What’s Your Take: A Realistic Brookside Future by Dimitri Papatheodorou

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. “If we build something beautiful, then Cobourg can become a leader in healthy housing strategies built on existing infrastructure.” Dimitri Papatheodorou There is a way to develop Brookside for much needed new housing while simultaneously providing cultural programming, without taxing municipal…

What’s Your Take: The Community of Art by Douglas Syrota

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. Today artist Douglas Syrota shares his ideas for a Community Arts Centre at Brookside in Cobourg. Later today, architect Dimitri Papatheodorou will give his own take on how to develop Brookside for housing and the arts. “Arts and culture can uplift…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Sarah Jacob and SMM Law

“It’s just very exciting to be around people who are using their energy to create, so you’re seeing things that are coming out of their imagination, out of their experience, out of who they are as people. There’s often something that matters intensely to them in their work.” Sarah Jacob Sarah Jacob, art lover, NFOTA…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group

“I’m constantly blown away by the sheer number of people in this county involved in writing and publishing. I’m also awed by the amazing projects that have come out of this group.” Gwynn Scheltema In this series we feature interviews and discussions with Individual Artists, Leaders of Arts Groups and Organizations, Civic Leaders, and other…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Douglas Syrota

I admired a house under renovation – a typical Ontario 19th Century Gothic cottage near Cobourg’s West Beach. Going forward six months, on another walk, I passed the house again and noticed a “For Sale” sign. The renovation had been completed but the house stood empty. While standing across the street and looking at it,…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Rosie Riviera-Lopez

“The most challenging thing about painting is knowing when to stop.” Rosie Riviera-Lopez Rosie Riviera-Lopez spoke with NFOTA’s Cynthia Reyes. Rosie, an artist and educator, moved to Port Hope in 2020. In this series we feature interviews and discussions with Individual Artists, Leaders of Arts Groups and Organizations, Civic Leaders, and other Arts Lovers in our…

One Summer Day in Autumn by Cynthia Reyes

“Suddenly, a switch is thrown. The lovechild of Summer and Autumn appears, playing truant for a day.”–Cynthia Reyes The garden lies spent from its labours. My labour is not quite done. In the vegetable patch, a few late tomatoes are red to bursting. The last beets show dull-burgundy colours in the earth.  The apple trees…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Rosie Riviera-Lopez

“The most challenging thing about painting is knowing when to stop,” says Rosie Riviera-Lopez, in an interview with NFOTA’s Cynthia Reyes. Rosie, an artist and educator, moved to Port Hope in 2020. Why Port Hope? My husband Francois and I are empty-nesters from Durham and we were looking for a quaint small town to retire to. We have relatives…