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The Ark Bridgewater


This year -2023 - marks the 22nd year THE ARK has been attending the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival. The art has changed, many of the artists have changed, but one thing that has remained the same is the sheer joy these talented people get out of creating their art.

 If you visit The Ark at 655 King Street, Bridgewater you will see  not only the incredible work done by true artists, but a happy workspace where everyone is treated with fairness and respect  According to, one client the motto is: “No sad, no angry, just happy”

Each client is free to learn and to pursue their own interests and talents which have led to a wonderful array of products from braided rugs, felted goods, painted folk art and pottery.  But this is no sheltered workshop. The program enables participants to gain work experience in horticulture, retail and production work such as stake making and rug braiding. The emphasis is on positive work activity, healthy living concepts and creative recreation.  It is this last emphasis that allows participants to create the art we have seen at the festival over the last 22 years.  Each item that is brought to the festival is one of a kind, created by loving hands, and chosen specifically for the festival where it is seen for the first time.  Their booth will be found in its traditional location # 47, the art will be colourful and varied, several artists will be there to greet you and help you with that special purchase.

This year, we will also be looking into the history of this amazing facility, remembering artists who have contributed over the years.  It all began with Doris Eaton who believed that hooking needed to tell a story that had meaning.  She promoted this idea, and brought the first of The Ark’s artists to the Folk Art Festival in 2001. Since that time the artists have moved on, as artists often do, to new kinds of art showcasing a variety of talents.

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