Lighthouse art show is back

Brittany W.
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The annual Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft show starts on Aug. 16 at the Port Medway Lighthouse Park.

A display for the Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft show.  The art and craft show starts on Aug. 16 in Port Medway and continues the next weekend in Port Mouton on Aug. 23.

This is the second year that the show will include two areas.  The first show is in Port Medway from Aug. 16 – 18.  The next show is Aug. 23 – 25 at Coastal Queens Place in Port Mouton.

The opening for Port Medway is at 7 p.m. and will include a show from the ukulele group, the Seaside Strummers.  The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 17 and 18.

This year’s theme is “what the lighthouse seas.”  Many pieces will be available for purchase.  The lighthouse societies split the 25 percent commission on the artwork purchased at the show.

“That is going to make it a really creative show because that can be pretty much anything,” says organizer Cathie Pincombe.

Many artists working in different mediums have donated to the show.  Photographs, paintings, woodworking, rug hooking and more will be on display.  Even knitted lighthouse mittens will be available for purchase.

The venues are very different from one another.  The warehouse at the Port Medway Lighthouse Park is very open with lots of wall space whereas Coastal Queens Place is a former school and has smaller rooms.

“You can look at the show and not actually realize you’ve seen it before,” says Pincombe. 

Chris Mills, author of Lighthouse Memories and Lighthouse Legacies is being featured at the Port Mouton portion of the show.  He will be there at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 and will have copies of his books available for purchase and signing.  Mills served as a Lightkeeper for the Canadian Coast Guard on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Local quilter Bev Crouse is creating another community quilt.  Crouse has designed a Lighthouse “mosaic” quilt and through donation, members of the public may add a piece to it.  The quilt will be displayed locally and the names of donors will also be displayed. 

A bake sale is also coinciding with the Port Mouton show. 

“Last year what happened was people came to the bake sale and discovered us or they came to the art show and discovered the bake sale so it works out really well,” says organizer Sandra Brown. 

The show will also feature a draw for a trip to Spectacle Island and the group’s popular calendar featuring artwork from the show.

Students from the Liverpool Regional High School’s O2 program and art class decorated and created wooden lighthouses, which will be placed on electrical poles to point the way to the art shows.

The Medway Head Lighthouse Society is responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of the Medway Head Light.  The light is unmanned but is still a functioning lighthouse.  The Spectacle Island Lighthouse society is working towards acquiring the Spectacle Island Lighthouse as it was deemed surplus by the federal government.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard, Liverpool Regional High School, Medway Head Lighthouse Society Spectacle Island Lighthouse society

Geographic location: Port Mouton, Port Medway, Port Medway Lighthouse Park Spectacle Island

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