An inspired artist - Annapolis Royal NS
Annapolis Royal, NS
Most Artistic
Amazing Artistic Annapolis
Submitted by: Susan Stopford

I have lived in Annapolis Royal for 20+ years and am constantly amazed by the community spirit and tireless effort expended by its residents. For a Town of just over 400 people the arts community stands out as a shining example of what can be achieved by a few dedicated people. ARCAC, (Annapolis Royal Community Arts Council), has upwards of 200 members contributing to a building housing three galleries, a workshop space and a large art library. They host exhibitions of contemporary Canadian art and run a community arts program that encompasses all the arts. They also offer on-site workshops and outreach programs for children in local schools as well as nursing home residents. In 2011 alone they ran over 100 events, (exhibitions, workshops and programs), attracting over 7000 attendees - did you notice our population? Quite an achievement. One of the major draws, now in its 17th year, is the annual "Paint the Town event held every August with over 70 artists producing 500+ works which are sold at auction over the course of one weekend. Many artists choose to paint in our beautiful Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens - a work of art in itself - and the subject of the attached photograph. We are also extremely fortunate to have in our Town the vibrant Kings Theatre which features films, live theatre, (including an annual 10 minute play festival), concerts, an on-site art gallery and community activities all held in a beautifully restored heritage building. Truly, I cannot imagine a place more worthy of the title,"Canada's Most Interesting Town".

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