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Art Spot: Sally Benevides Hopkins

Art Spot: Sally Benevides Hopkins Sally’s watercolour paintings of local scenes are on exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of November. WHO: I am an educator and artist, and I have lived and worked in many places, including Ontario, Calgary, Bermuda, the United States, and Nova Scotia. I am currently teaching a course in the School of Education at Acadia University. WHAT: I have been painting since about the age of 4. I began taking photography seriously in high school. I took many courses at the college and university level, to learn as much…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Embracing the Darkness

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Embracing the Darkness By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist The forest is a magical place after dark. Unfortunately, sometimes fear of the unknown can leave us feeling unsafe to walk in natural places at night. This time of year the darkness is creeping in and the natural shift towards curling up indoors after dark has begun. While we sit inside our comfortable homes we sometimes forget that there is a whole world of wonder happening outside each night, no matter what time of year. I am never sorry when I make it a…
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Aube Giroux’s Modified to be Screened at Kings County Museum

Aube Giroux’s Modified to be Screened at Kings County Museum By Wendy Elliott October is non-GMO month, and the moving documentary Modified will be screened October 22 at the Kings County Museum in Kentville. That’s prior to its screening at the Seoul International Film Festival in Korea. Modified recently received its ninth festival award at Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival in Germany. Filmmaker Aube Giroux, who grew up in the Valley, lived in Europe for two years where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are labelled on food products, and recalls coming home and feeling frustrated that they weren’t clearly identified…
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Art Spot: Koto Rumble

Art Spot: Koto Rumble Koto Rumble is a Valley artist who is in the process of translating The Grapevine‘s own StarDrop by Mark Oakley into Japanese! Her work is also currently featured at Kentville’s Hardware Gallery as part of their [g]astronomy exhibit, presented throughout the month of October to coincide with Devour! The Food Film Festival. I was born in Sapporo, Japan, and immigrated to Wolfville in 2017. I was an English teacher and a freelance translator in Japan. I am an artist specializing in kiri-e, which is a traditional Japanese cut paper art style, and I also paint and…
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[g]astronomy: The Hardware Gallery’s October Exhibit Celebrates Devour!

[g]astronomy: The Hardware Gallery’s October Exhibit Celebrates Devour! Submitted The Hardware Gallery’s October exhibit, “[g]astronomy,” celebrates Devour!’s Sip and Savour event, which will be co-hosted by the gallery, Hill’s Grills, and the Town of Kentville on October 23. The month-long group exhibit runs from September 28 to October 31. The exhibit will explore the various implications constellated by food in the lives of humans. A true multi-media show, visitors to [g]astronomy can expect painting, drawing, sculpture, video, pottery, crochet, and web art works. The featured artists include; Ella Tetrault, Jack Bishop, Jody Rhodenizer, Kat Frick Miller, Koto Shimokuni Rumble, Laura…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Are Humans Smarter than Insects?

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Are Humans Smarter than Insects? By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Working in the garden for the last two decades, I have encountered my fair share of insects. I have also encountered way more people who are afraid of insects than those who love them. Overall, insects tend to get a bad rap and I truly have no idea why. Is it because some of them hurt us or can even kill us? The US National Safety Council statistics tell us that we should be way more afraid of automobiles than insects. They…
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Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks

Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks By Scott Campbell It’s fall in the Valley and that means two things: Harvest and the Devour! Food Film Festival. And, although both are exciting and food-based, only one brings with it a buffet of mouthwatering servings of fresh feature films. As I excitedly pored over the film offerings this year I concluded, again, that I wanted to see them all. But, if you can only manage to squeeze a few into your schedule, here are some that I think look intriguing. Jiro Dreams of Sushi USA, 2011, 81 minutes Director David Gelb 85-year-old…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Growing Gratitude

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Growing Gratitude By Adrien Rawley, Horticulture Assistant and Educator There is something truly magical about autumn in the Annapolis Valley. The way the sun rises a little bit later every morning, peeking over the horizon further and further south with the passing days. The way the early morning glow catches the heavy dew carpeting the fields and forests, glinting with the last promises of summer’s heat. The way we gather, store, and share so much abundance, as evidenced by the bursting farmers markets, the activity of squirrels, and the profusion of seeds,…
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Art Spot: Louise McDonald

Art Spot: Louise McDonald Louise’s photographs are on exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of September WHO: I was born outside London, England but have been living in the beautiful Annapolis Valley ever since I emigrated to Canada as a child. WHAT: I have always had some kind of camera in my hand, exploring this beautiful new country, but it wasn’t until I retired from my work as a community midwife, and a kind friend gave me the gift of a nice digital camera, that my interest in the photographic world began to deepen….
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