Festival of the Arts

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Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts 2017

Celebrating Art in Northumberland County

Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017

Theatre Production
Art Workshops
Writing Workshops
Hill Spirits III Book Launch and Concert
Panel Discussion
Writing & Photography Competitions
Local Art Show & Sale

Listen to the Classical 103.1 Spotlight about the Festival

by Kelly Gale, Classical 103.1

Evening Events

De Beaux Gestes & Beautiful Deeds

Marie-Lynn Hammond

Friday, November 3 at 7:00 pm—Tickets $20 per person

Staged reading of De Beaux Gestes & Beautiful Deeds, a musical play by Marie-Lynn Hammond about her two grandmothers, one French, the other English. Featuring Anne-Marie Bouthillette, Heather Jopling, Tom Leighton, and Marie-Lynn Hammond.

“The two solitudes come together beautifully”—Toronto Star

“Moving and lyrical”—The Globe and Mail

(seats 100)

Concert and Hill Spirits III Book Launch

Blue Denim Press, 2017

Saturday, November 4 at 7:00 pm—Tickets $25 per person
(includes a copy of the book)

Book launch and concert. Readings from Hill Spirits III, an anthology of Northumberland County writers and poets, interspersed with music in a variety of genres by local musicians including David Newland, Marie-Lynn Hammond, and Marianne Marusic.

(seats 100)

Art Show, Sale & Book Fair

Art Show, Sale, and Book Fair – Free entry

Fri, Nov 3, 5pm to 6:30 pm and Sat, Nov 4, 10 am to 6 pm

Works by local artists in various mediums will be on display and for sale. There will also be a book fair featuring local authors and publishers. Winners of the photography competition will also have their work on display.

The Great Portrait Challenge

As part of the Art Show & Sale, the Visual Arts Committee of Spirit of the Hills is hosting “The Great Portrait Challenge”. This will be a fun, interactive event held on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 am to 1:00 in the same hall where the art show is being shown.

“The Challenge” is to create a portrait of our celebrity sitter, Mr. Lou Rinaldi, the Liberal Member of the provincial Legislative Assembly for Northumberland and Quinte West. He has kindly agreed to pose for the portrait. The portrait must be completed in three hours, at the end of which Mr. Rinaldi will be gifted with the portrait of his choice. A maximum number of 5 artists will participate and all styles are welcome. The only requirement is that there must be a finished piece (any size) at the end of the three hours. Visitors are welcome to watch portraits in progress, speak to the artists and are invited to attend at 1 pm for the presentation of one portrait to Mr. Rinaldi.

For more information, contact Mandy Bing at mandy@mandybing.com, 613 955 0708.


Registration for workshops is open until Nov 1, 2017.
Each workshop requires a minimum of five participants.

Roots for the Rootless

Pegi Eyers (10am to 12pm)—Ticket price $25

Find meaningful connections to your ancestors! Trace your family tree, get information on DNA testing, genealogy, and epigenetics, and discuss the benefits of ancestral connections. (8 participants)


Making Faces: Self Portraits

Susan Statham (10am to 12pm)—Ticket price $25

Learn the fundamentals of portraiture and gain skills you can apply to “making faces” for family and friends. With a few simple supplies—pencils, paper, an eraser and a small mirror—you will never look at faces the same way again. (10 participants)


Self-Publishing 101

Jennifer Jaquith (10am to 12pm)—Ticket price $25

The publishing world is constantly changing, and we’re here to make sense of it all. This introduction to self-publishing will provide the tools you need to get started. (20 participants)


Memoir Writing

Diane Taylor (10am to 12pm)—Ticket price $25

Learn the three essentials of a good story while enjoying the opportunity to write and share your work. Informational handouts will be provided. Themes include love, loss, and lessons learned. (12 participants)


Land, Language, and Culture

Melody Crowe (2pm to 4pm)—Ticket price $25

Discuss the importance of Indigenous voices telling their stories through writing and art while considering the effects of over 100 years of residential schooling on language, culture, and creativity. Find out what and who to read to gain a better understanding of Indigenous culture during this time of truth and reconciliation. (12 participants)


Photography 101

Ken Solilo (2pm to 4pm)—Ticket price $25

Learn basic camera setup, colour balance, rule of thirds, and depth of field in this introductory course on photography. Bring your camera and sample prints. If weather and time permit, participants will go outside to practice skills. Prior to the workshop, participants should send one or two samples of their photos to kensolilo@gmail.com; we will review them during the workshop. (12 participants)


Follow the Line

Kim Aubrey (2pm to 4pm)—Ticket price $25

Use drawing or sketching to get your prose and poetry flowing! This interactive workshop engages both sides of the brain to help bypass personal censors. Looking at the line as a physical entity on the page, we’ll follow it to see where it takes us.

The Art Experience

Rosanne Dolan-Hastings, Sherry Turner and Lisa Yiannoulis (2pm to 4pm)—Ticket price $25

Art for the whole family! Working with mixed media, workshop participants will make an 8″ x 10″ collage on the theme of Canadian images. Some materials will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring personal photos and writings. (Ages 7 and up) (18 participants)


Panel Discussion

Art & Migration

Panel Discussion (12pm to 2pm)—Free entry

How do the memories we bring with us affect our sense of self and place when we migrate? How do they infuse the stories we tell? Join authors Shane Joseph and Cynthia Reyes and Susan Marjetti, head of CBC Radio, in this discussion. (seats 100)

Festival Location


St. Peter’s Anglican Church
240 Church Street, Cobourg, ON