The newsletter of the Arts Council Of Northumberland

Arts Northumberland

May 4, 2007



The Arts Council Of Northumberland is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life within our community by developing widespread appreciation of, support for and involvement in the arts and culture.



The Capitol Arts Centre

Spring l Series.

Read more HERE


Northumberland Players productions are listed HERE


The Curtain Call Club  season listed HERE


The First Stages Theatre line-up is listed HERE




at the galleries
Colborne Art Gallery
Diane White 

Opening April 28

Irene Osborne

Opening June 16


Lawless Gallery – Grafton




Journey Through the Arts Gallery, Port Hope


May 5-12


A.K. Collings Gallery,

April 15 to May 23,
Eva Milinkovic, Functional and Sculptural Glass, with "Weeds" by Liz Parkinson
and "Roses" by Kelvin Britton


May 27, 2007
Artists reception 2-4
"A Heart In My Head / Cup Sketches"
Jan Winton, Lithographs and Etchings
Brad Copping, Glass Sculpture
Show closes June 13

June 17, 2007
"New Works"
Artists Reception 2-4
Evelyn Von Michalofski, Paintings
Show closes July 11

July 15, 2007
"Earth Lines"
Artists reception 2-4
Lisa Petrocco, Fresco on Board
Angelo DiPetta, Terra Cotta

August 26, 2007
"Pinholes and Dollies"
Artists reception 2-4
Dorothy Richardson, Photography
Norah Deacon, Pattern Tissue Garments
Show closes Oct 10


Art Gallery Of Northumberland

Wilhelmina Kennedy: Recent Works.

Paul Kane Gallery - Maureen Paxton: Alma.

until May 26,


till May 20,

Friday Morning Group at the Upstairs Gallery. Exhibiting artists: Stella Cairns, Muriel Craig, Joan Farrell, Janet Kershaw, Caroline McGraw, Sheila Rooney, Don Simpson, Lorraine Staples and Barbara Winfield.


April 25, Gershon Iskowitz, "October". Informal talks on works in the AGN permanent collection.

Free admission – bring your own lunch.



Capitol Arts Centre:

Harlem Gospel Choir.

Fri, May 4th, 8:00 pm


"Daniel Packard & Alfie Zappacosta"

The unparalleled romantic singer and poignant relationship comedian,

Friday, April 27st @ 8 PM

Tickets $33


"Harlem Gospel Choir"

World class Choir

Friday, May 4th @ 8 PM

Tickets $35


"Dance, Sing & Celebrate II"

Capitol Theatre Gala

Saturday, May 26th @ 6:30 PM

Tickets $125


"Rental Events"

Northumberland Hospice

"Toronto All-Star Big Band"

Saturday, May 5th @ 8:00 PM

Tickets $33


Lynn Liddell

"Lynn Live III"

Sunday, May 6th @ 2:00 PM

Tickets $15


Northumberland Orchestra

"Inspired by Tango"

Saturday, May 12th @ 8:00 PM

Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors $22, Students $9


First Stages Theatre Playreading

"For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again"

by Michel Tremblay

Sunday, May 13th @ 3:00 PM

Tickets $15



Victoria Hall:

Have A Heart Benefit Concert –

 Starring The Bells

Fri, April 27 8:00 pm


The Westben Youth Chorus and Red Strings - “Choir Power”

Thursday, June 10th at 2:00 pm at the Barn



Singing And Playing  Around Town


   At the Human Bean, Cobourg

Tonight  Rockin With The Roccas

Sunday – Lynne Hanson


…At The Oasis, Cobourg


Tom Leighton and Conrad Kipping

Oasis owner Don Owen & band perform every Sunday


   At The Mill, Cobourg

Fridays, Shelagh Purcell, piano

From Robert Latimer - The Artistic Director Of First Stages

I am writing to ask for your support for the performance on May 13th.  FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN is Michel Tremblay's tribute to his mother who was his inspiration and the driving force behind his career as a writer.  Sadly, she died of cancer before he had achieved his international success.  I hope it will be well received as it is presented on Mother's Day.

