NEW GLASGOW – The heartwarming, poignant, and sometimes just plain funny stories of the People of Pictou County have leapt off our Facebook newsfeeds and onto the walls of Eventide Art Hub in New Glasgow for the next few weeks.
Andy Cunningham of Eventide Art Hub hangs one of the pieces that will be shown during the People of Pictou County show. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS
Andy Cunningham, executive director of Eventide, said it’s an art exhibit for everyone.
“I feel like it’s a show for Pictou County, by Pictou County,” Cunningham said.
In October, someone on the Eventide board suggested they offer an exhibit featuring the photographs of the blog.
It’s been in the works since then.
“I like the project. We all like it. It’s really neat to be able to showcase it.”
Photos and interviews with different people from all over Pictou County are posted on the blog and Facebook page each day.
The point behind it is to showcase the people in this area.
“I want to believe in those who think they are nothing special. Some people think that Pictou County isn't special, but I disagree. It gets a lot of bad press, but there is a reason people love it. Yes, there is tasty pizza and great scenery, but there is something else that some might forget--the people. I don't want to forget the good in the people,” the description for the Facebook page reads.
Cunningham notes that often the people that pop up are those we know, or recognize from seeing around town.
“They’re characters you see all the time.”
The exhibit also talks about Art At Night, which helped to inspire the project.
Fourteen photos were chosen for the art exhibit, including a loving mother and son duo, a man with face and neck tattoos, and a cheery little girl.
Those behind the project don’t have favourites. Instead, many of the ones chosen reflect stories that could change someone’s outlook on life.
People of Pictou County: Beyond a First Glance is now hanging in the Look Up Art Gallery at Eventide on Provost Street in New Glasgow.
The opening reception is Thursday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
It runs until Feb. 22.
It can be viewed Tuesday – Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. or by appointment.
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