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Visually Speaking: Sacred by Nature

Anna Horsnell There is a very unique show opening in an equally unique location on September 6. Sacred by Nature is a wonderful combination of photography and what can best be described as fluid silk sculpture by Wolfville artist, Kate McKenna. The show is being hosted by Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in their spacious entrance gallery. For eight years, McKenna lived in Mexico where her art career began in earnest before she returned home to Nova Scotia. “This exhibit is particularly meaningful,” she smiles, “Not only because of the subject matter, and the focus and inspiration it provided during the…
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Visually Speaking: Figures of the Land

Anna Horsnell Friends and artists Simone Labuschagne and Elizabeth Sircom are partnering in a new exhibition running from September 18 to October 16 at ArtCan Gallery in Canning. Labuschagne is a painter. Sircom creates sculpture. Together they will present the evocative Figures of the Land. The ladies met about five years ago through the world of art, as their husbands are both well-known local artists (Labuschagne is married to Steven Rhude and Sircom is married to Arnaud Béghin.) The two women considered a joint exhibition about a year and a half ago, pre-pandemic. Neither of them wanted to rush the…
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On The Cover: Recognizing Artist Bob Hainstock

Anna Horsnell Something new but perhaps long overdue. Over the last several months, visual artists from Windsor to Annapolis Royal were invited to nominate a fellow artist who they felt deserved recognition for both their art career and their contribution to the Valley art community and community at large. What followed were very thoughtful nominations acknowledging those artists who go above and beyond, artists who share their creativity, and their time and effort to make a difference. To be recognized by one’s peers is perhaps the sweetest of achievements, to be acknowledged by those who do what you do, those…
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Visually Speaking: Berwick Mural Society’s Picture This Campaign

Anna Horsnell Picture This: A large-scale mural depicting Berwick’s agricultural heritage painted bold and beautiful on the brick wall of the original Berwick Fruit Company building. It’s a natural location, adjacent to the Harvest Moon Trail off Mill Street that offers over 400 feet of empty wall just begging for a little colour and attention. Berwick’s reputation as the province’s apple capital has been well earned over the years and what better way to pay tribute than with public art that is available to residents and visitors alike. The idea will become an exciting reality in September. Berwick resident Greg…
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Remembering Alex Colville

Anna Horsnell Alex Colville was born on August 24, 1920. He passed away in 2013. His was a long and storied life in the world of visual art, a master artist distinguished by the exacting realism of his paintings as well as the consistent subject matter. His art was easily accessible and yet often endued with a question or unsettling juxtaposition. Now, as then, Colville is one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Innumerable essays, articles, and books have been written about Colville and his work, his years as a war artist, his time at Mount Allison University in Sackville, and…
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Visually Speaking: Here’s to The Storytellers

Anna Horsnell Performing artists perform. Whether through song, dance, or acting, performing artists can move us to tears, or move us to the beat, and at the heart of it all lies a story. Live performance can be very sensual. We see and hear and even feel the performers as they carry us into their world. Maybe we let go and for the moment lose ourselves in their story. We’ve been sharing our stories for a very long time, from ancient legend to more modern documentaries and drama. We recognize these things and they connect us. Visual artists, well, visualize….
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Visually Speaking: A Retrospective of Photographer Dick Groot

Anna Horsnell Dick Groot sits quietly in a chair. He takes his time absorbing the carefully chosen images hung on the gallery walls around him, a retrospective of his 65 years as a photographer. He pauses occasionally, remembering the stories, the people, and the places, and he is content. From KODAK BROWNIE to SMARTPHONE is his artistic journey, a very special show currently on exhibit at ArtCan Gallery in Canning. A Dutch-Canadian, Groot grew up in Amsterdam during World War II and the years of recovery that followed. “For me, photography began in 1954. In my third year of secondary…
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Visually Speaking: Fibre Artist Teri Gullon

Anna Horsnell Teri Gullon’s small, life-like sculptures are hard to resist. Perhaps the attraction lies in the subject of animals, or perhaps the soft warmth of her chosen medium—wool. Certainly, the attention to detail is evident. No matter the reason, this Kentville artist deserves recognition. She never considered herself an artist. Originally from the South Shore, Gullon’s interest in science led her to Ontario where she studied chemistry, began a career, and met her husband. Family brought her back to the Maritimes and the Valley in particular. However, she’d always been musical, playing the piano, flute, and guitar, and often…
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Visually Speaking: Painter Carolyn Mallory

Anna Horsnell Sometimes we just know. Like the first time artist Carolyn Mallory stepped off a plane in Iqaluit back in 1999. The land, the light, and the culture spoke to her. What followed were twelve adventurous years living in Nunavut, raising three children, and immersing herself in the North. That experience still shapes her work and her art, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Although Nova Scotia is now home, Mallory still spends her summers travelling in the Arctic on a ship as a resource person with Adventure Canada. She’s written three books (Common Plants of Nunavut, Common…
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Visually Speaking: Acadia’s Online Art Exhibition ALONE

By Anna Horsnell(Begone, fiend! COVID-19 Artwork by Geoff Butler, 2020) On February 10, the Acadia University Art Gallery launches its first ever online exhibition, entitled ALONE. This special project presents the artwork of over fifteen professional Nova Scotian artists responding or reflecting on the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Featuring a robust online exhibition, catalogue, and complementary online programming, ALONE is curated by gallery director Dr. Laurie Dalton. “Around the world museums and artists are documenting this pandemic; ALONE creates the opportunity for professional Nova Scotian artists to be part of this global dialogue through a curatorial project,” Dalton explains,…
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