Holiday Gift Marketplace

Welcome to Arts East’s Holiday Gift Marketplace!

Over 25 Atlantic Canadian artists, musicians, authors, craftspeople and organizations have shared their creations for your gift giving desires. They are displayed in random order to encourage you to check out the diversity of talent.

Chalk White Arrows 

Owner/Creator: Ashley Anne Clark

Description: I sell homemade jewelry that is constructed with a mixture of new, recycled and vintage pieces.

Purchase Info: All of them are available for purchase online and a few of them can be purchased at a store in Charlottetown called Paper Cakes located on 39 Belmont St.

Black Crow Pottery 

Owner/Creator: Shauna MacLeod

Description: Burdock Leaf Plate; Various shapes and sizes from $15 - $65 each. Rhubarb Leaf, Maple Leaf, Hosta Leaf and Colts Foot Leaf Plates are also available.

Purchase Info: To view Shauna's work visit Swoon Fine Art & Antiques at 1410 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains NS.

Swoon Fine Art also showcases gifts by other artisans. Leading up to Christmas, Swoon will be regularly posting unique gift giving suggestions on its Facebook page:

George Griffin Fine Art Photography 

Owner/Creator: George Griffin

Description: I photograph and print in the highest standards available, anywhere, using pigmented ink on fine art paper. I offer framed prints (museum standard, wood frames, acid free mats ) for $300.00; unframed prints for $180.00; prints are on 13X19
paper sized to fit frame and matt size of 16X20 approx.

Purchase Info: Available from Moncton address 
155 Penrose St.

Kim Danio Studio 

Owner/Creator: Kim Danio

Description: Halifax-based Artisan, Kim Danio lovingly up-cycles footwear into one-of-a-kind works of art. From baby-shoe Reindeer, to cardinals, snowy owls, partridges and even Santa's sleigh crafted from an old skate, art shoes can bring an original touch of whimsy to your holiday season.

Purchase Info: You can view and buy Kim's work online at or drop into The Gallery Shop at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis Street) or at Swoon Gallery (Hammonds Plains, NS).

Jason Lawson, Author 

Owner/Creator: Jason Lawson

Description: Two books for sale.

The Vision:When down on his luck Native American Henry Peters gets tricked into testing an unapproved drug by a corrupt scientist, he’s taken on a journey back in time to an ancient Indian village where he finds his deceased wife alive and well...”

Rum Runners:When young Catholic Frenchman Jean Savoie is unable to find work, he falls in with rum runner Captain George MacLaren to help support his widowed mother and siblings. After playing the part of the ghost, he gets recruited to work on the boat. Things are going well, until Jean falls in love with Katie, the same girl the Captain’s son wants to marry…”

Purchase Info: For sale on Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

Learn more about Jason Lawson (including how The Vision is being turned into a movie!)in an interview he did with Arts East:

Crystalheart Handspun Yarns

Owner/Creator: Denyse Milliken aka Spinderella
Description: Hand-dyed, handspun, hand-knitted silk spiral scarf

View more of her creations at:

Art by Maeisart Images 

Owner/Creator: Wendy Bissett Beaver

Description: Modern Urban Art. I have many different paintings to sell which can be picked up at my home in Dartmouth!

Purchase Info: It is best to contact me by message on my Facebook page to make arrangements for viewings!

From Shore to Shoormal ~ D’un rivage à l’autre

Owner/Creator: By poets Donna Allard and Nat Hall

Description: “From Shore to Shoormal is a journey between Acadia’s Shediac Bay and Shetland’s Ninian Sands—a celebration of the poets’ shared North Atlantic.” Poems in English, French and the Shetland dialect.

More about the book:


Owner/Creator: Nicole Jordan

Description: Seasonal Songs with Spice! Halifax's own, soprano Nicole Jordan presents her Christmas album, Solstice Solstice includes traditional songs spiced up with the rich and soaring voice of Nicole Jordan, lively percussion, and Spanish guitar.  You've never heard Christmas music like this before! 

Purchase Info:
CDs available at TAZ Records on Grafton Street, Halifax NS: 

More about Soprano & Artistic Director Nicole Jordan:

Poetry by Carol Bird  

Owner/Creator: Carol Bird

Poetry and Love Letters
Heartfelt Feelings
A Flurry of Poetry
Hope For the Future
Carol Bird grew up in a small town. There, she was subject to sexual abuse and manipulative people that loved to take advantage of her. Because of this, she travelled and roamed like a nomad until she met her love. After that, she never left his side. Having gotten past all the bad things that have happened in her life, she now sees the beauty in both life and people alike.”

Purchase Info: Can be purchased at or these sites:

Hairy Tease Productions 

Organization: Hairy Tease Productions (Moncton community theatre company)
Description: If you're stuck as to what to buy for that special someone who enjoys a night @ the theatre, we wanted to make you aware that tickets for HTP's Spring show (March 27-30, 2014), Norm Foster's SKIN FLICK are on sale as of Monday, Dec. 2.

