Upcoming Events

The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 17 June 2017, at St. James Church in Great Village, Nova Scotia, starting at 1:00 p.m. We will be unveiling the “Elizabeth Bishop’s Beginnings” exhibit and the “Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop” gallery. We will be drawing for the raffle price: a painting by Ontario artist Alfred Villeneuve. Our guest speaker will be Nova Scotia writer Alexander MacLeod.

Download pdf of AGM poster here.

You can read the Minutes of the 2016 AGM here. And President Laurie Gunn’s report here.

Elizabeth Bishop Permanent Exhibit Fund-raiser 2016-2017: Become a Patron

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Our Patron fund-raiser will be open until 30 May 2017. Read an update about our fund-raising here:

In 2014 the St. James Church Preservation Society provided the EBSNS with a temporary space in the sanctuary of the church to set up an exhibit about Elizabeth Bishop. The EBSNS put together an ad hoc display, which was seen by the many visitors to the café and attendees of various events, including the Elizabeth Bishop Arts Festival in August 2015.

When the Preservation Society took over full responsibility for the church, the EBSNS would receive a new location to set up a proper permanent exhibit/gallery space. That new location was offered in August 2016: at the front and on the east side of the sanctuary. The Great Village Historical Society has a permanent Marine Museum exhibit on the west side of the sanctuary. The Preservation Society will also set up an exhibit about the history of St. James Church.

Creating a permanent exhibit and art gallery space is the EBSNS’s main project for 2016–2017. Work is already underway and will continue over the winter. The society will unveil the space at its AGM on Saturday, 17 June 2017, with guest speaker Nova Scotia writer Alexander MacLeod. Watch for updates on the EBSNS Facebook page.

This project has two components: 1. an exhibit called “Elizabeth Bishop’s Beginnings,” which will complement the panels about Bishop that are displayed on the pergola near Wilson’s Gas Stop; and 2. a gallery called “Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop,” where art created by Nova Scotia artists, inspired by Bishop, will be shown.

Fund-raising campaign

The EBSNS will invest its own funds, time and expertise in the exhibit. The society is also applying for a grant from Arts Nova Scotia. However, the cost of this project is such that the society needs to raise additional funds. All funds will go directly to upgrading the space and creating the exhibit.

The EBSNS seeks donations from members and anyone interested in supporting this permanent public place honouring Elizabeth Bishop and her connections to Great Village and Nova Scotia, and showcasing contemporary Nova Scotia artists.

If you would like to be an Exhibit Patron, there are two levels of support: $100 (Gold Sponsors) and $50 (Silver Sponsors).

What Exhibit Patrons receive:

  1. his or her name on a plaque that will hang in the exhibit/gallery
  2. a tax receipt (Canadians only) for the full donation
  3. an Elizabeth Bishop fridge magnet with artwork by Natalia Povalyaeva
  4. a special invitation to the unveiling on 17 June 2017, at the EBSNS AGM

Two ways to donate:

  1. Click any donate button on this website
  1. Send a cheque, payable to the EBSNS, to P.O. Box 138, Great Village, N.S., B0M 1L0

Please indicate your donation is for the permanent exhibit. Thank you for your consideration of this request. The EBSNS is grateful for your support.

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