Singer Jenn Grant will perform in Wolfville this week with a special guest. Joining the singer/songwriter on stage is Jim Bryson. Grant recently launched her latest album, The Beautiful Wild. – Mat Dunlap photo
Artist Bob Hainstock is offering a six-week course in introductory printmaking.
Participants will be introduced to several forms of printmaking: monoprint, woodblock, and collagraph.
No prior experience in printing, painting or drawing is required. All materials are provided and the sessions are limited to 10 participants.
The workshops will be held on Wednesdays, 7-9 pm., from Sept. 11–Oct. 16
Later in the fall, Hainstock will teach an intermediate course entitled the Diversity of Collagraph Prints.
In this six-week course, participants will explore some of the many options for building unique printing plates from fabrics, textured papers, plant materials, metals or wood, as well as printing small varied editions from the plates. A detailed course outline will be available.
The course will be held on Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., from Oct. 26–Nov. 30.
Hainstock has been teaching printmaking and painting throughout Atlantic Canada for the past 15 years. He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD). His work is represented in private and public collections across Canada and the United States, as well as Asia and Europe.
Register in person at the gallery or by mail until Oct. 20. Forms are available on gallery website, http://gallery.acadiau.ca/ under ‘outreach-events listing.’ Fees are $160 gallery members/ $165 non-members
Designer Café in Kentville presents Full Barn by Fab Leydecker until Sept. 26. She has always been fascinated by horses and her paintings reflect her love for them. Full Barn depicts a mix of her most recent works.
Designer Café is now located at 395 Main St, Kentville.
At Harvest Gallery
From Sept. 14 to Oct. 13, Lynda Shalagan is featured at the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.
The exhibition, Seeing Red, was an idea that figured prominently during her recent trip to China in terms of a personal, visual statement. Red is a colour deeply imbued with symbolism in the Chinese culture.
“Although I used it purely intuitively,” she said, “these paintings express something about my experience of this ancient culture.”
Shalagan said she was attracted to the graphic quality and flow of the pictograms and calligraphy. Leafless in early spring, even the branches of the twisted trees in the gardens seemed to be communicating in this exotic language.
In 2005, a car struck author Wayne P. Gillis while he was riding his motorcycle, causing a number of serious injuries.
In his new book, Moving Forward: A Personal Story of Hope, Recovery & Determination, Gillis chronicles that event and the injuries he suffered. He presents for readers the inspiring story of how he overcame them and began putting his life back together.
On Sept. 21, from 1-3 p.m., Gillis will be at the Coles store in the County Fair Mall, New Minas, to sign books.
Not breathing at the scene and with multiple physical injuries, the most life altering one a closed-head traumatic brain injury, he was saved by an off-duty paramedic who enhanced the reason for his survival.
“He, in turn, instrumented the 'Forward Motion' I write of,” said Gillis.
“Overcoming an obstacle in one’s physical world is tough enough, but add the serious mental weakness I experienced, and the plot thickens! Like being 'born again' and having the reasoning of a child. Learning to sit up, move into a wheelchair, to eventually walk in a walker, then a cane, then normal movement, is child's play compared to rebuilding one’s inner self worth and knowledge base.”
A former employee trainer for a national bank, Gillis built and sold a successful business in Florida before returning to Canada to go back to university. He now lives in Charlottetown with his wife and two sons. This is his first book.
Jenn Grant in concert
Singer Jenn Grant will give a concert in Wolfville on Sept. 12 with Jim Bryson.
It will start at 7 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre.
Grant is set to hit the road this fall, bringing with her a batch of new material that she has written for her next album.
Bryson will kick of the evening as her special guest.
A Juno nominee, Grant has release four albums. Her most recent and first released in the U.S., The Beautiful Wild, won this year’s ECMA pop recording of the year award.
Tickets are available at the Box of Delights bookstore.
Fundy Film screens Levon
On Sept. 11, the Fundy Film Society is
screening Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm.
This film is an intimate portrait of the musician/actor, drummer and frequent vocalist for The Band. It was shot over more than two years at his home in Woodstock, NY, as he created his first studio album in 25 years.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8, 30 minutes before screening.
A new Kentville firm, Fusion Entertainment Company, has recently started a monthly event at The Travellers Club in Kentville, called A Fusion of Song Songwriters Circle.
Once a month, they will feature four Maritime singer/songwriters from all genres in an intimate setting at the Travellers Club.
Jessica Brewster says the aim of the event is to unite original artists with an audience who has come to hear their music and to help draw attention, future memberships.
The next Songwriters Circle will be held on Sept. 12 from 7–11 p.m.
At Union Street
On Sept. 13, Mark Bezanson will perform at Union Street in Berwick. On Sept. 20, The Worry Birds hit the stage and on Sept. 27, A Class Act (Bob Federer and Mark Towers) will perform.
New metal fest
Sept. 14 marks the inaugural Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival at Fox Mountain Camping Park.
This event is the first of its kind for the region and it's ready to take that region by thunderous storm, said organizer Jay Chetwynd.
Featuring a lineup of Maritime metal and hard rock bands, he says, the event is a "celebration of East Coast loud" in more ways than one.
Among the bands performing are: Broken Ohms, Black Moor, Iron Giant, Fed Pennies, Death Valley Driver, Black City Avenger and Chaos Theory.
There will be acoustic jams after the show, so people are invited to bring their guitars. Advance tickets and gate tickets are $38.50. Evening passes are also available.
Coming soon to CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is Lord Arthur Savile's Crime By Constance Cox, which is based on a story by Oscar Wilde.
This play is based on an 1890s story about Lord Arthur Savile, who is engaged to Sybil Merton. Her cheiromantist, Podgers, has read Lord Arthur's palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and feels duty bound to get the murder over with first.
It will be on stage Sept. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-29, and Oct. 4-6, 11-12 and 18-19. Showtime is 8 p.m. and matinees will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. Tickets $15/$12, call 678-8040.
In the galleries
- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour features an eclectic group of Canadian artists, with a focus this month on Halifax artist Eva Toth. Her current show is called Wheels and Water.
- Until Sept. 29, works by Robert Pope will be on display at the Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville. A curatorial talk is set for Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. with curator Tom Smart.