Tides Contemporary Art Gallery


Tides Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Hours of business are 11-4 p.m. 

Please check back often to confirm our operating schedule and special events.  

Who We Are...

Tides Contemporary Art Gallery is a non-profit, artist-run gallery, operating on the rock-solid belief in old fashioned rural co-operation and mutual support. Tides Gallery is located on Kentville's unique downtown square, an intimate and picturesque blend of restaurants, boutique shopping, and professional services.

We are 16 visual artists representing the widest expression of styles, materials, and experience.  Our artists have earned strong recognition in regional and provincial venues, and some at national and international exhibitions. Their interpretations of colourful Maritime culture and place are offered in both two and three dimensions.

Tides Contemporary Art Gallery began in 2017 as Hardware Gallery, a non-profit community gallery. With the support of the Town of Kentville, it was one of several projects initiated by the Kentville Art Gallery Society (KAGS), including downtown murals, education programs, and public art projects. KAGS welcomes volunteers, sponsors, and partnerships from the regional community.

Tides Contemporary Art Gallery was created by KAGS in 2019 using a co-operative business model that offered long-term stability within uncertain times for rural-based economies.

Gift of Art Certificates

There is no gift more treasured, more individual, or unique than original art and fine crafts. But few of us want to guess at someone else's tastes. Or perhaps there's no time left to find that unique gift for a special occasion.

Tides Gallery has the perfect solution in its Gift of Art program. Gift certificates of flexible values and no expiry date. You can get one certificate to cover everything, or a group can get several certificates that add up to something special. 


New Artwork This Month

Directory of Gallery Artists

Guest Artists In Our Gift Shop

Diana Baldwin             Judy Hainstock            Laura Macdonald   

Scott Campbell            Meagan Hainstock      Stephen Petersen 

Carman Dalrymple      Isobel Hamilton            Elizabeth Sircom        Alison Grapes              Danny Lunn                 Jeanette Wieckhorst  Dale Gruchy                Justine Macdonald


and many new consigning artists each month.

The Pumpkin People are back in Kentville for the month of October and artists from Tides Gallery are working with the Town of Kentville and Kentville Business Community to fill available windows with fairy tales and fantasy. These seven little guys and their babysitter, Snow White, are right next to us at Tides Gallery and you might call them the Guest Artists for the month. 

Announcement: 2020 Tides Mosaic Unveiled

Tickets are now available for the 2020 Tides Annual Mosaic Landscape, a special fund raising project for the Tides Community Art Fund. Twenty four Nova Scotia artists were each given a piece of a landscape photograph and asked to interpret respective pieces in their own media and style, resulting in a wild and crazy 49x33 mosaic of color and texture. Tickets are $10 each and available at Tides Gallery or from Tides artists. The draw for this vibrant landscape will take place Dec. 11, during a special reception at the gallery. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors & Volunteers

    We deeply appreciate Parsons Investments, Kings Arms Pub, and the Half Acre Cafe, sponsors of our Guest Artist Wall. These community-minded enterprises makes cultural enterprise possible for our region. Because of our sponsors, Kings County region gets to see the work of young, local emerging artists. Sponsorship also allows Tides to offer established, nationally known artists a chance to hang with us in Kentville for a month or two. Good for the gallery. Good for the community.
    And another huge thank you to our volunteers who help sit the gallery and provide insights for visitors about the artists and their work. We can always use more volunteers and we express our appreciation in two ways: a small art piece at the end of the year for each volunteer, and at the same time, a volunteers-only workshop by one of our gallery artists. For 2020, it's a workshop on introductory print making.
    As a part of the Kentville Art Gallery Society, we believe in public art, community arts/crafts education, and the economic and social benefits to our community from cultural enterprise. We thank the Town of Kentville for its support, in particular for understanding that cultural enterprise is different—plain and simple. 


Tides Contemporary Art Gallery

36 Cornwallis Street,

Kentville, Nova Scotia  B4N2E1 

Email:  tidescontemporaryart@gmail.com

Phone:  902-365-3322