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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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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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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Art Spot: Tylluan O’Sinend

In a few sentences tell us about yourself:My name is Tylluan and I am of Gaelic heritage. I’m very lucky to have found myself a home here in Wolfville. It is a beautiful place and I am very inspired by the gorgeous scenery and the vibrant artistic community. I use art as therapy, to brighten up my day and keep myself in a positive state of mind. I have a disability which is challenging and it prevents me from doing a lot of things but art I can do and so I indulge in it to my heart’s content. What…
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Visually Speaking: Printmaker Diana Baldwin

By Anna Horsnell Every artist chooses how to interpret their vision, how to give it shape. What inspires one artist may differ greatly from the approach of another. Those personal choices keep art alive. The idea may become a piece of sculpture, a painting, a photo, or, in the case of artist Diana Baldwin, an original print. First, some clarification best explained by Baldwin on her website: “A print is often confused with a photocopy or reproduction. A photocopy or reproduction of a work of art is not the original work of art by that artist. (In contrast) each print…
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Visually Speaking: The Final Word on Best-Laid Plans

By Anna Horsnell In January, eighteen local artists shared their goals and plans for this year. In May, we checked in to see how things were going. Who could have predicted what a year it would be? Now, as we count down the last days of 2020, our group of artists are giving their final thoughts on those best-laid plans. Eileen Boyd: It’s been a crazy year, but I did get rid of a pile of unwanted junk and I did complete some half-finished projects! And I also took an oil painting workshop. Fun! A pretty good year all around.*…
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Merry Windows

Christmas windows sure display charmBy Wendy Elliott The community was called on to fill some Christmas-themed former clinic windows with charm this past month in Wolfville, and folks stepped up.What was until recently the location of the Mud Creek Medical Clinic has been transformed with old fashioned toys, furnishings, and Christmas paraphernalia.Initially, owners Iain and Lis Porter contributed the ample space. Wolfville parks staff member Sheri Eaton took on the important role of arranger with help from Jessica Carrie. Alisha Christie, coordinator of community engagement, and Sarah Anderson of the Wolfville Business Development Corporation both rounded up various elements. “It…
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