Originally from Ontario, Alison Grapes has lived mostly in Nova Scotia since the 1980s. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University. Having taught visual arts for fifteen years, Alison now dedicates her time exploring her interest in nature and the human form, sometimes using techniques where the shape and colour are created with cut paper.
Alison lives and paints in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Sea and Sand Jewellery & Moore
Sea and Sand Jewellery & Moore has been producing wire and wire wrapped custom jewellery since 2012. The original premise of the jewellery is “things found on a beach”. We try to incorporate local beach glass, shells, stones and minerals that you may find while walking on Cape Breton beaches. All of the glass and pottery is found locally and is not re-tumbled or polished in any way. If it is not ready, it goes back in the waves.
Over the years, our product line has increased to include one of a kind copper and sterling silver pieces putting our products at three affordable price points. We specialize in pendants, earrings, bracelets, bangles and rings. We welcome customers to bring in their ideas and treasures they have found to be made into a custom piece of jewellery to remember their day at the beach.
A trip to Africa in 2009 and my first encounter with a lilac-breasted roller (my spark bird), started me down this wonderful path of Avian Photography. I love the time spent in the field quietly observing the birds and their unique, interesting and at times, funny behavior. My feathered friends have taught me patience and attention to the smallest detail.
Each piece is a handmade one of a kind creation, using Cape Breton wood, shaped and finished on our farm, using natural finishes. Recreating a piece is not possible, I can try to approach a past piece, however the uniqueness of each piece of wood means I cannot produce a copy. This facet is what makes the art I create so wonderful for me, the artist, and for others to explore.
Unique native inspired art. Specailizing in pottery and beadwork. Nancy creates culturally significant vessels that imbue her spiritual and traditional knowledge and honour her role as a mother. She creates her pieces by using a wheel or by hand, building larger sculptural vessels that find inspiration in nature and the creation of life. She incorporates traditional practices in her creations, such as stone polishing and smoke firing and later embellishes each piece with traditional Mi’kmaw black ash basketry, intricate beadwork and/or the spiritual element of sweetgrass.
Diana was born and raised in East Germany, where she trained and worked as a geological assistant and graphic designer. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, she fulfilled her dreams of travel and spent over a decade in Asia. She lived in Bangkok, Thailand for 12 years, where she worked for a lapidary & jewellery manufacturer and designed jewellery lines for international brands, as well as custom ordered pieces. During the first 6 years she worked in the lapidary, she learned everything there is to know about coloured gemstones.
Her inspirations are the extraordinary gems and organic textures found in nature. Her logo represents her zodiac sign, Pisces, and her love of water. Her artistic freedom allows her to create original, authentic pieces that allow the wearer to express their individual style.
Christopher Gorey is a well-known Nova Scotia watercolour and oil painter. His work, mainly traditional, depicts the beautiful light and landscape of Northern Cape Breton as well as other locales. His work has won awards at La Societe canadienne de l’aquarelle, the Watercolor Art Society of Houston and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolor. Mr. Gorey’s paintings can be found in the collections of Anne Murray, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Seneca College and Acadia University Art Galleries.
I am a native Cape Bretoner and have lived in the Sydney area for most of my life. I am a self-taught artist of multiple mediums, a woodworker, as well as an avid outdoorsman.
In 2004, as a hobby, I began photographing sports. Eventually, I was drawn to nature where my true passion lies, shooting wildlife and landscapes. I shoot from tree stands, ground blinds, my kayak and while hiking and exploring the island.
Cape Breton artist Celeste Friesen grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and now lives at the north-eastern tip of Cape Breton Island. It is this spectacular setting which provides much of the inspiration for her paintings. She has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows across Cape Breton and in Virginia, USA. Currently her work can be seen at several Cape Breton galleries: Coloratura Fine Art in Indian Brook(right on the Cabot Trail); Third Meadow Gallery in Inverness; Salty Rose’s in Ingonish; Arts North Gifts, and The Markland Resort in Cape North; Victoria County Creates in Baddeck, plus the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in Sydney.
Celeste’s work employs a variety of different styles, techniques and materials. Her paintings might include transparent inks, acrylic or oil paints, collage, or mixed media. Her award winning work is collected across Canada and the USA.
Born and raised in Cape Breton, Kris Tynski developed a strong admiration for the outdoors. His lens captures the wildlife, seascapes, and landscapes of the Island, focusing on the eagles, fox, heron, and deer that inhabit Cape Breton. Kris also offers wedding and portrait photography to clients looking for a unique experience to capture their special day and family dynamic.
Janice Guinan is a native Nova Scotian artist, who derives her inspiration from an appreciation of God’s creation. She passionately believes in the importance of the visual arts in the promotion and preservation of our heritage and culture. Working primarily in acrylics, her paintings and commissioned portraits can be found in private collections across Canada, the United States, Australia and Europe.
Jitka Zgola is a pottery artisan living in Wreck Cove, Cape Breton Island. She is inspired by the environment and the desire to see her practical art at work in "good homes". Jitka crafts unique pieces of functional pottery - art that you can use every day. Microwave and dishwasher safe.
