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Visually Speaking: Printmaker Diana Baldwin

By Anna Horsnell Every artist chooses how to interpret their vision, how to give it shape. What inspires one artist may differ greatly from the approach of another. Those personal choices keep art alive. The idea may become a piece of sculpture, a painting, a photo, or, in the case of artist Diana Baldwin, an original print. First, some clarification best explained by Baldwin on her website: “A print is often confused with a photocopy or reproduction. A photocopy or reproduction of a work of art is not the original work of art by that artist. (In contrast) each print…
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Visually Speaking: The Final Word on Best-Laid Plans

By Anna Horsnell In January, eighteen local artists shared their goals and plans for this year. In May, we checked in to see how things were going. Who could have predicted what a year it would be? Now, as we count down the last days of 2020, our group of artists are giving their final thoughts on those best-laid plans. Eileen Boyd: It’s been a crazy year, but I did get rid of a pile of unwanted junk and I did complete some half-finished projects! And I also took an oil painting workshop. Fun! A pretty good year all around.*…
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Merry Windows

Christmas windows sure display charmBy Wendy Elliott The community was called on to fill some Christmas-themed former clinic windows with charm this past month in Wolfville, and folks stepped up.What was until recently the location of the Mud Creek Medical Clinic has been transformed with old fashioned toys, furnishings, and Christmas paraphernalia.Initially, owners Iain and Lis Porter contributed the ample space. Wolfville parks staff member Sheri Eaton took on the important role of arranger with help from Jessica Carrie. Alisha Christie, coordinator of community engagement, and Sarah Anderson of the Wolfville Business Development Corporation both rounded up various elements. “It…
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Jon Wayne’s Big Red Barn

By Anna Horsnell Jon Wayne’s Big Red Barn stands prominently on a slope at the foot of the North Mountain, just north of Berwick in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, and minutes from the Bay of Fundy. Unlike the days when it sheltered pigs, hay, and farm equipment, this fall the barn has resonated with music and laughter from a group of seniors having the time of their lives. Each of them is a professional artisan busily creating on-site and showcasing their artwork in a gorgeous country setting most would envy. Owner Wayne Dombroski and his partner, singer and songwriter Jon…
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Visually Speaking: Love and Landscape

By Anna Horsnell This month, well-known Wolfville artist Steven Rhude is presenting a new series of oil paintings at Harvest Gallery. His inspiration grew from those things he cares about, something certain to hold onto in our year of turmoil. Those things are love and landscape. “I was getting all kinds of requests to participate in online shows with COVID themes which I thought were predictable, so I ignored that and observed some of the things that are familiar to not just me, but all of us in this region. The Wolfville trail remained open and that’s where I started…
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Visually Speaking: Welcome Susan Corbin Designs

Anna Horsnell Before paper or canvas, there was painting on silk. Different from other paints which adhere to the surface, silk allows dye to flow into the fibre and bond with the proteins, becoming a part of the silk thread itself. Dye also does different things on silk than on other fibres such as cotton. All of this is intoxicating stuff for someone like textile artist Susan Corbin, who loves to play with colour. Corbin designs and creates clothing with hand-painted and printed silk. “I dye silk with various shibori methods (ways of resisting dye by folding, tying etc.). I…
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Cluny Maher: The Hound is Loose

Nova Scotia Landscapes in oil, watercolour, and graphiteSubmitted Cluny Maher: The Hound is Loose is currently on view at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville. The show runs until October 11. Cluny Maher was born in 1941 in Frampton, Dorchester County, south of Quebec City in the province of Quebec. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts (1963) and a Bachelor of Education (1964) from Loyola College in Montreal, he taught for twelve years in the public school system. In 1973 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir George Williams University (Concordia). In 1977 he moved to Nova Scotia with his…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Foraging Wild Fruit

By Ted Morris, Student Native Plant Conservationist If you’re a fruit lover, then you probably get excited for the summer when berries are in season and available at markets and grocery stores. If you’re like me, your first quart is finished on the walk or car ride home from the store. What I’m learning this year though is that you don’t have to purchase all the berries you eat this season from a store. Foraging, which is searching for wild food sources, is a great way to collect delicious wild fruits without having to pay a cashier. If you know…
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Two Planks and A Passion Theatre is Getting Back to Work

By Ken Schwartz Two Planks is getting back to work. It’s hard to believe in a way, and we have many hurdles to get over in the months to come, but the artists at Two Planks are getting ready to work with each other again in September. The first step will be a week-long workshop with eight company members at the Ross Creek Centre in September. During that time we will be developing our new fireside adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde (set in an imaginary Canning of 1911), a production that was interrupted by the pandemic in March. This week together will…
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Art Spot: Shasta Grant

In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself.I am an artist, mother, and university student. My family moved to Wolfville from Cape Breton when I was 13 and I grew up here. Now I am raising my eight-year-old son here. I am also currently pursuing a degree in community development and environmental sustainability studies at Acadia. What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I work mainly with acrylics. I began taking art lessons as a teenager and was introduced to other mediums, but quickly fell in love with the versatility of paint and how it…
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