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Events & Exhibits

These past events are listed in chronological order, for reference purposes.

This is the page for events that took place in 2015.

July 15, 2015

North Hills North Hills Jazz Café with “Wine Hardt”

Enjoy an evening of Gypsy inspired swing style jazz with Wolfville based Wine Hardt, accompanied by delicious desserts and coffee created by Paula Buxton.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm.

Tickets $20.00, in advance, limited number.

For more information or tickets, please contact us at 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com

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July 18, 2015

Sinclair Knot: A Workshop

Rope-archival-image-small The Annapolis Heritage Society is inviting you to “get your sheepshank on” with a knot-tying workshop on Saturday, July 18 at the Sinclair Inn Museum, Annapolis Royal.

Evan Cervelli, an instructor with the Nova Scotia Sea School, gave a very successful workshop at the recent Prosperity Conference in Cornwallis. Evan began learning to tie knots when he was young through Boy Scouts and rock-climbing. When he was 15, he began sailing with the Nova Scotia Sea School on a wooden sailboat with a traditional sprit rig. Sailing has provided Evan lots of opportunities to be away from the internet when knot tying is one of the only forms of entertainment. Through work at the Sea School, Evan has been exposed to traditional sailing methods that do not rely on modern technology such as winches, cam-cleats or electronics.  Evan is well practised at knot tying, splicing, whipping, serving, grommet-making and rope handling. In 2008, Evan took a Chinese decorative knot class when he was visiting Taiwan and enjoys decorative knot tying in his spare time. 

Participants will learn several basic working knot techniques (including sheepshank, bowline and , as well as some decorative knots, in an informal session that’s suitable for anyone 12 or older. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a short break for lunch.

To pre-register, call 902 532-0996 or 532-7754, or see Ken Maher at the Sinclair inn, 230 St. George Street. The fee is $20.

Contact: Ken Maher 902 532-0996 or 532-5552

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July 25, 2015

North Hills Medievalmania Party

For kids and the young at heart. Join us for an afternoon of crafting, games, dragon egg hunt and special treats. Dress up as a king, queen, knight or damsel.

Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm. Rain date July 26, 2015.

Free for the whole family; donations welcome.

For more information or tickets, please contact us at 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com

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July – August 2015

North Hills Salt Box Talks Revisited

Instead of watching summer re-runs on television, why not revisit some of our most popular Salt Box lectures on selected Tuesday evenings at North Hills Museum?

This program is designed for those who would like to discover and appreciate North Hills Museum and the surrounding community. Each session will include a power point presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable and refreshments.

Each lecture is $6.00 per person.

Registration required, call 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

July 21, 2015, Tuesday 7 – 9 pm
The Big Three - Georgian Furniture

Furniture design within the Georgian Period (1714-1830) was dominated by the talent of three men: Thomas Chippendale, George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton. The North Hills collection houses fine examples of the styles created by these gifted cabinetmakers. Join us as we examine the characteristics of these exquisite pieces of furniture.

July 28, 2015, Tuesday 7 – 9 pm
Chinoiserie at North Hills

One of the most important stylistic forms during the Georgian Period, ‘Chinese Taste’ in design was seen as exotic, fanciful, and a reaction against the ‘severity’ of Classicism. Join us as we trace its history and influence on the decorative arts; especially within the porcelain, furniture, and artifacts found at North Hills.

August 11, 2015, Tuesday 7 – 9 pm
The Grand Tour at North Hills

Between c. 1660 and 1840 many people of the affluent class would travel to the cultural centers of Europe where they were exposed to the arts and culture of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, usually referred to as “The Grand Tour”. Tourists of this period collected many tasteful memorable objects during their travels. Discover the history of this form of travel and view some wonderful examples of the souvenirs of “The Grand Tour” found within North Hills Museum.

August 18, 2015, Tuesday 7 – 9 pm
Restoration and Conservation

Learn about the evolution of restoration and conservation in paintings and antiques. Discover some of the techniques that museums use to maintain their collections and how they may be applicable to the preservation of your own treasures. Discussion will also include fascinating stories of conservation from the lecturer’s own experience.

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July – October 2015

North Hills Family Workshop Series

Experience the wonderful works of art at North Hills Museum and share unforgettable moments with your children as they discover their own creativity in the studio workshops. For budding artists 5 – 14 years of age accompanied by an adult.

Cost per child: $5.00 for each workshop: includes museum visit and all materials. Advance registration required.

July 19, 2015, Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
“Beacon of Light”
Lighthouse Workshop
Nova Scotia has the largest number of lighthouses in Canada, with more than 160 to visit. Learn about the history and different styles found within our province and community. In our studio construct and paint your very own lighthouse.

