Kings County Art Scene July 15

Jennifer Vardy Little
Published on July 15, 2014

Colville works on exhibit in Ontario

During August, the work of the late Wolfville painter and printmaker Alex Colville will be on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

To mark the one-year anniversary of his death, nearly 100 pieces by the iconic artist will be presented in Toronto, marking the largest exhibition of his work ever shown. It will feature numerous works which have never been shown publicly. It features several provocative pairings and brings to light his connections with the works of several prominent pop culture figures from film, literature and music. These notable figures — some of whom have been directly inspired by Colville — include filmmakers Sarah Polley, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson and the Coen Brothers; and acclaimed authors Ann-Marie MacDonald and Alice Munro.

The exhibit will run from Aug. 23 until Jan. 4, 2015.


Jerry Finnegan’s Sister on stage

Although he is in his early twenties now, Brian Dowd can’t shake his feelings of self-doubt and social awkwardness whenever he’s near Jerry Finnegan’s sister, Beth. He’s felt this way since the age of seven, when her family moved in next door. Beth has no idea of his unrequited love and it’s do or die time for Brian when he learns that she is about to be married. Determined to declare himself at last, he’s resolved to meet his fears head-on. After all, what’s he got to lose – except the love of his life?

Written by Jack Neary, this highly-acclaimed comedy will appeal to all audiences.  It is directed by Mindy Vinqvist Tymchuk and stars Marc Hetu and Emily Lutz/Danielle Lutz.

Jerry Finegan’s Sister will be presented at CentreStage Theatre on Aug. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 8 p.m. Matinees will be shown at 2 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 24.

Tickets $15/$12, call 678-8040 for reservations.


Annie hitting the stage


Edalene is offering its seventh Musical Theatre Intensive Camp this summer.

Camp will be offered for students ages 10-18 and runs from Aug. 4–22. During this camp, the students will be trained in dance, music and theatre technique while rehearsing for a full-scale musical production.

This year’s production will be the classic Broadway musical Annie. The memorable music and a classic story guarantees you’ll fall in love with spunky little orphans and kind hearted billionaire.

Limited spaces are still available. Anyone interested in participating can e-mail or call Kerri Leier at 697-2515 for more information.


Music through the storm at Union Street

The show must go on – even during a visit from post-tropical storm Arthur.

On July 5, as Arthur pummeled Kings County with heavy winds that left thousands without power, Union Street hosted Alan Jeffries and his band, which went ahead with a bluegrass show by candlelight. A great crowd attended.

There are several shows coming up, including local favourite Ian Janes July 19, Ryan Cook  on Aug. 16 and Meaghan Blanchard on Aug. 23.

Open mic hosts for July and August are:

July 18 - Jason Burns and Darcy Smith

July 25- Mark Bezanson

Aug. 1 - Tara Holloway

Aug. 8- Speakeasy

Aug. 15- Don Osburn

The fall lineup includes Sherman Downey, Ian Sherwood, Bob Snider, Jimmy Rankin, The Modern Grass with Jennah Barry, Ron Hynes,  Garnet Rogers, Stephen Fearing, and Matt Minglewood. Book seats for all shows by calling 538-7787.



Wartime anniversary

Wolfville will celebrate war poetry at a special event next weekend.

The Pity of War will be held twice on July 19–20 in the Festival Theatre.

Michael Bawtree, Andria Hill-Lehr, Charles Follini and Nate Crawford will read some of the finest poetry and prose from the First World War-era. Bawtree says they will start with the patriotic excitement at the start and run the gamut of sadness and horror at war’s continuation.

The historical society president, Anthony Harding, is selecting and arranging the material, Bawtree said. Neil Peter Jampolis will act as design and lighting consultant.

The performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on July 19 and 2 p.m. on July 20. Tickets are $5 and will be available from the Box of Delights or at the door.



Scott’s Bay paintings

Jim Woodside, a painter and seasonal resident in Scott’s Bay, has an exhibit opening July 10 at the new restaurant in the village, The Haze.

Working outside, from direct observation, for the past 19 summers, he has been doing oil paintings in and around Scott’s Bay.

During the school year, Woodside and his wife, photographer, Holly Worthington, live just outside of Boston and teach at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA.

Woodside’s small collection of Scott’s Bay paintings will be on display from July 10-23.


At Prescott House

Children’s workshops will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Aug. 21, 10 a.m.–noon, at Prescott House, near Port Williams.

Every Tuesday, Prescott House will host a variety of fun and educational workshops for children age five and up. Thursday is art day. For children who love to paint, draw and create, this is the perfect activity.

Space is limited. Please pre-register by contacting the museum 542-3984 or emailing

Two summer theatres on this month

Valley Summer Theatre will showcase the play Marion Bridge by Nova Scotia’s own Daniel MacIvor in the Al Whittle Theatre until July 20.

Tickets are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.

The Two Planks & a Passion Theatre summer season runs until Aug. 17 at Ross Creek, near Canning. Shows are outdoors at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and will move indoors in case of rain.

The Miracle Man, a new musical by Allen Cole and Michael O’Brien, opened July 12. The play is based on the Canadian novel by Frank L. Packard, in which a group of small-time con artists set out to swindle a rural faith healer and his followers, only to experience miracles themselves. It is directed by Ken Schwartz.

Dustbowl Joan by Fire, told by actors around a fire at sundown at 9:30 p.m., was also created and directed by Schwartz. It tells the story of Joan of Arc as if it were told by a company of 1930s migrants through song and story.

A Halifax shuttle runs on Saturdays in August. Both shows are not always on the same night.


Concert series in New Minas

New Minas recreation is holding another Saturday afternoon concert series this summer in Lockhart-Ryan Park.

On July 19, Tony & Lenny are lined up. Pond Holla is scheduled for July 26, followed by Winehardt on Aug. 2.



Ghost walks popular

Ghost walks are becoming a popular summer activity across the Valley. The newest one will start next month at historic St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Auburn.

The church, which was consecrated in 1790, is going to present lamplight historic cemetery tours Tuesday evenings starting July 8 and continuing through Aug. 26. The start time is 8 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. The church is located on Highway 1, near Aylesford. For more information, call 847-9847.

Meanwhile, Jerome the GraveKeeper and his ghostly friends will be back to inform and entertain in Kentville, Wolfville, Hall’s Harbour, Grand Pré and Windsor this summer. 

Check the website for details, but chances are there’s a ghost walk happening somewhere Thursday to Saturday and now Tuesdays in Auburn.



In the galleries


-      Barry's World is on at the Acadia Art Gallery until Aug. 24.This solo exhibition presents the work of Nova Scotia folk artist Barry Colpitts.


-  “In the nature of things” is a new exhibit of photography by Rachel Cooper in the gallery space at CentreStage Theatre, Kentville. The exhibit runs until July 12 and can be seen every Friday and Saturday evening and for matiness by theatregoers.



-      The Paints and Pots Creative Artists at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest in Hall's Harbour features Darren Brown of Dragon's Den fame; a cigar box guitar maker.

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-  Ed Hollett of Cenreville is the artist on display at the Designer Cafe in Kentville. His work will be on display until July 27.

- Uncommon Common Art has kicked off its seventh season. Until mid-October, there will be 18 installations set up at sites throughout Kings County. Brochures/maps will be available at all Visitor Information Centres and area businesses.