Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Hitching Post: Zakary Miller and Franny Rutchinski

Hitching Post: Zakary Miller and Franny Rutchinski Both born and raised in Toronto, Zakary Miller and Franny Rutchinski have made their home in Kentville, NS. Franny is a vintage and handmade seller, in the midst of launching a general store in Wolfville, and Zakary is a musician who plays Western and Canadiana swing. Zakary and Franny were married on June 8, at a friend’s property in Blomidon, which they consider a sacred and special place. The ceremony was officiated by Sarah Anderson. The bouquet was bursting with peonies, lilacs, and poppies in peachy pink and purple tones. The bouquet, as…
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Book Arts at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market Presented by Box of Delights

Book Arts at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market Presented by Box of Delights Calling all book lovers! The Box of Delights Bookshop is thrilled to invite you to Book Arts at the Market (BAM) 2019. BAM is a celebration of all things print: from books and editors, to illustrators and librarians, to publishers and printing presses! Join us at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, August 14 from 4-7pm as we fill the Market with book lovers, publishers, print artists, literacy warriors, and more. Included in our long list of incredible participants are publishers, including Gaspereau Press and Nimbus Publishing; literacy…
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Featurepreneur: Christy Ann Conlin on the Business Side of the Literary Arts

Featurepreneur: Christy Ann Conlin on the Business Side of the Literary Arts By Genevieve Allen Hearn Christy Ann Conlin, known for her novels Heave and The Memento, is about to launch a new collection of short stories entitled Watermark. Christy Ann can be seen spinning many plates, including as an author, mother, teacher, and motivational speaker. On top of this, she takes the business side of being an author very seriously. The Grapevine* grabbed a moment of her time to discuss how she finds balance between her myriad roles. The Grapevine (GV): How do you achieve a balance between the…
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Lots of Great Local Reads for Kids

Lots of Great Local Reads for Kids By Laura Churchill Duke As the author Beverly Cleary says, children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something teachers make us do at school. In the Valley we are blessed with so many great local authors who write books specifically for kids. The best ways to find these books are by asking a librarian at your local library, or by stopping by one of our bookstores. Box of Delights in Wolfville and RD Chisholm in Kentville always carry a great selection of local reads. Here are some of our favourites for…
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A Telling in Pictures

A Telling in Pictures By Anna Horsnell Doretta Groenendyk’s paintings elicit a smile. There is something familiar, something comfortable, that pulls the viewer into a world of colour and whimsy and storytelling. We recognize the landscape. We feel the playfulness. As an illustrator and author of 11 children’s books (and illustrator only on 4 more), the Canning artist has created an enviable career around her priorities of family and getting outside. She does not see her work as author and illustrator as separate. “I see things in pictures first,” she explains. “The stories or ideas that I want to communicate,…
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Kempt Shore Hosts First Annual Pickers & Songwriters Campout

Kempt Shore Hosts First Annual Pickers & Songwriters Campout August 23, 24, & 25 Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground 5701 Hwy 215, Kempt Shore The first annual Pickers & Songwriters Campout is happening at Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground August 23, 24 & 25. The event will feature songwriting workshops led by celebrated Nova Scotian singer and songwriter Terra Spencer as well as Alex Madsen, lead singer and songwriter of the Divorcees. Dave Guptill, expert in guitar picking styles and performance, will lead the guitar workshops. The family-friendly weekend will also feature a painting workshop led by Gwen Smith. Marc…
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Summer Reading and Writing Museum Style!

Summer Reading and Writing Museum Style! By Bria Stokesbury Museums and heritage centres are great places for historical research, but in summertime when our thoughts turn to the beach and day trips your local museum can also be a great source for reading material to tuck in your backpack and inspire weekend poets and explorers. Biographies, the stories of our local communities, tales of adventure and daring-do, or simply how to make “mosquito paste,” can all be found on the shelves of your local museum gift shop, just waiting to be discovered and savoured as summer reading. Sometimes museums and…
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The Handmade Quilt at Randall House Museum

The Handmade Quilt at Randall House Museum By Krystal Tanner, Curator When you think of the word quilt, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a decorative bed covering, a piece of wall art, or perhaps a loving memory of someone? One of the things that museums do best is use objects to evoke stories from our visitors. You know you’ve done a good job when a simple object can bring a visitor to tears over the memory of a loved one or bring a smile to a weary traveller’s face as they share a fond…
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An Exhibit of Uncommon Common Art Education

An Exhibit of Uncommon Common Art Education Thanks to the great team of art educators Colleen Gerrits, Doretta Groenendyk, Terry Drahos and the generosity of the Mud Creek Rotary, UCA delivered 29 art education programs from February to June, 2019. Uncommon Common Art worked with children from grade primary to 12 at Landmark East School, Glooscap Elementary School, Wolfville School, Port Williams Elementary School, and Dwight Ross Elementary School. In addition UCA in once again presenting two weeks of Art in the Garden Summer camp at Acadia’s Irving Centre. Find out what your kids have been up to and celebrate…
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Take a walk through François Gaudet’s Stories from the Forest Primeval

Take a walk through François Gaudet’s Stories from the Forest Primeval By Renée Brisebois, Collections and Outreach Assistant Whether you have lived in the Annapolis Valley your whole life or are simply visiting the area, it is never too late to make an afternoon stop at the Acadia University Art Gallery. Our current exhibition, Stories from the Forest Primeval, showcases the work of Acadian-Métis artist François Gaudet. The exhibition questions identity, religion, sexuality, assimilation, transgression, and the idea of paradise lost. All of these motifs are used by Gaudet to explore his identity and articulate a home for himself. In…
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