Travel Photo Thursday — December 5, 2013 — Peggy’s Cove Summer Artists Festival 2013

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

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We are basking in a few days of lovely warm weather here. I hope it doesn’t go anywhere too soon. That doesn’t stop me from dreaming of summer. Enjoy this beautiful day at Peggy’s Cove last July. Forty artists painted around the Cove for two days at the Peggy Cove Area Festival of the Arts. All the art work produced was displayed prominently in a yurt especially erected for the event. Attendees bid through a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds went to the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Society.

I don’t know much about Nova Scotia’s painting scene, except that many painters are drawn to the province because of the spectacular ocean views. Peggy’s Cove has to be one of the most painted and photographed spots in the province (maybe in Canada). To bring 40 artists together for 2 days to do nothing but paint was a memorable event. I spent most of the day, and loved every minute of my time wandering among them and enjoying the art they were creating. Enjoy today’s photo tour…

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Painting the beauty that she sees…

Nova Scotia Artist --Peggy's Cover Artist's Festival 2013


On the way to the yurt for display…

Peggy's Cove Artists' Festival 2013


At work…(despite having to produce a painting (or paintings) by the end of the two days, all of the artists were friendly and welcomed conversation.)

Artist at Work


Meet local artist James E. Pay. We had a lovely conversation about learning to paint with water colors. When I asked him if he had a card, he gave me a type written mini bio. This is what it says…

“James E. Pay. SCA. U.A. Mentored by the late A. J. Casson, the last of living member of Canada’s famous Group of Seven, and studying under colourist Marjorie Smith, M.F.A., the artist developed his own style of painting in watercolour and acrylic. James is a signature member of the Society of Canadian artists as well as the United Society of Artists in the UK. He is a former vice-chair of Central Arts, Scotland and a founding member of the Acrylic Painter’s Society of Ontario. He now resides in Nova Scotia and paints maritime scenes and colourful florals. To know more about this international-known artist follow the link. 

Artist James E.Pay

Artist at Work

Some more of Mr. Pay’s works…

Artist's Work on Display


Painting the village at Peggy’s Cove…

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Painting the ocean and the lighthouse on local stone. 

Painting on Stone, Peggy's Cove

Painting on Stone, Peggy’s Cove


The Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is recorded on canvas one more time…

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

The finished art was for displayed for all to admire, and to purchase. Patrons bid on their favorite pieces via a silent auction. I wanted to buy a piece, but bringing it back to Korea would have been difficult. I opted instead to ogle each piece as I made my tour of the yurt.

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Peggy's Cover


No trip to Peggy’s would be complete without a photo of the famous Peggy’s Lighthouse. I left the people in the photo to show how large she actually is. After visiting Peggy’s, I commented to my Dad about how great the lighthouse looks. He laughed, and told me that it had just been repainted by the locals. The Canadian government is no longer maintaining lighthouses. However, if I understand correctly, the provincial governments have not been given the funding to maintain them either. This puts their maintenance in limbo, and without the local Peggy’s Cove community intervening, the Peggy Cove lighthouse would have been a real eye sore this past summer. I applaud the locals. However, our government should be ashamed.

Standing Proud!

Standing Proud!


Traveler’s Tip

Peggy’s Cove is a quick 4o minute drive from Halifax. Although you may find yourself stopping along the way to take photos of the gorgeous ocean views. Check out this website for directions and other useful information…Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region.

Mark your calendars…Next year’s Peggy’s Cove Festival of the Arts will be held July 10th to 14th. Check out their website!

The festival is free. If you arrive early, you’ll find lots of free parking at the visitor’s center.



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  1. It was such a treat to virtually see all these artists paint the coastline and surrounding area. What a great way to preserve the lighthouse and for the community to get together. I love watching artists at work and seeing a blank canvas transform into something extraordinary. One of these days (hopefully soon) we’ll make it to that part of Canada. Crossing my fingers for you for more warmer weather.

    • Hi Mary, I hope you make it to Nova Scotia soon. Yes, I agree that it is a great way for a community to come together. However, it is worrisome when no one really is responsible. Peggy’s Cover Lighthouse is famous around the world, and I think there has to be a government body or private organization given the funding and responsibility for its upkeep.

  2. beautiful artworks. I think I see some I wouldn’t mind buying!
    Have a wonderful week.

    • Hi Jill! There were some beautiful pieces. I would have loved to have purchased a couple, but Korea is not my permanent home. I have enough stuff to get rid of when I do leave. I can’t be carting any more around the world!

  3. Beautiful photos, Nancie. Peggy’s Cove is the perfect subject for plein air painters. The colors are so rich and beautiful. It’s great to be able to buy them hot off the press, so to speak.

    • Hi Marcia! Yes, it is an amazing spot for anyone with a paintbrush, or a camera! 🙂

  4. That’s a wonderful community, joining together to preserve such a building… The lighthouse is indeed beautiful, it fully deserves its fame.

    There are some very good artists there, I also spotted a couple of paintings I would love to have (^_^)

    • Hi! Yes, we love our lighthouse, and I had such a beautiful day to photograph it.

  5. What a magical event, and such a pretty place. No wonder it inspires artists 🙂 There are definitely a couple of paintings there that would tempt me to buy! I totally agree with supporting local artists, in fact I’ve just written about that in my post this week on ZigaZag 🙂

  6. Hi Johanna,

    It was an awesome event, and one that I hope to get back to again. I always try to buy local whenever I can.

  7. Did you buy anything Nancie? To me Peggy’s Cove has a timeless appeal and I never tire of a visit there. Interesting to see the variety of art that comes out of one location.

    • Hi Leigh. There were several that I would have loved to have bid on, but carting paintings around the world is no fun. I’m actually starting to think about getting rid of a lot of the stuff I have accumulated here in Korea. This is probably my last contract here, and I will be leaving Korea. I did actually buy a couple of small things when I visited Blue Rocks. One is a piece of driftwood that has a scene painted on it, and a couple of small photos. I am going to do a post on that soon. So many things to write about, and so little time…haha 🙂

  8. A delightful way to spend the day. Mr. Pay’s watercolour looks very interesting. Thank goodness for the dedicated locals who painted the lighthouse. 🙂

    • Hi Jan. I really like his work. Maybe next year I’ll buy one of his pieces!

  9. Beautiful photos Nancie! And what a fun event. I love watching artists create paintings. We writers may ‘paint’ word pictures but it isn’t half as interesting to watch us creating, is it?

    • Hi Jackie. It really was a fun event, and of course the glorious weather that day was an added bonus. Peggy’s Cove can be very dramatic when the weather is bad, but I don’t think 40 artists would have wanted to sit and paint in bad weather for two days!

  10. I applaud the locals for taking the initiative to take care of the lighthouse. This festival looks like a relaxing and scenic way to spend the day. It’s nice that the artists were willing to chat instead of acting like you were distracting them.

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