Art House pro­grams for one and all

The Casket - - Local - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­[email protected]­cas­

It’s a lo­ca­tion that once cel­e­brated all that Antigonish and area of­fered for tourists. Now, it houses a cel­e­bra­tion of art.

The for­mer Antigonish Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in the Mar­ket Square park­ing lot (near Bos­ton Pizza) is now the Art House and amongst its pro­grams is a Mon­day morn­ing one run by Chloe Sin­clair-fortin for'moms and care­givers and ba­bies.

“I was re­ally ex­cited to get in­volved with this new venue and of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent to the com­mu­nity,” Sin­clair-fortin said, as moms dab­bled in paint and pa­per, some with ba­bies in their arms and oth­ers with ba­bies sit­ting or ly­ing nearby.

“It’s art you can do while you’re hold­ing a baby, or pro­jects you do while your mind is half on baby … sim­ple but fun,” she said, the fun part ev­i­denced by the laugh­ter and smiles of the moms as they cre­ated and en­joyed one an­other’s com­pany in the warm and cozy Art House space.

Sin­clair-fortin noted the pro­gram she set up was ac­ces­si­ble to any­one, mean­ing some­one who of­ten cre­ated or a first-time artist, and the feed­back she was re­ceiv­ing was very pos­i­tive.

“Peo­ple are re­ally lov­ing it,” she said, not­ing the par­ents liked the idea of do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent, while still stay­ing closely con­nected to their baby.

Speak­ing dur­ing a Nov. 19 ses­sion, Sin­clair-fortin said there was one more Mon­day on the sched­ule be­fore the pro­gram con­cluded, but they may bring it back in the New Year.

She noted the place to stay in touch with her pro­gram, and ev­ery­thing else be­ing of­fered at the Art House, is by vis­it­ing the Antigonish Art Fair web­site at antigo­nishart­ and fol­low­ing the Art House link, as well as the art fair’s Face­book page.

As for the space to cre­ate, Sin­clair-fortin said it’s a wel­come ad­di­tion to the Antigonish art cre­ation land­scape.

“I think it’s amaz­ing; there is a huge need for it,” she said.

“Peo­ple are com­ing in and say­ing ‘fi­nally.’ They of­fer a whole bunch of things for kids and adults; I think it fills a huge need in the com­mu­nity … I’m very happy about it.”

Richard Macken­zie

Chloe Sin­clair-fortin (right) has run an arts pro­gram at the Art House for moms and care­givers and ba­bies. It con­cluded this month but may be of­fered, once again, in the New Year.

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