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Coming Back: Two Planks and a Passion Returns for Summer 2021

Ken Schwartz As I write this, the company at Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company is in production rehearsals for the first time in almost two years. Our 2020 season was completely postponed due to Covid-19, and the third wave earlier in 2021 nearly wiped out this year’s 30th anniversary season before we even started work. But only weeks ago, a small window opened in the pandemic, and we were able to start rehearsals in the hopes that, by the time we got to mid-July, live performance for an audience would be possible. We took a calculated risk, and…
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Mike Uncorked: Jeff Pettigrew and Arcanum & Lore

Mike Butler Two things I find very powerful are the written word and the spoken word. I am an advocate for literature and the creation of poetry, stories, etc and one of the reasons I love writing for The Grapevine is to have that outlet to create stories and share them with the Valley. I met Jeff Pettigrew a while back and within a few minutes of chatting, we discovered our mutual love of the written word and finding ways to communicate with all forms of creative writing. Over the last few months Jeff has taken the initiative to create…
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Photography As Fine Art

Colin Chase Not that long ago I was having a deep conversation in the hockey dressing room with a team-mate. As we often do, we were discussing the arts. He made the comment that, as a photographer, my work did not count as art because all I had to do was push a button. There are many types of photography. Some is purely documentary or photo-journalism: here the photographer is attempting to exactly record what is happening in front of their lens. There is no Photoshop adjustment except for framing and exposure, very much like what one would do with…
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Visually Speaking: A Retrospective of Photographer Dick Groot

Anna Horsnell Dick Groot sits quietly in a chair. He takes his time absorbing the carefully chosen images hung on the gallery walls around him, a retrospective of his 65 years as a photographer. He pauses occasionally, remembering the stories, the people, and the places, and he is content. From KODAK BROWNIE to SMARTPHONE is his artistic journey, a very special show currently on exhibit at ArtCan Gallery in Canning. A Dutch-Canadian, Groot grew up in Amsterdam during World War II and the years of recovery that followed. “For me, photography began in 1954. In my third year of secondary…
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I KNOW A PLACE

Ron Lightburn White Point Beach 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, Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

Acadia Performing Arts Series Offers Three Virtual Concerts for Free Viewing

François Côté This year, for the first time in more than half a century, the Acadia Performing Arts Series did not present live performances in Convocation Hall or Festival Theatre, its two habitual Acadia campus venues. As we all know, the Acadia campus has been off-limits to the general public since the beginning of the pandemic. It even seems unlikely that we will be able to present performances on campus come next fall. Normally, at this time of year, we would have released a full 2021-22 Series, nicely presented in our glossy booklet. Thousands of copies of this booklet would…
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Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre Needs Love

Wendy Elliott The Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville is very much alive, even though there have been no public performances and almost zero income for the past 12 months.Fortunately there have been some private rentals and support from the provincial government, so Mary Harwell, manager of Wolfville’s cultural hub, says, “we’re not in danger, but revenues are down a lot.” An emergency funding grant of $19,715 will help the facility to continue to host concerts, film screenings, live theatre, and festivals once pandemic restrictions ease. The cinema had a program of improvements underway, Harwell noted, but refurbishing of brickwork on…
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Visually Speaking: Fibre Artist Teri Gullon

Anna Horsnell Teri Gullon’s small, life-like sculptures are hard to resist. Perhaps the attraction lies in the subject of animals, or perhaps the soft warmth of her chosen medium—wool. Certainly, the attention to detail is evident. No matter the reason, this Kentville artist deserves recognition. She never considered herself an artist. Originally from the South Shore, Gullon’s interest in science led her to Ontario where she studied chemistry, began a career, and met her husband. Family brought her back to the Maritimes and the Valley in particular. However, she’d always been musical, playing the piano, flute, and guitar, and often…
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I KNOW A PLACE

By Ron Lightburn Miner’s Marsh Chickadee 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, Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

Art Spot: Connie Veinotte

WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself:I am a long-retired teacher. I am active in my church and community (Health Auxiliary). I am concerned about the environment and issues surrounding poverty. I walk and exercise to keep fit. WHAT: What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I paint in watercolours and sometimes acrylics. I started painting in oils but when I moved to Wolfville in 1984, local painting groups seemed to be mostly using watercolours so I made the switch. WHERE: Where do you work & where can we find your work?I am…
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