Kings art scene: Oct. 2

Wendy Elliott
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Kingston’s Chloe Symons, 11, along with her sister Mollie, was invited to perform in the Sept. 26 Scott Woods’ Fiddle Legends concert in Brooklyn, Hants County. Woods, a Canadian Fiddle Champion, believes in highlighting local talent while on tour.

By Wendy Elliott

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Kentville piper Ed Coleman had one of the most unique challenges of his musical career Sept. 23 when he played for the Mocean Dance troupe from Halifax.

Coleman accompanied the four dancers along with a traditional Maritime soundscape in Canvas 5 X 5 at Acadia’s Festival Theatre.

The dance, which was choreographed by Tedd Robinson, blended Japanese and Scottish influences in an abstract and beautiful manner.

Traveling writer

Writer Martine Jacquot, Cambridge, recentl, returned from a reading tour in India. Her two latest books are Une etrange visite, which is a young adult novel published in France, and a volume of poetry, which was published in Morocco.

Carpet showing

Drawing on the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of carpets and rugs the Acadia University Art Gallery’s Portable Mosques: The Sacred Space of the Prayer Rug, features prayer rugs created during the early-19th and 20th centuries.

An important element of worship within the Islamic world, the prayer rug is a powerful expression of world - view, integrating local aesthetics and materials as well as textile practices shared across centuries and generations of weavers.

There will be an opening reception and curatorial talk by Natalia Nekrassova Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

In conjunction the exhibition the gallery will also present a series of roundtable discussions. On Prayer will be held Oct. 23, 7 p.m. and (Mis)conceptions about Islam will be held Nov. 13, 7 p.m.. There will also be a hands on art event for families Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. Group tours can also be booked.  The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.


Learn about Kentville’s past

Check out the Shire Town’s history in two 90-minute historical productions this fall.

Kentville’s Ghost Walks, downtown and in Oak Grove Cemetery, are a creatively spooky way to get a history lesson by meeting some of the ghosts of the town’s past. Rain or shine event is appropriate for flashlight holding guests ages nine and up.

Downtown ghost walk: Oct. 5 and 19, 8:30 p.m. Meet at the steps of the Cornwallis Inn at 8:20. Gravely ghost walk: Oct. 6 and 20, 8:30 p.m. meet at Oak Grove Cemetery entrance at 8:20.  Tickets: $13; students, $8. Reservations: or 692-8546.


Art exhibit

Ocean Spirit Studio in Canning will be exhibiting the works of Halifax resident Eva Toth from Oct. 5 to 30.   Working in acrylic, the former Kings County resident finds her inspiration in travel and her love of the natural world. Her show will have its opening reception Oct. 14 at 4 p.m.


Flicks upcoming

Fundy Film screens Marecages or Wetlands Oct. 7 and 8. In Québec's Eastern Townships, a tale of survival unfolds on a dairy farm struggling during a long summer drought.

The society will screen How to Make a Book with Steidl Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.  German Gerhard Steidl, printer/publisher, is a perfectionist with an unconditional love for books and the traditional printing craft. In cinema verité style, this award-winning documentary introduces and observes him as his commitment to quality brings him into collaboration with renowned artists.

All shows at Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre. Tickets: $8, available 30 minutes before screening. Information: 542-5157

At CentreStage

Kentville’s CentreStage Theatre features Said the Spider to the Spy by Fred Carmichael this month.  On the Florida coast in 1987, a librarian, house-sitting for a glamorous friend, borrows her identity as well.

The show plays Fridays and Saturdays until Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. There will be 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 14. Tickets: $12, $10 students and seniors.

Authors’ series

Authors @ Acadia 2012 will present Martin Hallett, Grand Pre, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the K.C. Irving Centre auditorium.  Hallett, who taught children’s literature and fairy tales at Vanier College and Acadia before his retirement, will speak on the topic of Putting a Face (and other Body Parts) to the Name: Illustrating the Classic Fairy Tales

Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.,  the series presents Carmine Starnino in the  Vaughan Quiet Reading Room. The event is the launch of Lazy Bastardism, essays on Canadian poetry from Gaspereau Press. There will be a reading, question and answer session and book signing.

New work

Beginning Oct. 12, there is a new display of  work by Peter Lawrence and Ernest Cadegan at the Harvest Gallery, 462 Main St., Wolfville. Information: 542-7093.

Boot camps soon

 Two Planks and a Passion Theatre will be running a special audition boot camp weekend Oct. 12 to 14  at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. The centre will also run a concurrent portfolio boot camp, for aspiring visual artists. These intensive workshops led by professional instructors are designed to assist emerging artists who are either developing materials for theatre school auditions or preparing for professional audition opportunities in the theatre, or preparing for art school application.

Participants should attach an arts resume, a brief description of what they hope to achieve through participating in the process and what pieces they wish to work on.

Information: or 582-3842.