Purchase Info: théâtre l'Escaouette box office. All tickets are $18.50 (including all taxes service charges). You can either call 855-0001 x207 to purchase by phone or drop by the box office @ 170 Botsford St. Regular outlets will only begin selling these tickets in January.

The Stowaways 

Author: Meghan Marentette, who lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Publisher: Pajama Press

Description: Novel for young readers, ages 8-12
(suitable to read to children as young as 6).
The Stowaways are a family of a mice, who come from a long line of bold explorers. Young Rory is anxious to go on an adventure, but Papa refuses to let the family go anywhere after Grampa went missing on their last outing. When Rory discovers a secret that might lead to his grandfather, he runs away on an urgent search for the truth.

National Reading Campaign's review: 

Purchase Info: Available in store and online at Chapters/Indigo, Coles and Woozles.
$19.95, hardcover with ribbon marker.

Fierce Shorts 
Owner/Creator: Fierce Ink Press

Description: Fierce Shorts are creative non-fiction pieces about all things teen. Love, friends, school, family, fitting in, standing out. For some it’s a trip down memory lane, for others it’s a breath of relief that they aren’t alone… A percentage of the proceeds from each Fierce Short that’s sold will go to a local youth charity (chosen by the author).

Purchase Info: People can gift Fierce Shorts to someone else. When they place the order, there's a spot to write us a note. We deliver all our shorts via email, so they can let us know the email address that they want it delivered to. If they want the short (or shorts) delivered Christmas day, we can do that too! They just have to let us know in the note. 

Donations to an Arts Organization of Your Choice!

You can make a donation in someone’s name to an arts non-profit/charity organization. CanadaHelps.Org lists numerous organizations by province (where you can directly make donations or purchase a donation gift card)

Or visit your favourite arts organization’s website to find out about donation opportunities.

Silver Lily Jewelry

Owner/Creator: Silver Lily

Description: I am an Indian Canadian selling handmade, precious metal and gemstone, modern, contemporary  jewelry with an ethnic Indian twist.

Purchase Info: All pieces can be bought online with month long free shipping.

Standing in the Whale’s Jaw 

Author: Kathy-Diane Leveille

Publisher: Tightrope Books

Description: A period mystery with complex characters and a whiff of spiritualism, Standing in the Whale’s Jaw presents a coming-of-age story entangled with suspense and murder. 

The novel was released on June 1st, 2013, and has recently hit the best seller list in the Telegraph-Journal, Saint John.
Laurie Glenn Norris, author of Haunted Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery, says, “Nineteen thirties rural New Brunswick shines in this multi-layered, coming-of-age murder mystery. The lives of women, and the expectations surrounding them, are portrayed with insight and sympathy.”
Purchase Info:

Tara Arnold Art Holiday Gifts 

Owner/Creator: Tara Arnold

Tara Arnold is a mixed media artist from Fredericton, N.B. She has created many Christmas gifts out of her original paintings.
·         Wearable Art Gift Bags: includes art print, notecard and a necklace made from the print-$25

·         2014 Tara Arnold Art Calendars-$20

·         Package of 10 notecards-$15

·         original paintings, prints, canvas prints and matted prints also available

Purchase Info:
Check out her website to view and order.

Books by Jill MacLean 

Author: Jill MacLean

Jill MacLean's award-winning middle-grade novels (companion novels, each of which can be read alone), would make great gifts separately or together:
The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy
The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden
All three are set in a fishing community at the tip of Newfoundland's northern peninsula.

And Jill MacLean's acclaimed YA novel, Nix Minus Oneset on the western shore of Newfoundland (grades 8 and up).

Purchase Info:
All are available at Woozles Children's Bookstore, Bookmark in Halifax, Coles in Halifax Shopping Centre, and Chapters Bayers Lake in Halifax, NS; all the books can be ordered at and other online marketplaces: .


Owner/Creator: Voni Mann

Description: Decorative creations made of things found in nature locally.

Purchase Info: Voni has a variety of pieces and she can forward a compilation of images to interested parties via e-mail:

The Fortunate Few

Owner/Creator: Thom Swift

Description: Halifax-based, multi-award winning musician, Thom Swift released is latest CD, The Fortunate Few this year. Don’t miss purchasing this recently awarded 2013 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for the music lovers you know and love.

Purchase Info: Signed CD’s are available by emailing info@thomswift or online at

Hand Drawn Pencil Drawings of Photos You Love 

Owner/Creator: Chad Harrington

Description: Chad Harrington creates hand-drawn pencil drawings from original photographs.
A hand-drawn picture is a unique gift that captures a meaningful moment and makes a perfect present for someone you love.

Purchase Info: Gifts can be purchased by emailing chad.halifax@gmail along with the photo to be drawn.

