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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Wild Spirits

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Wild Spirits By Melanie Priesnitz Do you remember when you were young and ran wild in the ravine behind your house, splashed in puddles in the garden, and climbed trees? I hope so because it probably means that you are now a confident person with a healthy understanding of risk management, strong creative thinking, and problem solving skills, along with an inherent respect for the environment and how you fit into it. You likely weren’t aware that you were honing these skills as you played freely in wild spaces as a child,…
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Yorodeo: Many Worlds March 2 – April 12, 2018

Yorodeo: Many Worlds March 2 – April 12, 2018 Exhibition opening and artist talk March 9, 7pm Yorodeo is the design and screenprint collaboration of Paul Hammond and Seth Smith. For nearly the last decade, they have been focusing their efforts on exploring the possibilities of hand-printed anaglyphic (red/blue) 3D screen-prints, most recently combining this with sculptural and video elements. They draw inspiration from comic books, science fiction, fantasy and unintentional mistakes. The exhibition, “Many Worlds,” is a collection of images, sculpture, and video which presents the viewer with fictionalized landscapes, characters, elements, and events from imagined worlds. The anaglyphic…
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Acadia Theatre Company’s must see play: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Acadia Theatre Company’s must see play: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House By Stephanie Clervi, Acadia University student Love, loyalty, and social constraints are quintessential topics of discussion, regardless of the era. The Acadia Theatre Company (ATC) is commencing preparations for the winter semester’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s famous play, A Doll’s House. Simon Stephens, a playwright, translated the original text. With subtle changes, the characters’ anxieties are seen through a contemporary lens. The play is directed by Dr. Anna Migliarisi, a professor in Acadia University’s theatre department, who is also an actor, producer, writer, and private coach. Dr. Migliarisi’s approach…
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Way Back When

Way Back When DATE: circa 1925 MATERIALS: Paper MEASUREMENTS: 6.3 cm L x 10.8 cm W MARKS/LABEL: Outdoor rink, Wolfville school grounds in 1920’s. NARRATIVE: Building is the MacKay School building (1893) from the East DESCRIPTION: Group of boys and one or two girls dressed in outdoor winter clothes, on skates, in a rink with boarded perimeter. All photos courtesy of Randall House Museum 259 Main Street, Wolfville, NS 902-542-9775, wolfvillehs.ednet.ns.ca Now closed for the winter season, but please check the website for spring programming!

The Art Spot: Marcel Morin

The Art Spot: Marcel Morin Marcel Morin’s art is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue for month of February. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours Wolfville Memorial Library Exhibit: “The Lost Art of Cartography” WHO: I am a thirteenth-generation Acadian/Métis and have lived in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, and all over Nova Scotia. I studied cartography at the College of Geographic Sciences here in the Annapolis Valley, graduating in 1992, and spent the next 15 years living and working in Vancouver. In 2007 I moved back to Nova Scotia with my wife Angela and…
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The Art Spot: Melissa Sue Labrador

  The Art Spot: Melissa Sue Labrador   “Doah Aye Nibi” is the Mi’kmaq name of Melissa Sue Labrador.  From the Wildcat Community in South Brookfield, Nova Scotia, Melissa’s art is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours   WHO: I am an eighth-generation Mi’kmaq from the Kejimkujik area, a mother of 6-year-old twins whom I home-school, and an assistant birch bark canoe builder to my father, Mi’kmaq birch bark canoe builder Todd Labrador. I am a voice for Mother Earth on environmental issues, practices, and traditional ecological knowledge.  …
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Way Back When

Way Back When By Emily Leeson   DATE: 1905 MARKS/LABEL: Written on back: ‘1905 Port Williams Ken Hibbert under sign of Sterling Fountain Pens; Pappy Joe Bezanson, Mark Regan standing together at back.’   NARRATIVE: The men in the photo are identified as Ken Hibbert,under the sign of Sterling Fountain Pens, ‘Pappy Joe’ Bezanson, Mark Regan, standing together at the back. The fourth man is not named. The decorations are possibly for Christmas, the men are wearing winter clothes, the merchandise seems to be mostly hardware. The year is 1905, the place Port Williams.   All photos courtesy of Randall…
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ANNUAL FEZZIWIG SHOW WILL BE A TASTY TREAT! Cookie Caper Comes to Festival Theatre

ANNUAL FEZZIWIG SHOW WILL BE A TASTY TREAT! Cookie Caper Comes to Festival Theatre By Mike Butler   ‘Tis the season of friends, family, fun, trimmings, gifts, goodness, and cheer! I love the holiday season for all its busyness and chaos and for all the quiet moments it offers. I also love the incredible number of family shows that happen this time of year. One of my holiday treats is the annual Fezziwig show! Each year (for years) I’ve sat in the audience and watched a slew of adorable local faces grace the stage in beautiful costumes and perform a…
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The Art Spot: Makenzie Welton

Makenzie Welton’s art is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours WHO: I’m just an average teenage girl with an above average interest in art. I recently graduated from high school, so I’ve had a lot more time to focus on my paintings and honing my style. When I’m not working on something, I can generally be found drinking tea, listening to music, or playing outside with my animals. Nothing too abnormal, really. WHAT: Although I enjoy trying out any medium that comes my way, I’ve come to love painting…
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I KNOW A PLACE: Annapolis Royal

I KNOW A PLACE: Annapolis Royal Driving along the highway, there’s plenty of natural scenery to take in, but there’s also some new public art on offer to motorists travelling across the Valley floor. Annapolis Royal has a new community ID sign and it is the result of a collaboration between two local artists: designer Steve Slipp commissioned the original artwork from Ron Lightburn. “I created an acrylic painting that provided the basis for the vector art that Steve used to complete the design” explains Ron. “Some colours were changed for the sign, which was manufactured with vinyl adhered to…
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