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Greetings. We are the two artists responsible for what you are seeing on these pages of our website. We moved to Nova Scotia from Ontario in 1997. Both of us had family who were born in Nova Scotia. Peter's maternal grandfather was a Cape Bretonner and became the first Park Superintendent of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Tom's paternal grandmother was born in Greenfield, Lunenburg County, just a short distance from where we now live.
We settled for eight years in the seaside town of Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County, about an hour from Halifax. We purchased and restored a heritage cape and established the Maritime Painted Saltbox Gallery
In the early years our focus was divided between our fine art and the design and fabrication of heritage reproduction furniture for folks like ourselves who were in the process of restoring older homes.
Twice our gallery was featured on HGTV for In the Workshop and Design for Living.
In 2005, looking to expand, we moved to the picturesque village of Petite Riviere, about a half hour further down the shore from Mahone Bay. We acquired a property on the river, with a century home and a sturdy barn built in 1946, minutes from some of the best white sand beaches in Nova Scotia. We began the work of transforming the barn into a gallery/workshop with four show rooms on two floors.
With the addition of out buildings, we also had the luxury of establishing dedicated studio spaces for each of us.
After 20 years the Painted Saltbox Gallery continues to showcase our work--now almost exclusively acrylic paintings on canvas. Our diverse client base, many with homes or seasonal homes on the South Shore hail from all parts of the world: Canadians and Americans from coast to coast , as well as Germans, Swiss, French and citizens of the UK.
A trio of cyclists from the Back Roads Tour displaying our new metal art created for the 2017 summer show Off Road, Off the Wall Art.
We had visits from some of the local residents to view the Outdoor Art. Peter's Transatlantic Cod hangs in the tree and Tom's Old Buoy & the Sea displays on the easel.
Tom Alway & Peter Blais standing next to pieces of their Outdoor Art, for a show entitled, Out the Door Art These works were painted on plywood with acrylics and treated to be able to be hung outside. Here we displayed them on easels in the garden and on the walls of the house and gallery.
During the summer of 2017, we welcomed Back Roads Cycling Tours three times a week. Here one of the leaders takes a moment to pose with "Art" as she organizes the bicycles.
We actively participate in the life of this special rural community as we welcome the world to our gallery, where formality is left at the door and fun and inclusiveness is the best you'll get from us as an artists' mission statement.
When you are in Nova Scotia, drop by and have the full gallery experience: see the original art, (bold contemporary fine, fun and folk,acrylic paintings), browse through our cards and prints we have created from our work (there are well over 150 different images as matted prints, as greeting cards and post cards), and view our pieces of art furniture. Everything in our gallery has been created by the two of us. Enjoy the experience online at our website and take a look at our shopping page of selected images available as 16 x 20 matted limited edition prints.
The Maritime Painted Saltbox celebrates its
22nd season in 2020.
And our testimonials include:
An Art Gallery with Abundant Ambience...
A Not-to-Be-Missed Experience on the South shore.
-Doers and Dreamers Guide 2015
A Hidden Gem
-Regional Municipality of Lunenburg
One of the Best of Bluenose Coast
-Bluenose Coast Association
The Art is Amazing,
Meeting the Artists is a Treat
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