The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council (NSDCC) has an eye for excellence.
The Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence are renowned for high standards and attention to detail when selecting individuals and businesses to be recognized. The selection of winners Rob Buckland-Nicks and his store, The Flight of Fancy, for Outstanding Retailer, and Robin Metcalfe for Industry Leader/Supporter is an honour for them, but also very exciting for Susan Hanrahan, Executive Director of the NSDCC, who nominated them.
“Of course, we are appreciative of any one who contributes meaningfully to the crafts community,” she explains, “but it is particularly gratifying to see two very worthy recipients recognized for their exciting contributions after years of hard work devoted to furthering craft in Nova Scotia.”
Mr. Buckland-Nicks emigrated to Atlantic Canada from London, England after studying sculpting and painting at St. Martin’s School of Art. He now owns The Flight of Fancy, an inspired (and inspiring) gallery and store in Bear River. He is equally well-known for his exquisite paintings of birds on stones and the unsurpassed customer service he provides. His ethereal works, which can use up to thirty layers of semi-transparent acrylic paint, and his warm greeting of “Hello Love!” when he calls have both become famous to the area.
Mr. Buckland-Nicks is known for the encouragement, support, and advice he offers to the other artists and craftspeople whose work he carries in his store. With his winning combination of high quality, carefully selected works along with a warming personality in his shop, the NSDCC could not be more excited to see Rob Buckland-Nicks and The Flight of Fancy recognized through this award.
NSDCC’s nominees made up half the winners at the Atlantic Canada Crafts Awards for Excellence reception held last Saturday evening and Ms. Hanrahan is confident that there are many more to come in the years ahead.
“We see so many people who give something special every year,” she smiles. “I am thrilled that Rob and Robin have been given a title they truly deserve; excellent.”
The Bear River Board of Trade congratulates Rob Buckland-Nicks for this well-deserved award and thanks him for his thirty-year contribution to culture, to artists and to business in Bear River. Well done Rob!