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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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Visit an Artist’s Studio on August Long Weekend

Visit an Artist’s Studio on August Long Weekend By Anna Horsnell The Annapolis Valley has a well-known reputation for lovely galleries, craft shops, markets, and the special art events marked on our calendars. Another option is to explore behind the scenes with a visit to an artist’s studio, where the ideas and magic of creation come together. Studio Rally can help make that connection between artist and art lover. Originating in 1992, Studio Rally has evolved over the years from a map of art studios and galleries, to a full-colour printed guide, to its current format as a very active…
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Art and Soul

Art and Soul By Anna Horsnell Susan Spicer sees potential in the discarded. She imagines far beyond the rough edges and worn down surfaces. She envisions bright colours and intricate patterns. She has a gift for seeing the possibilities and making them real. Under the banner of “Susan’s Art and Soul,” she creates one-of-a-kind, hand-painted furnishings of all sorts to brighten your home or garden. This is not a hobby. Spicer is constantly seeking out new pieces which she can repurpose, often finding items at the end of a driveway, a second-hand store, barn, or attic. A piece of furniture…
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In Pursuit of Light

In Pursuit of Light By Anna Horsnell Light. Without it we live in darkness. Light enables us to literally see the world around us in all its complexity. In art, the painter uses the illusion of light to create a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional canvas. To do this well requires an exceptional eye and masterful skill. Arnaud Béghin is just such an artist. Béghin was born in 1964 in Le Havre, France. Having tried art school, he chose instead to follow his own path to become an artist. Living in Paris in the late 1980s, his preference was to…
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Shark Sighting in Grand Pré

Shark Sighting in Grand Pré By Anna Horsnell Doug Morse is an artist. He is perhaps skeptical of that statement, pointing first to his 35 year reputation as a wooden sign maker. His portfolio of work ranges from commercial, residential, and nautical signs to finely-detailed carvings. However, his most recent creation is quite simply a work of art. Within his sizeable Grand Pré workshop, surrounded by a clutter of tools and copious amounts of paper calculations, drawings, and photos, Morse is sculpting a creature both terrifying and beautiful, namely a great white shark. The attention to exacting detail is remarkable…
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A Handful of Clay and Concern for the Earth

A Handful of Clay and Concern for the Earth By Anna Horsnell Tracy Horsman’s pottery and ceramic art studio resides within a wonderful log cabin on her property overlooking Cape Blomidon and the Minas Basin. She doesn’t need to look far for inspiration. The surrounding fields and woodlands provide the perfect backdrop for creations made from the earth itself. This is art that truly requires getting your hands dirty and Horsman admits she fell in love with clay the moment she first held it in her hands as a child. “I love the smell of it, the squishiness of it,…
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The Dedicated Life of an Artist

The Dedicated Life of an Artist By Anna Horsnell Dedication plays a key role in most successful careers. Artist Twila Robar-Decoste is no exception. For as long as she can remember she wanted to be an artist. She also had a keen interest in science, specifically the natural world. Last, but by no means least, she always had strong and unwavering ties to her childhood home of Aylesford. Those three things, art, science, and home, have remained constants throughout her life, and her artistic career is a testament to that dedication. Robar-Decoste was one of those children who sketched during…
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An Intimate Embrace with Nature

An Intimate Embrace with Nature By Anna Horsnell Kate McKenna feels a reverence for this planet that goes far beyond Earth Day. As a fine art photographer, she seeks to connect people with nature by sharing a way of seeing that touches something primal, something ancient inside us. She invites us to recognize our landscape in a new way. McKenna’s images take the viewer up close and personal. So close that the details of tree bark, rock, and sand become abstracted, drawing attention to shapes and colour, sculptural aspects, and the beauty of creation. “I want to be close. I…
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Children Growing With Art

Children Growing With Art By Anna Horsnell Art is three letters encompassing a world of imagination and creativity. Painters, designers, graphic artists, photographers, film makers, and hundreds more, fill our lives in ways we are often not even aware of, from the clothes we wear to the movies we watch. Art is a response to life and those things which inspire us, frighten us, and hold us in awe. Art challenges our thinking and opens up endless possibilities. Art is a language beyond words. Gwynneth Wallace was a lover of art who wanted to provide children with the opportunity to…
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A Homegrown Celtic Harp

A Homegrown Celtic Harp By Anna Horsnell When Timothy Habinski and his wife Shelly moved their family from Ontario to rural Nova Scotia in 2009, they were seeking a more relaxed lifestyle in an area rich in music and culture. Habinski was especially drawn to our strong Celtic and traditional music scene, and he had something special to contribute: his very own, hand-crafted harps. Inspired by the hunting bow, the harp can be traced from ancient Egypt to the green hills of Ireland through a long and storied evolution. The Irish or Celtic harp was the first frame-style harp to…
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