Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design hosting exhibit of musical instruments
SYDNEY — The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, in conjunction with the East Coast Music Awards, is hosting an exhibition of handcrafted musical instruments which offers a glimpse into the craft of local instrument makers and the creativity they inspire in others.
Instrumental: In the Creation of… is an exhibit ranging from electric guitars, mandolins, and violins to Mi’kmaq percussion instruments, all made by Cape Breton artisans including Otis Tomas, Scott Brown, Garett Lahey, Brian Dean and Sylvia Googoo.
Along with the instruments, the project also includes an assortment of educational components to shed some insight into the skill and art of instrument making.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to view art inspired by the music of the island. Local artist Kenny Boone will have several paintings in the exhibition that reflect his wide-ranging interest in this subject.
“ The centre is pleased to be able to participate in this international event. We view the exhibition as a ‘supporting act’ for the ECMAs, showcasing the talent and skill that go into instrument making and the art and craft it ultimately inspires,” said Carol Beaton, the centre’s executive director.
The exhibit will be in the main gallery at the centre located at 322 Charlotte St., Sydney, from Wednesday to April 10. The official opening of the exhibition will be held Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.