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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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Antigonish is home to Aphrodite and Friday, November 23 is a big day on our Main Street. We kick off the Christmas Season with the town tree lighting ceremony- and we are so proud to have the tree on our front lawn. Then Main Street goes into Moonlight Madness with stores open until 11 p.m. and most are offering specials to customers who are getting their Christmas shopping underway.  Part of the street will be blocked off  and filled with a stage for live music, hot chocolate and cookies and lots of other treats and fanfare for everyone.  CJFX will be doing a live broadcast all day from our other front lawn.  Come downtown, bring the family, dress up with Christmas in mind and just plan to have a great old day! And be sure to visit us at Aphrodite where Father Christmas has gently made an appearance with a fashion show of his own. Have a look at what more you will find for this festive holiday season. BTW – we promise not to play Christmas music until the first week of December. We’re taking our time getting the season underway and we’ll just keep adding more as the big day draws nearer.

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