Monday, November 13, 2017

Native Americans - Visit Maine and Learn about the Wabanaki Culture

Centuries before English, French, Dutch, Portuguese and perhaps Norse explorers claimed to discover Maine, Native Americans called it home. Collectively known as the Wabanaki, or People of the Dawn, Maine’s Native Americans are divided into four tribes: The Micmacs and Maliseets, based in Aroostook County; the Penobscots, on Indian Island, near Orono; and the Passamaquoddy, based at Pleasant Point, in Perry, near Eastport, and at Indian Township, in Princeton, near Calais.Learn more about Maine's Native American history at museums and get to know current members of this community by attending fairs and festivals.

Wabanaki Culture

You can see Wabanaki collections at several museums. The strongest collections are at the Abbe Museum on Mount Desert Island, the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine at Orono, the Maine State Museum in Augusta, and the Penobscot Nation Museum on Indian Island. Smaller collections of note are at the Waponahki Museum & Resource Center in Pleasant Point, Nowetah's Indian Museum and Gift Store in New Portland, the Passamaquoddy Museum at Indian Township, and at local historical society museums throughout the state.

You'll also find many children's activities at the Abbe and Hudson museums. The Abbe Museum's gift shop, open year-round, has a well-chosen selection of Native American-made crafts as well as books and related merchandise.

The Wabanaki are renowned for crafts including baskets, birch-bark canoes, walking sticks and beaded jewelry. You can see baskets made by members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance at three annual events: the Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market in July in Bar Harbor; the Common Ground Country Fair in September in Unity; and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration in December at the University of Maine at Orono. These events also highlight traditional Native American singing, drumming and storytelling.

Coming May 18-20, 2018 – the Abbe Museum Indian Market.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

FISHERIES: Just how much have things changed you ask! |

Some of us remember the Quoddy Region as a bustling centre of activity fed by the abundant fisheries of the area. In only a few decades this has changed dramatically as shown by this report from Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine by Walter H. Rich which first appeared in the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Fisheries, Report of the United States Commissioner of Fisheries, for the fiscal year 1929
The Wolves. These make a group of small islands lying N. ½ E. from Grand Manan, distant 8 or 10 miles. On the bottom of rocks and gravel, extending about a mile from the shores of these, in depths of from 18 to 34 fathoms, small boats and small vessels take a quantity of fish by trawl and hand line. These are mainly haddock and cod grounds in May and June and pollock grounds in June and July. It is also a winter lobster ground for Canadian fishermen.
The Wolves Bank. This bank lies between The Wolves and Grand Manan, distant about 8 miles from East Quoddy Light, SE. ½ E. Marks: The Coxcomb showing to the eastward and just touching on the western edge of Green Island: bring the heads of Grand Manan to form The Armchair, and White Horse and Simpson Island into range. This is a small-boat ground of scarcely more than 6 acres, with depths of 18 to 30 fathoms on a bottom of rocks and mud. Species and seasons are as on The Wolves. Southeast from The Wolves from 2 to 20 miles lies a piece of muddy bottom where hake are usually abundant in summer.
Campobello and vicinity. Fair quantities of haddock and cod are found between Grand Manan and the American shore in the North Channel (Grand Manan Channel) between West Quoddy Head and Grand Manan in depths of from 40 to 50 fathoms, over a bottom of rocks, mud, and sand in June, July, and August and up to September 15, while hake is the most abundant species present.
No haddock or cod are on these grounds in winter. Halibut are taken in similar numbers in the North Channel in May, June, and July. Pollock are taken on the western side of Campobello Island, near the eastern side of Indian Island, and at the mouth of the channel between Campobello and Casco Bay Island. In all these places are strong tidal eddies. Some fish are taken by seining, but most are caught by hook and line in a small-boat fishery lasting from June 1 to September 1. All around Campobello and Deer Island and on the New Brunswick shore as far as St. John are located weirs, which furnish large quantities of herring to the factories at Eastport and Lubec.
Passamaquoddy Bay.   Depths here are from 10 to 24 fathoms, even 30 fathoms where the St. Croix River passes out into the sea. In general the bottom is muddy, although there are rocky patches. In most years a school of cod “strikes” here in April, the early corners being mostly of small size, but the later arrivals may reach 30, 40, or even 60 pounds. Haddock sometimes make their appearance in the bay as early as May 1, remaining through August. Hake, also, are present from June to September, but this excellent fish is held of little account by local fishermen. A considerable flounder industry is developing in these waters, the fish being taken in specially devised traps as well as by the smaller otter trawls.
Passamaquoddy Bay is also a spring netting ground for herring (food fish), and there are also many weirs in operation here each year whose catch goes to the factories of Eastport and Lubec for canning as sardines. Pollock are very abundant, and a great deal of fishing for them is carried on from June to October, both by seine and hand line. At times the pollock completely fill the many herring weirs, until, from their numbers, there is no market for them. Pollock are also abundant at the same season and are taken by the same methods in the St. Croix River, though  perhaps they leave the river a month earlier in the fall.
The Mud Hake Grounds. These grounds extend about N. and S. between Campobello and The Wolves and from about West Quoddy Head to Grand Manan. Their length is about 15 to 18 miles and their width 3½ miles. This is a summer ground much used by Canadian fishermen out of Campobello, Grand Manan, and Beaver Harbor. It is said to be the best hake grounds in this vicinity.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

