARTsPLACE. He’ll be hard to miss! Peter will introduce you to the unique stories associated with bagpipes. He will play tunes by request and keep you entertained for hours. If you have a set of bagpipes, feel free to bring them along. But here’s a heads up… Peter is Drum Major of the Fundy Pipers and may try to recruit you for the drum core!

Fabric artist Nancy MacIntosh of the Paradise Village Quilters will have a display of handmade quilts set up on August 12. She’ll show you the steps involved in quilting and will demonstrate the various techniques of piecing and appliqué used in the creation of a quilted item. Nancy will have sewing kits for visitors to use in creating their own handcrafted project. Bring your friends and plan on a relaxing afternoon.

August 12 is the date of our next Kitchen pARTy and it is happening from 7 to 9 p.m. If you haven’t had the chance to attend one of these music sessions, then give yourself a treat and attend. Everyone is welcome with the only requirements being that you need a heartbeat and must love to have a good time. Bring your guitar, banjo, drums, washboard, harmonica, tin whistle, or your spoons and join in the music making or just sit back and be entertained.

August 13 is another double dipping day for visitors to ARTsPLACE. Bear River Artist Kelly Foxton will be on site from 12 to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Kelly is a well known workshop leader and is the author and illustrator of the book “Mother Nature Knows.” She invites you to come and connect with your inner artist through her fun and creative workshop where you can play with clay, paint creatures in pencil crayon, and create miniature landscapes in water color.

On August 13, you won’t want to miss blacksmith Alexa Jaffurs of Mount Hanley working on her portable propane forge. She will demonstrate the magic which happens as metal is heated, worked on an anvil, bent and twisted until it emerges on the other site as a beautiful and functional creation. You can not only help Alexa with the design plans as the work progresses but will also be able to make your own cold work project.

Year 19 of Paint the Town begins on August 16.Throughout the weekend, 85 artists will paint, draw, carve, or shape iron at various sites around the town. They will be working in all styles, from traditional to contemporary, in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolour, iron, stone, wood, and photography. An average of 500 pieces of art will be created over the course of the weekend.  The public is invited to watch the artists at work and can bid on the art work as soon as it reaches the Paint the Town Gallery, located at the Legion on Victoria Street.

Organizations: Annapolis Royal, Town Gallery

Geographic location: Annapolis County, Paradise Village, Bear River Victoria Street

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