Arts Council of Northumberland



The Newsletter of the Arts Council Of Northumberland

he Arts Council of Northumberland encourages creativity and raises the visibility of the artist and the arts community through advocacy, communications and leadership.


This newsletter covers theatre, music, lectures, films, workshops and exhibitions.
A long-range calendar of events is available HERE.
A listing of member artists is available HERE
Arts and cultural organizations wishing to place events on the long-range calendar please notify Oliver Steins at  

ACN Member Artist Of The Week
Avril Bull-Jones – has joined the teaching staff at the Painted Tree, Cobourg. Please see the notice below.


From The Arts Council

The ACN website now has a map of cultural attractions – galleries, theatres, museums - in Northumberland. It is a work in progress with the possibility of including studios, arts supplies stores and other ancillary businesses. Check it out HERE

Exposure! Exposure! Exposure!  Want Lots of Visitors on your webpage?
1,200 to 1,400 different people visit the ACN website each month.
  For more info on membership, click HERE

Arts Headlines
Local creative talents shine in new Westben musical  The local creative minds behind past Westben hits have come together once again for the upcoming original musical 'The Selfish Giant...
Grand new home for vintage piano
'Kate the Great' coming to Capitol Theatre
Northumberland student art on display

The Arts Northumberland Blog:

What’s On – This Weekend And The Coming Week

Mysteries and More at the Cobourg Public Library. Free Friday films featuring classic crime and drama, tea and pastries All films start at 2:00 pm in the Rotary Room on the main floor. Entire fall schedule HERE  .

Beatlemania” Friday, May 21st  8.00 PM, the Capitol Theatre, Port Hope. Exploring the Beatles "revolution" in popular music and culture. Employing authentic "Beatle" instruments, amplifiers, and costumes, coupled with faithful renditions of your favorite Beatle classics "The Beatles Experience" recreates the spirit of the "Fab Four" in ways that have audiences raving about them” Eight days a week. Join the specialist Australian cast as they take you on a two-hour journey recapturing an era of music that still has magic all of its own!

Film Monday Musical Matinees at the Cobourg Public Library at 2:00 pm – schedule HERE

Classic Movie Matinees at the Port Hope Public Library, Tuesdays 2:00 pm. – schedule HERE

Tuesday Movies at 8:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope -  “Crazy Heart” – Tuesday, May 25th

Thursday Movies at 8:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope  tba

What’s Coming – At The Lectures, Readings, Book Launches and Awards

Reading The Port Hope Play by playwright Charles Hayter at Monday May 31st at 7:00 pm at Furby House Books, Port Hope. The world premiere of 4th Line Theatre’s production of Eldorado Town – The Port Hope Play is July 1st at The Winslow Farm in Millbrook.

What’s Coming? - At The Theatre And Dance

Ron James, Friday, May 28th, 8:00 PM, at the Park Playhouse, Cobourg. Coming off another critically acclaimed, highly rated CBC-TV comedy special, Canada's most consistently sold out stand-up comedian, RON JAMES, makes a visit to Cobourg with a poetically-charged, rocket fuelled trip across Canada's cultural landscape.

Shimmy Bellydance 'Goddess Theory' an original story by Jenny Bryans. Wednesday, June 2nd, 7.00 PM, the Capitol Theatre, Port Hope. Three young women searching for "more" wish to join the acolytes who worship the Goddesses Beauty, Love, Change and Kavita (the lead Goddess who rules them all).This is definitely a show the whole family will enjoy!

Moksha Belly Dance, “The Women of Menace” Saturday, June 12th, 8.00 PM at the Capitol Theatre. An evening of swirling veils, exotic music, dazzling costumes, ancient dance and the occasional weapon. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the empowered allure, seductive confidence, divine artistry and elegant grace of these local goddesses. To view a video please visit and search Moksha bellydance.

What’s Coming? - At The Concerts and Opera

There is a new Opera Guild in your neighbourhood! Starting in September 2010, the Northumberland Opera Guild will run a full program of monthly lectures, focussing on the upcoming 2010-2011 season of the Canadian Opera Company, and will organize bus trips to the Sunday afternoon performances at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto. Annual Membership Fees are $25 for a single and $35 for a family. To join, please send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available) and a cheque payable to The Northumberland Opera Guild to: Val Mancktelow, Treasurer, 208 Walton Street, Port Hope, Ontario, L1A 1N9. For more information, please contact Thaïs Donald, President at (905) 885-7483 or

The Colborne Gallery spring concert Sat. May 29 at 7.30 p.m. by solo musician October Browne. The Colborne Art Gallery is a collective, non profit art gallery in Colborne. A cultural gem in Northumberland County. ( ) In addition to a wonderful concert in the intimate space of the Gallery,there will be a casual art auction featuring a select few pieces of Gallery member's work...and refreshments to greet the spring evening.

