Port Medway and Port Mouton will soon be home to some very colourful lighthouses.
© Brittany W. Verge Photo
Students stand with their handmade lighthouses that will lead the way to art shows happening in Port Medway and Port Mouton in support of their effort to purchase the two community lighthouses.
Plywood lighthouses were built by the Options and Opportunities (O2) class from the high school and painted by both members of that class and the art class.
The Spectacle Island Society and the Port Medway Light Society are both hosting the Lighthouse Awareness arts show and sale to fundraise for their perspective lighthouses.
The funky coloured lighthouses will be placed on lamp posts to lead the way to the art shows, much like the music notes that were painted for Nova Scotia Music Week in November 2012. There are 32 in total.
Since the federal government announced it would soon be looking to get rid of “surplus” lighthouses, many communities have been fighting to gain ownership of local lighthouses.
Cathie Pincombe, an organizer from the arts show, thought involving the youth would be a great way to raise awareness on the issue of lighthouses.
“It was a great collaboration,” says Pincombe.
Gerry Mason says the O2 program is very community oriented and they were happy to take on the project.
“We do community services, we’ve built above ground gardens for the foodbank, we did the sleigh for the Christmas parade,” says Mason.
The art show will be visiting both Port Medway and Port Mouton. The first location is Port Medway Lighthouse Park from Aug. 16 - 18. The next location will be Coastal Queens Place in Port Mouton from Aug. 23 – 25.