Irene MacKinnon grew up in Sydney and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. She has done everything from colourizing old movies and tv shows, working in a photo library in London, teaching English and Art at a private school in Greece to painting murals. Besides working on her jewelry, Irene teaches art to children and adults.
I grew up in Germany and have been living in Canada for over 20 years. Most of that time has been spent in Cape Breton, which I am fortunate to call my home. One of the biggest and most positive affects that living in Cape Breton had on my outlook on life was that it is so vital to be immersed in nature as much as possible. This has always been the driving force behind creating my landscape images and documenting the adventures we pursue.
I live on Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Originally from Canberra, Australia, I moved to Cape Breton in 2002, and now live in the country in daily sight of the Atlantic Ocean. I like to be out and about, and I'm rarely without my camera. My favourite subject is unposed nature in action. Occasionally, you'll spot a denizen of my native land in my work…
Lynn Moore is a textile artist who specializes in fabric collage. She captures imaginative scenes from nature by manipulating fabrics, combining textures and blending threads to transform fabric into art. Lynn chooses from hundreds of fabrics, which she has collected, hand-dyed, hand painted, airbrushed, batiked, and marble fabrics, along with commercially created - all made of good quality cotton. Lynn cuts the fabric using a free-form technique, usually with no preconceived pattern or design. Starting with only a colour scheme in mind, she is inspired by the various fabrics, from which she envisions skies, trees, mountains, rock and water. Her fascination with colour and love for realism becomes evident in her work.
I work primarily in pastel but also enjoy acrylic and oil paints and drawing with pencil or silverpoint. I am a self-taught artist; my ability to ‘capture’ life on paper, feathers, birch bark and other canvases is a humbling gift. Nature provides me with not only my inspiration, but also its own canvases! My inspiration is drawn upon a lifetime of observation in the woods and natural areas of New England and beyond, where I have been fortunate enough to catch glimpses of the wildlife that find their way into my paintings.
Penny Steele is the owner of Colouratura and is the chocolatier and creator of Cabotto Chocolates. Her background is in the arts through teaching and community theatre. Now she thrives on the interaction between herself, the artists and the visitors of her gallery.
Jim’s adventure in photography started in the 1950’s, in London Ontario. He became the unofficial photographer for the secondary school he attended and covered the activities, dances, and sports as time permitted. During the following years he did weddings, family gatherings and a couple of photo/journalist projects.
He started a daily ritual of being up at least an hour before the sun and photographing the sunrise or what ever the weather threw at him. The “Cape Breton Sunrise” email list quickly grew to over 1500 members and was delivered 7 days a week. The Cape Breton Sunrise routine had lasted for 10 years.
Sandra has been weaving on and off during her adult years, but in 2007 seriously started taking lessons at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design to get the most out of the floor loom she had inherited from her grandmother. Over the years Sandra has availed herself of weaving courses offered locally and internationally. In 2017 she began taking the 5-year Master Weaver Certificate Program an extension program of Olds College offered at the Gaelic College. Originally from Alberta, Sandra lives with her husband in Sydney.
Susan grew up on Cape Breton Island. She started painting when she was 12. First with oils, later watercolours and now acrylics. Susan has a solo exhibit in Toronto the fall of 2019.
She works for CBC Radio and is presently based in Toronto but returns to her island home regularly for family and inspiration.
William Rogers is a plein air artist working in oil and watercolor. He is past President of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) and a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA), and the Société Canadienne de aquarelle (SCA). He has won numerous awards from all these societies and from plein air events since 2009.
In 2016 Bill took home 2nd Prizes in Mountain Marland Plein Air, as well as awards in Paint Annapolis, and Paint the Peninsula. He also was given an Award of Excellence for his work in the Oil Painters of America Salon Show in September 2016 and the Dorothy Corson Award from the CSPWC in October.
Another highlight came in 2014 when Bill served as the official Tour Artist for HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on their Royal Tour of Canada. Many of the completed works were acquired by His Royal Highness for his personal collection.
Educated in Fine Arts and trained as an Illustrator, Darlene has made a career creating original Artwork, Graphic Design and in Print Production.
As a Fine Artist, natural settings and wildlife are her focus even though she loves life drawing and portraiture. Her work tends to focus on detail and expression. Darlene creates in watercolour, acrylic, pastel, graphite, pen & ink, coloured pencils and is an avid photographer. Her photos supply reference material while exploring natures’ beauty in the everyday.
Her Artwork has been displayed locally, across the Province and sold internationally.
I find it very difficult to describe my photography because it is so impulsive. Sometimes I see something whose pixels simply beg to be captured and I point my camera at it. In a few instances, that’s enough and I’m happy with the result. Most often, however, the final image doesn’t materialize until I’ve messed with it in my computer and stumbled, often by accident, on a result that I want to show to people. I combine pictures, distort them, and assemble multiple images into a single whole and the fun is to achieve a result that both pleases and surprises me. That’s why I do this!