Neil Young Tribute, Saturday, May 29th, 2:00 PM. at the Park Playhouse, Cobourg. Featuring: Francois Choquette, Heather Luckhart, Trish Robb, PHLO, Mike Kelly - matinee concert with twelve incredible musicians as they celebrate & perform the Music of Neil Young!

Choral Legacy presents Songs of Inspiration. Sunday May 30th, 2:30 pm, The Ruth Clarke Centre, 81 Mill Str. S. Port Hope. Join this unique women's choir for an afternoon of spirituals, sacred and secular songs as well as stories to inspire and uplift you. Take part in the sing along and stay for light refreshments.
Tickets: $10.00 at the door or call 905-349-2188

The Parish of Perrytown - (St. Anne-St. George-St. Paul) PRESENTS "With A Song In Our Hearts", Sunday, June 6th at 4P.M.Third annual Spring Concert Songs, sacred songs, folk songs, ballads, show tunes, gospel. Directed by Chris Tracey with St. Paul's choir, St Paul's Anglican Church, Perrytown 6876 County Rd. # @ 7th Line, 10 KMS North of HWY 401 @ Welcome/Port Hope Exit Admission $10  (Family of 3 or more: $25) Phone 905-342-5680 Email: saint

The Oriana Singers present their Annual Fundraising Concert - Around the World in 80 minutes  Saturday, June 5, Baltimore Recreation Centre Hall, Doors Open at 7pm Assigned Seating – tickets must be purchased in advance from the Victoria Hall Box Office, Ticket Price $35, Call 905-372-2210 or 1-888-COBOURG, Songs from Japan, Finland, Hawaii, Spain, etc, Silent Auction, Raffle, Full Bar, Dessert Buffet

Westben presents The Selfish Giant - A new musical by Brian Finley & Ken Tizzard based on the short story by Oscar Wilde, June 11 & 18 at 7:30 pm: June 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 2 pm, Westben, Campbellford
Westben presents a world premiere musical starring Robert Longo as the Selfish Giant along with Gabrielle Prata as Virginia Snow and Donna Bennett as Linette along with the fifty voices of the Westben Youth Chorus & Friends.
Growing out of several months of discussion and debate, this musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s provocative short story “The Selfish Giant” remains both true to the original while standing alone as a modern work. Brian Finley and Ken Tizzard have masterfully recreated the power and magic of Wilde’s ‘words on paper’ into rich musical themes. Equally relevant to both children and adults, this full length, fully staged theatre piece has a colourful musical score which ranges from infectiously sunny to hauntingly beautiful. It finds an amazing musical meeting place between the worlds of music theatre and opera.

Words and Music 2010 - presented and performed by Brad Halls and His Guest Vocalists.  Friday, June 11 and Saturday June 12,  at Victoria Hall, Cobourg. Halls his guest vocalists Eileen March and Catherine Ford present “The Songs of the Beatles”.

The Magic Flute, July 2,3,4 at 2:00 PM, Westben Concerts At The Barn. is a fully staged production with orchestra. The UBC Opera Ensemble are stopping at Westben for three performances while on route to Europe. Milt Jewell is busy with set design, Ron Vogan is preparing the surtitles and lighting design while Jim MacDonald is getting The Barn in tip top shape. Westben welcomes recent Juno Award winner Adrianne Pieczonka, as well as mezzo soprano Laura Tucker and Host Iain Scott to Saturday Night at The Opera, July 24 at 7:30 pm. This concert will be sold out so don't wait to reserve your seats.

What’s Coming – Workshops and Auditions

New Instructors at the Painted Tree, Cobourg - Beth Hoselton and Avril Bull have joined the line up of instructors at The Painted Tree Art Supplies. Beth will be teaching an Introduction to Watercolour course and Avril will be teaching an Introductory drawing course. Summer Kid's Schedule Now Available. Sundays-Buy 2 get 1 free Stretched Canvas!! We are open 1-4:00.

