Today’s feature event: kitchen pARTy June 26

kitchen pARTy: a social evening with artists at Carvers Coffee House!

June 26 @ 7pm -9:30pm

sponsored by Gordon Chapman’s Plumbing and Heating  |   presented by the Art 2 Sea Studio

This event is one part party and one part professional opportunity for local artists to share their work! kitchen pARTy is also the official launch of the W(here) Festival with lots of interaction and opportunities for social exchange.

Instead of one speaker, here we have 8  artists giving a 15 minute glimpse into their practice. We will see artists past work but also things they are working on in progress! Multi-discipinary and all ranges of experience, these artists are Pictou County’s, so come on out and enjoy a cocktail with us!

Artists Presenting:
AMANDA MACDONALD is an art professional whose home base is in Toronto, ON, although a large part of her heart remains on the shores of Caribou, Nova Scotia. MacDonald is an artist, entrepreneur and the Artistic Director of Walnut Contemporary, a new commercial gallery in Toronto focusing on emerging and mid career cutting edge art. Her work has been exhibited and is in collections throughout Canada, the US, and Japan. Amanda’s work explores themes surrounding food, and the use of food as a supplement for love, desire, condolence, and human admiration.

Cherise Fearless, 2010, cement and nail polish on board, 61 x 61 cm

Find out more about Amanda’s work here:








CAROLYN VIENNEAU grew up with a love for the sea and the fishing boats that sail it. She incorporates the characteristics of the sea into her work with energetic brush strokes, her play with colour and contrast, and her use of opposites—calm and turbulence, rough and smooth textures. Carolyn is also an innovative instructor with over 21–years experience teaching oil painting to adults in various studios, and 12–years experience teaching children’s classes throughout Pictou County. She now has her own studio, Strokes of Colour Art Studio and has added art therapy to her repertoire.

Night Sailing, oil on canvas

Want to see more of Carolyn’s work? Visit her studio page here.





DAWN MCNUTT weaves forms from natural materials such as willow, honeysuckle, wisteria, grapevine; some cast into bronze; some works are painted. Recently moved to Little Harbour, Pictou County, Dawn McNutt is inspired by ‘the beauty of human frailty”. She has exhibited locally and internationally since the 1980’s, participating in more than a hundred exhibitions, 17 of them solo shows including Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. McNutt’s work is in the Museum of Civilization, Canadiana Fund, the American Craft Museum and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia among others.

Timeless Figure, bronze, 170 cm high

Check out more of Dawn’s beautiful and elegant sculptural work here.









ST. CLAIR PREST is a local historian, actor, community organizer and leader. While Prest wears many hats in the Town of Pictou, he is also known for his beautiful graphic and fabric work, often working in embroidery. In addition, St. Clair is the Ambassador Chair for the Pictou Renaissance Society, a gardener, past CFA and volunteer within the community.

FENN MARTIN was born and raised in Port Hood, Cape Breton, and currently lives and works in rural Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. A ceramacist and graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCADU), Martin largely works in the tradition of the narrative frieze. His innovative style investigates present life while extending historical traditions in architectural ceramics.
Martin has participated in solo gallery shows while developing a rapidly growing list of personal and public commissions. His latest public pieces have commemorated Antigonish public institutions including the Bergengren, Antigonish Public Library (The Peoples Place) and the Coady International Institute.

Clay shingles, frost proof clay body, 2010, private commission

See more work by Fenn on his Facebook page, located here.






Filmmaker ELIZA FERNBACH will offer her interpretation on how our imagination is engaged by moving pictures.  A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Ms. Fernbach also holds a Mastère in Fine Art/Digital Art from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Rennes, France. She was the first director to implement the PAWS camera system (seen in the Matrix movies) in her short film “Time Suspended”.

Her most recent cinema poem based on a work by author Anne Simpson, was featured in Specs Journal. Fernbach’s wanderlust has drawn her to locales around the globe.  Her art has appeared in publications as diverse as ADBusters magazine and the New York Times. From her current home in Merigomish, she chronicles her  adventures in a column entitaled “Staring Ahead” for the local newspaper the Evening News. Eliza’s new blog can be found here.

“Cinema Poetry; the Visual Sublime”  Artist Talk










Susan Tilsley  Manley lives in Durham with her husband  and two growing children.   She earned a BFA in studio practice and painting from Emily Carr in Vancouver, BC.

She is a self described Maker of Things.  The media may change, but the urge to create is both primal and irresistible.  She works in acrylic paint, dye, rust, clay, yarn, fabric, paper, glitter, and anything else she can get her hands on.  She received a creation grant last summer and has completed a series of art quilts about time and memory and nostalgia.  She is just back from teaching for her first time at Quilt Canada.













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