Town of Berwick Celebrates Its Roots with New Art Gallery

Town of Berwick Celebrates Its Roots with New Art Gallery By Anna Horsnell The Town of Berwick’s Apple Capital Museum recently opened the new Sally Horsnell Art Gallery to showcase paintings which herald the town’s historic buildings. With pride and gratitude, this writer would like to share a portion of the speech I made at the official opening on August 7 on behalf of the artist, my mother: Sally (Parker) Horsnell was born in the town of Berwick on January 23, 1934. Her family had already lived in Berwick for several generations and their lives were intertwined with the history…
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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Launches New Production

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Launches New Production Submitted Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will mark its forty-eighth season with the first staged adaptation of three favourite contemporary storybooks. Directed to very young audiences, the hour-long production, It’s Okay to Be Different – Stories by Todd Parr will be launched in 2020-2021. Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including the New York Times bestsellers The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over forty countries throughout the world. He was also the co-creator…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Experiential Learning

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Experiential Learning By Melanie Priesnitz After a summer filled with hard work and a great deal of learning, the students who worked on our team at the K.C. Irving Environment Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens are heading back to the classroom. We had the pleasure of having Acadia student Ted Morris and Nova Scotia Community College student April Mason work with us as student native plant conservationists and interpreters. Ted is studying environmental and sustainability studies in the community development department at Acadia and April is a student of horticulture…
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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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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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I KNOW A PLACE By Ron Lightburn Desafinado A tranquil pond next to the Harvest Moon Trailway in Coldbrook. thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at seven locations in the Annapolis Valley: Box of Delights Books, Wolfville; the Hardware Gallery, R.D. Chisholm, and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub, and Sea Level Brewing, Port Williams; and Saunders Tartans & Gifts, New Minas.

Art and Soul

Art and Soul By Anna Horsnell Susan Spicer sees potential in the discarded. She imagines far beyond the rough edges and worn down surfaces. She envisions bright colours and intricate patterns. She has a gift for seeing the possibilities and making them real. Under the banner of “Susan’s Art and Soul,” she creates one-of-a-kind, hand-painted furnishings of all sorts to brighten your home or garden. This is not a hobby. Spicer is constantly seeking out new pieces which she can repurpose, often finding items at the end of a driveway, a second-hand store, barn, or attic. A piece of furniture…
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A Brief History of ArtCan Gallery and Café

A Brief History of ArtCan Gallery and Café By Ron Hayes When my family first came to Nova Scotia I noticed there were very few places to exhibit art in the Valley, and nowhere to buy basic art supplies. I decided to create an art gallery and art supply shop. ArtCan was born out of this idea in 2001. After a couple of years we required a bigger space, so we purchased the old MacDonald Chisholm building by the park in Canning. While renovating this building we added a café and reopened in 2004. There have been many adjustments over…
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In Photos: New Murals and Jane’s Walk in Kentville

Blossom mural: Trackside Studios created a mural over Apple Blossom weekend on a 70 foot wall in front of Main Street Station (former Cornwallis Inn). The mural was a collaborative effort by Maritime Express Cider Co., Safeguard Property Management, Kentville Business Community, and Hardware Gallery. Mural installation: The EDGE program in Kentville teamed up with Hardware Gallery and artist Ian Funke-McKay to create a participatory mural on the side of the Valley Gate Vineyard Church in Kentville. Graveyard Walk: On May 18, Kentville Community Fund and the Kentville Historical Society hosted a Jane’s Walk through the Oak Grove Cemetery, led…
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On the Cover: Two Planks and a Passion Theatre

On the Cover: Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Heading into their 2019 summer season at The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, the folks behind Two Planks and A Passion Theatre are hard at work preparing an impressive selection of productions. Artistic director Ken Schwartz was generous enough to find a few minutes in the midst of a full rehearsal schedule to answer some questions for The Grapevine:** The Grapevine (GV): Describe the Two Planks and A Passion experience in one sentence: Ken Schwartz (KS): A unique marriage between nature and the imagination resulting in an intimate, unforgettable experience….
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