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10 Days in October festival returns Oct. 6-15

Artist Joy Laking and Parrsboro Creative Robert More cut the cake to open last year's 10 Days in October festival in Parrsboro. This year's event will take place on Oct. 6-15.
Artist Joy Laking and Parrsboro Creative Robert More cut the cake to open last year's 10 Days in October festival in Parrsboro. This year's event will take place on Oct. 6-15.

PARRSBORO, N.S. – The quickly growing arts and culture festival, 10 Days in October, will return to this community on Oct. 6-15, featuring a dizzying display of talent aimed at a number of palettes.

From painters to photographers, carvers to sculptors, the art at this year’s festival will once again be boosted by an extensive program of hiking, music, playwriting and more presentations, according to Parrsboro Creative executive director Robert More.

“10 Days In October offers a rich palette of experiences for many tastes,” said More. “The whole town turns itself into one giant exhibition of artists who capture the spectacular beauty and the rich cultural traditions of Nova Scotia in their work.”

This year’s lineup of talent will include four solo art exhibitions, featuring painters Kim Aerts, Wayne Boucher, and Susan Paterson, and photographer Len Wagg.

On top of this, a collection of work from 30 different artists will be on display in an exhibition at The Hall, featuring the likes of Tom Forestall, Steven May, Poppy Balsar, Bill Rogers, Arlene Collins, Roger Savage, William Forestall, and Joy Laking.

“Everyone who takes in this unique event is for a major creative treat,” said More.

Meanwhile, a “3D” exhibition put together by ArtLab artist-in-residence Janet Doble will be held at the Parrsboro Creative residency building, featuring a talented group of artists such as stone carver Heather Lawson, sculptor Jan Hull, and fibre artist Judith Newman.

Pre-festivities kick off on Thursday, Oct. 5 with the annual fall dinner at Ship’s Company Theatre, while official opening ceremonies will take place at The Hall on Friday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.

The first daily Art Walk will follow this, with a script reading at Ship’s Company Theatre of Agora by Kristin Slaney at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, Fundy Geological Museum will launch its “Celebration of Fall” program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including hikes to Partridge Island and Cape Sharp along the Fundy shore, and a bus tour of local fall colours. Saturday evening will include Oktoberfest and the Elastic Big Band at the Hall.

On Sunday, Oct. 8, Theresa Malenfant will perform at The Hall.

Further events during the 10-day festival include a youth artist display, a sketch crawl, a garden club presentation on Oct.11, clay throwing and printing demonstrations, and a wire wrap tree session.

For more information, visit https://www.parrsborocreative.com/10-days-in-october/

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