Cumberland County Heritage Network Society

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Alfred Ernest Whitehead Art Exhibit at the Cumberland County Museum

The Cumberland County Museum and Archives is pleased to present the Alfred Ernest Whitehead Art Exhibit. This wonderful exhibit features over 70 works of art from various private contributors throughout Cumberland County. This exhibit showcases Whitehead’s “Quebec Period” 1915-1947 and “Maritime Period” 1947-1974.

Alfred Ernest Whitehead was born July 10, 1887 in Peterborough, England and immigrated to Canada in 1912 at the age of 25. Mr. Whitehead died in Amherst, Nova Scotia on April 1, 1974 at the age of 87.

Mr. Whitehead is best known throughout Cumberland County, Nova Scotia as a Composer, Organist, Choirmaster, Teacher and Painter.
As Dean of Music at Mount Allison University and as the organist- choirmaster at Trinity St. Stephen Church in Amherst, Mr. Whitehead is fondly remembered for his musical knowledge, angelic music and his remarkable performances.

However it is his amazing “Artistic Talent” as a painter that embellishes many of the homes and private collections throughout Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, along with other parts of Canada and the United States.

Whitehead’s variety of styles in oils, water colours and gouaches has been recognized through exhibits at Cumberland County Museum & Archives, Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick, and Mount Allison University. His works has also been exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Pastel Society as well as many other exhibitions throughout Canada.

The Alfred Ernest Whitehead Art Exhibit opens November 3rd. until December 19th. Hours of exhibit are Tuesday to Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday, 12pm to 5pm.
Admission $3.00 per person.


  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. Interesting post. Well when there is so much a new. Thanks.

  3. I know the Library and Archives Canada holds many of his papers and original manuscripts as well as a large portion of his private library. He is listed as an associate of the Canadian Music Centre


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