Richard Groot’s Photo Finish

Richard Groot’s Photo Finish By Mike Butler Richard (Dick) Groot is a very familiar face in the Valley. He’s a wonderful man with an exceptional photographic eye and I am proud to say he’s one of my fellow Men of Wolfville calendar buddies. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Dick’s work before, now is your chance because he has a photo exhibit coming up that you simply have to take in. It’s not some run of the mill display…or is it? Dick has been a published writer and photographer for many years and his accomplishments include a book…
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The Art Spot: Glooscap Elementary School Art Exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library

The Art Spot: Glooscap Elementary School Art Exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself and your student artists: David Fitch: We are a class of 22 grade 3 students, ages 8 and 9, at Glooscap Elementary School in Canning. The students and I look forward to drawing and art activities. Doretta Groenendyk is in to teach and work on art with the kids as well. WHAT: What are the artistic media used in the exhibition? How did you choose these styles? DF: We try to choose a variety of materials to…
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Succession: NKEC Stages an Original Work

Succession: NKEC Stages an Original Work By Mike Butler Following the mind-blowing success of last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC) is changing gears. This year, instead of a princess musical with singing dishes, they’ve chosen to stage the original writing of their own students in a play called Succession. The power of young minds and teenage hearts are what we are relying on to change the world these days, and I firmly believe that there’s nothing stronger than the written word, so I encourage you all to take in this special presentation of…
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Q&A with David Francey

Q&A with David Francey David Francey is a reknowned Canadian folk singer/songwriter whose lengthy music career has earned him numerous awards, including 3 Junos. In lieu of a concert tour for his brand new CD, The Broken Heart of Everything, he is taking his paintings on a cross-Canada trip. The first stops are right here in the Valley. The Grapevine (GV): You started a career in music in your forties — when did you start painting? Why did you start painting? David Francey (DF): I’ve been painting for close to 30 years. I married Beth Girdler, an exceptional watercolourist. She…
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The Women of Wolfville are Ready to Celebrate Care Giving

The Women of Wolfville are Ready to Celebrate Care Giving By Wendy Elliott The Wolfville of Wolfville (WOW) believe that caring connects everyone. The town’s unique community theatre group has built its 15th annual collective creation, Got Your Back!, on the theme of care giving. “Care giving embodies kindness and empathy, which are both at the core of the human experience,” says Acadia University student Alisha Christie. Christie is one of five community development students that have joined the WOW network of over 300 women across the Valley. Actor and writer Gail Salmon says, “we all forget that caring is…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Wild Spirits

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Wild Spirits By Melanie Priesnitz Do you remember when you were young and ran wild in the ravine behind your house, splashed in puddles in the garden, and climbed trees? I hope so because it probably means that you are now a confident person with a healthy understanding of risk management, strong creative thinking, and problem solving skills, along with an inherent respect for the environment and how you fit into it. You likely weren’t aware that you were honing these skills as you played freely in wild spaces as a child,…
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Yorodeo: Many Worlds March 2 – April 12, 2018

Yorodeo: Many Worlds March 2 – April 12, 2018 Exhibition opening and artist talk March 9, 7pm Yorodeo is the design and screenprint collaboration of Paul Hammond and Seth Smith. For nearly the last decade, they have been focusing their efforts on exploring the possibilities of hand-printed anaglyphic (red/blue) 3D screen-prints, most recently combining this with sculptural and video elements. They draw inspiration from comic books, science fiction, fantasy and unintentional mistakes. The exhibition, “Many Worlds,” is a collection of images, sculpture, and video which presents the viewer with fictionalized landscapes, characters, elements, and events from imagined worlds. The anaglyphic…
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Acadia Theatre Company’s must see play: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Acadia Theatre Company’s must see play: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House By Stephanie Clervi, Acadia University student Love, loyalty, and social constraints are quintessential topics of discussion, regardless of the era. The Acadia Theatre Company (ATC) is commencing preparations for the winter semester’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s famous play, A Doll’s House. Simon Stephens, a playwright, translated the original text. With subtle changes, the characters’ anxieties are seen through a contemporary lens. The play is directed by Dr. Anna Migliarisi, a professor in Acadia University’s theatre department, who is also an actor, producer, writer, and private coach. Dr. Migliarisi’s approach…
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Way Back When

Way Back When DATE: circa 1925 MATERIALS: Paper MEASUREMENTS: 6.3 cm L x 10.8 cm W MARKS/LABEL: Outdoor rink, Wolfville school grounds in 1920’s. NARRATIVE: Building is the MacKay School building (1893) from the East DESCRIPTION: Group of boys and one or two girls dressed in outdoor winter clothes, on skates, in a rink with boarded perimeter. All photos courtesy of Randall House Museum 259 Main Street, Wolfville, NS 902-542-9775, wolfvillehs.ednet.ns.ca Now closed for the winter season, but please check the website for spring programming!

The Art Spot: Marcel Morin

The Art Spot: Marcel Morin Marcel Morin’s art is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue for month of February. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours Wolfville Memorial Library Exhibit: “The Lost Art of Cartography” WHO: I am a thirteenth-generation Acadian/Métis and have lived in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, and all over Nova Scotia. I studied cartography at the College of Geographic Sciences here in the Annapolis Valley, graduating in 1992, and spent the next 15 years living and working in Vancouver. In 2007 I moved back to Nova Scotia with my wife Angela and…
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