True North Seafood Company product recalled over Listeria concern - Nova Scotia - CBC News

Recall applies to Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill

CBC News Posted: Nov 04, 2017 9:29 AM AT Last Updated: Nov 04, 2017 10:11 AM AT
The recall applies to the 113-gram package of Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill that have a product code of 7838 and best before dates up to and including Nov. 17, 2017.
The recall applies to the 113-gram package of Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill that have a product code of 7838 and best before dates up to and including Nov. 17, 2017. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

True North Seafood Company's Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill is under a potential national recall because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recall applies to the 113-gram package with a product code of 7838 and best before dates up to and including Nov. 17, 2017. The product's UPC is 0 60719 72255 6.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product is available in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario, but may be available nationally.

The recall was triggered by agency test results.

There haven't been any illnesses associated with consuming the product.

According to the agency, symptoms of food contaminated with Listeria "can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk," it says in a posting on its website.

"Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die."

WHALE WATCHING - Late News from Quoddy Link Marine

Only one week left!! – October 6-15, 2017

Hello everyone, Danielle here with Quoddy Link Marine!  We continue to have some great whale sightings but with any whale watching in the fall we need the weather.  There have been a few departures we have cancelled due to high winds.  But, when the weather allows and we are able to venture out offshore towards the Wolves Bank, the Owen Basin and the Grand Manan Channel we have found both humpbacks and/or fin whales on every trip!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What's New at Sunbury Shores

Exhibition: Nature's Essence by Krista Hasson

Opening April 7, 5-7PM
On View April 7 - April 29

Learn more about Nature's Essence 
Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre is pleased to present Nature's Essence, an exhibition of watercolour batik by artist Krista Hasson. Please join us in celebrating spring and our first exhibition opening of 2017! The exhibition will open with a reception on April 7th from 5-7pm and will be on view in the Centre's Water Front Gallery from April 7th-April 29th. At this opening, you will also have the opportunity to meet our new Executive Director, Claire Shiplett. Please help us spread the word about this exhibition!
Krista Hasson is an emerging New Brunswick-based artist working in 2D with watercolor on rice paper. Her paintings are made using a method that is very untraditional to that of painting with watercolor. Working with rice paper and watercolor, she uses wax in a technique similar to batik. She creates many alternating layers of colour and wax, making paintings that are alive with colour, texture, and the beauty of nature.
Growing up in the country gave me a lasting connection with nature. The vast array of colorful flowers, beautiful landscapes and peaceful trails through the woods kept me captivated. These qualities of nature are what fuel my creative spirit and are reflected in my art. – Krista Hasson
Up Next: A Fortunate Adversity by Dawn MacNutt

Opening May 5, 5-7PM
On View May 5 - May 28

Learn more about A Fortunate Adversity
Trail Celebrations & Stories

April 8 & April 26

Learn more here

April 8, 2:00-4:00 PM

Hiking the Appalachian Trail was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Christine Taylorr. With her sights set on hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, Taylor is giving an exciting and personal presentation about her Appalachian thru-hike to raise funds for her next adventure. 


