Cheticamp on the Cabot Trail: folk art with humor

Owl on driftwood by William Roach

Worth seeing: the Sunset Art Gallery by William Roach in Cheticamp on Cape Breton


We are on the way Cabot Trail. On the outskirts of Cheticamp - coming from Margaree - we discovered the Sunset Art Gallery by William Roach. She was recommended to us because his daughter-in-law is German and supposedly brews a great espresso and other specialty coffees. When we get there, the daughter-in-law is not there. She has that day off. Your Frog Pond Café turns out to be a small and cozy garden in which the guests sit under a wooden roof. Quaint! However, we do without coffee because we have only just had breakfast.

Instead, we meet William Roach's wife, who shows us her husband's works in the gallery and allows us to photograph them so that we can show them to you. And they have it all! I really like the humorous fish, gulls and fantasy creatures. Linda Roach tells us that her husband often lives on the beaches of Cape Breton Island On the go is the search for driftwood, which is one of the materials he works with. The result is the most miraculous mythical creatures. Apparently, the artist also has a good dose of humor, because some of them immediately conjure a smile on my lips.

 

Fantasy Bird by William Roach
Fantasy bird by William Roach from Cheticamp
Bird by William Roach
Bird by William Roach from Cheticamp
Quaint armchair by William Roach
Quaint armchair by William Roach from Cheticamp
And another cock by William Roach
Rooster by William Roach from Cheticamp
Another fish from William Roach
Fish by William Roach from Cheticamp
Totem Pole with pig's head by William Roach
Totem Pole with pig's head by William Roach
Scot with kilt and sunglasses by William Roach
Scot with kilt and sunglasses by William Roach
Heron with beard by William Roach
Heron with beard by William Roach
Raven of William Roach
Raven of William Roach
Seagull with golf ball by William Roach
Seagull with golf ball by William Roach
Cat with dots by William Roach
Cat with dots by William Roach

 

Folk art with humor on the Cabot Trail

In addition to his work, you can also see the folk art of other artists from Cape Breton Island in the Sunset Art Gallery in Cheticamp - and they are all charming with a good deal of humor. Many of these artists started their art as a hobby and used to work full time as a carpenter, grocer, boat builder, adventure guide or innkeeper.

For example, Joseph McKinnon of Sydney, Nova Scotia, began his career walking on the beach. There he picked up a piece of wood and started carving on it. What came out of it pleased him - and others. And today, his life-size statue of fiddler-player Archie Neil Chisholm is on the stage of the Normaway Inn in Cape Breton. Other works have found their way to many countries in the world.

Let us take you into a world of colors and fantasy that has something very sympathetic.

 

 

Elk with driftwood antlers by William Roach
Elk with driftwood antlers by William Roach
Elk with thin legs by William Roach
Elk with thin legs by William Roach
A bird cowboy by William Roach
A bird cowboy by William Roach
Colorful fish from William Roach
Colorful fish from William Roach
Colorful roosters of William Roach
Colorful roosters of William Roach

 

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Getting there:

Air Canada, Condor and Icelandair fly from Germany to various airports in eastern Canada.

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Sunset Art Gallery Cheticamp
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Source: own research on site. We would like to thank Tourism Nova Scotia, Destination Cape Breton and the Canadian Tourism Commission for the kind invitation to this trip. Our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

 

Cheticamp on the Cabot Trail: folk art with humor
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