I am very encouraged by the responses I am still receiving from audience members.  Every time I am in Port Hope I am stopped on the street or in shops and told how much the performances are enjoyed and how very important and vital these presentations are to the community.  It is most gratifying to hear this.  VIA DOLOROSA is very much still in some people's minds.  I got an email within an hour of the performance of FAITH HEALER calling it one of the most stunning pieces of theatre they had seen.  Some said WRONG TURN AT LUNGFISH was one of the most satisfying evenings ever spent in the theatre.  I am very grateful to be able to give back to this community after they have been so generous and supportive of this entire venture.

I plan to expand the 2007/2008 Season to 6 performances and will announce the plays once the rights are secured.  At a time when the Arts in Canada are in crisis and government support is almost non-existent, I am relieved to say that First Stages has found a place where it is valued and appreciated.

Read More HERE

Brighton Arts Council Has Annual General Meeting

The Brighton Arts Council (BAC), at its third annual general meeting, renewed its mandate to the local vibrant artisan community.

BAC welcomes anyone interested in promoting the arts in Brighton and area. It represents a broad base of interests including visual arts, woodworking, decorative blacksmithing, fabric arts and literary pursuits.

BAC thrives on diversity with its 30-strong membership coming from both rural and urban areas.

Read More HERE

Shirley Valentine is coming to the Capitol

This is the busiest time of year at the Capitol, with professional theatre running from June 7 until August 26, attracting an astounding 25,000 patrons over the course of three short months.
The summer season begins on June 7, with the production of Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell. This moving drama/comedy tells the story of a middle-aged woman totally fed up with being the family meals, cleaning the house and being taken for granted.  
As this production offers the perfect "ladies' night out," tickets are selling quickly. Groups of 20 or more receive a group discount, so call up the gang and book early.
With the onslaught of actors coming to town, there is a need to find clean and quiet housing for their summer accommodation. Most do not have cars and therefore require homes that are close to the Capitol Theatre. Anyone willing to provide accommodation for theatre personalities is asked to contact the Capitol at 905-885-1071.


Culture Clash - Arts Vs. Sport
The current battle over who gets public money - the arts or sport - runs a lot deeper than the runup to the 2012 Olympics. It reflects a much wider split in our culture, a culture in which we can't imagine the poet competing in an international javelin event, or the gold medal breast stroke champion composing an opera. It wasn't always so

What’s On? - At The Theatre

Continuing At The Brighton Barn Theatre "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery"

By David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr.

to May 5, at The Brighton Barn Theatre

Directed by the award winning Kathy Lacasse


Continuing At The Best Western - Sylvia by A. R. Gurney

April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, May 4, 5,6 at the Best Western
directed by John Lunman, produced by Moira Cascone

Critics have said that Gurneys mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon...Howlingly funny!


Brighton Barn Theatre Auditioning For New Play

The Brighton Barn Theatre fall presentation will be "Peggy and Grace"

By Canadian Bonnie Laing. Directed by Sharron McMann

Thelma and Louise meet The Golden Girls in this hilarious and often touching story of two widows who decide to buy a motor home and experience life on the road. Their lifelong friendship is stretched thin as they try to manage road maps, backed up toilets, some embarrassing secrets and one handsome young hitchhiker!

Performances from September 21 to October 6, 2007.

Cast required: 2 women (mature), and 1 man (25-45). A pre-audition read through will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 pm in the Brighton Barn Theatre.

Auditions will be held in the theatre on Saturday, June 2 from 1 to 3 pm, and Monday, June 4 at 7 pm.


What’s On? - At The Concerts

Today Harlem Gospel Choir.

 8:00 pm at the Capitol Arts Centre

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is one of the pre-eminent gospel choirs in the world traveling the globe and sharing its joy of faith through its music.



