WHITEPOINT, Nova Scotia (September 28, 2016) — More than 15,000 guests have been welcomed at White Point Beach Resort over the past couple months and according to gift shop manager Cathie Pincombe, she’s seen nearly all of them in the Gift Shop. Travellers’ appetite for Nova Scotia handmade and locally inspired works of art, craft and products has been healthy.
Nestled within the Main Lodge, the 230sqft Gift Shop is small but mighty in its presentation and variety. Cathie Pincombe, the Shop Manager, describes it as an eclectic collection of artists and mediums, acknowledging that’s likely the reason is so popular with guests and locals alike. Representing more than 65 local artists, primarily from the surrounding Liverpool area and South Shore, Pincombe says the shop is a fusion of fine and folk art, crafts, books, edibles and collectibles inspired by our surroundings.
Often spilling out into the corridor, the shop is a source of pride for Pincombe and the Resort. “We are selective and curate our ‘Artists of White Point’ with a goal to raise local artists’ profile while introducing our guests to our very talented community” says Pincombe. While many artists have been a part of the White Point family for dozens of years, others are just entering their career, Pincombe admits “it’s exciting to be a part of presenting them, and sharing their stories with our guests.”
In addition to the memorabilia clothing line, there are paintings of local vistas by artists like Roger Savage, Dennis Curran, Marshall Burgess and Matt Collins presented alongside fabric arts and crafts by Deb Sponagle-Taylor, Bev Crouse and Marie Davis. Glancing around the Shop you see colourful and playful folk art by Maggie and Laurie Horton as well as Craig Nauglers’ popular owls. There are hand-woven baskets, handmade jewelry and shelves full of books by Nova Scotian authors as well as jams, jellies, juices from Haskapa and the Summer Kitchen. Wood carvings and metal creations are displayed alongside handmade soaps and an entire line for the pets. The shop has become an outlet for a few of the White Point staff as well, Damien’s miniatures are hugely popular as are Lucas’s walking sticks, jewelry by Alecia and beachcomb art by Leeanna, one of the shop’s staff members, even adorns the walls. Of course, there are bunnies too – in the form of stuffed, chocolate treats, paintings and more.
Joanne Veinotte, White Point’s General Manager, says the Gift Shop is an integral component within the Resort. “We have been and continue to be champions for local and Nova Scotian artists. To say we are incredibly proud to share our culture, craft and talents with guests from all over the world would be an understatement.” Sales from our gift shop generate significant revenue for artists as well, noted Veinotte.
In addition to the Gift Shop, the Resort has worked to expand encounters between artists and guests. Following the Resort’s reopening with the new Main Lodge in 2013 they created and hosted 2013 the first ‘Artists of White Point Showcase’. Being met with overwhelming success, it’s now an annual event with nearly 40 artists invited to participate in the Sunday event held in November. Artists are not charged to attend and all sales are theirs to keep, the Resort simply sees the event as a means to bring the public and artists together to meet and appreciate their work. That’s the same goal behind their summer-long ‘Artist in Residence’ program as well which is always welcomed by guests.
In 2016 they took it another step further creating ‘A Brush with Good Cheer’ classes. Once a month, an artist leads a 2 hour painting class for guests. All supplies are included as is the Nova Scotia wine, beer or spirit selected by the artist being served and paired with Taste of Nova Scotia hors d’oeuvres. Participants take home their own creation, a new awareness of what it takes to be an artist, and a richer connection to the instructing artist. Pincombe suggests the sold out classes demonstrate an appetite for this personal and intimate experience. There are two sessions left in 2016, one featuring Janet Tanner in October and the other in November with Dennis Curran.
For White Point watercolour artist Marg Millard, the support she has received from White Point “has given me the confidence to take my art to a whole new level. It’s great being involved with White Point as an artist, she said. “The Brush with Good Cheer has developed quite a following and the showcase is really a top notch show. It’s really nice to be included in it.”
The White Point experience had such a positive impact on artist Johanna Knopf and her family that they moved to the South Shore in 2010. “My family and I enjoyed our time there and just fell in love with this area, especially the South Shore,” she said, adding she is proud to be one of the Artists of White Point. Guests have a particular fancy for Joanna’s work as well says Pincombe, “her beachy, colourful and fun plaques literally fly off the walls as quickly as she replenishes them, she’s one of our most popular artists.”
Restocked and ready for the upcoming Holiday Season, the Resort is ready for the season change and welcomes the opportunity to introduce guests to their eclectic collection of artists. For more details on upcoming workshops and events, visit www.whitepoint.com or drop by the Resort.
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