The Painted Saltbox Gallery

On a morning that began with a steady rain, a walk along Back Harbour was scrapped for a drive to Petite Riviere. We took the ferry across the LaHave (pronounced as in "Hay") River and drove south. A favourite destination is this wonderful gallery tucked back away from the white-sand beaches, but along a lovely river. The owners and artists, Tom Alway and Peter Blais were saying goodbye to a number of shoppers as we arrived. They've got that outgoing and friendly Nova Scotia personality, and were most agreeable when I asked if I could take some photos of their gallery for 365. In this photo, that's an example of Peter's folk art in the chicken and painted fish, and Tom creates much of the bold, contemporary Maritime art. They also design wonderful pieces of furniture, much of it whimsically painted in a folk art style. In an area that abounds with a great deal of art, this gallery is one of my personal favourites. Additionally, http://365daysintheyear.shutterfly.com/2320 and http://www.paintedsaltbox.com/

We continued down the coast and stopped for a late lunch before heading home. The rain let up in the late afternoon, and we hope to have the sun back again tomorrow.
Haha...what cute whimsical fish. I'm sure that helped to brighten the dreary day outside!
posted June 29th, 2010  
Great shot! What a wonderful gallery! The fish are too cute, and I love that painting of the red house with the red rowboat. They really create such beautiful art (as does the photographer who took this!).
posted June 29th, 2010  
HC
Love the fish! Sounds like a wonderful day :)
posted June 29th, 2010  
All these colors are great - so cheerful. And who can go wrong with a dancing(?) chicken?!
posted June 29th, 2010  
love all the colors :)
posted June 29th, 2010  
so colorful, i'm sure this gallery is full with awesome stuff.. =)
posted June 29th, 2010  
I second Della's comment!
posted June 29th, 2010  
Great fish, I love the colors!
posted June 29th, 2010  
What gorgeous art,love the vibrant colours!
posted June 29th, 2010  
those fish are adorable! you could do pr for them!
posted June 29th, 2010  
Some of the paintings are very New Zealand like.
posted June 29th, 2010  
What a cute little gallery! Love the primary colors against the neutral wall! Thank you for your kind comments.
posted June 29th, 2010  
they have quite great collections of painting. and those fishes are very cool!
posted June 29th, 2010  
Oh I love this type of thing! These small local galleries always produce great gems. I'll take a couple of the fish and a painting please! Wonderful bright colours and a great refuge from the rain.
posted June 29th, 2010  
I'd love to spend a few hours browsing around this gallery - it looks lovely - what a great place to call in on a rainy day.
posted June 29th, 2010  
Wow, this is so great. I especially like the chicken, it's in a VERY good mood! Yay!

Louise, thank you for your comment and wishing the migraine to migrate away for a long time. One thing I didn't get: which Anna do you mea? I'm a bit at a loss! Hugs!
posted June 29th, 2010  
Thank you for this wonderful photo! I love looking around galleries and this one sure looks nice and bright!
posted June 29th, 2010  
This is so beautiful! I seem to remember a store in Lunenburg that had about 3 or 4 rooms of lovely art like that. I don't know if it is still there or not - I seem to remember a garden in the back. Do you know what I am talking about? I loved that store and spent a lot of time browsing it.
posted June 29th, 2010  
i love the colors!
posted June 29th, 2010  
What cutie little fishies. I love the chickens leg thrust out sideways :)
posted June 29th, 2010  
i love the colors, Louise....soooo wonderful. it makes me smile =)
posted June 29th, 2010  
I love this, all the colors are great!!
posted June 29th, 2010  
That looks like a cool place.
posted June 29th, 2010  
What a great place to spend a rainy afternoon!
posted June 29th, 2010  
Oh, these are neat-o! I would buy these in a second
posted June 29th, 2010  
It certainly looks like a cheery place to visit on an overcast, rainy day!
posted June 29th, 2010  
What a fun way to spend a rainy day! Love those bright colors. Thanks for mentioning the chicken in your caption... if you hadn't I would have missed it tucked away in the corner like that, but I think that one's my favorite piece.
posted June 29th, 2010  
very colorful and artsy!!! i like it!!!
posted June 29th, 2010  
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Love the colours of the fish! ^_^
posted June 29th, 2010  
They are so cool looking! Love the bright colors!
posted June 29th, 2010  
great way to brighten up your day ,hope you have sun shine tomorrow. I like the chicken standing on one leg.
posted June 29th, 2010  
I do like this... great idea and shot
posted June 29th, 2010  
The paintings are nice!
posted June 29th, 2010  
I love those fish & the little chicken, what a lovely gallery. Hope you'll get the sun back. Thank you for your comments on my page about loosing our Lula, very thoughtful of you, we'll miss her.
posted June 29th, 2010  
How bright and colourful.
posted June 29th, 2010  
this creates a very vibrant ambience, love the little frames on the wall, too! a place i love to visit!
posted June 29th, 2010  
Gorgeous artwork! I absolutely love the paintings above the fish. I would definitely hang that in my home. I like the fishies too but I'm not sure they would be at home in any of my rooms LOL.
posted June 29th, 2010  
love the photo--and love the art!!
posted June 29th, 2010  
oh, I would so love to visit this gallery ... those fish are so much FUN!
posted June 30th, 2010  
That's some fun artwork. Is some of it coming home with you?
posted June 30th, 2010  
this is adorable! and htank you for your sweet messages while i was away. so happy to be back!
posted June 30th, 2010  
Those are so cute!
posted June 30th, 2010  
very nice place to see... thanks for sharing this Louise.
posted June 30th, 2010  
love all the colors, should be able to brighten the rainy day!
posted June 30th, 2010  
I love little neat galleries like that!! The fishes are adorable -so colorful and cute!! When we went to Sedona, I was impressed with some of the artwork we saw. Thank you for sharing this happy shot, Louise! ;-))
posted June 30th, 2010  
Louise, I JUST love Folk Art!
My brother makes it, and I have been the lucky recipient of a number of really cool pieces from him over the years. At Christmas, I will post pics of all of the folk art Santas that he's made for me.
We used to have a store in our little village that sold fish art like that! I just love it all!
It's so bright and cheery.
I also looked at that fellow's art, and I want one of everything! ;-)

I have a little note for you on today's photo....and I forgot to tell you that I left you one on my "Black Water" photo from the 27th, as well.
I will catch up on my emails, soon! ;-)
posted June 30th, 2010  
Great art photos Louise - I just love visiting local art galleries!
So colourful!
posted June 30th, 2010  
What interesting artwork this kinda looks like something my sister would somehow decorate a room around. She is kinda funny like that. I love going to art galleries they are always a blast. This one looks like no exception to the rule :-)
posted June 30th, 2010  
How cute - what a fun little gallery! Love the colors!
posted June 30th, 2010  
Lovely...and so interesting. All of the artwork is so pretty and colorful!
posted July 2nd, 2010  
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