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About Us

Throughout the year we offer classes and workshops taught by working professional artists in diverse mediums. We exhibit the work of local, national and international artists and present the annual Donald Curley Lecture Series. Our programs encourage adults, youth and children to learn new skills, take risks and have fun. Through art we bring life, colour and vibrancy to our community.

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Our role in supporting Nova Scotia’s cultural community

The Centre provides a forum for celebrating and promoting awareness of the arts being created in the Municipality of Chester by full-time and part-time residents. The area is home to many locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists year-round and in the summer months. The Centre provides opportunities for their work to be promoted and exhibited to the public. Our educational art programming helps to promote the area as an art centre, by providing opportunities for local and guest artists to interact with and share skills and knowledge with a cross-generation of residents. This, in turn, expands audiences for art generally and helps to develop emerging artists within the community – all of which make a significant contribution to the growth of the Chester area as a bustling art centre.

Our History

The genesis for the Chester Art Centre began with a street Art Fair and Sale organized and supported by Chester volunteers and residents. More than twenty-five local artists and artisans “set up shop” on the village main street and, to the accompaniment of strolling musicians, sold their wares to a large number of enthusiastic attendees. The spark had been struck; the merchant community bought in. Clearly, there was both the need and the demand for encouraging and expanding the arts in general. The original organizers seized the initiative and quickly formalized their association. No sooner were plans for the next season being made than a local supporter and patron stepped forward and offered a suitable building in the center of the village, the home of what has quickly become known as the Chester Art Centre.

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Meet the Chester Art Centre Team!

Sue LeBlanc

Executive Director

LeBlanc, proud mother of three, has been active in the Municipality of Chester for some 15 years now, a Dal and CSNN graduate, her passion for well-being drives her volunteer and vocational endeavours. Her creativity squeezes its way in to daily life whether it be through culinary exploration or facilitating exhibits. Sue leans on the Board, volunteers and staff to inform our programming and exhibitions. That said, she has proven her expertise in securing grants, community organizing, and being a part-time curator for the CAC. From ‘Kids Make Art Committee’ Board Member, to Executive Director, she is thrilled to do all she can to support the Chester Art Centre and share her passion for creativity, community and beyond. 

"With her open and genuinely delightful nature [...] has done an incredible job of bringing the public and art together in a way that is fun and meaningful." - Municipal Insight, July/August 2022.

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The Chester Art Centre Annex

60 Queen Street
Chester, Nova Scotia

Check out our calendar to see when we offer workshops and community events at the annex!

 We offer workshops in a range of mediums and levels, for experienced artists and our youngest creative minds!

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Visit the Gallery

We host a variety of exhibits year-round. From youth to professional and everything in between. 

All our Exhibits take place at our Queen Street location just down from the Post Office. These Exhibits last a few days to a couple of weeks so make sure to swing by and see what's new at the Chester Art Centre!

Stop in to see what we have on the walls!

60 Queen Street
Chester, Nova Scotia

Gallery Hours

Wed - Sun

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mon - Tue

by chance or appointment

Stop by to see

what we currently

have on our walls!

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THREADING PEACE 
TOGETHER

GROUP EXHIBITION, JULY 1-17 - COMMUNITY EVENT, JULY 2

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YOU DON'T KNOW

 JACK GRAY

CHESTER ART CENTRE ANNUAL FUNDRAISER PARTY, JUNE 25

CHESTER ART CENTRE ANNUAL FUNDRAISER PARTY, JUNE 25