Art CHAIR Plus Fundraiser

Artists are submitting their art chairs and “paintable objects” to our Art CHAIR plus fundraiser sale and silent auction. This piece was sourced from Clair Peers of Great Village Antiques and painted by Christene Sandeson of Truro. Isn’t it gorgeous? Thank you, Christene!

Art CHAIRS plus

It’s our fundraiser in support of community outreach programs!

Artists and makers from around the region have generously offered to make a work of art on the chairs and paintable objects we have “picked” from antique and vintage shops. Each of the objects reflects the heritage of our rural area, and

speaks of a life lived in farmhouses, villages and towns of northern Nova Scotia. We are showcasing the art pieces at the Heritage Centre as part of our Tenth Anniversary celebrations this summer. Each artwork is offered for sale during the busy Creamery Square Farmers Markets, on Saturday mornings throughout July and August.


1. Artists receive 40% of the sale price

2. Paintable objects were purchased for the artists’ use by the Heritage Society

3. Some paint supplies have also been donated

4. The remaining 60% of the sale price will be used by the Heritage Centre to fund community programs, such as talks on local heritage, children’s activities, workshops and events

5. Each object will be presented with profile materials about the artist/maker

6. A selection of completed works will be exhibited in Tatamagouche village shop windows one week before the launch of the sale, with a profile of the artist/maker

7. Launch date is June 29, Canada Day weekend, during a special community celebration

8. An appreciation reception for the artists/makers will take place on September 1 at 2 pm, with refreshments, presentations and remarks.

Contact Beth Carruthers to pick up a paintable object @ 902-657-2679 . email [email protected] Contact Gail Tuttle for information and details @ 902-890-3984 . email [email protected]

Margaret Fawcett Norrie Heritage Centre, 39 Creamery Road, Tatamagouche, NS. B0K 1V0

Artist Profile : Cris Sontag

Artist Profile : Christene Sandeson

In an attempt to crystallize memories and to depict joy, my acrylic paintings
spring from my life experiences. I re-brush, re-evaluate, and reshape my acrylics into
loud and soft shapes and colours until the image suggests meaning. Like our
constantly transforming cells that are revised and updated in our bodies until they
become conscious, my paintings are layered and somewhat surreal.

Universal contrasts and continuums inspire me. I try to locate a point along
the simple ebb and flow of life, or from within the growth and decline of dreams, or
along the metaphoric richness and frailty of our (my) human condition that seems
special for personal reasons. From that attempt, I imagine where it might exist
vertically along the continuum of sinking depths and emerging lights. From there I
apply layers of texture between glazes of shape in warm colours to capture that
thought. Mine is a slow but engaging process!

Early in my art career, I was fortunate to receive the Elizabeth Greenshields
Foundation award and to exhibit regionally. In addition to private collections my
work can be found in the notable public collections: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The
N.S. Court of Appeal, Institute for Early Childhood Education, and, Isaac Walton
Killam Children’s Hospital in Halifax.

I accepted roles in Art Education to support my art practise and later to
support my family. My early opportunities included interim art professor at the former
N.S. Teachers College, Art Expression programmer with Correction Services Canada,
and producer of the televised “Secrets of Seeing” with Eastlink TV. In 1999, I
accepted a full-time position teaching High School Art with the Chignecto Central
Regional School Board (Visual Arts 10, 11 & 12 and Virtual Art 10 & 11 at South
Colchester Academy). I enjoyed all of this work although it did extract me from the
painting community for periods of time.

Now retired from formal teaching, I devote my time to studio practise, teaching
art to adults, and being with my loved ones. You can view my work at Marigold
Cultural Centre (Truro, N.S.) and online

Christene Sandeson

734 Kennedy Rd. Brookfield, NS, B0N 1C0
<[email protected]>

Mi’kmaq and Acadian Day celebrations

Mi’kmaq celebration, August 24
Mi’kma’ki map created by MIchael Martin

September 1 at 2 pm

Art CHAIRS plus appreciation reception for artists and makers

Join us for cake and remarks!


September 24

Our annual Heritage Centre dinner fundraiser

This year we present Bob’s Banquet!

A home-cooked meal with all the trimmings to help us “put Bob back behind the Boiler”

Heritage Talks

The Heritage Centre hosts a series of talks on subjects of local heritage interest on Saturday mornings at 11 am:

Save the dates: July 13 and 27, August 3 and 24

Stay tuned for details!

Canada Day Celebrations

June 29 from 9 to 5

This is the first day of our Art CHAIRS plus sale and raffle in support of our community outreach programs. Art CHAIRS plus continues every Saturday from 9 to 1 during Farmers Market mornings throughout July and August

Heritage Centre Tenth Anniversary: 2019

We celebrate our Tenth Anniversary this summer!

We have organized a series of special events to market this impressive milestone.


June 22 from 2 to 5

Join us for our Tenth Anniversary celebration!

We are honoured to receive a Mi’kmaq blessing, followed by cake cutting and remarks at 2:30 pm.

Today we launch our season-long Boiler Bob campaign. There’s a rumour Boiler Bob will attend in person, not just as a hologram, at this event. We can’t wait to meet him!


June 24 to 28

Launch of ourArt CHAIRS plus painted objects fundraiser!

Painted objects are displayed in storefronts around Tatamagouche village

Our regular summer season begins on June 1

We open Sunday to Friday from 2 to 5 and Saturday from 9 to 4.

Check it out! We offer free admission on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10!

Spring hours at the Heritage Centre during May

The Heritage Centre Gift Shop opens for the season

May 18 from 9 to 4

Our gift shop elves have been working hard to bring you fun and interesting items to enrich your Heritage Centre experience!


Heritage Centre exhibits are open to the public

May 18 from 9 to 4

May 25 from 9 to 4