Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Mike Uncorked: Summer Time Reads and Needs!

Mike Uncorked: Summer Time Reads and Needs! By Mike Butler READS: Summertime is one of my favourite times of the year to catch up on my reading. Now, granted, I read all the time but when the days are sunny and you’re on vacation, lounging by the pool, sipping iced tea, or swinging in the hammock, there’s nothing better to pass the time than writing (in a journal or letters to a friend), or reading a terrific book. Here are some reading selections to seek out for the summer months. New in paperback and worth checking out are Stephanie Coontz’s…
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The Crowdsourcer: Margaret Atwood’s Killam Corner at the Kentville Library

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. Title: Margaret Atwood’s Killam Corner at the Kentville Library Website: www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/margaret-atwoods-killam-corner/#.V6YSsukegX5.twitter Description: Our current library has been operating out of a re-purposed car dealership since 1987. After 29 years of serving the public under less than ideal circumstances, the library is moving to a new home in a decommissioned United Church. The Friends of the Kentville Library group has been formed and is in the process of raising funds for the new location. These funds will be allotted to the Young Adult area of the library. It will…
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A New Kentville Library

A New Kentville Library by Lynn Pulsifer The doors of the old library in Kentville have closed to the public after 29 years, and it is with long-awaited excitement that a new library will be opening across town in a decommissioned United Church. After operating out of a repurposed car dealership building since 1987, the small library which occupied just over 2,000 sq ft., has been one of the smallest, but one of the busiest in the Valley. Our new library home will be in the former United Church of St. Paul and St. Stephen. The corner stone of this…
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Artist Profile: Robert Coane

By Emily Leeson Robert Coane can usually be found in one of two places: Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville, where, to take in the whole experience, Coane insists that “you have to sit at the bar”; or in his home on Main Street, likely lounging in a fireside chair with one, or two, or three, dogs close at hand. “Dogs are sacred, which is why I always capitalize the word” he explains. Coane is a draftsman and painter, best known for his provocative political art. However his current work is a departure from the conventional palette, more aimed at the era…
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Art to Art

By Genevieve Allen Hearn The Grapevine asked Lynda Macdonald at the Harvest Gallery to start a chain of questions from artist-to-artist. Lynda Macdonald: What superpower would you have and why? Ian Gilson: My superpower of choice would be the ability to breath underwater. That way, when everything was too noisy, too rushed and hectic, I could find a cove, a lake, or a swimming pool and sink. Hanging out on the bottom of a pond in the woods or sitting watching lobsters going about their business would be the perfect way to unwind. Ian Gilson: If you could ask one…
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An Artist in a Small Town

By Katelyn Morse Inspired by all things raw, earthy, and organic in nature, my paintings are a reflection of the wanderlust inside of me as well as a deep appreciation for just how magical, intricate, and beautiful this world truly is. Through my artwork I hope to inspire individuals to explore more, appreciate more, and be thankful for all the gorgeous things we get to enjoy on this earth! I’ve always loved to express myself creatively through art as a child and I’m pinching myself that I’ve been able to make a living from it now as a 25-year-old. I…
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Recapturing the Oddness of Beauty

By Shasta Grant When I am walking in the woods, observing a sunset, or standing face to face with an animal, I am sometimes struck by how ordinary moments can also be extra-ordinary or even surreal. Watching nature closely in all its three-dimensional glory is awe-inspiring. From early in childhood I resorted to visual art to express my appreciation for all the strange beauty around me. Eventually, I learned the lesson of the expressionists: though nature itself can appear surreal, painting the world exactly as it looks won’t convey the same experience or emotion. Manipulating colour to defy the viewer’s…
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Rural Artist, Urban Roots

By Miyoshi Kondo A crowded alley stacked with the geometric shapes of buildings. The lone house perched on a hill surrounded by sea and trees. Both are equally inspiring. Each call to be painted. The ideas for my artwork stem from a curiosity of how our natural and constructed environments affect each other, the impact of technology, and the concept of home. I can paint contentedly in a room overlooking a bustling street or facing a field of corn. For me, the difference of working in an urban or rural setting is more evident when it comes to the business…
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