Deb Richard (left), Liza Campbell, Brigitte Dimock (right) and Gigi Hooper (not pictured) are the women behind the Kiss Me Arts gallery in St. Peter’s. The ladies opened the doors to their new venture on January 5.

ST. PETER’S: Prompted by the lack of a permanent venue for artists in the area, four local women recently opened the doors to the Kiss Me Arts pop-up gallery.

“This is all about showcasing our local talent and we want you to come in and see what’s here,” noted artist and Kiss Me Arts founding member Deb Richard.

“Most people are already somewhat aware of how much talent there is around here but it’s great when you get it all in one room and you’re milling about and asking questions and meeting the artists. We’re also going to try and have that kind of thing where we have all the artists together and have a different kind of opening, “she added.

Photos by Dana MacPhail Touesnard
Items available at the Kiss Me Arts gallery include, but are not limited to, paintings, mixed media pieces, carvings, pottery, tote bags, and outerwear.

The idea for the gallery originated with Brigitte Dimock and grew to include Richard, Liz Campbell and Gigi Hooper combining their artistic and retail experience for the venture in a “horizontal hierarchy,” as Dimock described it.

On January 5 they opened their doors to the public for the first time, subletting the space known as Diddle’s Café & Bakery on Grenville Street in St. Peter’s. The café closes for much of the winter.

“We picked out the name and we were looking for a permanent place and this place came up as a temporary option and the tenant was more than happy to let us move in. So this is to get our feet wet and get our name out there and hopefully people like it and we can find a permanent place in May,” noted Richard.

The pop-up gallery will remain in the space until late April when it will once again become a popular café.

The Kiss Me Arts gallery team began by hosting some holiday-themed workshops late last year and will begin 2019 with a needle felting workshop on January 17 at their new, temporary location on Grenville Street in St. Peter’s.

The gallery currently has a relationship with more than a dozen local artists and hopes to expand. The Kiss Me Arts gallery also includes art supplies to help supplement the gallery during slow sales periods and to “encourage people to get artsy.”

“So come on in and get to know us and get to know the wonderful people that are around,” she said.

The gallery team will also sell supplies that align with their workshops. On the afternoon of January 17, they will host a needle felting workshop followed by a January 20 mixed media workshop.

More additions to the class schedule are coming, with plans underway for a kids’ workshop on March Break.

“Drop them off, let them get messy with paint, come and get them later,” Richard added.

The ladies will also continue their search for a permanent retail spot along Grenville Street in St. Peter’s, with lots of wall space, and ideally, a separate room for workshops.

To follow the progress of the gallery, visit them at 9969 Grenville Street in St. Peter’s or on-line through their Facebook page called “Kiss Me Arts – A Cape Breton Gallery.”

The Kiss Me Arts gallery also offers a variety of art and craft supplies for local artists.