Where can you enjoy stepping back into history, see beautiful art, smell the flowers, admire the horses and experience a 166 year old barn transformed into an attractive gallery where you can browse and enjoy a delightful hour or two?
Where else but at the Old Barn Gallery and Design at Beaver Dam Farm Resort in Pomquet. The farm is owned by Carol and Arthur Rivoire who built it up over 30+ years. The gallery opened in July 2011 with partnership of Ed Mattie. They realized that their collection of antiques, paintings and arts and crafts would be wonderful to share with a broader audience. They setup their gallery in the 166 year old barn which gives the perfect ambiance for enjoying a peak into the past as well and enjoying arts from the current artists and crafts people in the area.
Such a variety! Old fashioned quilts – and new quilts with traditional or newly crafted designs. Paintings by owner Arthur Rivoire, local artist and partner Ed Mattie and others, antique dishes, wood carvings from burls with beautiful and exotic shapes and texture, old cradles, sleigh, and other home implements from the early 1900s, handmade rugs, locally made wool blankets that remind you of your childhood, colorful antique boxes and containers, hand knitted items, and more. Carol Rivoire is welcoming and knowledgeable and loves to chat about the collection.
The gallery is surrounded by beautiful flower gardens, trails, horse stables and paddocks. It is a delight to visit and I plan to go back often to enjoy more of the area. It is very easy to get to and is only about 15 minutes drive from Antigonish. A great outing.