Member Directory

Member Directory
Athanasia (Nasia) Vayianou

New to Pictou county. Board member of national jewellery society, Co-Adorn. Completed 2 artist residencies at the Centre for Craft in Halifax. Graduated with BFA in jewellery Design and Metalsmithing.

Nancy Lee Marshall

So here it goes :This is my blurb about myself.In 1999 l became an entrepreneur with a writing business called Progressive Writing.At that time I wrote a book with the name Loose Laces which had some poetry inside the book about personal expression.
Afterwards, I wrote a really great book that helped people with their transportation schedule.This book also had scriptures on each page that made for good reading.When l was living at Parkstone Enhanced Care I worked on writing lyrics and a poetry book. I thoroughly enjoyed that kind of work.
This is why in 2017 I started writing lyrics and poetry once again which leads to the new title to my new book today that is called Nancy’s Poetry and Songbook. I am a mother first and foremost. Then a poet and lyric writer second. If my readers are looking for poetry and original lyrics be sure to send me an email to I was born in New Glasgow and reside at Glen Haven Manor.

Thekla Martina Altmann

I write poetry and prose. I love reading what I write publicly. I also edit, translate texts to and from German, model, make jewellery, sing, and have a special kind of love affair with theaters, libraries, and beautiful nature.
Apart from that, I have a few day jobs, a family, and a social life.
I love life fiercely.

Clare Brett

Professional musician specializing in ethnic folk music, school programs and family entertainment, touring Canada, Asia and U.S..
Comox Valley SPCA

Professional clown/costume character- Clare de Lune, Calamity Jane, Fairy Princess Clarity, Papillon, Mrs Santa, Ms Santa & the Christmas Tree-o(Xmas jazz for grown-ups), Santa’s Little Sister and Holly Who of Whoville for Birthday Parties, Community Centres, Day Cares, Preschools, shopping malls, festivals and community events.
Artist in Residency at:
Queen Elizabeth Secondary School in Surrey BC
Powell River Secondary School
Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver BC
Maple Grove Elementary in Vancouver BC
Queen Elizabeth Annex in Vancouver BC
Recording -independently produced 13 albums, received two Juno nominations, nominated for Pacific Music Industry Children’s Performer of the Year and named one of top three recording artists for children in Canada by Vicky Gabereau & Jürgen Gothe of CBC Radio & Vancouver Sun. Awarded Bronze Apple Award for Educational Excellence for Kids in the Firehall compositions.
Radio and Television Special Guest Appearances : The Fred Penner Show-CBC Television, Tell-A-Tale Town-YTV, Les Petites Oreilles-CBUFT Radio Canada, Télé-Relais- CBUFT Télévision, Rick Scott’s Concert Series-BCTV, Kids in the Firehall-Family Channel/YTV/Rogers Cable
Actor/Stand In – Movie/TV Extra Credits: Second Chance, Breaking the Surface, Wounded, Free Willy III, The Spree, Air Bud, Perfect Bodies, Mr Magoo, Dirty, Madison, Mulberry Street Prince and more.
Stand-in Credits: X-files, Outer Limits, Dirty, Access Denied.
Writer/Producer/Director/Performer- Rêve Acadien, Women of the West, You & Me, Voyageur, North Pole Jammin’, Leofoo Wild West Show-live music/theatre and educational performances toured across Canada, Asia (family entertainment at Leofoo Village World Adventure Park in Taiwan) and Louisiana.
ESL Teacher at Giraffe American English School in Guanshi, Taiwan
Musical Instruments: Guitar, mandolin, Flute, pennywhistle, recorder, Bodrhan, Spoons, Bones, Washboard, assorted other small percussion.

Clare Brett
Sarah Mosher

I am New Glasgow’s NSCAD artist in residence for this year. The studio behind the New Glasgow Library has become a full textile studio with a weaving loom, tons of yarn and fabric, and a sewing room. Feel free to contact me or come visit the studio if you’re curious. Studio hours are posted weekly in the window. Here until the end of August.

Julie Anne Leggett


I’m Julie, and I am the creator of Indigo Eye Consulting. My art is one of critical thought, and the mission of my company is the reduction and prevention of poverty and suffering. It’s a business of problem-solving, and love. I offer consultation, conflict resolution, and change management services.

Abundance is our birthright. We are the change we seek 🙂

I look forward to serving you.

Kiva-Marie Belt

I’m a self-taught illustrator and artist in Seafoam, NS. I work with a variety of traditional and digital media, and am greatly inspired by the beauty of our natural world. Visit my online store or email me regarding commissioned work!

