ADAPT at Artist’s Landing, Avondale Heritage Museum

ADAPT at Artist’s Landing, Avondale Heritage Museum By Tacha Reed Last year I realized that I’d been inadvertently working on a series of maps of the Avon River, the Minas Basin, and the Bay of Fundy, some of which became the series “Within Every Fibre” (2016), “What We Leave Behind” (2017) and “Options” (2018). With these felted maps I was exploring the scars left on the landscape by the hands of man; a record of the environment adapting in response to manipulations made by man (the causeway, dykes, gypsum mines, roads, and rails). Currently in the Avon region there has…
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Flying Squirrel Adventures Offer Great Ways to Get Outside this Fall

Flying Squirrel Adventures Offer Great Ways to Get Outside this Fall By Ethan Lang After a brief summer hiatus, the Flying Squirrel Adventures program will be resuming its monthly nature outing series in the Kentville Ravine. Flying Squirrel Adventures (FSA) is a collaborative program between the Blomidon Naturalists Society, Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance, and the Town of Kentville which aims to inform, inspire and connect nature lovers of all ages in the Valley through guided outdoor explorations. This summer the program chose to offer a series of five special outings at different locations throughout Kings County, instead of the monthly meetings…
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Gallery Round-Up

Gallery Round-Up A decidedly incomplete collection of local artistic destinations in alphabetical order 7Arts 619 Central Ave, Greenwood facebook.com/7Arts2/ Acadia University Art Gallery 10 Highland Ave, Wolfville gallery.acadiau.ca ArtCan Gallery & Cafe 9850 Main St. Canning artcan.com Artists Landing Gallery Avon River Heritage Society Museum 17 Belmont Road, Newport Landing avonriverheritage.com ARTsPLACE Gallery 396 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal arcac-artsplace.weebly.com Bear River Artworks 1913 Clementsvale Rd, Bear River bearriverartworks.com Blue Mind Gallery 1888 Clementsvale Road, Bear River bluemindgallery.com The Bread Gallery 7778 Highway #14, Newport facebook.com/TheBreadGallery David Lacey Gallery 11 Cove Rd, Centreville davidlaceygallery.com Far-Fetched Gallery 218 St. George Street,…
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On The Cover: Echo Nara

On The Cover: Echo Nara I am a self-taught artist who has spent the last five years exploring various media, including graphite, charcoal, conté, ink, markers, tattooing, and oil and acrylic painting. My art is influenced by mythology and post-colonial literature, which express the effects of power dynamics and systems that have bolstered colonial values. As our world experiences the initial effects of climate change and independence of AI, I feel it is important for the dominant culture to examine its foundation. My work is an attempt to express my alienation from my culture, and to create an alternate place…
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Town of Berwick Celebrates Its Roots with New Art Gallery

Town of Berwick Celebrates Its Roots with New Art Gallery By Anna Horsnell The Town of Berwick’s Apple Capital Museum recently opened the new Sally Horsnell Art Gallery to showcase paintings which herald the town’s historic buildings. With pride and gratitude, this writer would like to share a portion of the speech I made at the official opening on August 7 on behalf of the artist, my mother: Sally (Parker) Horsnell was born in the town of Berwick on January 23, 1934. Her family had already lived in Berwick for several generations and their lives were intertwined with the history…
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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Launches New Production

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Launches New Production Submitted Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will mark its forty-eighth season with the first staged adaptation of three favourite contemporary storybooks. Directed to very young audiences, the hour-long production, It’s Okay to Be Different – Stories by Todd Parr will be launched in 2020-2021. Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including the New York Times bestsellers The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over forty countries throughout the world. He was also the co-creator…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Experiential Learning

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Experiential Learning By Melanie Priesnitz After a summer filled with hard work and a great deal of learning, the students who worked on our team at the K.C. Irving Environment Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens are heading back to the classroom. We had the pleasure of having Acadia student Ted Morris and Nova Scotia Community College student April Mason work with us as student native plant conservationists and interpreters. Ted is studying environmental and sustainability studies in the community development department at Acadia and April is a student of horticulture…
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A Telling in Pictures

A Telling in Pictures By Anna Horsnell Doretta Groenendyk’s paintings elicit a smile. There is something familiar, something comfortable, that pulls the viewer into a world of colour and whimsy and storytelling. We recognize the landscape. We feel the playfulness. As an illustrator and author of 11 children’s books (and illustrator only on 4 more), the Canning artist has created an enviable career around her priorities of family and getting outside. She does not see her work as author and illustrator as separate. “I see things in pictures first,” she explains. “The stories or ideas that I want to communicate,…
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The Handmade Quilt at Randall House Museum

The Handmade Quilt at Randall House Museum By Krystal Tanner, Curator When you think of the word quilt, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a decorative bed covering, a piece of wall art, or perhaps a loving memory of someone? One of the things that museums do best is use objects to evoke stories from our visitors. You know you’ve done a good job when a simple object can bring a visitor to tears over the memory of a loved one or bring a smile to a weary traveller’s face as they share a fond…
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I KNOW A PLACE By Ron Lightburn Desafinado A tranquil pond next to the Harvest Moon Trailway in Coldbrook. thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at seven locations in the Annapolis Valley: Box of Delights Books, Wolfville; the Hardware Gallery, R.D. Chisholm, and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub, and Sea Level Brewing, Port Williams; and Saunders Tartans & Gifts, New Minas.