Announcing Juried Artists for Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival

 In Community Cultural Events, Frontpage, Parrsboro Creative News

Joy Laking and William Rogers, our Jurors for the 2017 Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival had quite an interesting and challenging time selecting the artists for this year’s competition. “I was impressed by the high level of the entries,” commented Joy Laking, one of Canada’s most successful Plein Air artists. “With several dozens of talented people to choose from, ” says William Rogers, award winning artist and Honorary Festival Chair”,  it was no easy task to narrow the field down to 35 artists”.  So difficult in fact, that the jurors added two more plein air painters to the final roster.


Kim Aerts                                 Prospect, Nova Scotia

Poppy Balsar                           Digby, Nova Scotia

Kenny Boone                           Dominion, Nova Scotia

Pauline Boudreau                   Sherbrooke, Quebec

Edward Buonvecchio             Manchester, Maine

Heather Crout                         Oyster Pond, Nova Scotia

Twila Robar-DeCoste            Aylesford, Nova Scotia

Michel Doucet                         Weymouth, Nova Scotia

Carol Douglas                         Rockport, Maine

Kathleen Gray Farthing        Alliance, Ohio

Cheryl Flemming                   Prospect, NS

Helen Griffiths                       Burlington, Ontario

Kate Brown                             Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Christopher Gorey                 Ingonish, Nova Scotia

Marc Grandbois                      L’Anse -St- Jean, Quebec City

Garry Hamilton                      Quebec City

Bob Jay                                     Moncton, New Brunswick

Alexander Koltakov                Five Islands, Nova Scotia

Chantal Julien                         Sherbrooke, Quebec

Sandi Komst                             Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island

Denise Lanterman                  Fall River, Nova Scotia

Lio Lo                                        Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia

Mary Martin                             Dunham, Quebec

Gary McFarland                      Halifax, Nova Scotia

Carol Morrison                        Oakfield, Nova Scotia

Connie O’Brien                        Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Susan Patterson                      Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Thérèse Provenzano               Wallagrass, Maine

Julie Purcell                             Clyde River, Prince Edward Island

Carol Pye                                  Halifax, Nova Scotia

Gail Sutherland                       Bedford, Nova Scotia

Robert Sutherland                  Hammond Plains, Nova Scotia

Ann Timmins                           Walton, Nova Scotia

Adam Tragakis                         Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Lorraine Vatcher                     Little Sands, Prince Edward Island

Steven Toth                              Fall River, Nova Scotia

Mary Sheehan Winn              Marshfield, Massachussets

“One of the most exciting things for us,” says Executive Director, Robert More, “is the number of applications from outside of Atlantic Canada. We’ve got artists coming in from Ontario, Quebec, Maine, and Ohio, with interest expressed from North Carolina, New Jersey, New England, Maryland, New York State and Vermont. This bodes well for the future and should make for a very exciting inaugural launch of this event.”

The Festival kicks off Thursday evening June 15 with a meet and greet for the artists, the Jurors, Judge Roger Savage, and festival organizers at Art Lab Studios & Gallery in Parrsboro. Members of the public are also welcome as this will be a very people-friendly gathering to get things off to an exciting start. The next day at 9:00 am, the plein air painters will head out to many beautiful and spectacular sites along the Parrsboro Shore, and by late Saturday afternoon, the paintings will be framed and ready for showing at the Collectors Gala.

The Collectors Gala, generously sponsored by Masstown Market, is a highlight event where collectors, gallery owners, sponsors, government representatives, political figures, the artists and the public can preview the 74 canvases that will be up for public sale the following day. Admission to this event is $100 but can be credited to the purchase of a plein air work of art. This is the evening that Judge Roger Savage will announce the winners of the various awards:


  • Best in Show – $2,500 Cash
  • Second Place Award – $1,500
  • Third Place Award – $1,000
  • Purchase Award $1,000
  • Product Awards $500


Sunday June 18 is the full open-to-the-public exhibition and sale of the original canvases created during the weekend. With 37 juried artists, partners and family members, visiting artists from the Atlantic provinces and the Eastern Seaboard USA, as well as weekend visitors , townsfolk, and art aficionados, this promises to be a memorable event that will truly celebrate the power, beauty , and connective vision of the world of art as well as the rich cultural heritage of the Parrsboro Shore and Cumberland County.


We thank the Nova Scotia Government (Communities, Culture and Heritage) for its continuing support of Parrsboro Creative and also, thank our Plein Air Sponsors, for the generous contributions made to this event:

O’Regans  –  Festival Sponsor

Masstown Market  –  Collectors Gala Sponsor

The Municipality of Cumberland County –  Special Interest Sponsor


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