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Several events being held ahead of Heritage Day to honour Maud Lewis

First held in 2015, our newest holiday recognizes remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to our unique heritage
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(Photo courtesy of Nova Scotia's Heritage Day page)

Nova Scotians are gearing up for a long weekend as we mark Heritage Day on Monday.

First held in 2015, our newest holiday recognizes remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to our unique heritage.

Viola Desmond, Joseph Howe, Mi’kmaq heritage and Mona Louise Parsons have all been celebrated in previous years.

This year, Nova Scotians will honour one of Canada's best-known folk artists, Maud Lewis.

Several events and activities commemorating Lewis have been planned in the Halifax area, including:

Wednesday February 13

  • Nova Scotia Archives will be screening the films The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis and Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • The Arthritis Society of Nova Scotia's Life of Maud Lewis event at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has been cancelled due to weather. It will be rescheduled at a later date.


Thursday February 14

  • Northwoodcare Bedford Inc celebrates Maud Lewis with an accessible painting class with special emphasis on using tools that make it easier for anyone who has difficulty gripping smaller paintbrushes from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Nova Scotia Archives will show various footage and have interviews with and about Maud & Everett Lewis starting at 2:30 p.m.

Friday February 15

  • Nova Scotia Archives will show various footage and have interviews with and about Maud & Everett Lewis starting at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sackville Public Library invites you to discover your inner folk artist in a Maud Lewis inspired workshop with Barbara Carter from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 16

  • Alderney Gate Public Library is celebrating Maud Lewis with their Super Saturdays; come paint like Maud, or just colour some pictures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (event is suitable for kids and preschoolers)
  • Dartmouth North Public Library invites you to discover your inner folk artist in a Maud Lewis inspired workshop with Barbara Carter from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Bedford Public Library says "let the walls of our long hallway be your canvas," as they host a Paint a Maud Lewis Hallway event suitable for kids and teens between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 17

  • Halifax Central Library invites you to discover your inner folk artist in a Maud Lewis inspired workshop with Barbara Carter from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday February 18

Wednesday, February 20

  • Alderney Gate Public Library invites you to discover your inner folk artist in a Maud Lewis inspired workshop with Barbara Carter from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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