"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


One of the most delightful aspects of the celebrations of the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary in Great Village in 2011 were the colourful banners that the EBSNS created, which were displayed not only in Great Village, but also along the shore, from Masstown to Five Islands. The banners contained the image of Joy Laking’s painting “Starry Night in Great Village.” The banners were effective in publicizing EB100 and were so admired that the EBSNS sold them as souvenirs and as a fund-raiser for the EB100 Writing Competition book (another EB100 legacy project we’ll tell you about as it develops). Since the locally-made wrought-iron brackets are still in place, the EBSNS Board thought that a visual art contest for young people in the area might be a way to create a permanent banner, one that could be displayed every year during the summer.

This idea has turned into “Images of My Village,” a visual art project for young people in Colchester County. The purpose of this project is to celebrate the creativity of the youth in the county; to encourage them to think imaginatively about what home, village, community means to them; to express their feelings and ideas in visual art.

Elizabeth Bishop loved visual art and was herself an amateur painter, who created delightful images of the places where she lived. In the spirit of her love for her childhood home, Great Village, N.S., this visual art project will ask young people to re-imagine their own connections to home and express how their identity is connected to time and place.

The call for submissions is open to all young people in Colchester County from Grade Primary to Grade Twelve. The EBSNS will curate a virtual exhibition of all the submissions, which will be launched in the spring of 2013. The EBSNS will especially encourage youth in the Great Village area to submit. The society will choose an image from submissions that it feels best represents the spirit of Great Village, and create a permanent banner to be displayed in the village each summer.

The guidelines for submission can be found on the EBSNS website: http://www.elizabethbishopns.org/imagesofmyvillage.html

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