Events & Exhibits

For ease of planning, events are listed in chronological order below.

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June – August 2014

North Hills North Hills Enchanted – Family Workshop Series

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the construction of North Hills, an enchanting series of Family Workshops are on offer. Through the centuries, adults and children alike have been fascinated by the world of faeries, gnomes and pixies. This theme has been explored in art, literature and design. North Hills Museum, nestled in a rural woodland setting, is the perfect place to bring you closer to these magical beings… It is time to believe…

For budding artists, 5 to 12 years of age, accompanied by an adult.
Cost per child: $5.00 for each workshop; includes museum visit and all materials.
Advanced registration required: 532-2168

“Hidden Houses” Miniature house construction:
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 1 – 4 pm

Where do faeries live? Could it be in a secret place? Create your own whimsical house and conceal it around North Hills, hidden from the human eye.

“Wee Folk” Making little people workshop:
Sunday, July 20, 2014, 1 – 4 pm

Did you know that Faerie means Faye = Friend and Erie = Green? Create your very own tiny green friend or perhaps a gnome, pixie, elf or sprite and hide them in the gardens of North Hills.

“Squish a Faerie” flora and fauna printing:
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1 – 4 pm

Did you know that you could create prints of little people using flowers, leaves and grasses? Print your own enchanted figures with the art found in nature.

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July – August 2014

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 532-2168. Email: northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Instruments of Illumination – The History of Stained Glass
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7–9 pm

A survey of the history of stained glass from the Mesopotamians (c.3000 BC) to the hobbyists of today. Accompanied with examples from both the religious and the secular, from around the world to those found within our own community .We will also examine the process of manufacturing glass and the various methods used to create this timeless art form.

Framed – The Art Around the Painting
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7–9 pm

Learn about the history and function of frames in the golden age of frame making between the 14th and 19th centuries in Europe. Discover the stylistic differences in the ornamentation of frames; often as fascinating as that of the paintings themselves. Mr. Patterson’s collection of art is surrounded by some wonderful examples.

The Royal Academy at North Hills
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7–9 pm

Founded by King George III in 1768, the Royal Academy of the Arts raised the position of artists through education and opportunities to exhibit their work. During the Georgian Period (1714–1830), some of the most famous members included Sir Frances Chantrey, George Chinnery, Francis Cotes, John Hoppner and George Morland, all for you to discover at North Hills Museum. 

“Keeping up with the Stuarts”
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7–9 pm

Join us as we travel through the English furniture styles that were popular during the Stuart period from the beginning of the reign of James I in 1603 to the end of Queen Anne’s reign in 1714. We will examine the sturdy oak construction of the Jacobean style that was prevalent from James I to Charles I; the austere designs of the Puritans; the influence of the French and Dutch in the Carolean style while Charles II was in exile; the graceful and decorative styles of furniture in the William and Mary period and finally the mastery of technique during the reign of Queen Anne. Mr. Patterson’s collection boasts many fine examples of furniture that covers the Stuart period.

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September – October 2014

North Hills 2014 Fall Salt Box Talks

This program is designed for those who would like to discover and appreciate North Hills Museum and the surrounding community. In keeping with the 250th anniversary of the building, as well as the 50th anniversary of Robert Patterson purchasing North Hills, we offer a selection of topics which are inspired or directly related to these celebrations. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable, refreshments and baked treats. Each lecture is $8.00 per person. A great way to spend fall Tuesdays! Registration required: call 902-532-2168. Email: northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Tapestries – Painting in Thread
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Visiting lecturer Paul Paquette will present a captivating survey of the history of European tapestry; from the 8th century B.C. through the medieval age and the Renaissance. Its demise as an art form due to stylistic changes between the 17th – 19th centuries will be investigated. Finally, its rebirth by 20th century hobbyist will be examined.

Great Collectors & Patrons of the Arts
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Join us as we examine the history of collecting and its relevance to museums and galleries. We will focus on great Canadian patrons and their contribution to national and provincial culture and heritage. Central to this discussion will be the story behind Robert Patterson’s collection at North Hills, and his gift to the province of Nova Scotia.

The The British are Coming!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

In 1763 British Captain Benjamin Rumsey was granted 1000 acres of land, on which, North Hills was built in c. 1764, making it the oldest house in Granville Ferry. Dr. Barry Moody, Professor Emeritus Acadia University shares his expertise on the 18th century arrival of the Planter and Loyalists in Granville Township.

Groups: If your group is interested in having its own “Salt Box Talk” at North Hills Museum, please call us for our list of themes 902-532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

North Hills Anniversary Garden Party

Join us in celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the house now known as North Hills Museum. First known as Rumsey Farm, then as the Amberman house, this 1764 Salt Box home was purchased 50 years ago by retired antique dealer Robert Patterson. Mr. Patterson bequeathed the house and contents to Nova Scotia Museum in 1974.

The afternoon will feature special guests, live music and wonderful food. This event will take place from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, September 7.

For more information please call 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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October 5–11, 2014

North Hills Fourth Annual North Hills Revisited: Family Workshop Exhibition

At ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal:

The public is invited to attend a display of artworks created by the young participants in the Family Workshop Series at North Hills Museum.

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1 – 3 pm

Birthday Workshops: choose one of our many workshop themes for an exciting and unique birthday party at the museum. Call for details 532-2168.

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Currently showing

O'Dell From a Humble Block of Wood – The Eugene “Bud” Hamm Wood Carving Collection

Hamm carvings The Annapolis Heritage Society has recently been gifted with the extraordinary collection of wood carvings created by Eugene “Bud” Hamm of Clarence, Nova Scotia. A self-taught carver and great lover of language, Mr. Hamm enjoyed creating beauty with both wood and words. (In addition to his carvings and plaster bas-reliefs, Mr. Hamm also published 21 volumes of poetry.)

Hamm carving - bird From a Humble Block of Wood showcases Mr. Hamm’s interest in the natural world as well as his connection to his fellow man. This charming exhibit of the carvings of a lifetime is on display at the O’Dell House Museum from late July to the end of the year.

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Currently showing

O'Dell Age of Sail in Annapolis County

Goes To Sea

A perennial favourite, our exhibit The Age of Sail in Annapolis County features shipbuilding artifacts from our own Wagstaff and Hatfield collections. The ship’s painting was found in 1967 in the attic of the O’Dell House Museum, and the half models in the collection were used by shipbuilders as scale references during vessel construction.

It is open at the O’Dell House Museum now until the end of the year.

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