This Sunday The LaJeunesse Youth Orchestra bursts into “Sonic Bloom"
Sunday, May 6th at 3:00 pm, Port Hope United Church

The LJYO season culminates in a programme of orchestral favourites.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-866-460-5596 or

at the box offices of the Capitol Theatre or Victoria Hall.

Read More HERE


Songs “For The Beauty Of The Earth”

May 12, 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Church presents 'For the Beauty of the Earth', hosted by well-known local musician Brad Halls. Mr. Halls has served as the church's interim music director since the first of the year and said he wanted to celebrate and share the many musical talents in the Trinity congregation with the entire community. For the past 23 seasons, Mr. Halls has produced and performed in his popular 'Words and Music' concert series at the Victoria Hall Concert Hall.

Read more Here


 The Northumberland Orchestra And Choir are “Inspired By Tango”

Saturday, May 12th

What’s On? - At The Movies

At The Capitol

Tuesday, May 15th - The Lives of Others

Tuesday, May 22nd - Wind That Shakes the Barley

Thursday, May 31st - Amazing Grace


The Cobourg Public Library’s Friday Tea and Mystery Series

All movies start at 2 p.m.

May 11: The Italian Job , 1969: Michael Caine and Noel Coward. Comedy and crime combine in this film that revs up to a cliffhanger ending.

May 18: 12 Angry Men, 1957, starring Henry Fonda, A teenager is accused of murdering his father. Can one juror certain of the teen’s innocence persuade eleven other jurors equally certain of his guilt?

May 25: "Dial M for Murder" 1954 Elegant suspense in this ghoulish Hitchcock tale about greed and a lethal triangle. Stars Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings.

June 1: The Ladykillers, 1955. A gang of criminals, a heist and a sweet, old landlady. Comedy with a brain! Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom.

June 8: Sherlock Holmes :Terror by Night, 1946 From the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce series, a jewel theft and a murder. Can the crime be solved in time?

June 15: The Philadelphia Story, 1940. Something completely different for the season finale of our Friday films. "Hollywood’s most wise and sparkling comedy." Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart

What’s On – At The Lectures

The Northumberland Learning Connection – Great Books –Round II

This Sunday, May 6th,  Ovid "Metamorphoses",  3:00 – 5:00pm Sunday,

May 27, Dante "Inferno" 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Peter's Anglican Church, Cobourg

Professor Bruce Meyer's broadcasts, The Great Books, A Novel Idea, and Great Poetry: Poetry is Life and Vice Versa, are CBC's bestselling audiocassettes. Professor Meyer is the author of 24 books of poetry, short fiction, criticism and testbooks including the national bestseller, The Golden Thread: A Reader's Journey Through the Great Books. For more information call (905) 349-3402 or email

Coming Soon

WESTBEN Arts Festival Theatre Is Going On The Road To Present "TO LIFE!: Fauré to Fiddler"

The Westben Festival Chorus & guests soloists under the direction of  Brian Finley present a spring celebration of life featuring the French romantic choral masterpiece, Requiem by Gabrielle Fauré, as well as all your favourites from Fiddler on the Roof by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock.

May 26, 8 pm St. Thomas' Anglican Church, Belleville

May 27, 3 pm  Marmora Town Hall, Marmora

Call the Westben at 1 877 883 5777 or  visit


In June, The Westben Youth Chorus and Red Strings revel in “Choir Power”

Thursday, June 10th at 2:00 pm at the Barn

The Westben Youth Chorus is joined by the lively talents of the teenage Red Strings Quartet from Toronto. Following their unforgettable visit to area schools last spring, the Red Strings return to join the Youth Chorus in favourites from Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Hansel & Gretel, O Sifuni Mungi as well as other classical and Broadway selections for string quartet and chorus.





