Winter in the Bay

Winter in the Bay is an annual art show/sale and writing contest, offered in partnership between the Peggy’s Cove Area Art Society, the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre, and The Masthead News.

This year’s art show/sale takes place at three in-person locations from Friday, February 2 to Thursday, February 29 (Add Winter in the Bay 2024 into your calendar). The locations are the SMB Community Enterprise Centre, the Tantallon Public Library, the Credit Union Atlantic in Tantallon. All art in the show is also available to see online on the Winter in the Bay Facebook page.

Winter in the Bay is an art show with a difference. Current 2024 PCAAS members are invited to display ONE piece of art in the show. Community members are invited to view the show in person and/or online. Participants in the writing contest, which is open to anyone aged 8 to adult, MUST use one of the works in the show as inspiration/illustration of their writing piece. More details about the writing contest will be available soon.

If you would like to be part of this annual celebration of creativity, please confirm your participation to [email protected] by Thursday, January 25. Art must be dropped off on Thursday, February 1, between 4-6pm, at the SMB Community Enterprise Centre, 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road and you must provide a high-resolution photo of the submitted work to be included in the online version of the show.

Practical information about the art show/sale:
• Works will be placed at each location based on size, theme, and number of works submitted.
• You may submit an original work, either 3D or 2D, or a framed print.
• Because there are three locations this year, there are no size restrictions on 2D works.
• Note that 3D submissions must fit in niches that are a maximum of 10” deep x 27” high or wide.
• Ideally, your work will be for sale, but NFS works will be accepted.
• Sales are managed by event organizers, and 100% of the sale goes to the artist.

How should the theme be interpreted?
The theme is more of a state of mind than a narrow definition. Winter landscapes are always included, and always a valued part of the show. But you’re also invited to interpret winter in a much broader sense: an indoor scene, a still life, a celebration of coziness and safety against the elements, or even as a metaphor for sleep or loss.
Your work will inspire writers of non-fiction essays and short stories, poems, and song lyrics. It’s a special feeling for an artist to be told by a writer—sometimes someone who is sharing their writing for the first time—that the artist’s work fueled the writer’s work in an unexpected or exciting way.
Questions? Please email Sharon and Margo at [email protected].