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Buying, Collecting, and Framing Art for Your Home

Buying, Collecting, and Framing Art for Your HomeAnna Horsnell That iconic first view of Cape Blomidon from the 101 highway. The landmark tree marking your approach into Kingsport. These are signs of home to many: familiar, reassuring, pleasing. It’s that type of connection that often attracts someone to a piece of art. Perhaps it is the simple beauty of a painting, the dramatic effect of the photograph, or an emotional response to that piece of sculpture. The decision to buy art is personal. In conversation with Simone Labuschagne from Wolfville’s Harvest Gallery, she offered suggestions for those interested in purchasing…
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Meet the Arts Programming Director at Ross Creek

Meet the Arts Programming Director at Ross Creek By Anna Horsnell Ian Funke-McKay seems the perfect fit for his new position as arts programming director at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning. His generous smile exudes enthusiasm while guiding visitors through the main facility, past gallery spaces and rehearsal halls and a group of home-schooled children here for an arts experience. He knows firsthand what this place offers. Having grown up in Scots Bay, he spent his summers immersed in the various youth programs at Ross Creek, and by 2013 was involved in facilitating a number of their…
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Giving Light a Place to Perform

Giving Light a Place to Perform By Anna Horsnell For artist Catherine van der Woerd, colour and light truly lie at the heart of her creations. She paints with stained glass and the very nature of the medium comes to life with the changing light. Flickering, deepening, brightening with intensity, this is art that awakens with the sun. Her summer studio in Harbourville has large windows overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Inspiration surrounds her between the ever-changing sky and ocean, and the fields and forest framing her cottage. Van der Woerd’s artwork is properly described as glass on glass mosaic,…
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The Wildlife Illustrations of Kaitlin Bauer

The Wildlife Illustrations of Kaitlin Bauer By Anna Horsnell We are not alone. Humans share planet Earth with a tremendous variety of other life forms. The animals around us look back at us, aware, holding us to account perhaps. Kaitlin Bauer is one who sees and pays homage through her fine wildlife drawings. The connection between animal and human is so often through the eyes, and Bauer understands that bond. Whether her subject is a great horned owl or a grizzly bear, she captures the direct stare or coy expression of the seemingly inattentive. She aims for the candid moment,…
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Town of Berwick Celebrates Its Roots with New Art Gallery

Town of Berwick Celebrates Its Roots with New Art Gallery By Anna Horsnell The Town of Berwick’s Apple Capital Museum recently opened the new Sally Horsnell Art Gallery to showcase paintings which herald the town’s historic buildings. With pride and gratitude, this writer would like to share a portion of the speech I made at the official opening on August 7 on behalf of the artist, my mother: Sally (Parker) Horsnell was born in the town of Berwick on January 23, 1934. Her family had already lived in Berwick for several generations and their lives were intertwined with the history…
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Fish Tales

Fish Tales By Anna Horsnell Rachel Reeve has fish stories like no other. Her studio walls are hung with precise images of actual fish, caught here in Nova Scotia, recorded using an age-old printing method which originated in Japan. How and why is an interesting story on its own. Reeve has an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, which seems totally fitting for this highly creative artist. As an art educator and printmaker, she also works in mixed media, design, and installations with found and repurposed objects. She loves innovation and…
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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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