From clocks to chainsaws in Annapolis Royal

On the Menu at ARTsPLACE

Published on July 31, 2014
Bridgetown Clock and Watchmaker Dave Beckner will show visitors how he creates his famous Timecycles.

By Heather McCormick

If the July heat and humidity is beginning to take its 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! From 8 to 10 pm on Thursday July 31, singer, songwriter Lynnea Armstrong will perform selections from her CD. Lynnea will be joined by fiddler extraordinaire Anna Wedlock and bassist Steve MacNeil. Lynnea and Anna are former residents of Annapolis County and both now work full time on the Halifax music scene.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 5, Bridgetown Clock and Watchmaker Dave Beckner will show visitors how he creates his famous “Timecycles”. You may have seen Dave’s work which was featured this spring in the Chronicle Herald. His “Timecycles”, made entirely from watch parts, are unique replicas of actual motorcycles. Drop in and test your own dexterity by trying to manipulate the minuscule watch parts or simply offer design suggestions to Dave and let him do the delicate gluing.

On the same day, chainsaw artist and popular author Dave Whitman of Paradise will be demonstrating his carving talents. Dave’s work is on display throughout the province and one of his carved characters was commissioned by the German bakery in Annapolis. You will find Dave working outside at ARTsPLACE on a life size carving. He will also be demonstrating how to use hand tools to create smaller carvings. Visitors, over the age of 16 will be able to try using the hand tools to carve but for obvious safety reasons, we’ll leave the actual chain sawing to Dave!

On August 6, music will be the focus of the day as musician Les Smith takes the stage offering guitar instruction & song writing tips.  He’ll be on site from 12 to 4:30 and 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is the perfect time to dust off that guitar that has been relegated to your closet and get started on improving your skills. Join Les Smith and let him answer your questions about creating music. He’ll introduce you to a wide range of songs, discuss the song writing process and entertain you with his never ending list of tunes.

From August 3 to September 7, the Artist-run Centre (main gallery) will present “First Flowers”, an exhibition by Halifax based artist, Sarah Maloney. Sarah participated in a short residency at ARTsPLACE, during the magnolia season of 2013 and during that time, she created waxes for a new suite of bronze sculptures for this exhibition. We hope you will come out to see the show and meet Sarahat the opening reception slated for 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 3. Admission is free of course and refreshments will be served.

See you at ARTsPLACE…the ARTs live here…..