Kings County Art Scene July 22

Wendy Elliott
Published on July 22, 2014

Lucas Porter in Concert

On July 25 at 7 p.m., Port Williams pianist Lucas Porter will give a recital at Wolfville Baptist Church. 

Tickets are $12 for seniors or students and $15 adults. All proceeds will go to the church in its anniversary year.   

Music in Berwick

This Friday at 8 p.m., Mark Bezanson will perform at the Union Street Café in Berwick. On Aug. 16, Ryan Cook will be in concert, and on Aug. 23, Meaghan Blanchard will be on stage.


Art in Wolfville

Art Festival Wolfville 2014 is back for a seventh annual event on July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, it will be held again in Wolfville across from the Wolfville Farmers Market on Elm Street in the Curling Club parking lot. The event provides a venue for local artists to show their work. 

People will want to check out the art tents. Make sure to take in the events of Wolfville Mud Creek Days, visit the shops and restaurants in Wolfville and visit the Taste of the Valley held at the Wolfville Farmers Market Elm Ave Wolfville.  All of these events are happening on July 26.

The Art Festival Wolfville is organized by the Evangeline Artists' Co-operative, which is an artists' cooperative located in Wolfville. 

The 17 members of the co-operative have extended an invitation to 20 more juried artists to display their work.

This will be a rain or shine event. The juried show will include painting, pottery, textiles and many other forms of art.


Mudcreek concert

Wolfville will offer a free, all-ages concert event for the annual Mud Creek Days program. The concert features an all-Nova Scotian lineup including Halifax’s energetic young group Take Part, Valley favourites The Hupman Brothers and East Coast sensations The Town Heroes.

The concert will take place from 7–10 p.m. on July 26 at the Railtown property in the heart of downtown Wolfville.

Summer theatres on this month

Valley Summer Theatre will present the ever-popular Rod Beattie in Wingfield Unbound for one weekend only.

Over three days in late July, Valley Summer Theatre will host the fourth play in the Wingfield Farm series, Wingfield Unbound, with four performances July 25-27.

Wingfield Unbound is the next adventure in Dan Needle`s series of comedies about stockbroker turned farmer Walt Wingfield to come to Wolfville. In this episode Walt’s attempt to restore the crumbling Hollyhock Mill as a museum pits him against local council and the curse of the Miller McNab.

It will be shown at the Al Whittle Theatre. 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 indoors in case of rain.

The Miracle Man, a new musical by Allen Cole and Michael O’Brien, is based on the Canadian novel by Frank L. Packard. In it, a group of small-time con artists set out to swindle a rural faith healer and his followers, only to experience miracles themselves, directed by Ken Schwartz. It starts at 6 p.m.

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

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.

Pond Holla is scheduled for July 26, followed by Winehardt on Aug. 2.


Musique Royale on tour

The Best of Boxwood Musicians will be in Port Williams on Aug. 1, 7.30 p.m., at St. John’s Anglican Church.

Best of Boxwood gathers the renowned artists presented at the annual festival in Lunenburg for an explosion of musical traditions. Their lively program captures the fun, passion and powerful connections between traditional folk music of Maritime Canada, Ireland, Scotland and beyond, featuring their roots in the baroque and renaissance.

Musique Royale includes some of the top artists across the spectrum of Irish, Cape Breton, Scottish, Maritime, ballad singing and baroque music. A concert with any one of these amazing musicians would make for a great evening; together, it’s an opportunity not to be missed. It will feature William Coulter, guitar; David Greenberg, Cape Breton and baroque violin; Nuala Kennedy, Irish flute and songs; Alison McGillivray, cello; Chris Norman, flutes, pipes, and songs; and Eamon O’Leary, ballads, banjo, and guitar.

Then, on Aug. 5, 7.30 p.m., classical guitarist Sylvie Proulx and soprano Janice Jackson will perform in Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville. Salsa Barocca, a Spanish program that explores the Latin American folk genre, along with Spanish and South American Baroque repertoire, with music from Spain, Bolivia, Peru and beyond. Selections feature voice and guitar arrangements ranging from chanonas to tangos and reflect the African indigenous and European influences that define Latin American music.



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.


- The Paints and Pots Creative Artists at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest in Hall's Harbour. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., featuring Darren Brown of Dragon's Den fame; a cigar box guitar maker. WEblink Http://


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

- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour presents Geographically Incorrect, which is an exhibition of the new artworks by Monika Wright and Fabienne Leydecker. Runs until Aug. 15.

-      Also in Hall’s Harbour, Charlene Swift-McCullough is the featured artist at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest, and of the Paints and Pots Creative Artist group. The shop is open daily, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Look for the open yellow doors of the shop, on the parking side of the lobster pound.

- Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawing by Susan Wood, is at the Acadia Art Gallery until Aug. 11. Curator Susan Gibson Garvey and Wood are in conversation July 25, at 2 p.m.

-      At Ocean Spirit Studio in Canning are rug portraits by Margaret Forsey, jewelry by Michelle Faihe and paintings by Freda Nauss.


-      Jim Woodside, a seasonal resident in Scott’s Bay, has an exhibit at the new restaurant in the village, The Haze. Woodside’s collection of Scotts Bay paintings will be on display until July 23.


- 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.