… thanks to an Art Show
by Catherine Pincombe, 24-Sep-2016
The Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show has become a major annual event in Port Medway, NS each August. The purpose of the show is to increase awareness of our lighthouses, showcase the impressive inspiration and talent of artists in the area and raise much needed funds for repairs and maintenance of the Medway Head Lighthouse.
The 6th annual show was held for 10 days [from August 19 to 28, 2016] at The Warehouse in Port Medway. Many artists and artisans from the local area participated as well artists from other areas of Nova Scotia and as far away as Ottawa. The show was well attended with over 500 visitors stopping by to enjoy the huge array art and crafts on display.
The 2016 show was the greatest success to date. A huge “triumph” for everyone involved. The show organizers welcomed the participation of the many artists who have supported the show previously and the 17 new artists who this year joined the Lighthouse Art Show family. In total the work of 67 artists was showcased, with sales exceeding all expectations.
The diversity of mediums which included photography, sculpture, rug hooking and felting as well as acrylic, watercolor and oil painting was a tribute to the creativity of all the participating artists. Visitors were also treated to the vibrant colors of the whimsical folk art. This show is truly unique in its presentation of art and crafts together in one space.
To raise additional money, the Society has produced its 4th fundraising calendar. The 2017 Lighthouse Art Show Calendar features works from the show. In previous years the sales of the calendar reached over 400 copies, many of which were sent around the globe.
The Medway Head Lighthouse Society took ownership of the Medway Head Lighthouse in April 2014. The Society is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the Lighthouse. Visitors were able to see the importance of this show and how their financial support from the previous five art shows enabled the Medway Head Lighthouse Society to carry out the much need repairs to two sides of their lighthouse earlier this year.
There has been a functioning light on the site since 1851. Thanks to the hard work of the dedicated Art Show Committee, the generosity of the Artists and the continued support of the Art Show Enthusiasts, the light will continue to shine bright atop the Medway Head Lighthouse.