Mamie's Schoolhouse: World Wide Weave Exhibition
Aug
12
to Oct 19

Mamie's Schoolhouse: World Wide Weave Exhibition

Mamie’s Schoolhouse and the Inverness County Centre for the Arts are celebrating the first commercial harvest of natural dyes in Cape Breton!

The Schoolhouse will be holding an exhibition in the ICCA from August 12th to October 19th, with several demonstrations and workshops along the way.

Spinning, natural dye, and weaving demonstrations will be held during the exhibit on Saturday August 24th, 1-4 PM, and Saturday October 19th, 1-4 PM. Attendees will have an opportunity to observe skills involved in the production of the World Wide Weave, speak to local artisans, and try it themselves.

There will also be a workshop on October 11th, 10-4 PM. It will focus on some of the three plants being harvested, depending on the harvest. Details can be found at:

https://www.mamiesschoolhouse.com/workshop-registration/cbidyeharvest

The World Wide Weave is a collaboration of 27 natural dyers from around the

world.

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woodland
Sep
25
to Oct 9

woodland

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An immersive installation of sculpture, painting, projection and sound that evokes the mystery, complexity, and vitality of the woodland. 

Artists include Greg Davis, Robin Hill, Neal Livingston, Robyn Love, Lisa Oxley, Elizabeth Whalley, Merryn Tressider, Sage Sidley, Laura Kenney, Meghan Macdonald, Frankie Macaulay, Monika Zarzeczna, Kate Ward, and Alice MacLean. For more information about the artists click HERE.

woodland is presented as part of inFlux 2019, a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary festival of the arts based at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts.

The artists’ reception will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 5:30 pm in the gallery. All are welcome.



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inFlux Festival: A Cross Cultural Festival of the Arts
Oct
3
to Oct 6

inFlux Festival: A Cross Cultural Festival of the Arts

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Presented by Inverness County Centre of the Arts and Scott Macmillan
Featuring the World Premiere of Scott Macmillan's WOODLAND REVIVAL,
A musical happening celebrating forest diversity
October 5, 2019 / 3:00PM

For more information visit Scott Macmillan's website
To purchase tickets visit Eventbrite

Blue Engine String Quartet and Guest Artist Scott Macmillan
October 3, 2019 / 7:30PM

Mystic Lines: Sufi Poet Rumi and the Gaels Entwine
October 4, 2019 / 7:30PM

‘Woodland Revival’ World Premiere of Scott Macmillan’s Musical Happening Celebrating Forest Diversity
October 5, 2019 / 3:00PM

Guided Hike Through An Old Cape Breton Acadian Forest with Ruthe Macauley and Bill Oprel
October 6,2019 / 9:00AM (Sold Out)

Film Screening of ‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’
October 6, 2019 / 3:00PM / Inverness Fire Department Hwy 19

inFlux Picnic
October 6, 2019 / 5:00PM

All-Terrain with Scott Macmillan, Brian Doyle, Jamie Gatti interspersed with forest-nature related readings
October 6,2019 / 7:30PM

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Blue Engine String Quartet & guest multi-disciplinary guitarist/composer Scott Macmillan
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

Blue Engine String Quartet & guest multi-disciplinary guitarist/composer Scott Macmillan

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Featuring Haydn’s “The Lark” and excerpts from Beethoven for String Quartet. As Halifax’s foremost string quartet, Blue Engine loves to collaborate and in the second half Scott Macmillan will join them in some sprightly jigs and reels composed for guitar and string quartet.

They thought they could, and they did… The Blue Engine String Quartet was formed in 1997 as the core ensemble of the Nova Scotia chamber music series and are all members of Symphony Nova Scotia. This all woman quartet holds true to classical roots performing many of the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire while also expanding their horizons to perform innovative works that draw a wide-ranging audience to some of the East Coast’s most interesting chamber music programs.

Consistently recognized both as musical innovators and as impeccable musicians, Blue Engine String Quartet has been awarded artistic grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Arts Council. They are frequently broadcast on CBC Radio and have been featured on CBC Television..

