New Brunswick cultural tour awaits

12 years ago

To the editor:
    Following the success of this spring’s Art in the Valley Studio Tour, the Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery, in partnership with the Saint John River Valley Tourism Association, has organized another multi-location cultural adventure for Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the cross-Canada Culture Days celebration.
    The tour itinerary is based on the recently-launched “Art in the Valley” guide-map highlighting a host of creative treasures – studios of artists and artisans, galleries and cultural centres, festivals between Nackawic and Perth-Andover, N.B. Visitors can fill out a free ballot at each of the 20 locations for a chance to win one of three prize packages with a total value of $1,000.
    Although most of the participants welcome visitors by appointment anytime, this Saturday 20 of the studios and cultural centres featured in the pamphlet will be open all day to offer an insider’s look at how the creative process works. From pen and ink to watercolour and acrylic art and on to wood, glass and pottery crafts as well as jewelrey, home decor, baskets, even songbird carvings and garden sculpture, visitors will have a chance to view some exciting new pieces and, in most cases, to buy directly from the producers.
    The guide-maps are available at various locations along the studio tour route including the McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville-Bristol, public libraries, retail stores, visitor information centres and online at www.sjrvta.com/html/cms/artisan_inside.pdf.
    The national event tie-in, Culture Days, invites the public “to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and other creative people” in more than 800 Canadian communities, 90 of which are in New Brunswick See www.culturedays.com/en/about-culture-days for information about the national Culture Days program.
Charles Reynolds,
board member
Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery
Florenceville-Bristol, N.B