The Arts

Experience the arts of Bear River with a variety of galleries, studios, & workshops.


Bear River Artworks Gallery

1894 Clementsvale Road, Bear River

Bear River Artworks Gallery is a hub for a selection of local artists. The gallery features an assortment of paintings by Flora Doehler and Crystal Pyne, printed photography by Gary Fraser (sessions also available), and fine crafted jewelry by Larry Knox and Laurel Strachan.

Blue Mind Gallery

1888 Clementsvale Road, Bear River

The Blue Mind Gallery showcases local artwork inspired by the calming and healing effects of water on the human brain. The gallery features a diverse collection of mediums, including painting, photography, and sculpture, all celebrating the beauty of water and its influence on human emotions and well-being. Through its exhibits and events, the Blue Mind Gallery offers a unique and inspiring space for art enthusiasts and visitors to appreciate the power of water in art and our lives.

The Flight of Fancy

1869 Clementsvale Road, Bear River

The Flight of Fancy is a unique art gallery and gift shop that showcases the work of local artisans and crafters. The gallery features a diverse collection of handcrafted items, including jewelry, pottery, textiles, and woodworking, all created by skilled artisans from the region. The Flight of Fancy offers visitors a chance to explore and support the vibrant arts and crafts community of Bear River while discovering one-of-a-kind treasures to take home.

Riverside Pottery & Gallery

66 River Road, Smiths Cove

Riversite Pottery, located in Bear River, Nova Scotia, is a renowned pottery studio that produces unique and exquisite handmade ceramic pieces. The studio is nestled in a picturesque setting overlooking the Bear River, providing inspiration for the artisans’ creations. Riversite Pottery offers a wide range of functional and decorative pottery, including bowls, mugs, plates, and vases, showcasing the beauty of handmade ceramics and the craftsmanship of the local artisans.

Sissiboo Coffee Bar & Gallery

1890 Clementsvale Road, Bear River

The gallery located inside Sissiboo Coffee features an eclectic and rotating collection of artwork from local artists. The gallery showcases a diverse range of artistic styles and mediums, including paintings, photography, ceramics, and more. It provides a unique opportunity to appreciate and support local art while enjoying a cup of freshly brewed coffee in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

Artist Trail

There have been artist studios in picturesque Bear River for many years and now they are easy to find. Signage throughout the area direct you right to the studios where you can browse and buy art directly from the artists. Information about the artist trail can be found at the artist directory kiosk (in the parking lot next to Bear River Grocery) or pick up a brochure at visitor information centers throughout the province. All studios are within a 10 minute drive from the downtown center of the village.

Flora Doehler 


Brian Muszkie


Riverside Pottery 


LarrY Knox


Ken flett

Mixed media

Thornwood House

Tattoos and prints

Jay Stone

Turned timbers

Rob Buckland-Nicks 

Paintings on stone

Two Crows Gallery

Paintings and prints

Bear River Artisans

Bear River is full of creatives beyond the artist trail, check out all of our local artisans!

A Silken Tree

Handmade and thrifted clothing and accessories

Bear River Bodger

Windsor chairs

Cheryl Stone

Pulp humour

Eva McCauley

Painter and printmaker

Barefoot daughter

Handmade botanical body care

drew tozer

Web design and printmaking

Gary Fraser


Crystal Pyne


Elizabeth Meyer

Fine arts


Apparel handmade from repurposed materials

Riverstones Studio (K Phillips Curran)

Watercolour painter

Laurel Strachan




Silk Journey

Wall hangings; some fabric paintings and bed quilts

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