Wayzgoose on the way

Gaspereau Press has announced plans for its annual Wayzgoose and open house Oct. 20 at  its Kentville print shop. The event, which celebrates literary culture and the printed book, attracts bibliophiles, authors and readers from across the Maritimes and beyond. This year’s Wayzgoose features two guest artists: third-generation papermaker David Carruthers, owner of the Papeterie Saint-Armand in Montreal,  and letterpress printer and printmaker David Brewer, of Rabbittown Press, Fredericton. This year’s guest authors will be Montreal poet, editor and critic Carmine Starnino and Halifax-based novelist Heather Jessup.

Costelo here

Erin Costelo is heading to Wolfville for a show at the Al Whittle Theatre Oct. 20. She is touring in support of her new album, We Can Get Over, which is a collection of original songs influenced by retro soul and R&B sounds.

Kids entertainment

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adaptation of two beloved storybooks has enjoyed considerable success since the double bill was first launched in 2004.  Mermaid’s hour-long presentation is drawn from Sam McBratney’s bedtime story, Guess How Much I Love You. First published in 1995 and illustrated by Anita Jeram, the book is available in 50 languages.  A second story, I Love My Little Storybook by writer/illustrator Anita Jeram, features a whimsical menagerie of animals and imaginary creatures who celebrate the joy of reading.

Jim Morrow Port Williams, served as both director and production designer. Associate designers Jonathan Ford and Deborah MacLean lent their talents, while Kings County fiber artist Holly Carr’s stunning painted silk enhances the puppets, props and set pieces. Touring company members include veteran puppeteer John Allen MacLean, Kathryn McCormack and stage manager Joyce Zogos.

Catch the show in Windsor at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre Oct. 20, 3 p.m. Tickets: $14, $12 for students and seniors.

Vocal workshop

Valley singers might want to plan to attend a vocal pedagogy workshop and choral reading session  Oct. 28. The workshop with Dr. Julia Davids, sponsored by the N.S. Choral Federation and Music Plus, will run from 2 to 5 p.m.  at Port Williams United Baptist Church. Davids, conductor of the Canadian Chamber Choir, is renowned for her approach to vocal health and pedagogy in her work with her many choirs. Cost: $25 for non-members, $20 for members. Register:

Parsons in opera

Last month, Wolfville writer Andria Hill-Lehr and Kingsport musician Sandy Moore combined talents with two other people to create a libretto and short operatic work based on the life of Mona Parsons. The new work was formed in Halifax during the Opera From Scratch production.

Parsons, who died in 1976, was a WWII war hero. The Wolfville native spent three years in Nazi prison camps for helping Allied airmen to escape.

Hill-Lehr has just published a new edition of her book about Parsons' life,  available online through Amazon.

Tickets available

The Acadia Performing Arts Series is selling single performance tickets already for February performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

For more than 40 years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. 

In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo’s rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his Graceland album.

The show, their only Nova Scotian date, is Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. at Convocation Hall in Wolfville. For tickets, call 1-800-542-8425 or 542-5500 or visit

Gallery closing

Kings County artist Bob Hainstock will be closing his gallery at the end of October, but not ceasing his artist output.

While hoping to reduce his large inventory of prints, paintings and mixed media work, Hainstock said, “the decision to close my public doors does not mean that I will cease to make landscape art.”

He said he will now focus exclusively on his mixed media landscapes series. This series, Hainstock says, has “brought renewed satisfaction and expanded studio energy.”


In the galleries

 Captain Hall's Treasure Chest, Hall's Harbour: featured artists are potters Elspeth (Elbie) Mackenzie and Carmen Dalrymple. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 678-3855.

Nistal Prem de Boer has his work on the wall at the TAN Café in Kentville.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has a new ceramic exhibition. Roman Bartkiw (1935-2010) was one of the pioneers of the art ceramic movement in Canada and a familiar Wolfville character during the last years of his life. The exhibit runs until Dec. 9.

Abstract Landscapes at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville, featuring  Barbara MacLean’s large abstracts and landscape paintings, until Oct. 7.

Rags Rugs and Riches is a textile show featuring three Canning and area textile Artists at Copper Fox Gallery, Hall's Harbour, until Oct. 15.

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Organizations: Vanier College, Acadia’s Festival Theatre, Textile Museum of Canada Acadia University Art Gallery Shire Town Cornwallis Inn Gaspereau Press CentreStage Theatre Body Parts Passion Theatre Ross Creek Centre Ladysmith Black Mambazo Papeterie Saint-Armand Rabbittown Press Al Whittle Theatre Theatre of Nova Scotia Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre N.S. Choral Federation Music Plus Port Williams United Baptist Church Canadian Chamber Choir Acadia Performing Arts Series

Geographic location: Kentville, Halifax, Wolfville Kings Cambridge India France Morocco Canning Québec Florida Montreal Acadia Fredericton Windsor South Africa Nova Scotia Canada

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