Books by K.V. Johansen

Author: K.V. Johansen

I always find that a big fat epic fantasy novel makes a welcome gift, and by co-incidence, Blackdog is a big fat epic fantasy novel!
Or, for the younger set, a children's book -- not quite so fat, but still a gift of substance. How about The Drone War or The Black Box (Maritime near-future science fiction, and the latter set in Nova Scotia)?

Purchase Info: Available through your local independent or all online bookstores.

Helen and Alan Spinney’s Paintings 

Description: High quality original oil paintings: landscapes and seascapes by two emerging Maritime painters. These paintings make excellent gifts!

Purchase Info: Pricing and contact information can be found on our website:

Helen Spinney
Cape Breton Breaker II
24" x 36" oil on canvas

Shows at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton 

Give them the gift of laughter and music this season with tickets to the opera!
The Université de Moncton’s Music Department Opera Workshop kicks off the new year with style and humour by presenting two one-act operas by Mozart and Menotti at the Capitol Theatre on January 25 and 26. The double bill evening will feature The Impressario by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as The Old Maid and The Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti, two comedy works.

Additionally you can purchase tickets to DuffleBag Theatre production of A Christmas Carol (December 28 at 6:30pm).

Purchase Info: Tickets are now on sale at the Capitol Theatre Box Office. Tickets are available in person or by phone (1-800-567-1922 / 506-856-4379) at the Capitol Theatre Box Office at 811 Main Street in Moncton, or online at

Ether Frolics

Author: Paul Marlowe

Publisher: Sybertooth Inc

Description: Ether Frolics is a short story collection by New Brunswick writer Paul Marlowe. It was shortlisted this year for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best debut collection of short fiction by a Canadian author.

Purchase Info: Can be purchased from the on-line retailers listed at or by contacting the publisher directly at

More Info about the Book & Author:

Abattoir Lane Studios 

Owner/Creator: Meghan Clarkston

Description: Pyrography and water coloured painted art works on repurposed wood found throughout Nova Scotia. Each piece is one of a kind made through sustainable production. Eco-friendly, green, recycled, and original!

Purchase Info: Purchased through Paypal/email transfer; shipped to location or picked up in Halifax. 

Wilderness Radio  

Owner/Creator: Rob Lemon

Description: Rob Lemon has been Composing/Performing original music in Halifax since the fall of 1989, if not on the streets on the stage…Playing legendary venues such as The Flamingo, The Double Deuce and The Marquee Club to name a few.
A recording career spanning 20 years started in 1993 with "Wilderness Radio".

The Wilderness Radio (20th anniversary deluxe edition) digital album can be sent as a gift to that eclectic music lover in your life!

Purchase Info: Digital Album; name your price!

Living Calligraphy 

Owner/Creator: Jia Tsu (Chai Chu) Thompson—former president of the Mu Lan Chinese Cultural Centre in Halifax.

Description: Living Calligraphy T-shirts are printed with my own calligraphy and seal. The idea for this store evolved from a project to make “Artist” t-shirts for family and friends, and is still growing! Unlike other commercial Chinese calligraphy T-shirts, using only a few popular words such as “dragon” or “prosperity”, my designs reflect “what do people do all day” (to reference Richard Scarry’s book for children). To me, that's what "Living Calligraphy" represents.

(Themes Range from Mathematician, Artist, Musician, Actuary and Master of Mountain Trails to Basketball, Golf and Universal Love)

Books from Flanker Press

Owner/Creator: Flanker Press (St. John’s NL)

Purchase Info: Available wherever fine books are sold or by contacting the publisher (

Amelia and Me by Heather Stemp
It is 1932 in Harbour Grace, where most of the early transatlantic flights take off, and Ginny Ross longs to be a pilot like her idol Amelia Earhart. Does Ginny have what it takes?

Cooking with One Chef One Critic by Karl Wells with Steve Watson
Cooking with One Chef One Critic comes from the hosts of the hit television series One Chef One Critic. This cookbook features 120 mouth-watering recipes and dozens of photographs from the popular television show.

Facing the Sea: Lightkeepers and Their Families 
by Harold Chubbs and Wade Kearley
Facing the Sea is a beautiful hardcover book that tells the stories of twenty-five light stations around the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Premiers Joey and Frank: Greed, Power, and Lust by Bill Rowe
Bestselling author Bill Rowe dishes up a long-awaited tell-all memoir that covers the years he spent in the political arena with Newfoundland premiers Joey Smallwood and Frank Moores.

The Woman I Am by Sabrina Whyatt
The Woman I Am is Sabrina Whyatt’s life story – from a shy girl growing up in small outport to successful business woman (she owns her own fishing enterprise) and a country music star (her most recent album, Home In A Song, debuted in 2012 on the Canadian top ten list for bestselling country music albums).

The Wonderful Dogfish Racket by Tom Dawe and illustrated by C. Anne MacLeod
It was a normal summer for one small fishing village in Newfoundland . . . until the dogfish arrived! Tom Dawe’s whimsical text is perfectly complemented by C. Anne MacLeod`s distinctive folk art.

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