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Art Spot: Apple Blossom Edition: Jessica Winton

Art Spot: Apple Blossom Edition: Jessica Winton This year, Uncommon Common Art (with help from The Grapevine) will have a special float in the Apple Blossom Festival Grand Street Parade. We’re proud to introduce you to Jessica Winton, the artist behind ‘the work of wolves’ the 2019 UCA Parade Float. Who: My art practice is based in Halifax, though my projects often carry me off into the streets, woodland, and open fields. As an advocate for art in the public realm, my Ris Publica body of work includes gallery exhibitions and participatory events, such as parades. What: I have been…
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Art Spot: Susan Knowling

Art Spot: Susan Knowling Who: Who am I? I am the watercolour artist whose paintings are the current works on display in the Wolfville Library. You may have seen me hanging around the Wolfville Farmers Market pencil in hand. I draw in coffee shops, parks, parking lots, graveyards, just about anywhere there is an interesting activity or landscape. What & Where: I sketch or paint in watercolour and ink for convenience and portability. My subjects are modest studies of life in and around Wolfville: who is doing what where? It is the life and activity that attract my eye, and…
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Hennigar’s Farm Market and Wayfarers’ Ale Society Collaborate on Heritage Cider

Hennigar’s Farm Market and Wayfarers’ Ale Society Collaborate on Heritage Cider Submitted Wayfarers’ Ale Society is really pleased during the last year to have been developing new low-sugar heritage ciders with Hennigar’s Farm Market owners Doug Hennigar and Mike Gardiner, who have been established in the apple orchard business in the Valley for many years. Wayfarers’ Ale spokesperson Chris Killacky says “collaborations between farmers and craft industries like ours are both exciting and honouring to the place well-managed sustainable agriculture has in the Valley.” Killacky, chairman of the Wayfarers’ Ale Society, went on to further explain that Mike Gardiner was…
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ALADDIN JR.: Disney Classic Being Performed at Evangeline Middle School

ALADDIN JR.: Disney Classic Being Performed at Evangeline Middle School By Mike Butler Make way for Prince Ali as Evangeline Middle School in New Minas gears up to perform their musical production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Lovers of the animated Disney classic, featuring the unforgettable Robin Williams as the voice of the genie, and the new live-action feature film opening this month starring Will Smith, will be swept away like they’re on a magic carpet ride as the students bring these beloved characters to the stage. You’ll see the adorable Aladdin and his faithful monkey friend Abu, Princess Jasmine and…
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Kitchen Party All Summer in Canning

Kitchen Party All Summer in Canning By Kim Barlow The main questions people asked when I moved to Canning in 2013 were “Why way over in Canning?” (often from people in Wolfville or Kentville), and “Do you think you’ll stay?” After a few winters, I think I understand about the first question. Canning may as well be on the moon when you have to drive across the dykes at night in a snowstorm. The second question, I think, has to do with the viability of choosing to live in rural Nova Scotia, with fewer options and resources than larger centres….
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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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Who’s Who: Lori Moore

Who’s Who: Lori Moore By Mike Butler Spring has sprung, and actually, I think summer might just be around the corner. It’s the time of year to get outside and enjoy the sun and beautiful energy of your community. It’s also a great time to exercise your body, mind, and soul and I know just the person to help you do that. Lori Moore was born just outside of Dartmouth, NS, in what was at the time Halifax County. She always wanted to be a teacher, but it seemed like an impossible feat to meet the needs of 28 students…
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Mike Uncorked: Mason & Lutes Take Over Union Street

Mike Uncorked: Mason & Lutes Take Over Union Street By Mike Butler I have got a great date night idea for everyone! Grab your partner and head to the Union Street Cafe on June 15 to hear two incredible performers: Garrett Mason and special guest poet J.G. Lutes! This is going to be a very special evening of entertainment and you don’t want to miss it! The dynamic duo of Garrett Mason and J.G.Lutes is all kinds of awesome. They find purpose in creating art and they’re taking it on the road to share with part of the country. Come…
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The Apple, and How it Gets That Way

The Apple, and How it Gets That Way By Joan Hebb Have you ever really thought much about where apples come from? You might think that they are just like corn or flowers; plant a seed and you will have some apples. Well, apples are a little more interesting and complicated than that. Let’s explore the wild world of apples. Apples are part of the rose family and originated in Central Asia. They were brought to North America by European colonists hundreds of years ago. Apples have a purpose, beyond being a tasty snack for people and horses. Apples are…
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Highlights from The 21st Great Little Art Show

Highlights from The 21st Great Little Art Show By Tacha Reed Most look back on their 21st year as a time of exploration and growth, and the same can be said for much of the artwork in this year’s collection for The Great Little Art Show. Many returning artists have presented works that provide evidence of a period of great exploration and development. We’ve also had a number of artists bravely join us for the first time, with several sharing works that may challenge your expectations for a rural community arts exhibit. The 21st Great Little Art Show continues weekends…
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