Timothy MacDonald

Timothy MacDonald is a current resident of Thomas Lane group home. During his daily visits to Perfect Diversity, Tim spends his time painting and writing poetry. Local community members know Tim as Perfect Diversity’s artist in residence. His work is inspired by his experiences, conversations, events or surroundings each and every day!

Jeanne Dorie

I use photos and blend them together to create photo art. Sometimes they are my own photos and sometimes they are photos I have purchased the rights to use. I have created album covers, posters, certificates, newsletters, cards and some images just for fun that are suitable for framing.

Katherine Rosette Spears

I am a full-time water color artist living in Pictou County. I love what I do, knowing it is amazing to be able to share my work with people around the county. You can also find my artwork at the Aberdeen Hospital.

Leanne Langille

For the last 7 years or so, I’ve been involved in many different projects. I’ve educated people on ink work (on my own time paid/unpaid) I make many different things (polymer clay sculpture jewelry, original artwork, prints, paintings, and sketches.) I sell at Perfect Diversity in New Glasgow currently under my brand “Moon Chips.” I stay as involved with the community as I can! I’m new to the area as of August 2018, so I’m just starting to dip my toes in.

Janet Wallace

I am an artist, muralist, portrait artist, art instructor.
I recently relocated from Los Angeles to New Glasgow where I am from originally.
While in LA, I did 40 plus large scale public murals.
My recent art series is in response to chaos while in States after Trumps election.
“Art For Change” offering a more hopeful and life affirming message .

Denise Lynch

DENISE LYNCH – Ceramic Artist

Growing up on the shores of Nova Scotia, there was always a patch of dark red clay to be found when the tide went out. I’d dig it up, take it home and make gifts for those I cherished. Today, I continue in that tradition and create timeless pieces to share with you.

My pieces are inspired by rhythmic patterns of scrolling and interlacing lines with finishes that invoke an old world aesthetic.

During the making process, as forms are created, they call to complementary shapes and decoration. I would state that “the piece designs itself, I just show up”. Bronze, gold, silver, satin, charcoal, old white and mother of pearl are among my favorite glazes as they compliment the timelessness of the scrollwork designs.

I am a juried member of Craft Nova Scotia, member of the Nova Scotia Potters Guild and Creative Pictou County.

Elisa Rutledge

I love to get my hands on anything Creative, but my go to is painting.

Scott Chapman

I create videos for marketing and just for fun. I have also done photography for many years.

Kathleen Ann O’Brien
Water Street Market and Bakery

We have a bakery and coffee shop. Also we have lots of crafts by local artist, such as art work, jewelry, knitting, wood working, crocheting, cards, signage. So much to see.

Steve Keough

I have been lucky enough to be a freelance musician for about the last 20 years, playing in several bands and with a wide variety of musicians from the county over the years.
Feel free to contact me for your musical needs, If I’m not able to help you directly I will try my best to steer you in the appropriate direction.

Chelsea Pettipas

I work with a variety of mediums. Photography, watercolor paint, crayons and oil pastels are some of my main mediums, but I experiment a lot with new ideas. I’m featured in the worlds largest sketchbook library in Brooklyn, New York- anyone can contribute to the library! I have also shown my art at the ANCA Naturally Autistic Awards in Vancouver, BC, and have shown my art in New Glasgow’s “Art at Night” in several years.

Richard & Somebody’s Kids

Richard & Somebody’s Kids is an easy going Halifax band that plays fun and gritty original country/rock and bluesy music. Grab a ringside seat and enjoy the full card.

​With the influence of americana, country, and folk, this unique band has a little something for everyone. This is storytelling with a twist. The rocky blues licks and Texas slide guitar swing with a driving keyboard bass, and the filling sound of ’80’s Hammond organ.

Richard’s unique story-telling and insight to human nature comes from decades of training boxers in Halifax. Richard’s command of the stage toes the line of duality between an old school fighter and an insightful musical poet. With a wry sense of humour, he playfully banters with Julian and Melissa on stage and somehow always manages to pull ringside fans into his corner as he rolls with the punches.

This three or four piece band (depending on size of venue) is not a cover or dance band. This band fits nicely in a festival, a house party, a soft seater theatre, and intimate pub venues.

Tony DeCoste

I started making short videos with friends during my teens and in the last fiften years I’ve conducted several hundred interviews, created web content for dozens of local and national businesses, and hosted a few television programs including “The Camera Show”, an Eastlink TV mini-series that teaches viewers “tips tricks and techniques to help them get the most out of their camera”.

