The Fraser Cultural Centre. George Klass photo

The Pugwash Artists’ Collective presents the Art Show and Sale, Murder of Crows, at the Fraser Cultural Centre in Tatamagouche from July 28 to Aug. 16.

An opening reception will be held 7-9 p.m. on July 28.

Using the mythology and mystery of crows as inspiration and the challenge of exploring the ‘Golden Ratio’, this 11-member collective has used a wide variety of media to explore their own interpretation of this theme. Some have used woodcut, clay, fibre arts such as rug hooking and quilting, while others have chosen to use paint, drawing and sculpture, all inviting viewers to explore the world of this most intelligent and crafty of birds.

The Pugwash Artists’ Collective has banded together for the last nine years to exhibit their work in galleries on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, from Tatamagouche to Pugwash and Oxford.

The collective is comprised of:

Bonnie Bond, who says, “the creative process takes me on a joyful journey with my imagination.” Bond is a giftware designer. Her art may incorporate any media that inspires her at the moment.

Kelly Burgess is a Canadian fibre artist residing in Nova Scotia. For more than 10 years, Burgess has been preoccupied with the manipulation of fabric: its variety of textures, subtleties of colour, and possibilities of form and function in design. This preoccupation has led Kelly to an inimitable approach to fibre art.

Diane Burnham enjoys combining found-object and forged metal pieces to create whimsical and kinetic sculptures. The process involves welding, brazing and gas forging depending upon the materials.

Catherine Bussiere is a photographer, videographer and an art instructor. Over the past 13 years she has been producing short videos for various organizations as well as producing personal short productions, and a full length documentary.

Looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary, veteran art teacher and artist, Louise Cloutier, uses the eyes at the back of her head to look outside the box when painting and sculpting. After retiring, Louise established Art Quarters in Pugwash, where she leads art explorations during the summer and fall.

Jennifer Houghtaling learned pottery at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton. This was a good foundation to develop her own style through years of experimentation with clay and glazes.

Donna Hutchinson has found her joy as a fibre artist designing brightly coloured mats and wall hangings that often depict life on the seashore. Over the past eleven years she has exhibited and sold her works in numerous solo or group shows and creates commission work as well.. She is a member of ATHA and RGHNS and Remsheg Hookers.

Archan Knotz is a self-taught artist exploring art through water colours and has most recently worked with mono-printing and woodcuts.

Mary Purdy is a self-taught artist, who creates thought-provoking installations often selected from nature, to interact with and engage the viewer.

Norene Smiley works in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media, exploring personal myths — the stories we tell ourselves, the stories we tell others and the stories we leave untold.

Sarah Witney plays with water, words and colour, not always in that order. She is continually grabbed by the infinite beauty in nature.

For more information, contact Norene Smiley at 902-243-2073 or nsmiley@bellaliant.com.