“ The quartet caught the music’s light elegance like netting a rare butterfly on the wing.” - Chronicle Herald, Nov. 10, 03

“… brought ten years of ardency and polish to provide the finest, most energetic insightful playing I have ever heard” - Chronicle Herald, Mar. 13, 07

Tickets available at the door or online with Eventbrite

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.

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Mystic Lines: Sufi poet Rumi and the Gaels Entwine
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Mystic Lines: Sufi poet Rumi and the Gaels Entwine

Gaelic bard Lewis MacKinnon recites his Gaelic translations of 13th century Sufi mystic Rumi to ancient melodies performed by Scott Macmillan, and Persian musicians Mohammad Sahraei and Saeed Foroughi. Let music ignite your inner artist! Create!  Bring your art supplies. Cash bar available.

Reading from ‘Ràithean airson Sireadh,-Seasons for Seeking’ the Gaelic bard Lodaidh MacFhioghain (Lewis MacKinnon) will recite his Scottish Gaelic translations of the poetry of Rumi, the Sufi poet of the Middle Ages whose compositions have transcended time and tradition to become universally honoured. Lewis MacKinnon will be availble to sign copies of his book after the performance.

When asked why had MacKinnon felt this translation of Rumi’s works would work in the Gaelic? “When I think back, it was being exposed to Rumi, the Persian poet whose works were translated into modern day American free verse by Coleman Barks. I wondered if it might work in the Gaelic. I tried translating a few and found that they flowed. I thought it would be interesting to have a collection in the Gaelic.”

Tickets available at the door or online at Eventbrite.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.

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World Premiere of Scott Macmillan's WOODLAND REVIVAL  A musical happening celebrating forest diversity
Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

World Premiere of Scott Macmillan's WOODLAND REVIVAL A musical happening celebrating forest diversity

A musical happening celebrating forest diversity Scott Macmillan's new composition 'Woodland Revival' will be experiential original music derived & performed by Mi'kmaw drummers, Persian, Celtic & Classical musicians with an audience moving in & out of the woods.

For more about Woodland Revival got to: https://www.scott-macmillan.ca/music/woodland-revival/

Composer, master guitarist and 2014 recipient of the Portia White Prize Scott Macmillan premieres his one-hour multi-movement music suite, Woodland Revival, highlighting forest ecology in Nova Scotia. Never sure how he would bring a musical expression to these concerns of the state of the world’s forests by 97 year old Gaelic Scholar, Sr. Margaret MacDonnell giving him her 1965 Harvard paper ‘Sacred Trees of Ireland’.  Expressing her own concern about the present state of the trees in Nova Scotia "the trees in NS are trouble and someone should compose music for them and that someone should be you!'reinvigorating Scott’s imagination and recommitted him to bring this concern.  With the assistance from Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts, Woodland Revival, this musical happening celebrating forest diversity will be premiered October 5th, 2019.

Composer/Guitarist Scott Macmillan, with Blue Engine String Quartet,, Mohammad Sahraei, Tar/Daff, Saeed Foroughi, Santur/Flute,, Nikoo Mansourifar, Daff,  Kim Rayworth, vocalist, Tom Roach, Percussion,, Kevin Dugas, Pipes, Jamie Gatti, Bass, The We’koqma’qewiska Drummers, Guitar Ensemble led by Brian Doyle.

Tickets available at the door or online at Eventbrite.

For more information visit: https://www.scott-macmillan.ca/music/2019-influx-cross-cultural-arts-festival/

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.

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GUIDED HIKE THROUGH AN OLD CAPE BRETON ACADIAN FOREST with Ruthe Macauley & Bill Oprel
Oct
6
9:30 AM09:30

GUIDED HIKE THROUGH AN OLD CAPE BRETON ACADIAN FOREST with Ruthe Macauley & Bill Oprel

- SOLD OUT -

Free but pre-registration is needed email Ruthe @ macruthe7@gmail.com then get your free ticket here online at Eventbrite.