Andrew Spicer

Andrew Spicer is a one-man-rock-band from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada. He operates with a DIY approach; creating all the backing tracks from scratch and engineering a unique system on which to do it. Consisting of a laptop, guitar and vocals, the band might only have one member, but has the sound of a full rock band.

He has played as a solo unit since the early 2000’s. Having been in full bands over the years, Andrew discovered the freedom of making music his own way. Which was not an option while in a band with other musicians.

Andrew’s songs are built with heavy, punky guitar riffs mixed with catchy pop melodies.

He has released 3 full length albums and 3 EP’s since 2006, and a new album; Bi-Polar Bear set for release MAY 18th 2018, featuring the lead single “Astronaut” and the newest single “Rotten”.

Dawn MacNutt

“Born and grew up in New Glasgow, I remarried and returned to rural Pictou County in 2006 after living and working in Dartmouth for forty years. Weaving is the basis of my sculptural forms, interpreted in wire, willow, and sometimes bronze. My work is inspired by human form…sometimes by the beauty of human frailty”.

Dawn’s work has been published and shown in over 100 exhibitions, including 22 solo exhibitions locally and internationally. Solo shows are scheduled for studio Lab Gallery, New Glasgow, May 2019, and “A Fortunate Adversity” at Craig Gallery, Dartmouth in May 2020.

Dawn received her education at Mt. Allison and Dalhousie Universities; and also studied and taught at NSCAD. Collections of Dawn’s work can be found in the Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Capitol Commission Ottawa, American Museum of Design New York, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Collection Art Bank, and many public and private commissions. Presentations given include: “Tapping the Creative Spirit”, “Making Dreams Come True”, “Commissions”, and “Exhibitions”.

Dawn is a member of the following organizations: Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, Master Artisan of Craft Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, International Sculpture Center and Creative Pictou County. She also has Hon. Doctorates from both Mt. St. Vincent University and Mt. Allison University for her contribution to the Arts.

Nadine Hughes

I paint and live in Pictou Nova Scotia .. on canvas / shells / rocks / etc .. mainly acrylic .. and walk on the beach and collect items to craft into items for your cottage or souvenir, especially seaglass jewerly.

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Deelle Hines

My name is Deelle Hines and I’m an Elevated Lifestyle Coach. I’ve teamed up with early childhood educator and dear friend, Camilla MacDonald, to create a youth self-development organization called Dream Candy.

Together we teach children about mindfulness practices to help them deal with life’s challenges with ease and grace. Dream Candy focuses on meditation, gratitude, creativity, volunteering, self-esteem, body image and health.

Regardless of circumstances, every child deserves to know they have unlimited potential. It’s Dream Candy’s mission to help children understand the value they bring to the world.

Paula Rodgers

Monthly meetings with Young at Art

Lori Sutherland

I am a natural product artisan creating a variety of Natural & Organic Body Care products. I’ve been creating body care products for many years and in 2017 I opened a small shop in downtown New Glasgow called Naturally Bare Body Care by Lori. Handmade fresh great quality products at affordable prices without the use of harmful chemicals, dyes or parabens. I love sharing my passion as well helping others live a more chemical free lifestyle.

Amy S Mason

The Pond Room Studio and Creative Adventures opened for business in June 2017. I have a home studio as well as a more accessible space at 1981 South Main Street in Westville. On Sept 10, 2017 that space will be open for Paint Events, private art parties, and other gatherings for polymer clay projects, wool felting, colored pencil, pebble and beach Glass art. I also offer Pet Portraits on commission and home and public paint events with the slogan “Embrace the Easel!” Beach art and original acrylics are on display and for sale.

Donna Belanger

Part of a group of Pictou County writers called Write Intentions.
Also a self published author.

Bonnie Rose

My training and background are in the field of child development and educations. I have been writing, primarily for children, for many years. As a member of the Pictou County Writers, I am gaining knowledge, support and confidence to help me take the steps towards becoming an author/illustrator. I love all things creative. I enjoy playing with paint, fabric, clay, and photography….but, most of all, words.

Ray Burns

I am a writer looking to broaden my horizons in the world of words.

Heather’s Hands Home Decor

I create rustic farmhouse home decor signs & more!

Jennifer Hickey

I am a burgeoning self taught artist who is just beginning to take strides toward outing my work out there. I have a passion and zest for the arts and am excited to take this next step. As a beginner I’m still trying to find my visual voice and love to experiment with different concepts and media.