April 26, 7:00-9:00 PM

Dianne Whelan will share her Canada Trail goals and experiences as she traverses 24,000 km across the Trans-Canada Trail. Check out her adventure film, 500 Days in the Wild, at

Summer Art Classes for Adults

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Sculpting with Clay
with Melissa LeBlanc
June 26-30, 2017 
All levels welcome. No ceramic experience necessary. For ages 16+. In this workshop you will learn two basic techniques on creating small-scale figural sculptures, the creative process of sculpture making, as well as using oxide wash as a decorating finish to enhance texture.
Botanical Watercolour
with Cathy Ross
July 3-7, 2017
This course will introduce the student to a variety of water- colour techniques using flowers, fruit and vegetables for subject matter. Through demonstrations and discussions learn the wonderful versatility of watercolour while exploring the natural world. This class is designed for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.
Five Rings in Five Days
with Kristyn Cooper
July 3-7, 2017 
In this introductory level course, you will learn some basic bench work techniques such as cutting, filing, forming, sodering and polishing through the building of five sterling silver rings. One bezel stone setting ring will top off this wonderful week in jewellery studio. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.

Incorporating Textural Elements in Ceramics
with Helen Stanley
July 10-14, 2017 
Helen Stanley has always been drawn to texture in anything and trying to use it in clay work is so rewarding. Let her share with you some of the tips and tricks as well as her stock of materials to make texture work on your pots! Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.
Introduction to Flatware
with Brigitte Clavette
July 10-14, 2017 
In this introductory course, you will learn some basic metal forming techniques such as forging and fabrication to create small serving spoons. Prior knowledge of jewellery/metalsmithing skills will help you in your creative and technical approach, but novices are welcome and will be shown basic benchwork techniques such as cutting, filing, soldering. The end products should be varied with a mix of skill levels in the same course. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.


Painting Water
with Victoria Moon Joyce
July 10-14, 2017 
This workshop will address some of the key properties of water and its behaviour in light and depth. We will work on the three main planes of water: below the surface, surface reflections, and surface textures. The shoreline and wharf area of beautiful St Andrew's at various periods of the tide will provide ample subjects for observation and painting. Along with daily painting, there will be classroom demonstrations of technique and critique.

Level: intermediate to advanced


Collagraph Printmaking
with Robert Van de Peer
July 10-14, 2017 
Master Printmaker Robert van de Peer will be teaching the technique of collagraph printmaking at Sunbury Shores this summer.  Inspired by the highly sophisticated level this art form has been elevated to in the Cuban Art World.
Images are created on a cardboard support using mostly white acrylic paint to create textures. When dry, the delicate surfaces are inked and printed the same as an etching plate. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount. 

Drawing for Beginners
with Jessie Babin
July 24-28, 2017 
This workshop is designed for individuals who wish to improve their drawing skills and develop a good foundation. Using a range of drawing tools, fundamental elements such as line, shape/form, perspective, light and shadow will be explored. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.
Mezzotint Printmaking
with Kath Kornelsen-Rutherford
July 24-28, 2017 
Mezzotint Printmaking takes copper etching to another level by using burnishing tools to create rich and varied tones. Learn this technique in Sunbury Shores' non toxic printshop with artist Kath Kornelsen-Rutherford this summer in beautiful St. Andrews by the Sea.

Painting Petroglyph Images
with Alan Syliboy
July 24-28, 2017 
An established Mi'kmaq artist, Alan Syliboy's work is influenced by the indigenous Mi'kmaq rock drawing and quill weaving traditions. Working in acrylic and mixed media, Alan creates vibrantly coloured images exploring the themes of family, searching, spirituality, struggle, and strength. 


Sculpting in Soft Stone
with Ken Waiwood
July 24-28, 2017 
This course will teach the basics of stone sculpting including approaches to sculpting, basic design, how to choose stone, how to work safely, using hand and power tools, how to finish and present sculpture. A combination of lectures, demonstrations, one on one instruction, and presentations from guest artists will be used. The course should appeal to both the beginner and highly motivated students who are interested in continuing with advanced techniques. 


Summer Art Classes for Kids and Teens

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Model Boat Building Workshop
with William Foresstall (Ages 8+)
July 28-30 (date change), 2017
Join acclaimed artist William Forrestall for this wonderful weekend workshop on model boat building. Youth will work from a unique design, inspired by the model boat which Franklin D. Roosevelt made with his son. The workshop will focus on basic functional boat design featuring block boat, and working sail boat designs. Students will be able to design and build their own working model boats.  

Winter & Spring Art Classes 

1:00 - 3:30 PM
$25.00 / Session
APR 1-2
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

MAY 5-7
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


MAR 25 & 26
9:00-4:00 PM

APR 22-23
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

MAY 6-7
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM


MAR 29: 6-9 PM


$100/ 8 Sessions
MAY 27


Located in the heart of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre's 130 year old building is newly renovated and offers world class facilities. The centre's 6,000 square feet provides two galleries for exhibitions, studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, jewellery & metalsmith, pottery and other art and nature programs.

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