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World Premiere of Koqm at King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal

Submitted Koqm is the world premiere of a new theatrical piece by Mi’kmaw (L’nu) storyteller shalan joudry, co-produced by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and Nestuita’si Storytelling. Koqm is a journey through time and land to experience the voices of fictional L’nu (Mi’kmaw) women. Throughout the course of the show we hear and meet the women who might have spoken and walked through one area of forest over centuries. Guided by the strength of an ancient tree (“koqm”), the women’s voices share with us their personal stories of grief, humour and resiliency through a unique theatrical performance that includes…
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Visually Speaking: Richard Rudnicki

Reflections on LifeAnna Horsnell *This is a love story about an artist and his life’s work, his wife and fellow artist, and an exhibition opening on November 6 at ARTSPLACE Gallery in Annapolis Royal. *Richard Rudnicki: Reflections on Life* is an ode to the award-winning painter, illustrator, and author who passed away in 2019.* *Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Richard Rudnicki grew up in Ottawa receiving his education in both commercial and fine art before establishing a career in graphic design. A move to Nova Scotia eventually led to the decision to sell his design business in 1995 to devote his…
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Visually Speaking: Artist Dawn Oman

Anna Horsnell A large decommissioned church looms large on the corner of Granville and Washington Streets in Bridgetown. Within this cavernous space of polished wood and stained-glass windows lies the wondrous home, studio, gallery, and shop of artist Dawn Oman. This is a place of joyous colour and positive energy begging to be explored. In Oman’s own words, her artwork is “whimsical and colourful, immediately recognizable from the subject matter.” She loves spontaneity and never knows what she will create next until inspiration strikes. What begins as an original painting on paper or canvas may spill happily on to her…
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I KNOW A PLACE

Ron Lightburn CarinhosoA tranquil pond next to the Harvest Moon Trailway in Coldbrook. thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at locations throughout the Annapolis Valley: Tides Art Gallery, 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; Absolutely Fabulous at Home, Henny Penny’s Farm Market and Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas; Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

Tuesdays & Sundays Maritime Tour

PEI’s Kitbag Theatre brings “The Tuplin Play” to the Al Whittle TheatreSubmitted Prince Edward Island company Kitbag Theatre brings its previously sold-out hit Tuesdays & Sundays to the Al Whittle Theatre on October 14 and 15. The production will also tour to six other venues throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. Written by Canadian playwrights Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn, Tuesdays & Sundays is inspired by the true story of William Millman and Mary Tuplin, and the tragedy that shook the community of Margate, PEI in 1887. We first meet the young lovers as blank slates, recalling, one piece…
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Visually Speaking: Sacred by Nature

Anna Horsnell There is a very unique show opening in an equally unique location on September 6. Sacred by Nature is a wonderful combination of photography and what can best be described as fluid silk sculpture by Wolfville artist, Kate McKenna. The show is being hosted by Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in their spacious entrance gallery. For eight years, McKenna lived in Mexico where her art career began in earnest before she returned home to Nova Scotia. “This exhibit is particularly meaningful,” she smiles, “Not only because of the subject matter, and the focus and inspiration it provided during the…
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Visually Speaking: Figures of the Land

Anna Horsnell Friends and artists Simone Labuschagne and Elizabeth Sircom are partnering in a new exhibition running from September 18 to October 16 at ArtCan Gallery in Canning. Labuschagne is a painter. Sircom creates sculpture. Together they will present the evocative Figures of the Land. The ladies met about five years ago through the world of art, as their husbands are both well-known local artists (Labuschagne is married to Steven Rhude and Sircom is married to Arnaud Béghin.) The two women considered a joint exhibition about a year and a half ago, pre-pandemic. Neither of them wanted to rush the…
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Exploring Pop Culture Desires Through a Byzantine Lens

Ottawa-based artist Adrian Gor’s exhibition at ARTSPLACE Gallery Annapolis Royal is by turns shocking, amusing, and insightful.Submitted In Performers in New Old Historical Landscapes, Gor upends figures of cultural, political, and religious influences from ancient to present times through lino-cut prints and mixed-media paintings in an unexpected play of medieval-inspired themes and pop art inspiration in images that include drones and shopping carts. A part-time faculty member at Concordia University in Montreal and a studio and art history instructor at Ottawa School of Art in Ottawa, Gor’s teaching and artistic research encompass theoretical and practical aspects of Byzantine Art in…
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I KNOW A PLACE

Ron Lightburn Moonlight Grove Coldbrook 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, Henny Penny’s Farm Market and Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

Remembering Alex Colville

Anna Horsnell Alex Colville was born on August 24, 1920. He passed away in 2013. His was a long and storied life in the world of visual art, a master artist distinguished by the exacting realism of his paintings as well as the consistent subject matter. His art was easily accessible and yet often endued with a question or unsettling juxtaposition. Now, as then, Colville is one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Innumerable essays, articles, and books have been written about Colville and his work, his years as a war artist, his time at Mount Allison University in Sackville, and…
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