Northumberland Players – AUDITIONS – for Having Hope at Home, by David S. Craig - Wednesday, June 9 & Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 pm, (possible callbacks Sunday, June 13 @ 1pm), Fire Hall - 3rd Floor, 213 Second Street, Cobourg ON  (905.372.0577)
Having Hope at Home, by Canadian playwright David S. Craig, is a very clever, funny and heartwarming look at a family learning to love each other again through hope and forgiveness.  Modern medicine meets midwifery at full speed when the daughter of a gynecologist insists on doing things her own way. All the action takes place in the kitchen of the grandfather's old farmhouse  …somewhere in Canada. Director, Brenda Worsnop. No prepared piece necessary for auditions.  Production dates:  October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 and November 5, 6, 7,  2010 at the Best Western.Call Producer, Doreen Page, at 905-377-8590 if more information is required.

Artworth began uniting children with local professional artists and artisans in Warkworth in 2005.  This year’s camp runs from July 5th through July16th and is a journey from the self expression of creating art, to the expansion of that expression in creating a performance. The Funtastic Arts camp will include Mask Building; Clowning, Dance, Felting, Pottery; Painting; Tie Dyeing; Baking and Creative Games. Further details about the 2010 program can be found on Artworth’s website: .

Cindy Taylor is offering a series of photography workshops through the Fleming College campus in Cobourg.
Please visit the website HERE for information on the courses.

Choral Legacy is a women's choir that sings music in three or four part harmony. Our musical selections encompass a wide variety of styles, including jazz standards, show tunes, and popular music. The chorus rehearses on Monday nights under the direction of Shasta Morey, at Baltimore United Church starting at 7:15 pm.
We are always looking for women who enjoy the fun and friendship that come from singing together. If you are interested in joining our choir, please call Ann Knott 885-6534 or Shasta Morey 349-2188.

This from ACN member Chrissy Poutras:I am the owner of Spark Box Studio, a new artist studio and residency program in Picton, Ontario. We have recently launched an Emerging Artist Residency Award which gives young emerging artists the chance to participate in an artist residency free of charge for up to one week. Along with this opportunity we have also started building a resource site for emerging artists called the Emerging Artist Guide. This guide can be viewed by going to Website:

The Painted Tree, Cobourg has announced spring classes. Visit the Website HERE. Also a series of kids’ workshops is in the planning stage.

Northumberland Hooks and Needles Guild which meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at Regency Manor Nursing Home, 66 Dorset St. E., Port Hope at 7:00 p.m. Contact Yvonne O’Neill 905-885-4872. The 1st Thursday of each month is “Knitter-Knatter” (knitting news, designer of the month, show and tell).
The 3rd Thursday of the month is a workshop:; May 20 – Shawls; Jun 17 – Knitting Challenge Finale.

What’s On And Coming – At The Shows, Exhibitions and Tours

"Blossoms Studio Show" at 16 Robertson St. Colborne, (near Foodland). This show coincides with the Apple Blossoms Tyme Festival, May 29th and May 30th 10:00 am to 5:00pm. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Children's Wish Foundation to help children with cancer. 905-376-4404.

"After Pictures' Chris Down, Jane Eccles, Olexander Wlasenko, Visual Arts Centre, June 6 -July 4, Opening June 6th  2-4 pm 143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, 905-623-0276  This is an exhibition of paintings and drawings tied together by  artists who reference photography.

The Colborne Art Gallery - Edges, a show by Gallery member Avril Bull until  June  13th. Bull finds edges are something to run along, bump into, climb on to, hang on or fall off. This show is an exploration in paintings and original prints that encompasses many edges. Those on the edge in school, society and our environment. These edges can be happy , challenging or sad places. Life is edgy.

From The Cobourg Art Club - See paintings by local artists at The Mill restaurant and pub, Cobourg, a continuing show with lots of variety. Also, a continuing and current display at the Dalewood Golf and Curling Club on Dale Rd, Cobourg. Everyone welcome,  for more info call Maureen 372-7214

Kingsley’s Korner returns to Mrs B’s Prince Edward St Brighton. Brighton Arts Council presents for the winter at Kingsleys Korner warmest wishes with art displays by their members. Drop by and view the craftsmanship in wood by Darryl Stutt along with his matted photos of winter scenes, wood carvings of winter birds by Clyde Harvie, country scenes in Oils by Anita Gutteridge, Presqu’ile photos by David Lawler and the internationally famous teddy bears by Trish Pilon. Some items are for sale.

