Painting draws people to tourism kiosk

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New Glasgow’s Downtown Tourism Kiosk, across from the TD Bank and the Riverfront Gazebo, now features a bright new addition to its exterior structure.

Brianne Williams stands by the reproduction of one of her paintings now on display as part of a tourism kiosk downtown. 

A large reproduction of a painting by current NSCAD-New Glasgow Artist in Residence Brianne Williams now greets passersby with its creative marina imagery and brilliant colours. The painting was commissioned by the Town of New Glasgow as part of a project lead by the New Glasgow Communities in Bloom Committee last summer, and the painting was officially unveiled in Council Chambers last winter. The artwork has been installed this spring with the goal of enhancing the welcome for tourists to the Town of New Glasgow this summer as well as showcasing the artistic talents of New Glasgow’s artists in residence.

The kiosk, which is designed to highlight amenities, attractions and services available in New Glasgow, also underwent several updates last summer. These updates included painting by volunteers and plantings by former Town of New Glasgow horticulturalist Chelsea Baird. The tourism kiosk was constructed by the Airfield Engineering Unit, and the project was funded by Nova Scotia Tourism through Destination Eastern Northumberland Shores (DEANS).

According to artist Brianne Williams, the painting was inspired by a photo taken during Jubilee weekend, as well as from her own personal visits to the New Glasgow Riverfront and Marina. Williams is no stranger to life by the water. She was raised in Coldbrook, Nova Scotia and spent many summers on the South Shore of the province. She says that her favourite things to paint are boats, which Williams says makes her feel personally linked to the marina image she created for the tourism kiosk.

New Glasgow’s Director of Marketing and Communications Kimberly Dickson says that, “It is amazing the impact the addition of Brianne’s painting has had on the tourism kiosk. We are noticing many people stopping to admire this beautiful art piece."

Organizations: New Glasgow Communities, Bloom Committee, Council Chambers Airfield Engineering Unit Nova Scotia Tourism Kimberly Dickson

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Coldbrook, Nova Scotia South Shore

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