At The Galleries

This Weekend - Sweetgrass Studio At Rice Lake

May 5 and 6, Spring Exhibition And Open House

Rick Beaver and Ruth Clarke will show their latest creations, books, photographic and art prints, original paintings, designer accessories, glass ornamanets, jewellery and more. Refreshments, 114 Vimy Ridge Road, Roseneath


Young Artists Exhibit

From May 5 to 12, Port Hope's Journey Through the Arts third-floor gallery hosts the inaugural 'Inspire' exhibition, a show dedicated to young Northumberland County artists, aged six through 13. Inspire aims to encourage and nurture the imagination of local kids and give them a chance to display their artwork in a professional venue, says gallery curator and co-owner Christine Benson-Woods.

Read more HERE


At the Colborne Art GalleryDiane White exhibit

White’s paints large landscapes of incredible natural. These stunning scenes are combined with stylized symbolic messages protesting environmental degradation. Please see Diane White's website at The Gallery is open noon until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the winter.

Read more HERE

Art Gallery Of Northumberland

until May 26, 2007: Wilhelmina Kennedy: Recent Works. Paul Kane Gallery - Maureen Paxton: Alma.

Read Ted Amsden’s review HERE


Till May 20, 2007: Friday Morning Group at the Upstairs Gallery. Exhibiting artists: Stella Cairns, Muriel Craig, Joan Farrell, Janet Kershaw, Caroline McGraw, Sheila Rooney, Don Simpson, Lorraine Staples and Barbara Winfield.

April 25, Gershon Iskowitz, "October". Informal talks on works in the AGN permanent collection. Free admission – bring your own lunch.

Michael Glover In Inaugural Show At “Gallery Aloft”

An exhibition of recent paintings by Port Hope artist Michael E. Glover recently opened at the new "Gallery Aloft" at Mill Creek Lodge, 39 Main Street in Warkworth. The inaugural exhibition is entitled "Big Lonely and Beyond, Episode I".

His subject matter consists of images relating to the rougher side of our country and particularly focuses on ways of life that are gradually disappearing from the Canadian landscape.

Read More HERE

A.K Collings Gallery, Port Hope

to May 23, Eva Milinkovic, Functional and Sculptural Glass, with "Weeds" by Liz Parkinson and "Roses" by Kelvin Britton

Eva Milinkovic is a glass artist who looks to science and nature for inspiration. Using organic and fluid forms to communicate her ideas, her work reflects her interest towards designed art objects.


Garden Art Exhibition and Sale, Sculpture, Functional Objects and Furniture for the Garden
May 12 and May 13,

Featuring: Susan Rankin, Kevin Lockau, John McKinnon, Gregory Hill, Paul Portelli, Triene Lower, Susan McDonald, Martin Everist, Gregor Herman, Ken Gangbar and other gallery artists. Special Guests: Christopher Stewart Antiques, Fous-Y-Tout Farms, Fran Fearnley, Zimart


The Townsend Gallery, Campbellford, - 2nd Annual Canadian Masterworks, Showcase of Original Miniature Fine Art
April 28th - May 27th
Paintings & Sculpture by Featured Artists: Chris Bacon, Dave Beckett, Robert Bateman, Tony Bianco, Paul Brunelle, Neil Clifford, Claudio D'Angelo, Kelly Dodge, Alexander Dumas, Michael Dumas, Dwayne Harty, Kevin Hockley, Glen Loates, George McLean, Paul Murray, Arnold Nogy, Patricia Pépin, George Raab


ZimArt Gallery, Rice Lake, Plans Montreal Show - Shona D’afrique VIII

July 29th - August 5th.

This will be the third annual outdoor exhibition of Shona sculpture to be curated by ZimArt at Centennial Park, a public park on the shores of the St Lawrence in Beaconsfield, Montreal. Hundreds of visitors, from serious art collectors to avid canoeists taking a picnic break, have discovered the exhibitions in the past two years.


