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Celtic Colours Visual Arts Series builds on succes

The Celtic Colours Visual Arts Series started during the 2003
Celtic Colours International Festival as a modest program of workshops
and exhibitions exploring the connections in Celtic culture between
music, language, arts and craftsmanship. The program went so well that
it is back this year, bigger and better than ever.

“Last year
was the first year for the Visual Arts Series and it was a big
success,” says project facilitator Catherine Moir. “All the workshops
were practically full and the exhibitions drew in many people to view
the art, giving the work exposure to residents and visitors from all
over the world.”

Festival Director Max MacDonald echoes Moir’s comments. “The Festival
draws thousands of people to Cape Breton Island each year,” says
MacDonald, “so through the series, we are able to expose Cape Breton
artists, not just musicians, to the new audiences. And clearly it’s
working,” he adds, “because the program is growing.”

The Celtic Colours Visual Arts Series has expanded this year to include
eight workshops and eight exhibitions. Designed to bring a better
understanding of Cape Breton’s visual art and craft to the community
and visitors from all over the world, this series offers something for
everyone, from hands-on workshops to displays of breathtakingly
beautiful art and craftsmanship. In addition to learning new skills,
participants and observers will come away with a better understanding
of the artistic and cultural expressions of Cape Breton and its people.

Hosting this year’s Visual Arts Series is the Inverness County Centre
for the Arts, which will be showcasing the paintings of renowned
Canadian Illustrator Lewis Parker in an exhibition entitled “A Portrait
of Cape Breton”. New this year is a folk art exhibit and workshop,
taking place at the Whale Interpretive Centre in Pleasant Bay. The new
gallery in North Sydney, Sueandallies, is having an exhibit called “Big
Cape Breton Welcome”. A fabric art workshop will be given by Anne
Morrell in the new Civic Centre in Port Hawkesbury and Iris Currie is
giving an acrylic painting workshop at University College of Cape
Breton. The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design will present a
rug-hooking workshop at in Sydney as well as an exhibition of fine
craft called “Diversity in Design”. Popular exhibitions back from last
year include “Quilts of Quality”, a quilt exhibit at Isle Quilt Market
in Port Hawkesbury, and “Feel the Spirit of Our Culture”, an aboriginal
art exhibit at the Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre. Popular
workshops from last year, including Drawing Celtic Knots, Photography,
Stone Carving and Watercolour Painting, will be offered again this year.

The Celtic Colours Visual Arts Series is made possible through the
generous support of the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture
and the Sydney Credit Union.

For details about the exhibits and workshops go to
www.celtic-colours.com click on Events and Related Events. To register
for a workshop call Inverness County Centre for the Arts at
902-258-2533. For more information contact Catherine Moir at
902-295-2726 or catherinemoir@yahoo.com.

Call toll free for more information +1(877) 285-2321