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Visually Speaking: A Mid-Year Update from Valley Artists

Visually Speaking: A Mid-Year Update from Valley ArtistsAnna Horsnell As promised, the artists who shared their goals for 2020 back in January are giving us an update on how they’re making out. There have been highs and lows. The creative community is resilient, but this time of pandemic has been a challenge for many, even as they share songs, images, and uplifting words on social media. Thank you to each artist below for sharing their thoughts openly and honestly. Bob HainstockThe Covid-19 storm has been financially punishing in terms of exhibiting and selling work in the half dozen Canadian galleries…
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Visually Speaking: Being an Artist in the Shadow of the Pandemic

Visually Speaking:  Being an Artist in the Shadow of the Pandemic By Anna Horsnell Wow. Our world has been shaken and things have changed very quickly. By the time you read this, the situation will no doubt be different again. We’ve all been affected by the pandemic in some way, and the cultural community is no different. Concerts and performances have been cancelled. Whole theatre productions have been put on hold. Movie releases have been pushed to later dates, and galleries have closed. As an artist myself, here is my story as one example of how artists are meeting the…
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Visually Speaking: Young Artists Pay Tribute to International Women’s Day

Visually Speaking: Young Artists Pay Tribute to International Women’s DayAnna Horsnell Dramatic colour, skillful drawing, wonderful imagination, and brave interpretations of a theme. These are qualities that make art stand out, qualities that make us stop and maybe see things through another’s eyes. When the artist is ten or sixteen years old, surprise quickly turns to genuine appreciation. Such was the case on March 3 at a wonderful youth art showcase in the the Lions Hall of the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick (otherwise known as the Apple Dome). One of the many events this month inspired by International…
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Visually Speaking

Visually Speaking: The Face of EkphrasisAnna Horsnell The new exhibition at the Acadia University Art Gallery is a resounding success on so many levels. Where to start? The ten fascinating portraits, the three student curators, or the wonderfully supportive community of Acadia University itself? Welcome to “The Face of Ekphrasis: Mabel Killam Day & Poetry”. The story leading up to opening night is a tale worth telling. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the gallery was faced with the possibility of not having an exhibit to open this month. Ten portraits by artist Mabel Killam Day had been pulled from the university’s…
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Visually Speaking: Two Artists, One Canvas

Visually Speaking: Two Artists, One CanvasBy Anna Horsnell It begins over morning coffee. Surrounded by an idyllic setting on the shore of Black River Lake, artists Heather Alexis Porter and Jen White begin to imagine their next painting. They discuss ideas, suggesting a direction, a theme, maybe some aspect of the Valley near to their hearts. Here the spark of inspiration is often spoken out loud, shaped, and realized in a wonderful collaboration of life and art. Their shared studio is a large, bright space dedicated to art making. That’s not by chance. From the moment they decided to build…
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Visually Speaking: Valley Artists Share Their Goals for 2020

Visually Speaking: Valley Artists Share Their Goals for 2020By Anna Horsnell Happy New Year! This is that time of year: if not for resolutions, then for personal plans for the coming year. The following visual artists have very kindly agreed to share their artistic goals and dreams for 2020. This is an invitation to follow their creative journey. We’ll catch up with them later for a mid-year and end-of-year update to discover their challenges and celebrate their success. Let’s inspire each other. Twila Robar-DeCoste: I plan to finish the certificate course in botanical illustration from RBGE Edinburgh, and use my…
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Art Actually

Art ActuallyBy Anna Horsnell Artists are different creatures. They communicate in a language that goes beyond words. They see possibilities and potential where others might not. Whether their chosen medium is photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, video, or any other visual art, artists attempt to shine a light and draw attention. They point to the beautiful and the sublime, the unjust and the controversial. They hold up a mirror, and capture the moment. They inspire and they confound. Most of all, artists mark a universal wall to say humanity was here. In this time and in this place, we lived….
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“Touching the Ocean, Receiving Medicine”

“Touching the Ocean, Receiving Medicine”By Anna Horsnell The room is dark. On the wall is a projection of brown water, its undulating surface a hypnotic recording of slack tide, that period when tidal waters pause to change direction. Water becomes clouds become time itself. Brown water of the Minas Basin pulled and pushed by the constant rhythm of the mighty Bay of Fundy. The room resonates with a haunting soundtrack composed within the lines of poetry written on the wall. This combined experience is entitled Arrival, an immersive installation on exhibit at the Ross Creek Art Gallery until December 20….
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The New Windsor Makers Studio

The New Windsor Makers StudioBy Anna Horsnell Windsor is home to an exciting new community space where anyone can explore their creative side. From photography to sewing to woodworking, the opportunities are almost endless and everyone is welcome. This is a place to try something new, share what you know, or work together on a community project. This is the new Windsor Makers Studio at 21 Gerrish Street. Stepping through the door is to step into big open spaces generously divided into various creative work areas, including a textile studio for sewing and other needle work, an impressive wood-working shop,…
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Buying, Collecting, and Framing Art for Your Home

Buying, Collecting, and Framing Art for Your HomeAnna Horsnell That iconic first view of Cape Blomidon from the 101 highway. The landmark tree marking your approach into Kingsport. These are signs of home to many: familiar, reassuring, pleasing. It’s that type of connection that often attracts someone to a piece of art. Perhaps it is the simple beauty of a painting, the dramatic effect of the photograph, or an emotional response to that piece of sculpture. The decision to buy art is personal. In conversation with Simone Labuschagne from Wolfville’s Harvest Gallery, she offered suggestions for those interested in purchasing…
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