Art Across the Marsh

Jamie Heap
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Fourteenth annual studio tour held in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

Featured Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery artists Diana Vertis McIsaac and Cathy Thurston display two of their own pieces of original artwork Saturday as part of the 14th annual Art Across the Marsh studio tour this past weekend on both the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia sides of the Tantramar Marsh.

AMHERST-Artists on both sides of the Tantramar Marsh had their artwork showcased at twenty art studios in Cumberland and Westmorland Counties this past weekend.

While seventeen of the aforementioned 20 participating art studios were situated on the New Brunswick side of the Tantramar Marsh in such communities as Baie Verte, Dorchester, Middleton, Midgic, Otter Creek, Sackville, Shemogue and Wood Point, three studios on the Nova Scotia side of the marsh took part in the event: Bert van Leeuwen, Amherst Train Station and Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery.

One of the artisans who stopped by the Amherst Train Station Artisans’ Gallery on Saturday was Harvey Haynes (Harvey’s Metal Art: Commercial & Home Décor).

“I’ve probably been into steel for 30 years,” stated Haynes. “Most, if not all, of my metal stuff is powder-coated. “I’ve done about 300 hundred pieces of metal art.”

Among the pieces of metal art on display and for sale by Haynes at the Amherst Train Station include animals, classic cars, Marilyn Munroe and wind-spinners.

Harvey Haynes can be reached at (902) 667-8329 or

In addition, Saturday was a day of several firsts at the aforementioned artisans’ gallery: it was the first day grade 10 ARHS student Michael Cormier had his water colours and photography displayed. Also, it was the first day the old ticket office of the 1908 station (filled with local artwork) was open to the public for viewing.

“It’s amazing how much talent there is in the area,” stated folk artist Ted Evans.

As for the Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery, two of its eight featured artists (Diana Vertis McIsaac and Cathy Thurston) were on hand Saturday as part of the Art Across the Marsh. “The Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery, now in its fourth season, is a place for people to express their creativity,” stated Thurston. “It’s also a place for people to find out if art or writing is something they want to do,” added McIsaac.

The Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery is now closed for the year. It will reopen over the Victoria Day long weekend in May, 2014 with new classes, workshops and events.

“We had another good season with great workshop participation,” stated Thurston. 

Organizations: Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery, Amherst Train Station

Geographic location: Cumberland, New Brunswick, Baie Verte Otter Creek Wood Point Nova Scotia

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