Port Hope designer Chris Montgomery is pleased to present a splendid collection of new works from her Jewellery and Glass studios at her Spring ‘07 show.
An eclectic collection with something to please the tastes of youth and young at heart alike:
• A travel inspired elegant & funky jewellery collection to accent Spring and Summer, fashions, at prices to please all pocket books.
Already well known for her custom commissioned windows, her spring show has taken her in new directions.
• Whimsical mosaics for home & garden.
• Excitingly different etched and stained glass panels.
• Individually designed lampshades on both elegant and unusual bases.
Meet the Artist and enjoy the show on three days in May not to be missed
Friday, Saturday, Sunday May 25, 26, 27. 11-5 pm daily
Lord Russborough’s Annex, 82 Walton St. Port Hope, 905-885-9853


At The Human Bean - Jan Tate - Downtown Artist

In the Month of May a show by local artist and Human Bean favourite, Pam Tate. Enjoy the life found in movement with her stunning works on view during the month of May.



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May 16th 7:30 pm. Ruth Clarke will be giving a reading to the East Durham Historical Society. Books on sale. Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority. Highway 28 and 401Call (905) 352-2465 for more information.


The Oriana Singers will hold their Annual Fundraiser on Friday, June 8th, 2007 at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Cobourg.  The evening begins at 7:00 pm.

This year’s theme is “Come Sail Away”.  Guests will enjoy a wide range of light songs sharing a common nautical theme.  The hall will be suitably decorated and all hands will be “on deck” to welcome you aboard upon your arrival.

Come enjoy the music with a glass of wine and a delicious dessert.  Bid on the fantastic items in the silent auction and take home some real bargains!  Anyone who has attended an Oriana fundraiser in the past will know that these are very special evenings.  Although Marie Anderson directed her last formal concert with us on March 31st, she will still be with us for this fundraiser and the choir has a few surprises planned for her.

Tickets are available at the Victoria Hall Box Office.  Call 905-372-2210.


HOMES, GARDENS & MUSIC TOUR: Sunday, July 8, 2007: 1:00 5.30 p.m. Cobourg and countryside.

Beautiful homes. Gorgeous gardens. Live music and refreshments at each location.

Master Gardeners on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Proceeds support Horizons of Friendship, working with local partners on grass roots development projects in Central America and Mexico.

Tickets: $30 ( $22 tax receipt).Tickets now on sale at Victoria Hall Box Office at 905-372-2210.


Basic drawing at the Keogh Studio given by artist and puppeteer Nina Keogh
The studio is open for a 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. class every TUESDAY.
The fee is $10 per hour and is suitable for beginner adult artists.
Drawing, critiquing, good company and an enjoyable, casual and supportive studio environment.
Materials provided for classroom use - (coffee and hand-outs available).
Please call 905 352 3682

Email preferred:

if you would like to come and join any time.
Private classes also available.

Nina Keogh has been teaching mask and movement in Warkworth to 22 students as part of the Youth Arts Mentorship Program produced by SoulCarnival

Lake Effects,by Tracey Gainforth  is a book of poems resulting from a long obsession with Lake Ontario, the car ferries and a deep affection for her hometown of Cobourg, Ontario. This is a celebration of car ferries, and in particular the ferry that once linked Cobourg, Ontario to Rochester, New York.

Lake Effects is now available at Page Turners, Cobourg. Price: $9.00 ($2.00 to the Northumberland Film Society)

Activities by Digital Visions Imaging

Register for any or all at (613) 475-1292, via email at,

or online at

Digital Darkroom Course.

Sessions are held using supplied computers and software, or students may use their own laptops with Adobe Elements. Students will need to supply their own CDs and digital cameras. Classes cover the successful set up and running of your digital darkroom from overview to tool selection and practical hands-on experience.

8 weeks, Wednesday May 8th to June 27th (8 weeks - every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 10:00pm).

Participant cost is $113.21+ GST ($120 total) payable in advance for a full eight week session. 


This newsletter is edited by Walter Luedtke.

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