Artists Directory: Chignecto-Central




No ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia dance artists registered in this area.



Jess and Greg Favaro (Guysborough) Shiretown is a songwriting duo from Guysborough, NS.  We are certified in Mental Health First Aid and have been teaching music privately for 7 years.  We have 2 decades of recorded and live performance experience and we have received Level 1 in Music Cares Certificate Program (an emerging approach to whole person care using therapeutic music principles).  We are comfortable teaching all age groups, experiences levels and in solo or group settings.

Rick Gunn (Elmsdale) owner/operator of Dreamin' Music is a songwriter who performs, records and teaches.  He combines his love of contemporary music with his commitment to youth leadership by exploring emotional issues and self expression through music.

Theatre / Literary


Heather & Darryll Taylor (Truro) are happy to share their passion for puppetry with students. They enjoy guiding the students in all aspects of producing and presenting a string puppet (marionette), rod puppet, shadow puppet and/or hand puppet show. A variety of subjects or themes can be explored in new and creative ways through puppetry. These artists have extensive experience working in the schools, and have been puppeteering together since 1986, touring throughout the Maritimes, the country and to other parts of the world!


Video / New Media


Catherine Bussiere (Oxford) This video artist as an experienced instructor and film camp coordinator for youth. Catherine animated a video for the Viewfinders Film Festival and participated in the Moliere Festival as part of the video team. "My goal is to make video making an accessible form of expression" (Bussiere)

Karen Stentaford (Amherst area) is a Nova Scotia photography artist and instructor at Mount Allison University.  Her proximity to the Amherst/Cumberland region allows her to continue working with children and youth on photography and visual art projects.


Visual Arts


Barbara Conrod (Pictou) Barbara is a visual artist and graphic designer.  She works in a variety of media, including oil and watercolour.  Barbara has offered art at classes at Canso Recreation, GAPACC and the Fanning Education Centre and also has experience with face painting for children.

Shirley Hallee (Amherst) Shirley's diverse artistic experience includes drawing, painting, fibre arts design and papermaking. She has a background in education and fine arts. Shirley's work with students incorporates art history with design theory and studio practice

Anthony Kawalski (Selma) is a visual artist with a wide range of experience working with children and youth.  In Great Britain, Anthony lead community/school projects on a number of key, free-standing mural projects and one of these is scheduled to part of the official celebrations for the 2012 London Olympics.  He is a valuable new addition to the ArtsSmarts program.

Archan Knotz (Oxford) has a background in painting, printmaking, sculpting and graphic design.  She often incorporates movement and yoga with painting and has extensive experience working with youth.

Sandra MacDonald (Shubenacadie)
designs and publishes instructional packages and teaches techniques which allow students to find their creative side, using the how-to approach. She also plays jazz piano, has studied early childhood education and has worked as a medical lab tech.

Susan Manley-Tilsey (Westville) is a visual artist who is experienced with a wide variety of art media including fabric, acrylic painting and book creations. She has worked with children and youth from P-12, taught after school programs, run summer art camps and believes in involving children in all aspects of the creative process.

Charleen O'Pray (Trenton) 902-752-5432 O'Pray likes to assist students in exploring ways to express themselves creatively through a variety of media, including paint, pastel, fabric, torn paper, clay, and paper mache as well as digital imagery and video, web design and animation. She has also been involved with Historica Fairs Nova Scotia and a Grassroots Project that encompassed drawing, computer generated artwork, video, digital photography, writing and drama.

Mary M. Purdy (Oxford) 902-447-3468 is a visual artist who also incorporates yoga and meditation with her art activities. She works in a variety of media, including clay, and her aim is for youth to discover their inner strength, passion and wisdom.

Darlene Strong (Amherst)
is a dynamic African Nova Scotia visual artist who also incorporates performing art into her work with children and youth.  She is the Coordinator for the Cumberland County School of the Arts and her own art work reflects a deep connection to her cultural roots and her love for her community.