Spirit of the Hills ‘Mpumalanga Memories’ and features photographs taken by Jane Osmond during two mission trips to Mpumalanga Province in South Africa in 2008 and 2009. at the 100 Mile Diner, Warkworth.
Osmond’ photography demonstrates a broad palette of imagery: startling beauty, inexplicable joy, and overwhelming contrasts.  She saw startling beauty in the African people, especially the children, as well as in the wild animals in their natural habitat. Inexplicable joy burst forth in spontaneous a cappella singing and dancing even while these young people struggled to overcome adversity. There were overwhelming contrasts in the rich and the poor, in modern shopping malls and country markets, and in the beauty of the land. This African experience brought tears and laughter, sorrow and joy. Until February 28th..

Great gardens of the Ganaraska! Visit eight delightful and extensive garden retreats set in the Ganaraska watershed and the rolling Northumberland hills. Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call toll free: 1-888-278-2484 or visit our URL www://  All proceeds in aid of Northumberland Big Sisters Big Brothers.

Horizons of Friendship’s 13th Annual Homes, Gardens and Music Tour
Sunday, July 11th, 1:00-5:30 p.m. Spend an elegant mid-summer afternoon enjoying live music and light refreshments as you tour homes and gardens in Cobourg and area. Proceeds go to Horizons of Friendship to support self-help projects that provide a viable alternative to poverty and injustice in Central America and Mexico. Call 905 372-5483 or 1-888-729-9928 for tickets. $30 ($22 tax receipt)

The Friends of Bon Echo Park invite all nature artists to the Bon Echo  Art Exhibition & Sale at Bon Echo Provincial Park, Hwy.41, Cloyne, ON.  The theme of this juried exhibition of original art is about Canadian Nature, Wildlife, or Countryside, and will take place on July 23, 24, 25, 2010.  deadline for applications: March 1, 2010. For Applications & Information:  Derek Maggs, Executive Director, Friends of Bon Echo Park, 16151 Hwy. 41, RR#1, Cloyne , ON, K0H 1K0.Phone:  613-336-0830
Email:       Website:

ACN member Trish Pilon invites you to peruse the Teddy Bear Review Digital magazine. HERE Be sure to pause at pages 26 & 54 for some video action. (You can't get THAT in the print edition!!)

Susan MacDonald, textile artist. Her work is on display and for sale at the AGN gift shop at the Upstairs Gallery, Port Hope. .  

What’s Coming?At The Movies

Movies at 8:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope 
  “The Secret of Their Eyes” – Tuesday, June 1st
“Chloe” – Thursday, June 3rd

What’s On – At The Competitions

"Make it Indie" VENDOR CALL. All creators and purveyors of Fine Craft and Decorative Art are invited to submit work for the inaugural Christmas Fine Craft and Decorative Art Show and Sale, 2010. Please see our website @ www.// for more details and vendor information and forms or call Sally @905-377-0740.Submissions accepted until June 1st

4th Line Theatre is accepting submissions for its 2010 New Play Competition.
The entry level for new projects is referred to as ‘seeding.’ Playwrights who have had at least one full-length work for the stage professionally produced are invited to submit story ideas, draft treatments or draft scenes of a proposed play project for seed funding. At a later date successful projects may be eligible for commissioning.  Submissions should reflect 4th Line Theatre’s mandate and mission: to preserve and promote our Canadian cultural heritage through the development and presentation of regionally-based, environmentally staged, historical dramas and to develop and present original Canadian works of the highest quality which explore regional themes, history and heritage. The closing date for submissions is April 23, 2010.

Arts Blogs We Like


Jill Battson’s Poet Bureau

‘View On Canadian Art’ Your Cultural Concierge! VoCA offers critical commentary on the Canadian art scene, with a focus on Toronto. Featuring exhibition previews, critics’ picks, interviews and in-depth articles on art in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Halifax.
Art Daily – The first art newspaper on the net!

Members’ Billboard

ACN member Heather Stubbs has a website devoted public speaking and presentation skills. As a speaker and presentation skills trainer, she  draws on a lifetime of performing experience to provide a lively, insightful and thought-provoking presentation. Have a a look at She also issues a weekly newsletter.


Business Friends of the Arts
Dray Design Studio Website Design, Print and Graphic Design
Bart Hawkins Kreps  Website Design, Print Design, Editing
Aye Lighthouse B&B  Bed & Breakfast
Ganaraska Art & Framing  Picture Framing, art and photography lessons
The Human Bean  Coffee shop, with live music and monthly artist exhibition
Meet at 66 King Street  Fine dessert lounge
Northumberland View  News & Entertainment
Painted Tree  Art supplies and classes
Scott's Barn  Culture Centre
Where They Play Productions  Music Recording St

This newsletter is edited by Walter Luedtke.
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