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Art Spot: Hannah Paton of Lighthouse Fibre Studio

Art Spot: Hannah Paton of Lighthouse Fibre Studio Hannah Paton’s weavings are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of March. In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself:I’m a textile artist living in Halifax. I moved here in 2008 to study English at the University of King’s College, and after graduating I decided to take some classes at NSCAD University. I graduated with my BFA in textiles and fashion in 2019. What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I’m a weaver. I initially studied photography at NSCAD, but…
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Don’t Dress for Dinner: Fast-Paced Farce Hits CentreStage

Don’t Dress for Dinner:Fast-Paced Farce Hits CentreStageMike Butler Laughter makes the winter blues disappear, it’s a well-known fact! If you are suffering from the cold, sleety, slushy downtime of the winter, it’s time to put some pep in your step and laugh until you hurt. Coming off the heels of their comedy Wild Women of Winedale, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is jumping into another comedy. Don’t Dress for Dinner is a fast-paced, rapid-fire, laugh-fest that’s been keeping its cast and crew in stitches through months of rehearsals. I am proud member of the troupe and it’s been almost too much to handle in…
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Visually Speaking

Visually Speaking: The Face of EkphrasisAnna Horsnell The new exhibition at the Acadia University Art Gallery is a resounding success on so many levels. Where to start? The ten fascinating portraits, the three student curators, or the wonderfully supportive community of Acadia University itself? Welcome to “The Face of Ekphrasis: Mabel Killam Day & Poetry”. The story leading up to opening night is a tale worth telling. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the gallery was faced with the possibility of not having an exhibit to open this month. Ten portraits by artist Mabel Killam Day had been pulled from the university’s…
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A Conundrum for the Charles Macdonald House Museum

A Conundrum for the Charles Macdonald House MuseumBy Fred Macdonald, DirectorThe Charles Macdonald Concrete House The Charles Macdonald House of Centreville Society has had a good run.In 1997 the Society was formed by a group of interested citizens keen to preserve and celebrate the lifeworks of Charles and Mabel Macdonald. The grand opening was an event held at the Concrete House in Centreville and featured the Lieutenant Governor, musical entertainment, and dignitaries from far and wide. In the early years, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, who had mounted an exhibit of Charlie and Mabel’s work in the 1980s, were…
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Art Spot: Neil Groeneveld

Art Spot: Neil Groeneveld Neil Groeneveld’s watercolours are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of February. His work can also be found at Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative events, and on his Facebook page. I’m a retired school teacher and moved to Wolfville with my family in 2011. I’ve been engaged in drawing and painting, as well as woodworking and photography, for much of my life. I’ve been painting in watercolour for about 15 years and, since living in Wolfville, I’ve had many opportunities to study with other artists, which has encouraged me to focus…
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Visually Speaking: Two Artists, One Canvas

Visually Speaking: Two Artists, One CanvasBy Anna Horsnell It begins over morning coffee. Surrounded by an idyllic setting on the shore of Black River Lake, artists Heather Alexis Porter and Jen White begin to imagine their next painting. They discuss ideas, suggesting a direction, a theme, maybe some aspect of the Valley near to their hearts. Here the spark of inspiration is often spoken out loud, shaped, and realized in a wonderful collaboration of life and art. Their shared studio is a large, bright space dedicated to art making. That’s not by chance. From the moment they decided to build…
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I KNOW A PLACE

I KNOW A PLACEBy Ron Lightburn Dockside, Hall’s Harbour thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at seven locations in 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, and Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas.

Visually Speaking: Valley Artists Share Their Goals for 2020

Visually Speaking: Valley Artists Share Their Goals for 2020By Anna Horsnell Happy New Year! This is that time of year: if not for resolutions, then for personal plans for the coming year. The following visual artists have very kindly agreed to share their artistic goals and dreams for 2020. This is an invitation to follow their creative journey. We’ll catch up with them later for a mid-year and end-of-year update to discover their challenges and celebrate their success. Let’s inspire each other. Twila Robar-DeCoste: I plan to finish the certificate course in botanical illustration from RBGE Edinburgh, and use my…
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A Year of Better School Food

A Year of Better School FoodBy Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com 2019 was truly a Year of Better School Food in the Annapolis Valley! Through incredible grassroots efforts by administrators, cafeteria and health workers, and dedicated parents, at least ten Valley schools added salad bars and are working on healthier options on their menus. Central Kings Rural High School made room for a giant new salad bar and replaced many of their highly processed menu items with real home cooking, perhaps the first high school in Nova Scotia to do so. Berwick and District School…
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