Meet at 9am at the Mabou Marina (Hwy 19 by the bridge) to be led (or car pool) to the woodlot hike. (18 min. Trip)

Tour starts at 9:30am-11:30am

Offering two hikes, a shorter & a longer hike, you will hike on trails within an Acadian forest to see /learn about sustainable, ecological forestry practices. This woodland offers broad biodiversity within its forest ecosystems.

After your hike, head into Mabou Market at the Mabou Arena (11-2pm) and enjoy the best of fresh local foods and arts, crafts and music and while you’re there pick up your picnic to bring to the inFlux picnic at Inverness County Centre of the Arts later in the afternoon.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.

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Film Screening: ‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’
Oct
6
3:00 PM15:00

Film Screening: ‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’

Presented by Council of Canadians Atlantic Region

Get your free ticket here online at Eventbrite.

Inverness Fire Hall, 15795 Central Ave; Inverness, Nova Scotia B0E 1N0

The science and enchantment of the global forest provides us with answers to modern dilemmas.
‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’ is a documentary featuring scientist and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger. The film follows Diana as she investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests. Her global journey explores the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of this essential eco-system.

Beresford-Kroeger explores the most beautiful forests in the Northern Hemisphere from the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan to the great boreal forest of Canada. She shares the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.

For more info about Call of the Forest go to http://calloftheforest.ca/about/synopsis-and-trailer/

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.

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inFlux Picnic at the Inverness County Centre of the Arts
Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

inFlux Picnic at the Inverness County Centre of the Arts

Free at the door or get your free ticket online at Eventbrite.

After your personal 'Woodland Revival’ day, hiking the old Acadian Forests, getting some goodies at the Mabou Market, attending the screening of ‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’ Relax, enjoy your picnic, visit the gallery, stroll through the woodland paths. Cash bar / light refreshments will be available.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia

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All Terrain with Scott Macmillan, Brian Doyle and Jamie Gatti
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

All Terrain with Scott Macmillan, Brian Doyle and Jamie Gatti

This concert will be a perfect way to round out the inFlux cross-cultural festival of the arts weekend!

All-Terrain with Brian Doyle, Jamie Gatti & Scott Macmillan, joined by local writers and poets. These magnificent musicians will perform a wide range of music interspersed with forest and nature-related readings.

Tickets available at the door or online at Eventbrite.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.

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Oct
11
10:00 AM10:00

World Wide Weave Workshop

In 2019 three classic dye plants are being grown on a commercial scale on Cape Breton Island for the very first time. The, first harvest workshop, run by Mamie’s Schoolhouse, will be a colourful and very fun introduction to various methods of working with these plants (which plants will be used will depend on the harvest results, but regardless, there will be lots of colour!). Entrance fee is 100$.

https://www.mamiesschoolhouse.com/workshop-calendar/2019/10/11/cape-bretons-first-dye-plant-harvest

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Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Solomon Nagler and Angela Henderson Artist Talk

The rise of awareness of human impact on the environment and the emergence of a new paradigm in the humanities, which can be described as ecological humanities, drew attention to nature as an actor, witness, evidence and archive, which can be an important source of knowledge for those studying the past. If local ecosystems are the source of knowledge, evidence and data about past violence against people and nature, how can we make them visible? Speculative cartographies is an art project dedicated to uncovering the knowledge archived in landscape. Working with unmarked places associated with the Holocaust, Canadian artists – Angela Henderson and Solomon Nagler – work with different ways of mapping this knowledge, using data produced by non-invasive archeological tools, as well as traditional archives and subjective maps stored in local memory cultures. This work is accompanied by reflection on the very idea – and the possibility – of a monument. Speculative cartographies, extracting material traces of violence recorded in landscape, simultaneously reveal the connection between human conflicts and radical transformations of the natural environment.

Join resident artists Solomon Nagler and Angela Henderson to talk about their unique style of artwork at the ICCA.

