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A New Kentville Library

A New Kentville Library by Lynn Pulsifer The doors of the old library in Kentville have closed to the public after 29 years, and it is with long-awaited excitement that a new library will be opening across town in a decommissioned United Church. After operating out of a repurposed car dealership building since 1987, the small library which occupied just over 2,000 sq ft., has been one of the smallest, but one of the busiest in the Valley. Our new library home will be in the former United Church of St. Paul and St. Stephen. The corner stone of this…
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Artist Profile: Robert Coane

By Emily Leeson Robert Coane can usually be found in one of two places: Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville, where, to take in the whole experience, Coane insists that “you have to sit at the bar”; or in his home on Main Street, likely lounging in a fireside chair with one, or two, or three, dogs close at hand. “Dogs are sacred, which is why I always capitalize the word” he explains. Coane is a draftsman and painter, best known for his provocative political art. However his current work is a departure from the conventional palette, more aimed at the era…
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Art to Art

By Genevieve Allen Hearn The Grapevine asked Lynda Macdonald at the Harvest Gallery to start a chain of questions from artist-to-artist. Lynda Macdonald: What superpower would you have and why? Ian Gilson: My superpower of choice would be the ability to breath underwater. That way, when everything was too noisy, too rushed and hectic, I could find a cove, a lake, or a swimming pool and sink. Hanging out on the bottom of a pond in the woods or sitting watching lobsters going about their business would be the perfect way to unwind. Ian Gilson: If you could ask one…
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An Artist in a Small Town

By Katelyn Morse Inspired by all things raw, earthy, and organic in nature, my paintings are a reflection of the wanderlust inside of me as well as a deep appreciation for just how magical, intricate, and beautiful this world truly is. Through my artwork I hope to inspire individuals to explore more, appreciate more, and be thankful for all the gorgeous things we get to enjoy on this earth! I’ve always loved to express myself creatively through art as a child and I’m pinching myself that I’ve been able to make a living from it now as a 25-year-old. I…
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Recapturing the Oddness of Beauty

By Shasta Grant When I am walking in the woods, observing a sunset, or standing face to face with an animal, I am sometimes struck by how ordinary moments can also be extra-ordinary or even surreal. Watching nature closely in all its three-dimensional glory is awe-inspiring. From early in childhood I resorted to visual art to express my appreciation for all the strange beauty around me. Eventually, I learned the lesson of the expressionists: though nature itself can appear surreal, painting the world exactly as it looks won’t convey the same experience or emotion. Manipulating colour to defy the viewer’s…
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Rural Artist, Urban Roots

By Miyoshi Kondo A crowded alley stacked with the geometric shapes of buildings. The lone house perched on a hill surrounded by sea and trees. Both are equally inspiring. Each call to be painted. The ideas for my artwork stem from a curiosity of how our natural and constructed environments affect each other, the impact of technology, and the concept of home. I can paint contentedly in a room overlooking a bustling street or facing a field of corn. For me, the difference of working in an urban or rural setting is more evident when it comes to the business…
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Featurepreneur: Fluent Frameworks — A new voice in the local cycling scene

Fluent Frameworks is a start-up business specializing in hand-built bicycles. Matt Manuel is the man behind Fluent Frameworks and he had this to say about exactly what it is that he does. So what is a hand-built bike? A hand-built bike starts with a frame built around you. Every detail is accounted for from the tube dimensions and its weight, to its length and ultimate look. It is an expression of one’s personality from its geometry to its paint and as unique to you as your fingerprint. How did you get into building bicycles? Cycling has always been a deeply…
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Pride

by Max Janes B.Sc, Acadia Pride Coordinator It has been 47 years since the first Pride rally, and in that time Pride has changed phenomenally. On June 28, 1969, local police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City arresting trans and gay youth and adults on the basis of prostitution. This raid was not the first of its kind, but this particular raid lead to rioting throughout Greenwich Village lead by transgender women, primarily people of colour. This riot began the struggle for LGBT+ rights in the United States and Canada. Later, in 1978, an eight-stripe rainbow flag was…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Woodland Bushcraft

By Melanie Priesnitz Do you know how to survive in the Woods? I do, at least I’d like to think I do. It’s not however a skillset that has come to me naturally. I certainly didn’t learn it on the urban streets of Toronto where I spent much of my youth. I’m much better at navigating through gridlocked traffic on my bicycle than finding my way out of the woods, but I’m learning! As the world becomes more filled with technology and urban sprawl we are losing touch with basic outdoor survival skills. We hope to help change this with…
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Hike it Baby: Wolfville Area’s Family Hiking Group

By Avery Peters Hiking was invaluable to me during my first pregnancy with my son, Llewyn, as I wrapped my head around the new phase of life my husband and I were about to enter. We had just moved to Wolfville, and we found our house right next to the Woodland Trails of Acadia University. I couldn’t help myself ⎯ I was down in the forest every day with our dog. In the early stages of pregnancy, after living here for a few months, I realized that my usual trail-running didn’t work for me. So, I fully immersed myself in…
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