Sunbury Shores Summer Programming

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The St. Andrews arts and nature centre has announced a full slate of summer exhibitions and programs.

Image: Ann Manuel, The Bend in the River, oil on linen.

The latest exhibition at Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre opened with a public reception last Friday. DASH 2023 is a self-curated exhibit featuring the work of ten artists. From its beginnings as a pop-up show a few years ago, DASH has grown to become a signature event of the summer season in Charlotte County. This year’s show features work by Werner Arnold, Alanna Baird, Gisela Lindlau, Ann Manuel, Ted Michener, Claudia Munro-Kerr, Cathy Ross, Tom Sparling, Elaine Wilson and guest artist, Brigitte Clavette. For this series, all participating artists were encouraged to present projects that reflect a commitment to the visual arts and the power of conveying personal visual responses and experiences. DASH 2023 will be on display until July 9.

The exhibition that follows, Transitions: Erica Beyea, opens July 14 and will run until August 11.  Originally from Riverview, Erica Beyea brings experiences and explorations of different lived geographies (New Brunswick, Ontario and Spain) to an “ever-changing sense of home.”

“Now finding myself back where I’ve come from, I continue to bring where I have been to where I am,” said Beyea. This exhibition of large-scale oil paintings demonstrates her love of the medium of oil paint and her facility to reflect emotions in colour and shape. 

Concurrently in the gallery, Cathy Ross: Ministers Island in Small Pieces is accompanied by artefacts from Ministers Island represented by the well-known artist in exquisite watercolours. The exhibition demonstrates Ross’ aesthetic…“through careful observation, to convey the human presence.” The exhibition will be on display July 14 – August 11.

While visitors can enjoy artworks on exhibition, adults can also create their own works of art in Sunbury Shores’ summer programs:

Jay Dampf Memorial Paint Class (July 3- 7). Artist-instructor Theresa MacKnight helps beginners with easygoing and highly individual instruction. 

Drawing from Life with Geordie Millar (July 17 – 21) is an opportunity to work with well-known Canadian artist-instructor Geordie Millar who specializes in figurative and animal studies. His five-day workshop will help students learn to draw with precision and creativity.  

To register and learn more about all the activities happening at the centre this summer, visit  

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