Festival of the Arts Celebrates Another Successful Year

The Seventh annual Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts celebrates another successful year


It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to bring a festival to life, and when the doors opened at Shining Waters Marine on July 6th, the rewards of that hard work shone through and continued for the entire ten days of the 2017 Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts.


With the best weather of the summer on their side, the festival committees, along with hundreds of volunteers and supporters, gave visitors from near and far a unique and memorable experience.


“We’re so grateful to all of the visitors and volunteers who took part in the festival this year and helped make it such a success,” said Beth Newman, Volunteer Coordinator.


“From the planning process to implementation, this festival takes a lot of time and dedication. Whether a volunteer spent months or a few hours with us, they were an important part of the festival.”


Between July 8th and 10th, hundreds of visitors toured the yurt displaying studio and “wet” paintings done by 34 plein air artists painting at Peggy’s Cove.


“There’s nothing like bringing together artists and art enthusiasts in one of the most beautiful places in the province,” said Patricia Lindley, Committee Lead.


“It’s really incredible to see people of all ages enjoying the artistic process as they watch our amazingly talented local and non-local artists at work.”


The three-day Studio Tour featured 44 artists showcasing their art and fine craft to visitors driving from the Aspotogan Peninsula to Prospect, and everywhere in-between. Many of the artists and craftspeople are available year-round, so those who missed out can refer to the Studio Tour Guide on peggyscoveareafestivalofthearts.com, or find one locally, to plan a future visit.


This year’s Studio Tour Draw prize winner is Ed Towle of Seabright, Nova Scotia. He wins the $500 gift certificate towards the purchase of art from any of the Studio Tour artists. The draw was made at Twelve Acre Hill Gallery by the gallery owner, Philip Hodges, and PCAFA president, Debbie Smith.


“Had a great weekend enjoying the diverse work of the Bay area artists, and guess what, I got rewarded with more art… Fantastic!”, said Ed, winner of the Studio Tour Draw prize.


Planning for next year’s festival has already begun. Everyone is invited to attend an open forum at Shining Waters Marine on Tuesday, September 19th, 7:00 p.m.


“We can’t wait to start planning for 2018, so we hope to see lots of volunteers, artists, art-lovers, and newcomers on September 19th,” said Debbie Smith.


Information about the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts can be found at peggyscoveareafestivalofthearts.com.