Our primary goal for the past ten years of the Donald Curley Art Series continues to broaden the discussion about art and how it connects to the world we live in. We have had an extensive range of speakers address an impressive number of topics and hundreds have attended despite the weather in February.

For 2019 our series schedule changes from every Sunday in February to having a fascinating talk in each season. Our goal is to create the opportunity for more people to attend the series throughout the year. As information on all four talks becomes available it will be posted below.

The money raised from the Donald Curley Art Series funds our artist in residence program. Ceramic Artist Claire Olwen Stewart was our first artist in residence and we are proud to say the work she completed during the two-month residency was exceptional. We will be sending out a request for proposals for the 2nd year of the residency program early in 2019.

Nova Scotians have demonstrated significant changes in their tastes for fine foods, breads and pastries over the past 30 years. In parallel, the “French Bakery” has become a reality. Lunenburg County is fortunate in having several artistic bakeries in our area. Julien’s French Bakery has been a fixture for almost 30 years. In fact April 1st will be their 30th anniversary of being in business.

What does such an enterprise bring to our area? Who are its supporters and how was the journey?

Didier Julien and his partner Laura Mulrooney are the dynamic duo behind this success story. Trained as a baker and a patissier (unusual in France even today) Didier is a passionate advocate for quality and innovations as evidenced over the years. He came to Nova Scotia in 1984 and in 1989 he and Laura began their commercial journey in Bridgewater, never to really look back as they developed what is arguably the dominant and trail blazing French bakery in Nova Scotia.

Join us as we hear how tastes have changed over the past 3 decades. How does a French bakery meet the challenges of gluten and carbohydrate free choices? And what will the future bring?


We welcome the return visit of art historian Dr. David Howard, Associate Professor at NSCAD in Historic and Critical Studies. Join us as Dr. Howard examines the roles of virtue and terror that lie at the core of Jacques-Louis David's painting of "The Death of Marat," in the environment of the Reign of Terror and the French Revolution.  

David Howard received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Art History and also holds degrees both in Canadian History and Fine Arts (Painting). He has published numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews on the history, politics, and theory of modernism and postmodernism in the United States and Canada after World War II. He focuses on art criticism and theory as well as 19th and 20th art history. Much of Dr. Howard’s work including his books The Days of the Dogs and War Machines: Utopian and Allegorical Poetics in the 21st Century, are accessible on-line for free at the web-site