Visual Arts Series reunites Celtic arts and craftsmanship with music and language
Celtic Colours International Festival is excited about a new element added to the festival this year – a Visual Arts Series of exhibits and workshops. The Festival is partnering with the Cape
Breton Artists’ Association and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and
Design to present seven exhibits and six workshops in communities
throughout Cape Breton Island.
“This will be a wonderful
addition to Celtic Colours and brings the visual arts into the festival
for all to enjoy,” says Festival Director Joella Foulds.
“Historically, the Celtic culture has centred around a tradition of
arts and craftsmanship, in addition to the language and music,” notes
Project Coordinator, Catherine Moir of the Cape Breton Artists’
Association. “The Celts had a definite and dramatic art style that
permeated all aspects of their lives, from everyday items like
jewellery and pottery to more specific items like weaponry and
monuments. Today the Celtic Arts are making a comeback. Reintroducing
this element of Celtic culture through the Celtic Colours International
Festival will recreate the full historical experience.”
The Cape Breton Artists’ Association is partnering with Inverness
County Council for the Arts, Port Hawkesbury Department of Recreation,
Whitney Pier Festival of Visual Art, the University College of Cape
Breton, and the Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre to showcase some
of the best visual artwork Cape Breton has to offer. The Cape Breton
Artists’ Association and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
are working with the Celtic Colours International Festival to present
these exhibitions and workshops during the Festival.
In Port Hawkesbury, at the Creamery, there will be an exhibition of
Cape Breton Quilts. The Inverness County Centre for the Arts will host
an open show depicting the richness and diversity of the Cape Breton
coastline. At the Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre, ten
kilometres west of Baddeck, an exhibit called Kukmijinu, features Cape
Breton Aboriginal art and the art of those who have been affected by
the Mi’kmaw culture. There will be an eclectic exhibit of original
work by artists from Cape Breton and beyond in Whitney Pier, featuring
Bernard Siller. And the University College of Cape Breton’s Gallery II
(across from the Boardmore Playhouse), will show fresh work by members
of the Cape Breton Artists’ Association, based on an Autumn theme.
For those interested in a more hands-on experience, full-day and
half-day workshops will be offered covering such arts and crafts as
quilting, stone-carving, watercolour painting and photography. There
will also be a session on Celtic knotwork that will not only introduce
drawing techniques, but will also explore the symbolism behind the
For more information about the Celtic Colours Visual Arts Series, visit
the Events section of Celtic Colours International Festival website,
www.celtic-colours.com or contact Catherine Moir of the Cape Breton
Artists’ Association at (902) 295-2726. To register for the workshops
call Sherry at the Cape Breton Artists’ Association (902) 563-1437.
The Cape Breton Artists’ Association acknowledges the support of the
Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, Cape Breton Credit
Unions and Stora.