We are a couple from the city who have settled in a small seaside paradise where we are in our 6th year of transforming an abandoned government building into an art space. The top floor of this beautiful building is a large apartment for visiting friends, artists, travellers, and volunteers. It has views over the Main St and the water. The second level is a multifunctional space used as a gallery and for performances, workshops, and studio space. The main floor is home to a secondhand bookshop and vegetarian cafe where we host poetry nights, lectures, musical acts, etc. The basement has a kiln, storage space, and lots of potential.
Our project began with the ambition to save this derelict building which had been boarded up for over 40 years and had been ransacked and left to rot. When we started the roof leaked, there was no plumbing or electric or heat.
The space is now fully functional.
In May 2017 we acquired Parrsboro’s former Trinity United Church which is now home to the Nonesuch Centre for the Performing Arts & Studios which offers a large performance hall with excellent acoustics as well as several studio spaces. The Nonesuch Centre is located 2 blocks away from the main building and is one of the tallest buildings in the area with wonderful views from the two tower studios.
We also have a 2 bedroom apartment overlooking the water where we host visitors. And 10 km out of the village, we have an 8 acre piece of land on a cliff overlooking the water. The property has a passive solar house as well as a couple of 3-season cabins. We host visitors in all of these spaces and have even had people pitching tents in the fields overlooking the water. From the house or cabin it is an easy stroll down to the beach where you can witness the highest tides in the world changing every 6 hours.
The village itself has a population of around 1000 and is home to a summer theatre, a geological museum, and an historical museum. It is also famed for its annual gem and mineral show which has been happening for over 50 years and has been the site of some important fossil finds. As a guest, you will have the opportunity to meet artists, poets, musicians, writers, and more from both here and elsewhere. We have hosted many visitors from all over Canada and the world: poets, dancers, sculptors, shipbuilders, geologists, papermakers, etc. You will be invited to participate in poetry evenings, art projects and programming. If you are an artist, you will have access to space in which to work on your practice.
We are both bilingual in French and English and have some Dutch and German.