ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Since its launch in 2011, the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts has grown quickly from a dream into a full-fledged not-for-profit celebration of the arts. This coastal festival is an early summer celebration of the wealth of artistic talent in an area just south of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The focal point is our beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay with its iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, but also includes other bays, harbours and coves such as Prospect Bay, Shad Bay, Head Harbour, Hubbards Cove and Mahone Bay.
Festival 2017 will open on the evening of Thursday July 6th. The Festival Launch, hosted at Shining Waters Marina, will feature live musical entertainment, refreshments, a silent auction of art and craft works, demonstrations by artists and artisans creating works in a variety of media, and a “Community Canvas” created by attendees.
Two events will be the highlights of Festival in 2017. The first is a three day plein air painting event with 35 artists participating, held between July 8th and 10th in the village of Peggy’s Cove. Artworks produced will be offered for sale in a large Mongolian yurt located a short walk from the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. There will also be demonstrations by local artisans and a children’s art tent offering a variety of free creative activities.
The final and largest event, held between July 14 th and 16th will be the Studio Tour where over 60 studio artists, galleries and art groups will welcome visitors through their doors. This is a unique opportunity to meet and interact with painters, potters, sculptors, wood and glass workers and jewellery artists at work in their studios.
Between festivals, you can always find fine art and crafts in our beautiful catchment area. You can view a list of our galleries or visit our Studio Tour page for more information.
Debbie Smith – President
Mary Lynne MacKay – Vice President
Pat Lindley –Corporate Secretary
Megan Harris – Treasurer
Susan George – Member at Large
Anne Patrick – Member at Large
Tanya Smith – Member at Large