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Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre Needs Love

Wendy Elliott The Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville is very much alive, even though there have been no public performances and almost zero income for the past 12 months.Fortunately there have been some private rentals and support from the provincial government, so Mary Harwell, manager of Wolfville’s cultural hub, says, “we’re not in danger, but revenues are down a lot.” An emergency funding grant of $19,715 will help the facility to continue to host concerts, film screenings, live theatre, and festivals once pandemic restrictions ease. The cinema had a program of improvements underway, Harwell noted, but refurbishing of brickwork on…
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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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I KNOW A PLACE

By Ron Lightburn Miner’s Marsh Chickadee thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at locations throughout the Annapolis Valley: R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor, Wheaton’s in Berwick, Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

Art Spot: Connie Veinotte

WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself:I am a long-retired teacher. I am active in my church and community (Health Auxiliary). I am concerned about the environment and issues surrounding poverty. I walk and exercise to keep fit. WHAT: What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I paint in watercolours and sometimes acrylics. I started painting in oils but when I moved to Wolfville in 1984, local painting groups seemed to be mostly using watercolours so I made the switch. WHERE: Where do you work & where can we find your work?I am…
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I KNOW A PLACE

I KNOW A PLACERon Lightburn Lavender at Lightfoot & Wolfville thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at locations throughout the Annapolis Valley: R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor, Wheaton’s in Berwick, Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

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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ArtCan Gallery and Café is Celebrating 20 Years in Canning

With lots going on to kick off this milestone year we have a new exhibition in the gallery, several studio art classes and a fully stocked art store! Our passion for art and cultivating creativity is inspired by the community around us and has led ArtCan to evolve into the place it is today. Chef Michaela Hayes brings her own artistry to the kitchen with a delicious lunch menu of soups, salads, paninis, and homemade sweets. Influenced by the abundance of fresh and local produce in the Valley, Michaela takes care in creating unique dishes from scratch, both to enjoy…
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I KNOW A PLACE

Ron Lightburn Winter Blues Winter Blues depicts a sunny corner of our snow-covered backyard here in Coldbrook. thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at seven locations in the Annapolis Valley: R.D. Chisholm, LilyPond Vintage, Tides Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor, Henny Penny’s Farm Market and Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Wheaton’s in Berwick.

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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