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Aug
14
1:30 PM13:30

Woman of Labrador

Join us at the ICCA for a one-woman play starring Cindy O’Neill! Woman of Labrador chronicles the life of a woman on the edge of life in Labrador. Directed by Edmund MacLean and produced by Diane Mouland. Tickets are 20$ and PREBOOK ONLY, so make sure to contact productions moonlighting1@gmail.com to make sure you have a seat before they run out. There are two performances on the 25th, one at 2 and the next at 7, both at the ICCA.

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Jul
5
to Jul 28

Hands Dancing 2019

Join up for Hands Dancing 2019!

This year we are inviting our artist-members to be hands-on for Hands Dancing:

  • Become a 2019 member: $20 payable by cash, cheque, credit card or paypal.

Membership forms are available on our website and at the art centre. We can also email one to you.

  • Bring your artwork to the art centre July 2-4 and install it in the exhibition spaces. 2 works per artist. First come, first served! Make sure you  have what you need in the way of hardware and tools to install. Plinths are available for 3-D pieces. 2 ladders are on hand.

  • Identify your work: labels can be attached to the wall or the artwork. Make sure the labels have your name, contact information, title, and price. Bring promotional material such as artist statements for visitors to read.

  • Get the word out: post about your work on social media, tell your friends.

  • Mailed-in entries will be accepted and hung for long-distance members as long as you include a label with your name, contact information, title, and price  along with return postage and packaging.

  • All sales are handled directly between the artists and purchasers. The art centre will not take a commission on sales.

  • The art centre will host an opening reception on Friday, July 5 from 6 - 8. All contributions to the refreshments are welcome. Cash bar.

  • The building will be open and staffed Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm. The exhibition runs through July 28. All work must be picked up July 30 and 31.

We are excited about having you participate in Hands Dancing and look forward to a fantastic exhibition!

For more information: theo.peters@invernessarts.com  902-258-2533

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Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Resident Artists' Opening

Exhibition Preview and Q and A


Exhibition Preview: Public Invitation

Friday, June the 28th, 17:00-20:00

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design MFA Candidates and Artists in Residence Sage Sidley and Merryn Tresidder will be exhibiting recent works made here in Inverness, followed by a brief Q&A. Over the past month, mixed media artist Sage Sidley, and abstract landscape painter Merryn Tresidder, have created two unique artworks for the ICCA, inspired by Inverness county, its people, and its landscapes. Both artists will be exhibiting their findings at the centre this Friday.

Drinks Available!

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Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Everything Moves-Short Film

Begins at 7:30, June 22nd. Admission by donation.
 
Ruth Zaporah started dancing as soon as she could walk and 80 years later, she is still performing. Everything Moves, a new documentary film by Deborah Fort, explores the lifelong artistic passion and boundless curiosity of Zaporah, the founder and teacher of Action Theater, an improvisational style of performing that draws on dance and theatrical traditions. On June 22, Fort visits the Inverness County Center for the Arts for a screening of the film.

Fascinated by Zaporah’s risk-taking improvisational style, Fort began documenting her shows and classes and interviewing Zaporah and her international group of students. The project stretched over ten years, and Fort’s film debuted at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival earlier this year. 
The one-hour film interweaves early and recent performances, classroom scenes, and interviews. It includes home movie footage of Zaporah as a dancing child and intimate scenes of the vigorously octogenarian Zaporah in her home, making an apple pie, and discussing the connection between her Buddhist practice and the rest of her life and work.

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Elves Fair
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

Elves Fair

Come see our various local vendors who come to sell anything from wooden spoons to coconut cake. Its the perfect place to shop for the holidays. and if you’re lucky you could walk away with our amazing door prize made up of one piece donated from each of the vendors.

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Community Review: NSCAD MFA Student Proposals with Solomon Nagler
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Community Review: NSCAD MFA Student Proposals with Solomon Nagler

Help select the artists for the art centre’s June 2019 exhibition!
In a new and exciting partnership with NSCAD University, ICCA has invited students in the Masters of Fine Art program to submit proposals for artwork to be featured in a group exhibition in the gallery in June 2019.

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