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A weekend of art and nature workshops in Florenceville-Bristol.


Robert Thomas and the Sessionmen Concert (tickets through Second Wind Music Centre)


8 – 10 am – Continental Breakfast at the Gallery – free for workshop participants

9 am – 4 pm – Steamroller Prints with Stephen Hutchings $50

Be part of creating a giant wood-block print using a steamroller (courtesy Aberdeen Construction) to press the paper onto the carved wood panel.
You will create a 2-dimensional design of a “fish” (the theme of the print) and then, with as much assistance as you need, carve your design into a 8” x 16” block of wood. You will also participate in making the the Steamroller prints on Saturday, October 1, at the Brennan Home Hardware parking lot.
You will receive one of the (approx) 40″ x 80” prints for you to keep. Deadline for developing your fish design is September 19.

9 am – 4 pm – Visible Decorative Mending with Cat Candow $50

A favourite pair of jeans or sweater is like an old friend. Worn out knees or elbows, frayed cuffs, torn pockets, pet claw holes, rips and stains don’t have to be a reason to replace an item, they can be  reasons to get creative and breathe new life into it! In this workshop you will make a sample cloth with all kinds of different techniques that you can refer back to, and if you like, bring a piece or two of damaged clothing to get started on fixing up your own wardrobe

10 – 11:30 am: Songwriting Workshop with Robert Thomas and Ray Legere $35

Together, Robert and Ray bring a unique, practical and highly experienced perspective to the discussion of Songwriting. This workshop should be of interest to novice and accomplished but still un-signed or un-published songwriters. Topics discussed in a friendly question and answer format include the following: Who are you writing for? Musicianship, Lyrical competence, Song forms, and Industry Tips

1 -4 pm – Miniature Book Binding with Meg Clark $35

In this class learn multiple book binding styles in miniature form. Participants will have the opportunity to try book binding styles like Coptic, Butterfly, Accordion, Stab, and possibly more. Perfect for beginners, enthusiasts, or anyone who loves tiny projects.

2 pm: Fiddle Masterclass with Ray Legere $35

Whether you are novice or accomplished fiddler, Ray has something to teach you. Topics to be discussed and demonstrated include General technique, Bowing styles, Right hand technique, Left hand technique, Thought process underlying improvisation, Sounding great on stage and in studio and time for questions and answers.

1 -5 pm: Field to Fork Event with On the Boardwalk chef Will Edsall $40

Create a menu using local ingredients, then combine them into fabulous dishes which you get to enjoy with a sit-down meal at the end of the afternoon. You will learn secret tricks, tips and recipes in this workshop.

4:30 pm – Guided Nature Walk on the Shiktehawk Trail with Jim Goltz  FREE, registration recommended.

6:30- 8:30 pm – Leaf Printed Tea Towels with Grace Nickerson $35

Learn how to gather leaves and plants from your local area to print on a tea towel with fibre artist Grace Nickerson. Learn how to use leaves to print on fabric and end up with a hand printed tea towel for your kitchen. Refreshments will be served.


9 am – 4 pm: Marbling on Silk and Paper with Renata Britez $50

Learn the basics of this mesmerizing water marbling technique. Renata will walk participants through the recipes, and materials and demonstrate how to use the various tools to produce dynamic patterns on the surface of a water bath. This workshop will allow participants to work on learned techniques and create their own creative designs on paper and fabric. Participants will leave the course with a variety of samples on paper and a beautifully finished silk scarf!

9 am – Noon: Rustic Porch Sign Making with Jill Denny $35

In this workshop you will make a greeting sign using wooden letters to spell either “OH HELLO” or “WEL- COME”. Select your greeting when you sign up. There
will be a variety of colours and patterns to pick from at the course. The workshop will involve the use of paints, stains, glues and oils to achieve a rustic, aged look on a 6’ tall sign, so be sure to wear old clothes—and bring a hair- dryer with you if at all possible.

9 am – Noon: Introduction to Botanical Ink Sketching with Nick Walsh $35

Celebrate the nature of New Brunswick by learning how to draw the things you find on the forest floor!  In this intro class, Nick will teach the basics of how to train your brain to draw from observation and how to use ink crosshatching to create a traditional botanic illustration. The class will start with a short walk to find subjects to draw, and we will then move indoors with our leaf and plant collection to learn the basics of observational sketching. From there Nick will give an in-depth tutorial on how to use ink cross-hatching to achieve texture and depth.

1 – 4 pm: Polymer Clay Miniatures with Cortney Rector $35

In this workshop you will learn the basics of sculpting in miniature with polymer clay. Whether you are a beginner or a skilled artist, you will learn new, fun techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to create little critters. Bring your own accessories or choose from the artist’s collection.

1 – 4 pm: Nature Photography with Stephen Hutchings $35

Learn the fundamentals of taking exciting photographs of nature with either a digital camera or a phone cam- era (your choice). Hands-on outdoor photography in the woods near the Florenceville bridge will be accompanied by a discussion of composition, light, camera fundamen- tals, and macro and panorama techniques. A handout of these and other topics is included.

8:00 pm – Astronomy Night with David Hunter FREE, registration required

Learn about telescopes, the solar system, satellites, Stellarium, and, weather permitting, view the crescent moon, Saturn, and a near fly-by of it (perspectively) by an artificial satellite. Space is limited so please register.

To Register

Space is limited. Call the Gallery, 392-6769, or email info@mccainartgallery.com to register.

Registration deadline is September 24. No refunds for cancellations less than 7 days prior to the workshop.

Children 12 and over are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.










September 30, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
October 2, 2022 @ 11:59 pm
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