Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor
The unofficial start of the summer season is here as the Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery opened for its fifth season last Saturday.
It is now open Tuesdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m as well as holiday Mondays. The gallery features the work of artists Bob Morouney, Diana Vertis McIsaac, Margaret Wiles, Laurell Hamilton, Melanie Landau, Charlie Atherton, Cathy Thurston and writer Harry Thurston. On the schedule this summer are a number of special exhibitions starting with Oxford student, Joanna Aldred’s “Infinity” collection from June 1st to 7th with a meet the artist on Sunday, June 1 from 2 until 4 p.m.
More classes and workshops are being offered starting with Pastels on June 19 and Paperclay Sculpting on June 20. Watercolour, egg tempera and acrylic painting, pottery, etching, block printmaking, basketry, life drawing, photography and meditation through art will also be on the schedule.
Contact the gallery by phone 902-667-8555 or by email tidnishbridgeartgallery @gmail.com or drop into 3654 Highway 366 in Tidnish.
For live music tonight in Amherst, Bella's Café is featuring Mike Blakeney while Duncan's Pub has Andrew Melanson from 4 until 6 p.m. and Ben Crosby at 8 p.m.
If you are a gardener tomorrow the plant sale takes place at Cumberland County Museum and Archives. The Annual Plant Sale at the Cumberland County Museum, is Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.
You’ll find perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs, soil mix and more. The event is on rain or shine and proceeds support the Cumberland County Museum and anyone interested can call 667-2561 for more information.
In keeping with the summer theme, there are two parts of our culture that I would like to touch on; one good, the other bad. Good stuff first, with the summer and the good weather, or at least better weather upon us, more folks are getting outside to excercise and enjoy the outdoors. Folks who are driving need to be observant and provide space to walkers, joggers, bikers and their ilk. The law says that cyclists need to be provided three feet of clearance when they are passed, if there is a oncoming vehicle which means that isn't possible, slow down and wait.
If you hit a cyclist it will slow down your day a lot longer than waiting 10 seconds and you have no idea what road asphalt or shoulder conditions are that maybe forcing the cyclist to ride in the location that they are maintaining.
The bad news is litter, basically I think that for some reason littering is part of our culture and those who litter are some of the worst folks out there.
The fact that we put people in jail for certain things and let litter bugs roam free makes no sense to me. If you find it necessary to throw your fast food containers our of your moving vehicle I think that you should spend a weekend in jail, do it twice try a year, you know what you are doing and it is stupid and the punishment should be harsh.
This past weekend I saw some fresh trash from a food court establishment located in Dieppe on Route 6, very nice of those folks to carry their trash for an hour before letting it fly.
Remember our area is a part of our culture and treating it poorly reflects back on us.
Andrew MacGregor’s arts and culture column appears weekly in the Amherst News.