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An Intimate Embrace with Nature

An Intimate Embrace with Nature By Anna Horsnell Kate McKenna feels a reverence for this planet that goes far beyond Earth Day. As a fine art photographer, she seeks to connect people with nature by sharing a way of seeing that touches something primal, something ancient inside us. She invites us to recognize our landscape in a new way. McKenna’s images take the viewer up close and personal. So close that the details of tree bark, rock, and sand become abstracted, drawing attention to shapes and colour, sculptural aspects, and the beauty of creation. “I want to be close. I…
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The Record Shop, a mixed media installation by Kevin Ei-ichi deForest

The Record Shop, a mixed media installation by Kevin Ei-ichi deForest Submitted On display until June 23 in the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts Gallery, The Record Shop is a multimedia exploration by Kevin Ei-ichi deForest, a Prairie Canadian artist-educator of Japanese and European descent. The Record Shop is an ongoing collection of vinyl record covers that have been modified to explore the representation of hybrid identity, focusing on the artist’s own cultural heritage. For deForest, “these pieces analyze cultural identification, and specifically Asian and Eurasian identity, through a cultural lens of popular music.” He is interested in addressing…
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EDGE Kentville: The Program and the Picture Worth a Thousand Words

EDGE Kentville: The Program and the Picture Worth a Thousand Words By Genevieve Allen Hearn EDGE is a job readiness program designed for young adults aged 18 to 26 who receive employment supports and income assistance. The program is the first of its kind in Nova Scotia, and is located in Kentville and Halifax. The Nova Scotia government has put $1 million toward the program and provides a minimum-wage-equivalent salary subsidy to employers who give participants a three-month work term. EDGE uses a wraparound approach, which means examining barriers, providing the necessary tools to get a job, and providing supports…
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Damage to the Iconic Acadia Cinema Marquee

Damage to the Iconic Acadia Cinema Marquee By Wendy Elliott Vandals have struck the neon tubing on the iconic Acadia Cinema marquee in Wolfville nine times since 2012. The latest damage took place on a Sunday evening in February while a movie was being screened inside. The Wolfville Volunteer Fire Department were concerned about fire since the broken tubes were causing electrical arcing. Vandals, who likely jump up and yank at the tubes, have caused the non-profit cinema co-operative nearly $5,000 in unnecessary repairs. Chris Siefert, who is one of the last artisans in Nova Scotia who can repair neon…
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Honouring Celtic Tradition with Local Materials

Honouring Celtic Tradition with Local Materials By Anna Horsnell Judith Smith’s Celtic Goddess Jewellery is an expression of joy. A joyful passion she first discovered 23 years ago when she began studying Celtic spirituality. Judith was born in Windsor where her family has lived for seven generations. Thirty years ago she moved to Wolfville and worked as an assistant loans officer until a sudden environmental illness forced her into early retirement. It was a time to rethink her life, and her doctor recommended a book that might help. That book was Anam Cara, a classic of Celtic wisdom by the…
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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery By Mike Butler Comedic genius playwright Ken Ludwig has been leaving his mark on community theatre here in the Valley, for years! His productions Leading Ladies, The Game’s Afoot and The Fox on the Fairway were recently performed to high praise and belly-laughing sold-out audiences through CentreStage in Kentville, who just happen to be finishing their 2019 season with Ludwig’s ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas this winter. Quick As A Wink Theatre Society in Windsor also produced Leading Ladies a few years ago and it was met with much praise. Now, QAAW is getting ready…
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Art Spot: Jack Chipman

Art Spot: Jack Chipman WHO: I am a student at NSCC taking graphic design. I grew up in Wolfville and now am living in Dartmouth. In addition to drawing I also play piano, embroider, and like to cook. WHAT: My artistic medium is Microsoft Paint. My style came from the program itself. I like the way drawings in Microsoft Paint look. WHERE: Currently I am going to school but work at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on the side. You can find my work on Instagram. WHEN:I started drawing in Microsoft Paint in 2018 and that’s when I defined myself…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Tropical Orchids

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Tropical Orchids By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist I’m a horticulturist, I garden for a living, so naturally you would think that I have a thriving houseplant collection. It is not true. I have a small collection of houseplants that are all survivors. The plants that live in my house are the ones who thrive on neglect. Gradually the high-maintenance plants that used to adorn my windowsills have found their way to the compost pile. Mostly what remains are cacti and succulents. I also have one very tenacious tropical orchid named Sam. I’ve…
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