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Giving local artists a place in Port George to showcase their talents

Blue skies and a cool bay breeze greeted about 40 attendees to the Blue Shed Art grand opening in Port George last Saturday. They were treated to a demonstration of an antique apple cider press by John MacDonald who described the pressing of the apples. The old press was hand cranked on the local apples until the sweet nectar was released and then sampled to the delight an appreciative crowd.

The Blue Shed was open and displayed art objects created by local artists and craftspeople. The owner of the shed, Michael Hilborn, described the mission of Blue Shed Art as showcasing quality unique local art without fee to the artists and without collecting any commissions. The shed is quite small and yet seven artists are represented with all sales proceeds going right back to the artists. 

Art genres include water colour painting, glass creations, fabric art and quilts, wood carving, photography, and driftwood pieces. Mary Danio of Port George also includes vinegar-grained boxes which revives a lost 18th century art.

Rounding out the grand opening was a special appearance by "Dawson," Wayne Stack's giant Belgian horse. Although it was too hot for Dawson to pull his red wagon for rides, the brave could struggle to climb up and be led on a thrilling ride atop the beast. Belgians can weigh in excess of 2,000 pounds and if you weren't hoisted up by two men, Dawson could be mounted using a tall ladder.

Blue Shed Art is located at 27 McInnis Road in Port George and is open most days until the end of September.

Organizations: The Blue

Geographic location: Port George, 27 McInnis Road

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