Friday, July 22nd

Join us for the opening ceremony of the #weARTkentville Mural Festival to meet the artists and see two murals come alive with projections! Meet in the Kentville Public Garden (next to King’s Arms Pub) at 8:30pm.

Saturday, July 23rd

5 Murals will be painted in different locations throughout Kentville all day Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th. There will be activities in Centre Square on Saturday, July 23rd 1pm-5pm, including a kids workshop with Mi’kmaq artist Lorne Julien 1pm-3pm, face painting with Monique Silver 2pm-4pm, chalk art by David Johnston all day, live music by Cristian Quirivan 3pm-5pm, and a chance to contribute to making Kentville colorful by painting street furniture 1pm-4pm! Everything is free to attend!


The theme for this year’s mural festival is ‘Finding Connection’. Kentville is a town where people connect. In the past, it served as the headquarters for the Dominion Atlantic Railroad, bringing passengers experiencing the Evangeline Trail to the Annapolis Valley. Today it’s where research, commerce, healthcare, community services, agriculture, education, professional services, and culture intersect. During the pandemic, the ways in which we connect with our community was put under examination. Interactions that once felt commonplace took on a deeper meaning when they were temporarily restricted. For better or for worse, we were forced to adjust and find new ways to connect. We want to explore the concept of connection in our community for the 2022 Kentville Mural Festival. How do you find connection? Where do you see or experience meaningful connections? What connections need to happen in order to evolve and grow? How do communities find unity, resilience, or perseverance through connection?

Want to see the #weARTkentville Mural Festival in action? Below is information about last year’s festival!

July 23-25, 2021

This event was funded by Kentville Business Community, Town of Kentville, and Communities, Culture & Heritage.

With special thanks to event partner Tides Contemporary Art Gallery, as well as Cleveland’s Carpet One, Chisholm’s, and Fraser’s for donating supplies, and Phantom Effects for the design work.

Photo credit: Aperture 16 Photography

Artist: Sarah Cannon
Mural Site: 17 Leverett Ave.
Title: Duck Marsh

Artist Statement: Duck Marsh depicts a Blue and Green Winged Teal duck in a marsh surrounded by blue joint and spike rush plants. The concept is inspired by a hike at the Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Kentville. Specifically, the work draws from the delight I experienced learning about new types of duck species that pass through the sanctuary. Duck Marsh examines how curiosity and exploration of nature contributes to cultivating positive mental health and well-being.

Photo credit: Aperture 16 Photography

Artist: Paloma Dawkins
Mural Site: 373 Main Street
Title: A New Wave

Artist Statement: I hope that we all reemerge from this pandemic with a renewed sense of hope and clarity, and that is what the water means to me. Nova Scotia has some of the most beautiful Oceanscapes I’ve ever seen and being close to the ocean this year was very healing during isolation. Every wave brings opportunities for cleansing and every tide brings new treasures to the beach!

Photo credit: Ryan Roberts

Artist: Celine Gabrielle
Mural Site: 366 Main Street
Title: Sassy Pants

Artist Statement: I believe the clothes we wear are a part of our stories. One of my personal role models and style icons is my mom who grew up just around the corner on Highland Avenue.

One Saturday morning in the sixties she went to class at Acadia University in a beautifully tailored pantsuit. It was her way to express her feminist rights for equality. Her professor was not amused, made it clear that there was no place for women’s liberation in that class and threw her out! But that didn’t stop my mom from wearing beautifully tailored pantsuits—or being her own woman.

Photo credit: Aperture 16 Photography

Artist: Jaimie Peerless
Mural Site: 325 Main Street (behind the building)
Title: A Daughter of Our Community

Artist Statement: This art is meant to honour the life of Theresa McAuley Robinson who was murdered by her husband in 1904. The image depicts the beautiful apple orchards in Burlington which was so near and dear to her heart. Theresa was a writer for the local paper; the ripped section is symbolic of her life transforming into a tragic story that marks the pages she once wrote.

As the story goes, Theresa was married and had several children with her first husband. One day he got very sick and knew that his days were numbered. Back then, a woman was prohibited to own property, so the sick man asked the assistance of a friend to help him find a solution for his wife so that she would not lose the farm in his absence. The friend set him up with his younger brother, William Robinson, who agreed to terms of the contract. This man became very abusive in nature once married to Theresa. A dispute between one of Theresa’s sons ended up in an assault charge where Theresa was called to testify. A few short days after her testimony, the house was set on fire and her charred remains were found dismembered inside.

The trial was held in Kentville’s newly-built courthouse which was the first courthouse in Nova Scotia to have electricity at the time. It was a fantastic case for its time, not only because of the horrific nature of the crime, but also because of the rage from the local community that demanded justice. William could not escape his transgressions with his smooth tongue and brute intimidation; he was sentenced to death July 27 and hung a few feet away from this mural on September 11, 1904. Mr. Robinson was the last person to be hanged in Kentville.

Photo credit: Ryan Roberts

Artist: Lorne Julien
Mural Site: 381 Main Street
Title: Family Resurgence

Artist Statement: I am a Mi’kmaq artist. The concept of the mural includes many elements that tell a story, the story of my people, my story. The orange colour is honouring residential school survivors and all the children who lost their lives. This is the story of all indigenous people in Canada – all our families have been touched. The eagles represent love, the first of the seven sacred teachings. It talks about the strength and protection of family and the need to keep them together and to heal with love.
It also shows the medicine wheel which holds many sacred teachings and the embedded double curved design representing the Mi’kmaq people.

Photo credit: Aperture 16 Photography

Artist: Ellen Cere
Mural Site: Kentville Memorial Pool, 125 Park Street
Title: Micro(eco)systems

Artist Statement: Nature plays a fundamental role in everyone’s story. This is a collage of various overlooked elements from our natural community. A diverse ecosystem is the richest.

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