It was during New Glasgow's Art at Night, of which Andy is the event co-ordinator, that he noticed a need for artists to showcase their work.
Andy Cunningham with Alisha MacMillan (a volunteer at the space) are shown here at Look Up Art Gallery part of Eventide Art Hub. Shawna Coleman photo
IN VIEW COLUMN BY SHAWNA COLEMAN
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."
- Kurt Vonnegut
"Eventide," defined as "evening"; "After the sun goes down." It's the time of day that speaks to Andy Cunningham and his latest creative venture the "hub" with the recent opening of Eventide Art Hub. Eventide is located at 199 Provost Street, New Glasgow.
It was during New Glasgow's Art at Night, of which Andy is the event co-ordinator, that he noticed a need for artists to showcase their work. He envisioned a place where artists could meet, display their art, create onsite, teach and provide items for sale at a smaller retail space.
"I thought it would be great if we had an art centre, a "hub" where artists could showcase their work. The Hub depicts the centre of our space," says Andy. "The other components are the Look Up Art Gallery and Intentions Art Market.
The Look Up Art Gallery features artists every two to three weeks – currently the art of Bronte Boucher is on exhibit http://bronteboucherart.blogspot.com/; often we are familiar with the artists work, and if we're not, we do review the portfolio to ensure it fits with our own criteria."
The Intentions Art Market has a selection of freshly pressed vinyl records, CDs, art magazines, and eventually books on various creative topics.
"We want to grow the Intentions Art Market, right now we're in the beginning stages, but eventually it will become a place of exchange between artist and customer."
Currently "the market" is showcasing various artists who will rotate on a need-be basis. “We want to keep the walls looking fresh and give everyone a chance to display their work.”
Also offered in "the Hub" is a creative space available on an hourly basis to those artists who wish to create in another space other than their home.
"Often people don't have the space. We've installed lighting with the artist in mind, we have a sink for easy clean-up. We also have a second space in the hub we're making available on a rental basis."
Eventide is a welcoming, brightly lit contemporary space, it encourages participation from the artists and those who appreciate.
"We were extremely busy with our grand opening a few weeks ago with about 150 people coming through, now we're getting set for our Eventide Art Hub Silent Art Auction on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. with proceeds going in support of Scott Jones. We'll have over 25 artists offering their works as part of the Auction. We'll have music with Kate MacLean, Pat Walsh, Layne Greene, it'll be a great night."
Eventide Art Hub provides emerging artists with an upbeat but serious space where they can show and grow their work to a ready audience. We're fortunate to have Andy's entrepreneurial energy and his vision to engage, identify and foster our still growing arts community here in Pictou County. Eventide is open Tuesday-Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Find them on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or visit their website at eventidearthub.com. "...a way to make your soul grow. So do it."