August 16, 2015, Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
“A Mixed Bag of Sculpture Part 1”
Clay Cast Cameo & Statuette Workshop
Find out the story behind the sets of travel souvenir cameos at North Hills and cast you very own set using soft paste clay. Afterwards, be inspired by the museum statuette collection and learn about structure and stability when creating movement in a figure; then, create a clay statuette reinforced with wire framework. (cameos and statuettes will require a few days to dry)

August 30, 2015, Sunday 1:00 -4:00 pm
“A Mixed Bag of Sculpture Part 2”
Clay Cast Cameo & Statuette Workshop
Make a travel souvenir box for your set of cameos, creating an edition. Paint your statuette to look like a bronze sculpture; ready for installation at our fall exhibition.

September 27 – October 3, 2015
5th Annual North Hills Revisited: Family Workshop Exhibition
at ARTsPLACE
, 396 St. George St. Annapolis Royal

The public is invited to attend an exhibition of art works created by the young participants in the Family Workshop Series at North Hills Museum.

For more information or to register, please contact us at 902 532-2168, or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Birthday Workshops: Choose one of our workshop themes for an exciting and unique birthday party at the museum.

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August 9, 2015

North Hills Annual Vintage Automobile Show

Vintage CarsView cars, trucks and tractors dating from 1900 to 1980. Chat with the owners, take pictures, and enjoy the museum.

Sunday, August 9, 2015, from 1 to 4 pm.

All are welcome at this free family event!

For more information or tickets, please contact us at 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com

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August 26, 2015

North Hills North Hills Jazz Café with “Andy and Ariana”

Enjoy an original mix of Gypsy, roots, jazz, reggae and now French chanson accompanied by delicious desserts and coffee created by Paula Buxton.

Wednesday, August 26, 7 to 9 pm

Tickets $20.00, in advance, limited number.

For more information or tickets, please contact us at 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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September 13, 2015

North Hills North Hills Museum Garden Party

Join us for an afternoon of live music, tea and wonderful treats.

Sunday, September 13, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm.

Free family event; donations welcome.

For more information or tickets, please contact us at 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com

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September – October 2015

North Hills Salt Box Talks – Fall 2015

This program is designed for those who would like to discover artefacts and art history, appreciate North Hills Museum and the surrounding community. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable and delicious baked treats and refreshments. Each lecture is $10.00 per person. A great way to spend fall Tuesdays!

Registration required, call 902 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 • 10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:30 – 3:30pm
History of European Landscape Painting Part 1

We will trace the origins of the European landscape in the pastoral images found in Hellenistic and ancient Roman art. Examine the use of the landscape motif and its decorative beauty found in medieval religious paintings and illuminated manuscript. Discover the sharply observed details and luminous space in 15th century renaissance paintings from Northern Europe and Italy. Learn about the 16th Century taste for panoramic views and the bourgeoning art of topography, and the ideal landscapes of the 17th Century embellished with the ruins from the classical world.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 • 10:00am – 12:00pm, or 1:30 – 3:30pm
History of European Landscape Painting Part 2

Our travels through European art continue in 18th Century France and England featuring rich pastoral landscapes. Topographical ‘Views’ reach the height of popularity with the Grand Tour in Rome and Venice. The later 18th and early 19th centuries present new themes in landscape painting such as the ‘Sublime’ (the power of nature) and ‘the Beautiful’ (pleasing meditations on nature). We will also examine the more spontaneous observations of nature found in the works of the 19th century French Realists, Impressionists; such as Monet and Pissarro, and the Post Impressionists; such as Van Gogh and Cezanne.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm, or 1:30 – 3:30pm
Flora & Fauna – The Hidden Meaning

Discover the symbolism behind the use of many flowers and plants in religious paintings from the 15th to the 17th centuries in Europe. Flora and fauna in art provided a language that allowed the mass public to be able to decipher the hidden meanings and moral messages found in painting, especially in works that exhibited the passage of time and the seasons. We will examine the 17th century emergence of the ‘Still Life’ painting as a separate branch of Dutch art. The impact of naturalism will also be addressed in 19th Century European art.

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November 27, 28 and 29, and December 4 and 5

O'Dell Victorian Christmas

victorianchristmas2015-small Step back in time to the late 19th century and join us for our annual celebration of Christmas. Our animators will be beautifully attired in Victorian costume, and the O’Dell House Museum will be lavishly appointed with decorations made from the forests and gardens of Annapolis County. Enjoy a glass of hot mulled cider and homemade cookies as you sing carols with friends.

November 27 & 28 – 7 to 9 pm
November 29 – 2 to 4 pm
December 4 & 5 – 7 to 9 pm

Victorian Christmas - O'Dell House Museum
136 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, NS

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