Crystal Mann

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, private Music Educator, Writer, Producer, Screenwriter

Carolyn Anne MacIsaac

I am an author with The Pictou County Writers, Write Intentions. Eight of us will be selling our book of short stories this Christmas season. Where Pines and Maples Grow was written to honor Canada’s 150th birthday. Each of the 8 stories contains a maple leaf.

Nancy Larsen

I am a member of Write Intentions, a local writers group. Together we have produced a book of short stories that will for sale in October. I am also working on a novel that I hope to complete this winter.

Sarah Butland

I am an author as well as freelance writer for Ah! At Home on the North Shore

Joy Polley

Photography is one of major outlets, I have also been dabbling in painting and drawing as well as working on some writing. I also pride myself in being a mentor to my daughter who is exploring digital art and animation.

Sara MacKay

Well… I chose educator, because I do educate my children in things… but I’m not really artsy. I don’t have a thing that I do that can be labelled in the options list above. I don’t really know what I’m good at necessarily, but I enjoy being influenced by local artists and local art. I enjoy seeing local opportunities for creative outlets and decided to join this group on the advice of my friend Carolyn. She said that since I’m trying new things lately, this might be a great group to become a member of. I’m stretching out my wings and trying to see where I fit… but I’m not really an educator (I have no formal training in education at all)… nor am I an artist… just a doer of things that show up 🙂
Enjoy the sun!

Jake Chisholm

Born in Hamilton, ONT, CAN, Jake has been working in the entertainment industry since the age of 9 doing short films, modeling and singing. He had a stint as a guest blogger on the Toronto based fashion blog, Barrington Orr, as the ‘boy with a louis’. He was also Creative Director and Director for the glam rock Man! I Feel Like Some Scouting promotional music video for Scouts Canada in 2013. Jake starred, directed and produced his own creation, The Next Housewives of Pictou County which aired March 6th 2015. In a recent magazine article, Chisholm stated that the show is on hold for restructuring and re-branding. Most recently, he worked as the First Assistant director and actor on the full feature film ‘The Only Game in Town’ directed and written by Stuart Cresswell. Jake is the star and one of the creative directors in ‘Jake & Shaun’s Big Gay Affair’. The production has been selling out and touring across Canada. He has also made headlines in The News, People of Pictou County, Ah! At Home on the North Shore, The Chronicle Herald, One Pictou County, The Advocate, Buzzfeed, Shania Twain’s website (2014) and more.

Cathy MacMullin

I’m relatively new to the creative sector. I started taking oil painting classes three years ago.

Carolyn Vienneau

Born into a family that has fished the Northumberland Strait for four generations, Carolyn Vienneau grew up with the love for the sea and the fishing boats that sail it. This has been a great influence in her art. She incorporates the characteristics of the sea into her paintings.  Her energetic brush strokes, her play with colour and contrast, and her use of opposites–calm and turbulence, rough and smooth textures—are all engaged in her paintings to stimulate interest.

Under the Influence:

Since the 1970’s she has started studying seriously by taking several workshops every year with well-known internationally known artists such as Mike Svob, Brian Atyeo, Stephen Quiller, Alvero Castagnet, Pat Dews, and Bob Burridge . The other artist that has greatly influenced Carolyn is Sandi Komst. Sandi has introduced Carolyn to Plein Air Painting and has taken her all over the Maritimes to paint outside. Although their influence is reflected in Carolyn’s work, she developed her own style and considers herself a self-taught artist on a life-learning journey of art.  Carolyn experiments and teaches others in oil, watercolour, acrylic and fused glass. Carolyn’s paintings are found in private collections throughout Canada, the United States, UK, and as far away as Australia. In the province of Nova Scotia, her paintings are for sale at Teichert Gallery, in Halifax, Gallery 215, Maitland, Blue Minds Gallery in Bear River, Fraser Cultural Centre, Tatamagouche and in Pictou they are available at Art 2 Sea Art Gallery on Main Street and at her business Strokes of Colour Art Studio.

Changing circumstances dictate changing focus.  These days Carolyn is spending more time doing Plein Air  painting in acrylic, oil, and watercolour, and fusing glass in her kiln. With Carolyn, there is never a dull moment, never a creative lapse.

Sheila Green

I am a visual artist and love drawing and painting. I paint portraits as well as pretty well everything else that interests me. I am a member of the Pictou County Artists Association.

