There’s new buzz on King Street in Bridgewater these days. It’s called Art Happening Bridgewater
Art Happening Bridgewater will be a community gathering place for all to explore creative expression of all kinds, music, visual art, poetry, crafting, storytelling, gardening, performance, theatre…the list is yours to create! All forms of creativity and people are welcome to drop by once we open, 430 King Street. No experience necessary it’s a place to explore what creativity can be share skills, learn from each other, and build community
Art Happening Bridgewater is a project of the Bridgewater Development Association’s Art and Culture Committee, and is in the process of forming it’s own registered society. We currently have crowd funded square-foot campaign to build enough revenue to sustain our overhead. Other support will depend on donations and volunteer efforts.
Send this out on all your social media and word of mouth, help make Art Happening Bridgewater a reality!
We also need help with: core team members, collecting donations of cash and supplies, hosting a booth at the Growing Green Festival, painting, and cleaning the space.
Contact email@example.com for more info
Free Arts Festival
Saturday September 28, 2013
As the moon sets there is a hue, an afterglow if you will, in the sky, a time of magic and wonder. Come out to King street to witness and take part in community art. Showcasing 25 + artists included performances at the gazebo, wandering poets, aspiring filmmakers and one-night-only art galleries. Program of events will be available online one week before the event at www.afterglowbridgewater.com or visit the Bridgewater Public Library to pick up a copy.
There are lots of great opportunities for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
These photographs were from 2012, the inaugural year.
Portraits in the Library
The Bandstand, King Street Court
Portraits on King Street
Films on the Wall
Acoustic Music under the parkade
Poetry in Motion in Action
Salsa in the Bandstand under pouring rain
In Bridgewater there is an open mic and coffee house happening Friday Night from 7-9:30 at the Bridgewater Library – check it out!
Performers between the ages of 13 to 30 of all sorts are welcome–poets, non-poets, songsters, hipsters, filmmakers, dancers, you name it!
Contact Rachel at email@example.com to register, or just show up. All ages welcome, family friendly and free.
Join folks at the Lunenburg Farmers’ Market
with the Makery
and their community embroidery hoop to invite market-goers to participate in our collaborative project. We will be offering a collaborative painting/sculpture installation and Theo Heffler will be setting up a weaving project. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate our community and the arts!
The creativity of local youth will be celebrated at the closing party at the Lunenburg Library on May 7th at 5.30pm – Hope to see you there!
Bridgewater Library is hosting a series of workshops this year thanks to a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia, Cultural Opportunities for Youth.
Last fall Carole Langille led a series of 6 sessions on creative writing in Oct and Nov. It was an amazing experience for the young people who participated. You can see the video created by Tim Horton of Lighthouse Publishing and samples of the writing that was produced on their website:
The next two sessions are songwriting and the visual arts for teens 13 and up. The sessions are led by accomplished local artists who have experience working with teens. At the end of each six-week session, the artists will assist participants in showcasing their work.
Sign up for one or both of the upcoming sessions, space is limited so call to register soon at 543-9222.
Narrative Art with Rebecca Roher
This workshop will focus on using visual art to tell a story. The goal of the workshop will be for each student to create a comic book/graphic novel telling a narrative. Students will be encouraged to use an autobiographical story – to paint their own lives, in whole or in part.
- Bridgewater Library, Thursdays, January 10 to February 14, 4-6pm with a Showcase on Thursday, February 14 at 6:30pm.
Songwriting with Alex Hickey
The songwriting workshop will focus on the structure and content of songs and how to write one. Songwriting will be explored both with and without an accompanying instrument. Genre will be discussed, and examples will be pulled from spirituals, hip hop, traditional folk, protest songs, alternative, pop, and rock and roll. Uniqueness is encouraged!
- Bridgewater Library, Saturdays, February 16 to March 30 (no workshop on March 16), 12-2pm with a showcase on March 30th at 2:00pm.
This weekend the Bridgewater Public Library hosted a poetry circle with 6 local South Shore poets. Listeners enjoyed poems on the topic of balance from: Veryan Haysom, E.Alex Pierce, Alison Smith, Carole Langille, Joanne Jefferson and Brian Braganza.
Following this the group of listeners responded with reflections of how each poet was able to invoke memories which related to the listeners own individual experiences. They also spoke an appreciation for how the poets could capture these experiences in the moment and then bring them back to life in the room.
This event was funded by the League of Canadian Poets to celebrate National Poetry Month and was a great display of the creative talent living in and near Bridgewater.