West Jeddore Village is located less than one hour from Halifax on Nova Scotia's picturesque Eastern Shore. If you are coming from Halifax or Dartmouth, follow the signs for "Eastern Shore" and go to the end of Highway 107. Turn right at the blinking red lights, and continue on for approximately 8 kilometers (4.8 miles) to West Jeddore Road, where you will see the "Folk Art" signs. Turn right and continue down West Jeddore Road approximately 8 kilometers (4.8 miles).
An active fishing village, West Jeddore Village is the location of the Black Sheep Gallery, which features the work of over 40 Nova Scotia folk artists, including many older pieces. The gallery also has a selected group of folk and outsider art pieces from Quebec and the United States.
A little further down Highway #7 is the home of Barry Colpitts, folk artist, a favourite with folk art collectors everywhere. You won't be able to miss Barry's brightly painted and decorated home and outbuildings. Stop in and watch him create another of his bright, colourful and whimsical wonders.
The Black Sheep Gallery is located in a 1200 sq. ft. building which was originally built as a "fish store" by Seldon Doyle and Eldon Day, two local fishermen. Located in the centre of the orginal building were four cement tanks, measuring 8 ft. by 8 ft. by 4 ft. high. There were also several smaller tanks located around the walls of the building. After the fish were off-loaded from their fishing boats, Eldon and Seldon, and their helpers, would clean the fish on tables set up on the wharf. The cleaned fish were then stored in layers in the cement tanks, with a generous sprinkling of salt between each layer. One of the original tanks has been left standing in the centre of the gallery. The picture on the left shows Seldon Doyle standing next to that tank, which has been filled with salted fish, in the late 1960's. The picture on the right shows Seldon Doyle cleaning fish on the wharf.
The Black Sheep Gallery is closed this summer due to the coronavirus but you can visit and order from out web site year round. Drop in to our web site and have a look at folk art spanning three decades. We also carry a number of books, videos and magazines relating to Nova Scotia folk art.
Click here for a detailed map to the Black Sheep Gallery.