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Featuring Clare Bridge

We are very fortunate in Antigonish and the surrounding region to have living among us an amazing roster of artists.  Among them is the metalsmith and jeweller Clare Bridge who in my estimation is one of the brightest stars among jewellers in Canada today. Her production is limited because each of her works is handmade by her and original in it’s design and inception. We at Aphrodite are among a handful of galleries that is privileged to carry her work.

Clare describes her work as inspired by the intrinsic forms, textures, and colors found in her coastal environment; first in Maine, now in Nova Scotia. Inherent in her designs are elements that echo ancient Norse shapes and symbols. Organic in style, her jewelry reflects the connection between land and sea. Working with silver and bronze, with gold and enamel embellishments, Clare hand-forges the fine metals, creating unique textures. The oxidation process is the final step; warming the fine metals tones, and enhancing the hammer’s hallmarks. Clare designs and fabricates each piece of jewelry by hand, creating functional wearable art, which celebrates an individual’s uniqueness.

“The sculptural and organic quality of each piece gives a true sense of the hands of the maker. The unique and sometimes hidden details of each piece are a lovely surprise and certainly contribute to a signature style.”

Jeffrey Cowling, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council (NSDCC)

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And so are the lights!

At 7 pm on Friday, November 23 the town Christmas tree was  lit up for the first time this year. We didn’t have to travel far to see it – it’s on the front lawn of Aphrodite! What a great turnout we had that night when a whole block of downtown was closed off from traffic to make room for all of the activities. A stage was set up for singers and Christmas carollers and ultimately Santa Claus who did the countdown for the tree lighting. Town Counsellors were on hand with their SHOP LOCAL buttons and pouring hot chocolate for revellers. Then Moonlight Madness began as downtown stores offered specials right up to 11 pm that night.  The holiday season is officially open and we look forward to welcoming all of you to Aphrodite where you can find fabulous gifts for loved ones and friends. If you’re looking for corporate gifts then talk to us for special volume discounts. We have some great ideas for everyone! Aphrodite is also THE place to come to find the perfect outfit for every occasion. We hope to see you soon!

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