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Spirit of the Hills: A celebration of arts in Northumberland

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

The sun sets over Lake Ontario in this photo taken Sept. 18. A workshop at this weekend's Festival of the Hills will offer tips on shooting professional-level photographs like this. Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today file photo

The sun sets over Lake Ontario in this photo taken Sept. 18. A workshop at this weekend's Festival of the Hills will offer tips on shooting professional-level photographs like this. Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today file photo

COBOURG -- The big Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts is on this weekend in Cobourg as a celebration of all the arts in Northumberland County.

A multiplicity of groups and individuals are preparing for the big showcase at St. Peter's Anglican Church Friday and Saturday, celebrating every kind of creative endeavour.

A local show and sale both days (Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will feature the work of local artist in various media. There will also be a book fair with a focus on local authors and publishers.

The big Friday-night kick-off event comes at 7 p.m., when Marie-Lynn Hammond's play Des Beaux Gestes & Beautiful Deeds is staged as a dramatic reading with Heather Jopling, Anne-Marie Bouthillette and Tom Leighton contributing their talents.

On Saturday, art, photography and literature workshops are planned. As listed on the event brochure, there are four morning sessions and four in the afternoon.

From 10 a.m. to noon:

  • "Roots For The Rootless is presented by Pegi Eyers, with tips on tracing your genealogy, DNA testing and epigenetics.
  • Making Faces -- Self Portraits is presented by Susan Statham, reviewing the fundamentals of portraiture and skills you can apply to the art.
  • Self-Publishing 101 is presented by Jennifer Jaquith, offering all the tools you need to get started.
  • Memoir Writing is presented by Diane Taylor, a look at how love, loss and lessons learned can be preserved and shared.

From 2 to 4 p.m.:

  • Land, Language and Culture is presented by Melody Crowe, who looks at the importance of Indigenous voices telling their own stories through writing and art.
  • The Art of Picture Taking (presenter to be announced) provides tips on producing stunning images on your device of choice, from a cell phone to a high-end digital camera.
  • Follow The Line is presented by Kim Aubrey, an interactive look at the simple line as a path to getting your prose and poetry flowing.
  • The Art Experience is presented by Roseanne Dolan, Sherry Turner and Lia Yiannoulis, a family-oriented session where participants will create their own collage on the theme of Canadian images (and they are welcome to bring their own personal photos and writings to make a part of the work).

Workshops are subject to change, the event brochure reminds everyone.

In between the two sessions, a panel discussion on Art and Migration runs from noon to 2 p.m. A look at how our memories affect our sense of self and place will be provided by authors Shane Joseph and Cynthia Reyes with Susan Marjetti, head of CBC Radio.

In support of the event, Spirit of the Hills appreciates the sponsorship of St. Peter's church, the Oriana Singers and Northumberland 89.7.

St. Peter's is located at 240 College St. in Cobourg.

Tickets -- as well as a chance to check the updated schedule -- are available at www.spiritofthehills.org.

cnasmith@postmedia.com