It’s a tangible recognition of a new stage in the life of the Sisters of St. Martha in Antigonish. At a special ceremony Tuesday at the new home for the Sisters
“Journey” by Anna Syperek
of St. Martha, at Martha Place at Shannex Parkland, a large piece of art was unveiled. It was commissioned by the Town and County of Antigonish, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation and St. FX University. The five panel art work, called “Journey” by Anna Syperek, shows an unending road that passes by many familiar scenes, including farmland where many of the sisters grew up, to St. FX University, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, the Bethany Motherhouse, fishing villages, to a big city and the mountains to depict the wide reach of the work of the Sisters. Congregation leader, Sister Brendalee Boisvert says the depiction of the unending road is fitting of how the Martha’s see themselves.
Boisvert says they felt the love of the local area by the many tributes at the ceremony of the Sister’s long history, to its work at St. FX University, support to
Depiction of St. FX University in “Journey”
local clergy, work in the Antigonish movement and the founding of several hospitals in the Diocese including St. Martha’s Regional
The Bethany Motherhouse in “Journey”
Hospital and the St. Martha’s School of Nursing.
Syperek says the painting shows the many stages in the lives of the Sisters.
Syperek says this is the largest project she has undertaken. It took three and half months to complete
There will be lots of fun family activities as the County of Antigonish celebrates Canada Day. Outdoor activities will take place from 12 noon to five behind Saint Andrew Junior School. Gabe O’Brien with the County Recreation Department says activities include games for the children, face painting, air brush tattooing, sugar on snow, bounce tents, and creation of balloon animals. O’Brien says there will also be live entertainment.
Antigonish Culture Alive will also be involved. Rachel Power with Antigonish Culture Alive says there will be five interactive installations from 1 to 4 p.m. including balloon art.
Other activities from ACA include building human scale in clay and spoken word performance.
There is a new, comprehensive way to find out when community events are taking place through Antigonish Town and County. Local groups have decided to work together on a unified events calendar that highlights events happening throughout Antigonish.
Tricia Cameron is the Director of Recreation & Special Events for the Town of Antigonish. She says the Downtown Business Association, Culture Alive, The Antigonish Art Fair, St.FX and Town and County will all use the same community events page. Cameron says it seemed very sensible to work together as a group:
The site is continuing to be updated, and Cameron says more events will be added as the groups confirm dates for Spring and Summer events. A link to the new community events calendar can be found on http://www.visitantigonish.ca