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Cluny Maher: The Hound is Loose

Nova Scotia Landscapes in oil, watercolour, and graphiteSubmitted Cluny Maher: The Hound is Loose is currently on view at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville. The show runs until October 11. Cluny Maher was born in 1941 in Frampton, Dorchester County, south of Quebec City in the province of Quebec. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts (1963) and a Bachelor of Education (1964) from Loyola College in Montreal, he taught for twelve years in the public school system. In 1973 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir George Williams University (Concordia). In 1977 he moved to Nova Scotia with his…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Foraging Wild Fruit

By Ted Morris, Student Native Plant Conservationist If you’re a fruit lover, then you probably get excited for the summer when berries are in season and available at markets and grocery stores. If you’re like me, your first quart is finished on the walk or car ride home from the store. What I’m learning this year though is that you don’t have to purchase all the berries you eat this season from a store. Foraging, which is searching for wild food sources, is a great way to collect delicious wild fruits without having to pay a cashier. If you know…
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Two Planks and A Passion Theatre is Getting Back to Work

By Ken Schwartz Two Planks is getting back to work. It’s hard to believe in a way, and we have many hurdles to get over in the months to come, but the artists at Two Planks are getting ready to work with each other again in September. The first step will be a week-long workshop with eight company members at the Ross Creek Centre in September. During that time we will be developing our new fireside adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde (set in an imaginary Canning of 1911), a production that was interrupted by the pandemic in March. This week together will…
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Art Spot: Shasta Grant

In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself.I am an artist, mother, and university student. My family moved to Wolfville from Cape Breton when I was 13 and I grew up here. Now I am raising my eight-year-old son here. I am also currently pursuing a degree in community development and environmental sustainability studies at Acadia. What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I work mainly with acrylics. I began taking art lessons as a teenager and was introduced to other mediums, but quickly fell in love with the versatility of paint and how it…
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Visually Speaking: The Art of North Mountain United Tapestry

By Anna Horsnell North Mountain United Tapestry is a little gem worth discovering north of Berwick. Perched cliffside in a small church overlooking the Bay of Fundy in Harbourville, they are a collaboration of artisans, musicians, farmers, and interested community members. Together they have created a gallery, gift shop, café, and popular farmers’ market. Artisans’ Market Director Debbie Greenwood kindly took the time to introduce the six local artists whose work is showcased exclusively through Tapestry this summer. Each artist has a gallery space for major artwork with smaller pieces found in the gift shop, where they are joined by…
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Behind the Scenes at the Avon River Heritage Museum

By Tacha Reed The Avon River Heritage Museum may not have its doors open this season, but we’ve certainly kept busy behind the scenes, making the most of the unexpected, as we look ahead and adapt for the future. We recently reached a tremendous milestone, earning accreditation status with the Association of Nova Scotian Museums. One major perk that comes with this status is that we are now able to share our entire collection of artifacts and photos online through Novamuse.ca. Throughout the summer two students have been working behind the scenes photographing, scanning, and entering each artifact into the database….
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Donated Painting Joins Exhibit at Charles Macdonald Concrete House Museum

By Wendy Elliott As a kid Geof Turner remembers seeing magical animals on the lawn outside the Charles Macdonald Concrete House Museum in Centreville. The magical creatures are still there thanks to Turner and other dedicated board members, and the unique museum is always worth visiting. Exhibits change each season at the museum and this year one highlight is a recent donation. Old Dyke Road is one of Macdonald’s largest paintings.The beautiful pastoral work was received about six weeks ago from a local family, and summer curator Davlyn Laing says the gift “was so exciting and we are so grateful.”…
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Visually Speaking: Introducing 7Arts of Kingston-Greenwood

By Anna Horsnell Amber Juby and Vanessa Raven-Vipond are passionate about art. They are also dedicated to their community of Kingston-Greenwood. Together they have thrown their enthusiasm and energy behind the non-profit society, NOVA Seven Arts Council, more simply referred to as 7Arts. The name says it all. NOVA is the acronym for New Opportunities for Valley Artists, and Seven sums up the focus on painting, drawing, photography, writing, music, design, and craft. The 7Arts mission statement is “to engage our local community by providing an inclusive, creative environment that will teach, support and promote the arts and art education…
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Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal Set to Run in August 2020

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal Set to Run in August 2020Submitted It’s down to the wire, but Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) is set to run August 19 –22 2020. The final decision to mount the festival was confirmed in early July after COVID-19 restrictions were loosened by the province. FODAR, which has been a fixture on the national dance scene for half a decade, will mark its sixth year when it opens on Wednesday, August 19 with Dance on Film at King’s Theatre. In addition to two live performances at the theatre, FODAR will also be staging performances…
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Visually Speaking: A Mid-Year Update from Valley Artists

Visually Speaking: A Mid-Year Update from Valley ArtistsAnna Horsnell As promised, the artists who shared their goals for 2020 back in January are giving us an update on how they’re making out. There have been highs and lows. The creative community is resilient, but this time of pandemic has been a challenge for many, even as they share songs, images, and uplifting words on social media. Thank you to each artist below for sharing their thoughts openly and honestly. Bob HainstockThe Covid-19 storm has been financially punishing in terms of exhibiting and selling work in the half dozen Canadian galleries…
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