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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Outdoor Art

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Outdoor Art By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Nature can be a splendid source of inspiration for both arts and crafts. Children and adults alike find joy in gathering natural items from the great outdoors to use in art projects. I love making gnome houses out of sticks and twigs for others to discover in the forest and I’ve been known to collect the odd stone or two (hundred) to use for future creations. If you’re a regular walker of Acadia’s Woodland Trails you may have stumbled upon some of the outdoor…
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Way Back When

Way Back When Date: 1911 Measurements: 20 cm x 25 cm Marks/Labels: Printed on photo: N.S. Horticultural Exhibit Wolfville 1911. On back: negative #5377 A.V. Services Unit Halifax N.S. Narrative: This was taken at the Nova Scotia Horticultural Exhibition, Wolfville, 1911. The exhibition was held at the Evangeline Rink on October 10, 11, and 12. Description: The photo shows a long display table covered with plates of apples, all with labels, inside a large open building with flags hanging from the rafters. A title is printed on the photo. All photos courtesy of Randall House Museum 259 Main Street, Wolfville,…
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Devour Interview: Barbecue Director Matthew Salleh and Co-Producer Rose Tucker

Devour Interview: Barbecue Director Matthew Salleh and Co-Producer Rose Tucker Director Matthew Salleh and Co-Producer Rose Tucker are bringing their film, Barbecue to Devour this fall. Captured in cinematic 4k, shot across twelve countries, and accompanied by a rich orchestral score — Barbecue is a grand vision of humanity unified by our most common and primal tradition. In South Africa barbecue roasts over coals as people in the townships and suburbs find new ways to live together post-apartheid. In Texas, pitmasters feed the masses fuelled by pride in their craft and community. Across the border a Mexican family works through…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Hands-on Learning

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Hands-on Learning By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist While many Acadia students spent the last four months away from Wolfville seeking new experiences through travel or summer jobs abroad, some students decided to broaden their horizons by getting to know their own campus. Samantha Durno (BSc BIO ENVS 2017) and Rebecca Dodge (BSc BIO ENVS 2019) worked as Native Plant Conservationists and Interpreters and discovered how rewarding getting to know what’s happening in your own backyard can be. Before spending their summer working at the Botanical Gardens, the students had only a…
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Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Working in an Art Gallery, A Student’s Perspective

Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Working in an Art Gallery, A Student’s Perspective By Alexandra Pulchny, Collections and Outreach Assistant, Acadia University Art Gallery When I applied to work at the Acadia University Art Gallery in August of 2016, I was under the impression I knew a lot about art – I worked in a museum for two years, during which time I learned how to handle and document artifacts, I had several favourite internationally-known artists, and could tell the difference between oil, watercolor, acrylic, and pencil works. When I started my job in September, however, I realized…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Spruce from Near and Afar

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Spruce from Near and Afar By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist As beautiful as the Norway Spruce Forest in Acadia’s Woodland Trails appears to be, biologically it’s not as beautiful as it could be.  It lacks the diversity that is essential to a balanced and healthy environment. Norway spruce (picea abies) is native to Europe and is listed as an invasive species in many regions outside of its range. Norway spruce is a dominant species that grows rapidly in its early years, growing as much as three feet per year for the…
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Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art

Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art By Alexandra Pulchny, Acadia University Art Gallery Collections and Outreach Assistant The history of the Acadian people in Nova Scotia has been integral to Nova Scotia’s culture and heritage since the 17th century. Grand-Pré, just 5.8km from the Acadia University campus, is a central place for Acadian identity.  While the history of the site is what sparks most interest, there is also a significant figure who brings many people to Grand-Pré and has encouraged interest in Acadian culture: Evangeline. The heroine however, is a literary creation. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem…
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The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson

The Art Spot: Jamie Robertson Jamie Robertson’s photographs are currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library. For open hours, check valleylibrary.ca To contact Jamie directly, email djrobertson@eastlink.ca WHO:  I am a geologist and landscape photographer living in Grand Pré. In my career as a mineral exploration geologist, I had a great opportunity to travel widely in remote areas of Canada and the world. This triggered my passion for landscape photography, and often flying in helicopters and small planes allowed me to photograph these wilderness landscapes from the air. WHAT: It is the renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson (an Acadia…
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Coming Soon: An Art Gallery in Kentville

Coming Soon: An Art Gallery in Kentville By Genevieve Allen Hearn Expanding creative enterprise is one of the calls to action in ONE Nova Scotia’s *Now or Never* report. The report states, “Recent studies link the arts, culture and the creative sectors to positive impacts in employment, community development and social inclusion and well-being.” It also acknowledges that many young people are drawn to the creative sector, while stressing the importance of mobilizing creative youth. Sasha Nelson is a graduate of the Master of Fine Art degree program from the University of Waterloo, the Bachelor of Fine Art degree program…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Poisonous Plants

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Poisonous Plants By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Spring has arrived in the Acadian Forest. Little green shoots are starting to emerge from the warming soil, songbirds are signing, and hibernating animals are stretching their legs. Despite the feeling that we humans sometimes have that winter will never end, we can trust in nature that there’s no stopping spring! One fascinating and determined native plant emerging right now in southwestern Nova Scotia is Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus). This aptly-named plant has a stinky but beautiful flower that begins to emerge from the…
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