Kim Rogers

I am currently singing and playing piano, guitar and flute in events in the Pictou County and Cumberland County areas. I enjoy singing folk, christian, country and popular music.

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is one of 9 regional public libraries across Nova Scotia. The regional library system was created through provincial legislation, the Public Libraries Act. Each regional library is governed by an independent library board. Funding is provided by the Province of Nova Scotia, through the Provincial Library (Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage) and by each municipal unit in the Pictou-Antigonish area. The Library Board is also mandated to raise at least 3% of its overall operating budget. The actual library facilities are owned, and maintained by the municipal units, while staffing, collections, and services are provided by the board.

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Board has 10 members. Each of the 8 municipal councils appoints one elected official to the Board and the Minister of Communities, Culture & Heritage appoints 2 community volunteers. The Board is responsible for setting policy, setting and overseeing the operating budget, ensuring a financial audit is completed annually, and for hiring the Chief Librarian. The Chief Librarian, who must have a graduate degree in Library and Information Science, acts as secretary to the Board and ensures the region is operated and developed according to policy.

The Board has an annual budget of over 1.7 million dollars, employs 51 full & part-time staff and several youth grant positions. There are 7 branch libraries, a Books-by-Mail service, Outreach Services, and an extensive virtual library.

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Board is proud of its community-driven approach to services, understanding the library is only as successful as the community in which it operates. Beyond the traditional library services, the Board assists municipalities and communities with Web development, oversees the development of the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program (hosting an RCMP Officer within its operations), creates innovative and award-winning digital content through, manages the Community Access Program in the two counties, and much more.

David Pos

Jazz Pianist in small groups and swing band, keyboard player with Working Class Band (Blues, R&B, Soul and Reggae) and Co-Director of Pictou United Church Choir.

Retired school music teacher/band director. Past President Nova Scotia Music Educators Association

Past Board Member deCoste Entertainment Centre

Katie MacFarlane

I am a dance educator within Pictou County who strives to provide children and youth the opportunity to express themselves and perform.

Jennifer Hatt

Author, Publisher, Freelance writer

Vicky Graham

I am a hobby painter. I have taken a few classes.
The past several years I have displayed a piece of art for sale at the Aberdeen Hospital. Twenty percent of the sale goes to the auxiliary .
Recently, I participated in Art at Night.

Vicky Graham
Mike Byrne

Landscape, Still Life, Street

Trecia Schell

Community Services Librarian,

Susan Totten

I am a memeber of the pictou county artist association . I have participated in Art at Night at the new Glasgow library with Cathy leemings painters in the past.

Caedda Enright

I am a 16 year old vocalist and harpist. I have been singing and playing musical instruments since I was very young. Up to the age of 9, I benefited from some fabulous Music coaches, including folks like Julia Halfyard, Cheryl Hickman and Deantha Edmunds. I started playing the harp approximately two years ago and during the first few weeks was supported by Harpist, Thea Huard. I have had the privilege to perform at many local venues and weddings and am seeking future musical opportunities. Please contact to discuss your event.

Chris Morrison

Independent creative director, designer and copywriter. Visual artist with a background in sculpture. Write and publish poetry on the blog Dancing on Frozen Beaver Ponds.

Michael Hagenbuch

Educator, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Photographer,

Barbara Brown Conrod

Exhibit in Group and Solo shows, Visual Arts Nova Scotia Member/Artist, PAINTS ( Professional Artist in the Schools) Artist, ArtBomb Artist, Houzz Artist.

Dawn MacKenzie-DeCoff

High School art teacher

Carolyn Ritchie Bedford

I am an exhibiting professional artist working in painting and sculpting. We have a backyard foundry where I cast my metal sculptures and am learning to weld to work on larger sculptures. I also sculpt in clay and plaster. My studio is in mayhem and I welcome visits if arranged.

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Ian Grant

Ian Grant is a local musician, music teacher, and the current Co-Event Coordinator for New Glasgow’s Art at Night. Art at Night is a local art festival that started in 2012, and spreads over 100 artists throughout downtown New Glasgow on the evening of the first Saturday of every May.

Jay MacLeod

Graphic Designer and Web developer from Pictou County, working with local events such as The New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, New Glasgow’s Art At Night. As well as many maritime musicians and organizations, creating custom developed websites, online media, merchandise and promotional material.

Troy Greencorn

Troy is the Creative Director at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre, a 420 seat facility in Pictou, Nova Scotia. The facility presents 100+ events a year.