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Who’s Who: Birgit Elssner

Who’s Who: Birgit Elssner By Mike Butler Well, despite a bucket load of press recently regarding her amazing achievements, Birgit Elssner has never been a Who’s Who feature and I am proud to tell you all about her. I meet some very fascinating people through this column, most of whom are born and raised here in the valley, but Birgit falls into the unique category of coming from afar – moving to our beautiful Valley and making a home and establishing herself here. And what a story I have to share.    Birgit Elssner was born and raised in East…
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Stepping Up: Youth and the Municipal Elections

Stepping Up: Youth and the Municipal Elections By Genevieve Allen Hearn Let’s talk about youth engagement in municipal politics. Voter rates among young demographics are appallingly low (in Kentville’s last election, for example, only 11.2% of people in their 20s voted, compared to 54.8% of people in their 70s), and it is uncommon to see anyone under the age of forty on Council or Advisory Committees. The common narrative that exists is that youth are apathetic. However, when you start to unpack this issue, it is clear that there is more to it than meets the eye. The Bad: The…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Raine Hamilton

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Raine Hamilton By Susan Wedlock Raine Hamilton will play at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville, NS on Sept 17. For ticket information visit evergreentheatre.ca You are a singer and violinist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Is that where you started out? I got my start in Winnipeg, yes. It is a musical and welcoming place for artists. I’m lucky this is my home. It is also flat, and that has done a lot to shape my understanding of physics. What genre would you say your work fits into best? Acoustic folk, singer-songwriter. How is your personality reflected in…
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Who’s Who: Ray Savage – The Excelr8r

Who’s Who: Ray Savage – The Excelr8r By Mike Butler I love writing this column…I get to meet, interact, and then profile wonderful members of our community. I’ve had the pleasure of profiling authors, painters, teachers, actors, chefs, business owners, and many more. I usually fly by the seat of my pants to find subjects but lately, the fine folks featured in this column have come from strong recommendations, and that is how Ray Savage surfaced. Ray has an immeasurable history of involvement in his community and I’m so pleased to profile him. Ray Savage was born and raised in…
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Who’s Who: Jason Burns – Music Man

Who’s Who: Jason Burns – Music Man By Mike Butler With the Deep Roots Music Festival fast approaching (have you got your pass yet?) and the booming Valley music scene on people’s mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to profile one of our Valley music treasures, Jason Burns. The list of musicians, and singers in this area is quite extensive but I chose Jason for this column because of his talent, love of music, community spirit, and so much more. All of the things that make Jason a unique talent could never fit into this article but we’ll see if I…
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Who’s Who: Wendy and Marissa LaPierre: A Cotton Tale

Who’s Who: Wendy and Marissa LaPierre: A Cotton Tale By Mike Butler Come gather around boys and girls. I want to tell you a story all about two wonderful women and the land they created. It’s a story filled with dreams, fun, fantasy, adventure, and whimsy. This is the story of Queen Wendy LaPierre and her daughter, Princess Marissa, who braved the elements, crossed moats, and slayed dragons to create the wonderful and exciting business world of the Cotton Tale Café + Play. Okay, well maybe they didn’t slay dragons or cross moats but it took guts, gusto, and elbow…
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Artist Profile: Robert Coane

By Emily Leeson Robert Coane can usually be found in one of two places: Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville, where, to take in the whole experience, Coane insists that “you have to sit at the bar”; or in his home on Main Street, likely lounging in a fireside chair with one, or two, or three, dogs close at hand. “Dogs are sacred, which is why I always capitalize the word” he explains. Coane is a draftsman and painter, best known for his provocative political art. However his current work is a departure from the conventional palette, more aimed at the era…
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Art to Art

By Genevieve Allen Hearn The Grapevine asked Lynda Macdonald at the Harvest Gallery to start a chain of questions from artist-to-artist. Lynda Macdonald: What superpower would you have and why? Ian Gilson: My superpower of choice would be the ability to breath underwater. That way, when everything was too noisy, too rushed and hectic, I could find a cove, a lake, or a swimming pool and sink. Hanging out on the bottom of a pond in the woods or sitting watching lobsters going about their business would be the perfect way to unwind. Ian Gilson: If you could ask one…
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An Artist in a Small Town

By Katelyn Morse Inspired by all things raw, earthy, and organic in nature, my paintings are a reflection of the wanderlust inside of me as well as a deep appreciation for just how magical, intricate, and beautiful this world truly is. Through my artwork I hope to inspire individuals to explore more, appreciate more, and be thankful for all the gorgeous things we get to enjoy on this earth! I’ve always loved to express myself creatively through art as a child and I’m pinching myself that I’ve been able to make a living from it now as a 25-year-old. I…
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Recapturing the Oddness of Beauty

By Shasta Grant When I am walking in the woods, observing a sunset, or standing face to face with an animal, I am sometimes struck by how ordinary moments can also be extra-ordinary or even surreal. Watching nature closely in all its three-dimensional glory is awe-inspiring. From early in childhood I resorted to visual art to express my appreciation for all the strange beauty around me. Eventually, I learned the lesson of the expressionists: though nature itself can appear surreal, painting the world exactly as it looks won’t convey the same experience or emotion. Manipulating colour to defy the viewer’s…
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