Meet the Faces Behind NFOTA: Shane Joseph

Cobourg author Shane Joseph is NFOTA’s Chair of Communications. Who are you? I am a writer and a publisher, living in Cobourg, Northumberland County. As a writer, I have 6 novels and 3 collections of short stories published to date, and countless articles, essays, book reviews, and stories published globally. My press, Blue Denim Press,…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Rick Beaver

“My main intention is to bring people closer to the world in whatever context they themselves find personal meaning.” –Rick Beaver Today, Rick Beaver, Ojibway artist, biologist, and elder from Alderville First Nation, speaks to NFOTA’s Felicity Sidnell Reid and Chris Cameron about the importance of the Alderville Black Oak Savanna, his 1999 discovery of…

The Dog as Muse by Susan Statham

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 have a Frenchie too,” I said, acknowledging something of which I’m…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Jennifer Trefiak

Marie Prins interviewed artist Jennifer Trefiak in her Colborne Studio this summer about her vibrant “intuitive landscapes.” Jennifer will be one of the featured artists at the Art Gallery of Northumberland’s Spotlight Series 3 this Friday, August 27, at 7 PM at the Port Event Space in Port Hope. When visiting Jennifer Trefiak in her…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Susan Ferley

“The arts constantly support the economy of a community. The arts bring people out of their homes whether it’s to see a play or go to a dance performance or to hear music…It’s an occasion to celebrate…We’re going to continue to see the arts community in Northumberland County continue to grow and to flourish”–Susan Ferley,…

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…