Maud Lewis Honoured on Heritage Day

first_imgNova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis is being honoured on Heritage Day, Monday, Feb. 18. Maud Lewis achieved national recognition in the mid 1960’s, becoming known as one of Canada’s best-known folk artists. Her paintings have received accolades and admiration throughout the years. “Heritage Day celebrates our province’s cultural heritage and instills pride in being Nova Scotian,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Leo Glavine. “This year’s honoree has a special place in the heart of Nova Scotians, and as a celebrated artist, Maud Lewis is an incredible ambassador of our province’s culture.” Heritage Day was designed to celebrate a remarkable person, place or event that has helped shape the province’s identity, culture and heritage and make it what it is today. “Maud’s special gift was that, despite lifelong struggles with poverty and rheumatoid arthritis, she saw the world through eyes of innocence, hope and wonder, and she was able to share that vision with others through her art,” said Susan Tilley-Russell, executive director for the Arthritis Society, Atlantic Region. “She showed us that there are few things more powerful than the human spirit.” Several activities commemorating Maud Lewis are planned across the province. For a full calendar of events, visit

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