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Art Spot: Koto Rumble

Art Spot: Koto Rumble Koto Rumble is a Valley artist who is in the process of translating The Grapevine‘s own StarDrop by Mark Oakley into Japanese! Her work is also currently featured at Kentville’s Hardware Gallery as part of their [g]astronomy exhibit, presented throughout the month of October to coincide with Devour! The Food Film Festival. I was born in Sapporo, Japan, and immigrated to Wolfville in 2017. I was an English teacher and a freelance translator in Japan. I am an artist specializing in kiri-e, which is a traditional Japanese cut paper art style, and I also paint and…
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[g]astronomy: The Hardware Gallery’s October Exhibit Celebrates Devour!

[g]astronomy: The Hardware Gallery’s October Exhibit Celebrates Devour! Submitted The Hardware Gallery’s October exhibit, “[g]astronomy,” celebrates Devour!’s Sip and Savour event, which will be co-hosted by the gallery, Hill’s Grills, and the Town of Kentville on October 23. The month-long group exhibit runs from September 28 to October 31. The exhibit will explore the various implications constellated by food in the lives of humans. A true multi-media show, visitors to [g]astronomy can expect painting, drawing, sculpture, video, pottery, crochet, and web art works. The featured artists include; Ella Tetrault, Jack Bishop, Jody Rhodenizer, Kat Frick Miller, Koto Shimokuni Rumble, Laura…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Are Humans Smarter than Insects?

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Are Humans Smarter than Insects? By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Working in the garden for the last two decades, I have encountered my fair share of insects. I have also encountered way more people who are afraid of insects than those who love them. Overall, insects tend to get a bad rap and I truly have no idea why. Is it because some of them hurt us or can even kill us? The US National Safety Council statistics tell us that we should be way more afraid of automobiles than insects. They…
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Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks

Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks By Scott Campbell It’s fall in the Valley and that means two things: Harvest and the Devour! Food Film Festival. And, although both are exciting and food-based, only one brings with it a buffet of mouthwatering servings of fresh feature films. As I excitedly pored over the film offerings this year I concluded, again, that I wanted to see them all. But, if you can only manage to squeeze a few into your schedule, here are some that I think look intriguing. Jiro Dreams of Sushi USA, 2011, 81 minutes Director David Gelb 85-year-old…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Growing Gratitude

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Growing Gratitude By Adrien Rawley, Horticulture Assistant and Educator There is something truly magical about autumn in the Annapolis Valley. The way the sun rises a little bit later every morning, peeking over the horizon further and further south with the passing days. The way the early morning glow catches the heavy dew carpeting the fields and forests, glinting with the last promises of summer’s heat. The way we gather, store, and share so much abundance, as evidenced by the bursting farmers markets, the activity of squirrels, and the profusion of seeds,…
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Art Spot: Louise McDonald

Art Spot: Louise McDonald Louise’s photographs are on exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of September WHO: I was born outside London, England but have been living in the beautiful Annapolis Valley ever since I emigrated to Canada as a child. WHAT: I have always had some kind of camera in my hand, exploring this beautiful new country, but it wasn’t until I retired from my work as a community midwife, and a kind friend gave me the gift of a nice digital camera, that my interest in the photographic world began to deepen….
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The Art Spot: Ericka Walker

The Art Spot: Ericka Walker This year, Uncommon Common Art began their season with Ericka Walker’s mural, titled “Be Industrious That You May Live” (the motto of the King’s county Agricultural Society from 1806 onward). It can be found at Longspell Point Farm on Medford Road in Kingsport. WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself. I am a visual artist living and working in the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay here in Nova Scotia. I am also an Associate Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in the Printmaking Area of the Fine Arts Division….
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Acadia University Art Gallery: The Lorenzen Collection of Mushrooms

Acadia University Art Gallery: The Lorenzen Collection of Mushrooms By Alexandra Pulchny, Collections and Outreach Assistant, Acadia University Art Gallery One of my favourite collections belonging to the gallery is definitely the Lorenzen mushrooms. Ernest Lorenzen, a forester and naturalist from Denmark, and his wife Alma Goguen, an Acadian from Cocagne, New Brunswick, began making pottery in 1947 as a hobby while living in Dieppe, NB. Earnest typically used the pottery wheel, while Alma modelled by hand. While living in Dieppe, their clay source was quite far away and inaccessible by car. Lloyd Shaw, then-owner of the brick factory in…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit By Melanie Priesnitz One of the many wonderful things about summer in the Valley is the abundance of great locally-grown food. Much of the food grown here commercially is not native to the region. Most of the big crops have been introduced from other regions, and some never existed anywhere in the wild. Corn (Zea mays), for example, is said to have been developed approximately 7000 years ago in Mexico from a wild grass called teosinte. The corn that we cultivate and eat today has been in this region…
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