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Colouring Antigonish

It was Noella Murphy’s idea for Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) to raise funds by publishing a colouring book to which Antigonish area artists might contribute. Noella herself offered two pieces for the book. Colouring Antigonish Volume I was launched and within a year demand of interest lead to Colouring Antigonish Volume II.

What makes Colouring Antigonish special is that so many local artists contributed to making it a success. Well-known area artists like Anna Syperek, Kate Brown-Georgallas, and Maureen St. Clair, to name only a few, contributed artwork for the colouring book. A high school student, Sophie Lawrence, St. Francis Xavier University Education student, Celeigh Barber-Russell, and L’Arche artists Anthony Burns, Kelly Farrel, and Tommy Landry also contributed drawings.

AHA! is a non-profit that recognizes and fosters the interplay between creativity and wellness, promotes education through the arts as a way to health, and assists young artists in a wide range of arts to further their potential. It seems fitting that AHA! celebrates Arts Health Month each November. As one of its founding members, Dr. John Graham-Pole, points out: “Art taps, for each of us, whatever our circumstances, a deep well of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It is indispensable to our lives, and to our total health.”

Proceeds from Colouring Antigonish will go towards arts health programming in the community, building on initiatives like Thundertales, a storytelling program through the arts for youth at Paqtnkek and Antigonish, and The Eldertree Project, which involved the gathering of stories and songs from elders in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home and Highland-Crest Home. AHA! has also supported a music therapist who became established in a position at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital and in community high schools. Currently, AHA! is supporting a year-long pilot program in expressive arts therapy in the hospital and community.

Available for Purchase through the StFX Art Gallery, the Posh Peppermint on Main Street, and the Hospital Gift Store

Colouring Antigonish

Arts Health Antigonish! (AHA!) is excited with the reception and interest in our debut colouring book “Colouring Antigonish”.

This is a fundraising project for AHA!, with the hopes of engaging the community in participatory art, while at the same time supporting our diverse and varied programming.

Our thanks to the many local artists who have supported creating this colouring book through their art contributions.  Artists include: Kate Brown Georgallas, Anthony Burns, Anne Camozzi, Denise Davies, Barbara Hayes, Kelly Farrel, Tommy Landry, Sophie Lawrence, Anne Louise MacDonald, Karen MacDougall, Adele MacFarlane, Noella Murphy, Rachel Power, Celeigh Russell, Maureen St. Clair, Anne Simpson, Jei Jei Steeves, Gregg Stearns, Anna Syperek, Susan Walsh.

Colouring Antigonish with Arts Health Antigonish and local artis

Colouring Antigonish with Arts Health Antigonish and local artists

AHA! is a collaboration between the local arts community and the local health community, which began in January 2013 with a recognition of a need to acknowledge, value and respect the immense contribution of the cultural sector to the community vitality, vibrancy and health. AHA! recognizes and encourages the relationship between creativity and wellness and has been developing arts-based programming for those on a journey to enhanced health, wellness and quality of life.

“Art taps, for each of us, whatever our circumstances, a deep well of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is indispensable to our lives, and to our total health.” Dr. John Graham-Pole

Colouring Antigonish, our first adult colouring book, with submissions by local artists is now available at the following locations:

  • Pachamama 18 College St. Antigonish (Corner of College and St. Ninian)
  • Lyghtesome Gallery 166 Main St Antigonish
  • Antigonish 5¢ to $1 245 Main St, Antigonish
  • The Made in Nova Scotia Store  324 Main St. Antigonish
  • The Gift Corner at St Martha’s Regional Hospital 25 Bay St. Antigonish

Please come and…… Play Along with AHA!

November is Arts-Health Month, so please come and……
Play Along with AHA!

Saturday, November 14, 2-5 pm
St. James United Church Hall, Main St. Antigonish

Arts Health Antigonish is excited to be hosting its first fundraiser on Saturday, November 14. We’d love for you to come along and discover what we do! Please join us for an afternoon of fun and laughter as you enjoy music, visual art, improv, writing, and storytelling ‘play dates’ with friends of AHA!, John Graham-Pole, Noella Murphy, Kim Wempe, Mary Partridge, Jeremy Holmes, Rosemary Curry, Maureen St. Clair, Angus MacCaull, Janette Fecteau, Brendan Ahern, Andrew Murray, Celeigh Barber Russell, Rachel Power, Anne Simpson, Peter Jowett and Kimberley Williams.

We will also have available, Colouring Antigonish, our first adult colouring book, with submissions by local artists.

Bring your friends! The afternoon is designed for adults, but will be fun for all ages.   We do hope you can join us!

Admission will be by donation at the door. Charitable receipts from St Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation are available for cheque and credit card donations. Monies raised will go towards continuing AHA! programming with elders in the community.

See you there…………

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Play Along with AHA! poster

Inviting local artists to our colouring book

 

Arts Health Antigonish! (AHA!) is excited to be inviting submissions from local artists to participate in our debut colouring book. This will be a fundraising project for AHA!, with the hopes of engaging the community in participatory art, while at the same time supporting our diverse and varied programming (see the AHA! website, artshealthantigonish.org for more details on what we do). We would love for you to be part of this fun project!

If you are interested, please submit your black and white drawing on 8 1/2×11 inch paper to Noella Murphy (Contact: noella.murphy@gmail.com) or drop it off at the Pachamama counter before the end of day, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. All submitted drawings will be considered for inclusion in the project; an AHA! panel will be deciding the final content.

If you’d like to, please sign your drawing and write a short bio for us, to include a couple of sentences about how the arts contribute to your personal health. Although this isn’t essential, we feel it will greatly enrich the project.

Please include a signed waiver (see below), indicating your permission to use your drawing in this manner. Indicate on your submission if you’d like the original drawing returned.

Many thanks for your support for the work of AHA! in this manner. We hope you are as excited as we are about this delightful project.

Gratefully,

the AHA! team

Waiver:

I, ____________________, give my permission to Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) to use my original drawing as submitted, in the creation of a colouring book, for the purpose of raising funds for AHA!

Signed, _______________________

Date: _______________________

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