Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson

The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson Jamie Robertson’s photographs are currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library. For open hours, check valleylibrary.ca To contact Jamie directly, email djrobertson@eastlink.ca WHO:  I am a geologist and landscape photographer living in Grand Pré. In my career as a mineral exploration geologist, I had a great opportunity to travel widely in remote areas of Canada and the world. This triggered my passion for landscape photography, and often flying in helicopters and small planes allowed me to photograph these wilderness landscapes from the air. WHAT: It is the renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson (an Acadia…
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Bigger and Better: Kentville’s Multicultural Fair’s 3rd Year

Bigger and Better: Kentville’s Multicultural Fair’s 3rd Year By Genevieve Allen Hearn Centre Square in Kentville is seeing a lot more activity these days. The weekly farmers’ market is bustling with patrons, the Kentville Merchant’s Group has been organizing events such as skateboard demos and car shows, the town uses the space to host Harvest Festival and Apple Blossom activities, and on August 26th the square will be closed to vehicles and given over to pedestrians for the 3rd annual Multicultural Fair. The Multicultural Fair is the brainchild of Lynn Jin, an immigrant from China. She wanted to create an…
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Valley Gardeners Plan A Tribute to Canada’s 150th

Valley Gardeners Plan A Tribute to Canada’s 150th By Donna Crawford, Show Committee Member Milkvale Farm’s Allison Magee is well-known to those who frequent Kentville’s Wednesday farmers’ market. But how many of those eager shoppers – seeking out fresh local veggies, fruit, and specialty items – know what Allison and five other Valley residents are planning in celebration of Canada’s 150th? In fact, even his neighbours in Welsford are unlikely to have heard what’s being set up for Saturday, August 12. “It has to do with our Country’s big birthday and with gardens of course” hints Magee. “Any Valley resident…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Art in the Garden

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Art in the Garden By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist For the past 11 years the Gardens have been graced with young artists for two weeks each summer during the Uncommon Common Art (UCA) Summer Camp. Art in the Garden campers spend their days exploring the garden and forest, playing games outside, and finding inspiration for their art in the natural world. We love the energy and life that the young people bring to the garden and they love having the garden as their playground. The camp is run by UCA’s Creative…
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Botanical Art and Gwendolyn Hales

Botanical Art and Gwendolyn Hales By Alexandra Pulchny, Collections and Outreach Assistant, Acadia University Art Gallery It seems botanical art is quite popular in the art world, but where did it originate from? Botanical art began in ancient Greece as a way to catalog plants that had economic value and healing properties. In 18th-century Europe, artists were using botanical illustrations to integrate beauty and new subjects to their work, thus, the mid-18th and early-19th century became Botanical Art’s golden period. During this time, botanical illustration, as a past-time, was considered a proper/genteel activity for women who were financially and socially…
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Annapolis Valley Chats: Margaret Drummond and David Whitlaw

Annapolis Valley Chats: Margaret Drummond and David Whitlaw David Whitlaw had a recent chat with GV contributor Margaret Drummond about his involvement in the local theatre community. Margaret Drummond (MD): Tell me a bit about yourself, including where you are from and how long you have lived in the Valley. David Whitlaw (DW): I am a “come from away” from Ontario, where I had a teaching career spanning 38 years. In 2002 after retiring I came to the Valley to visit friends. I really liked the area so made the decision to put down roots. MD: Can you give me…
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Who’s Who: Brooke Johnson and Her Trudeau Stories!

Who’s Who: Brooke Johnson and Her Trudeau Stories! By Mike Butler As the Valley Summer Theatre show “I Do, I Do” closes, a new show moves into the Al Whittle Theatre to round out their ninth season and I want to share the story of the special woman behind it. Trudeau Stories, a one-woman spectacle comes to town from August 10 to August 13 and here’s some background on Brooke Johnson, writer and star of the show. Brooke Johnson was born in Toronto in the early sixties. Her family moved out of the city, when she was 9 until age…
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Call for Artists! Kentville’s Hardware Gallery

Call for Artists! Kentville’s Hardware Gallery By Sasha Nelson, Gallery Director Hardware Gallery, opening soon at 36 Cornwallis Street in downtown Kentville, is looking for artists! There are a number of opportunities of which artists can take advantage. Firstly, the gallery has a general ongoing call for submissions to exhibit at the space. All media are accepted, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, new media, installation, book arts, comics, and woodworking. Secondly, Hardware Gallery will be running an art rental program. Artists can participate and have their work temporarily displayed at businesses or private homes….
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Mike Uncorked: VALLEY CHEER ATHLETICS: Give me a “V”; Give me a “C”!

Mike Uncorked: VALLEY CHEER ATHLETICS: Give me a “V”; Give me a “C”! By Mike Butler I have a bit of a confession to make. Most of you know that I love to dance and sing and perform, and it’s true I am not a great singer or a skilled dancer or a trained performer, but I am not shy in front of a crowd and I always give 110% when I perform (either at work or on stage)! When I was in high school there wasn’t a big following with Cheerleading or a Cheer Squad for sporting events. Everyone…
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Featurepreneur: The Business of Being an Artist in the Valley

Featurepreneur: The Business of Being an Artist in the Valley By Genevieve Allen Hearn Bob Hainstock became a creative entrepreneur later in life, after 26 years of working as an author and journalist. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1996 with majors in printmaking and painting and began to slowly build his reputation and style in his home studio on the edge of the North Mountain, overlooking the Annapolis Valley’s patchwork landscape. Bob has earned creative awards from the Canada Council and Arts Nova Scotia, had his work selected for many private and public…
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