Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Farewell Al Whittle!

Wendy Elliott In 1953, Al Whittle became the youngest theatre manager in Canada when he took over the reins at the Acadia Cinema. On January 23, Al died at the age of 91. Admission to the theatre at that time was 35¢, with 10¢ matinees. The theatre was eventually renovated, increasing its seat capacity to 630 and then expanding from a single to a triple screen experience. Al was involved in every aspect of the theatre’s operations, from taking tickets and making popcorn to choosing the films and providing technical assistance for the projector.Thinking back to his first adventures in…
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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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Visually Speaking: Shannon Graves Jewellery Design

Anna Horsnell Can anyone ever truly have too much jewellery? Surely not, but deep philosophical questions aside, jewellery seems like the perfect art form to consider in light of Valentine’s Day this month. Whether ornamental, functional, or symbolic, these small pieces of wearable art serve a multitude of purposes, including declarations of love. Waterville artisan Shannon Graves designs and creates a full range of distinctive jewellery including unique rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. About ten years ago another designer kindly showed her the basics. Graves then continued to learn and teach herself from books and online tutorial videos. Four years…
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Art Spot: Scott Campbell

WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself.I was born and raised in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Acadia University and then a Master’s of Education degree—also from Acadia. I live and work in Kentville but love to travel (when possible) and learn as much as I can about different cultures around the world. WHAT: What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?My artistic medium is ceramics. I was introduced to pottery in 2007 and in 2013 started…
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New Music: Flesh and Bone By Kim Joy Lake

Emily Kathan *Avondale’s Kim Joy Lake has just released her debut album, *Flesh and Bone. We asked the solo artist some burning questions about the creative process and life as a musician in 2021. The Grapevine (GV): How does it feel to be releasing your first album? How long has this been a goal for you?Kim Joy Lake (KJL): Mostly, releasing Flesh and Bone feels incredible. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with an extraordinarily skilled and supportive group of people and am proud of the collection of songs that we created. It does feel slightly…
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Willow Bank Cemetery Needs Some Help

Wendy Elliott Wolfville’s Willow Bank Cemetery on Gaspereau Avenue, which was started in 1882, needs some help. The manager is retired and most long-serving members of the incorporated board are hoping to retire too. Serving on a new board would be a civic contribution, but not a huge time commitment based on previous history. Anyone with family connections or, indeed, anyone with an interest in volunteering can contact W. Elliott by emailing: welliott@bellaliant.net. As a result of Wolfville’s growing population prior to Confederation, the Old Burying Ground on Main Street was maxing out in the 1870s. Therefore the Willowbank Cemetery…
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Mike Uncorked: Jay Malone and his Virtual Comedy Show!

Mike Butler It’s February: Love Month! Let’s discuss one of my absolute loves: COMEDY! The beautiful art of laughter, jokes, farce, and fun has been a staple of my upbringing and adult life and I am very excited to tell you how to shed some winter blues with a Valley comedian and his unique way of pivoting with laughter. Jay Malone, whom I’ve known for over twenty years, has always loved making people laugh. “It’s the best thing you can do for someone to make them feel better that doesn’t require years of education,” he says. “I also really love…
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AVRL News: For the Love of Books

Tim Jackson This month at the Annapolis Valley Regional Library it’s all about the LOVE: the love of books. Specifically, Canadian books. Wednesday, February 17, we’ll be celebrating Canadian books all day. I READ CANADIAN DAY is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people. This is a day dedicated to reading Canadian, to raising awareness of Canadian books, and to celebrating the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature. To help you read Canadian, we’ve compiled lists of Canadian chapter and picture books. Also on February 17, we will have online readings from children’s authors Rebecca…
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African Heritage Month

Genevieve Allen Hearn Dr. Geraldine Browning greeted me warmly at her door wearing a sparkly silver scarf and bright coral lipstick, then generously spent the next two hours telling me her life story. The tissue box was used a few times, and my knee was slapped several times in fits of laughter. Boy, this legend of a woman can tell a story! I was invited to talk to Browning about African Heritage Month. Browning is the chair of the Valley African Nova Scotia Development Association (VANSDA), a founding member of the Black Business Initiative, a guest speaker in schools and…
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Who’s Who #250: The Women of Wolfville Town Council (and Mike Too!)

Mike Butler I have never been one to shy away from acknowledging outstanding people and their achievements in my community. For 12 years I have been privileged to write my Uncorked and Who’s Who columns for The Grapevine (happy anniversary month to me!) and this Who’s Who is extremely special to me as it’s my 250th community member profile! With that achievement I have decided to go all-out and feature not one, but SIX important community members. Over the last few months, this dynamic troupe of Wolfville residents have been very much in the spotlight as your newly elected mayor…
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