He was also interested in sculpture, and in the 1970s embarked upon a ten-year project of carving a lasting monument to Canadian fishermen, their wives and children, using as his canvas a 100-foot-long granite outcropping on his Peggy's Cove property. Unfortunately, he had reached only the halfway point at the time of his death.
In 1977, deGarthe formally gifted a collection of representative paintings, spanning forty years' work, to the Province of Nova Scotia in appreciation of what the province meant to him as an artist. The paintings have a special significance, since they depict traditional Maritime fishing methods that have passed from use; as deGarthe observed, "Over the years, I have purposely held back on selling these paintings that portray an era in the province's history that no longer exists."
The gallery, located on Peggy's Point Road across from the Visitor Information Centre houses a representation of this collection and the fishermen's monument is on the property.
Admission: $1.00; Children under 16 free
Open: from mid may to mid October
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