Ringing in the New Year with a Renga by Antony Di Nardo

We “conversed” with haikus. His rushing waves; my mountain peaks. His response to tracks in the snow; my reflections on bird sightings. By the end, the renga seemed to have evolved organically of its own accord. Adding to it was tantamount to feeding a giant’s beanstalk, grown to reach the clouds and touch the sky….

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…

The Dog As Muse by Susan Statham

This post first appeared on the NFOTA blog September 3, 2021. Born July 24, 2019, Artie, (AKA Arthur Conan Doyle) became my constant companion in early October. I’d met his dog mother, Bella, a year earlier during one of the ever-increasing vet visits for my fifteen-year-old French Bulldog, Janie (AKA Miss Jane Marple). “Ah you…

Call for Play Submissions to Northumberland Festival of the Arts 2022

Guidelines for Playwrights The Northumberland Festival of the Arts will present 3 staged readings of one act plays in 3 locations during the festival, scheduled for September 16th to October 2nd, 2022. The play selection committee is looking for: one act plays between 20 and 40 minutes long never before produced scripts casts of up…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Fabian Arciniegas

“Those who make art, they’re just brave enough to share their humanity…You can connect to that humanity and realize how you are part of something bigger than yourself.” Fabian Arciniegas Musician, singer and voice coach Fabian Arciniegas speaks to NFOTA’s Donna Wootton about singing opera, his fun experiences with local musical theatre, the need for…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Dimitri Papatheodorou

“Just moving from Toronto to Warkworth, Northumberland County…is transformational. It transforms your inside through the outside. We can’t separate people from environment, or from society, as much as we try to be islands.” Dimitri Papatheodorou Visual artist, musician and architect Dimitri Papatheodorou speaks to NFOTA’s Shane Joseph about “Periphery,” his Warkworth home studio/gallery, architecture, painting,…

Celebrating Resilience by Jennifer Trefiak

“For some of us, the past two years have been a blessing, and for others, it’s been a time of struggle. For the arts sector it has been both.”–Jennifer Trefiak Today artist Jennifer Trefiak gives us her take on “Celebrating Resilience,” the theme for the upcoming Northumberland Festival of the Arts, September 16 – October…